Light Up Oswego, Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Set November 29

Oswego's holiday tree in 2013

Oswego's holiday tree in 2013

OSWEGO – After a day of feasting with family and friends, Oswego is planning a new way to kick off the holiday season.

Light Up Oswego, a new event to take place on November 29, is being planned by local community members in cooperation with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

Oswego's holiday tree in 2013
Oswego’s holiday tree in 2013

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 activities, Santa’s arrival by firetruck, and pictures with Santa when you bring a toy to donate to the Oswego County Toys for Tots.

A special children with disabilities hour will run from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Toys for Tots event to allow a quieter sensory time with Santa prior to the 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. main activities.

The day will continue with multiple events to include a shopping expo, parade, business storefront lighting, downtown vendors, and a few more surprises as the committee continues to build on a new community-wide celebration.

The evening will conclude with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, hosted by Mayor Tom Gillen, at 6 p.m. next to City Hall.

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.

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

A home decoration contest will be announced along with details of the day’s activities and timeline for November 29.

More information can be found at

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


  1. What is a ‘Holiday Tree’? …. What a bunch of Politically Correct idiots.
    It’s all about Christmas…. You know… the person who gave the GIFT of Eternal Life to all that Trust Him…. Jesus Christ is His Name… Do Not Be Ashamed.

  2. The flyer sent home from school as well as this article lists the location for several events as: Lake Ontario Conference Center. Where exactly is this? When I do a Google search the closest place that surfaces is the conference and event room inside of the Best Western Hotel. Is this the place meant?
    This should have been clarified much better on the flyer and this article, no one is going to understand where the Pictures with Santa and the Book Mobile will be. Please clarify.

  3. It’s on East First Street – a bit north of Best Western … across the street from the former Captain’s Lounge site, which is now a parking lot for the conference center.

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