OSWEGO – Santa Claus will be arriving earlier this year for Light Up, Oswego.
The community is invited to ring in the season with the annual Light Up, Oswego Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting in cooperation with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau on Saturday.
Santa will arrive at City Hall at 3:30 p.m. Each child will receive a gift bag from Santa.
The Lions Club will be providing hot cocoa and cookies right after the Children’s Parade. The Children’s Parade will line up at 2:45, and end at City Hall.
Light Up, Oswego and tree lighting is a free family event meant to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the holiday season together as a community.
The Toys for Tots “A Day of Sharing,” which takes place every year at the Lake Ontario Conference Center, will feature fun activities for community children. Santa will be arriving by firetruck at 11 a.m. and pictures with Santa will run until 2 p.m.
People are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Oswego County Toys for Tots.
The Oswego Bookmobile will also be at the Conference Center giving away books to children.
Also at the conference center that day Friends of Oswego and Team Red White and Blue will be collecting items for holiday care packages that they will send to service men and women from New York that will be overseas during the holidays.
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The day will continue with multiple events to include a holiday shopping expo at the YMCA Armory, holiday parade, business storefront lighting, museum open houses, downtown vendors in Canal Commons, gingerbread house competition and more.
Participating museums are the Richardson and Bates Museum, H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Oswego Valley Railroad Association and Museum, and the Safe Haven Museum and Education Center.
The annual tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Mayor Tom Gillen, will be at 6 p.m. next to City Hall on West First Street in Civic Plaza.
Head down to the tree at 5 p.m., as there will be music and poems read at 5:15 p.m.
Saturday is also Small Business Saturday. Residents are encouraged to support local businesses by making plans to shop local during the holiday season.
Many restaurants and businesses will be open during the day and after the tree lighting to offer holiday shopping and dining specials as part of Small Business Saturday.
Information on participating businesses can be found on the Friends of Oswego Facebook page or at www.friendsofoswego.com
For more information, including a map, regarding Light Up Oswego, visit www.lightuposwego.com