Light Up Oswego and Oswego Tree lighting set November 28

Santa greets a youngster during a Toys for Tots a Day of Sharing.

Santa greets a youngster during a Toys for Tots a Day of Sharing.

OSWEGO – After a day of feasting with family and friends, come join us to help us Light Up Oswego!

Santa greets a youngster during a Toys for Tots a Day of Sharing.
Santa greets a youngster during a Toys for Tots a Day of Sharing.

Light Up Oswego and the annual tree lighting will take place this year on November 28. This is a free family event meant to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the holiday season together as a community.

The celebration will kick off the holiday season in Oswego with activities beginning as early as 10 a.m. that day.

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.

We ask that everyone brings 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 our community 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.

For more information about this project, please email [email protected]

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 a few more surprises as the committee continues to bring things together.

Lights on the Bridge
Lights on the Bridge

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.

To make getting around town easy, D Bus is providing a trolley stops at designated locations.

A map can be found on the Light Up Oswego website.

The evening will conclude with the annual tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Mayor Tom Gillen, at 6 p.m. next to City Hall on West First Street in Civic Plaza.

A reminder that Saturday the 28th is also Small Business Saturday.

Residents are encouraged to support our local businesses by making plans to shop local during our 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

Special thanks to the Oswego County Federal Credit Union,  Oswego Renaissance Association, and the City of Oswego for providing funding to help us “Light Up Oswego.”

A complete schedule including a map  can be found at

Interested vendors and volunteers should contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at (315) 349-3451.


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