Utica Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration Dec 5

The City of Utica will host its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m.

The celebration will include the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus at 6:30 p.m., actual reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides, Leader Dogs for the Blind, and plenty of holiday cheer.

Sounds will fill the streets of downtown Utica, as the Utica High Marching Band, the cast of Meadow Brook Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” and the St. Lawrence Christmas Choir will perform throughout the day.

“We are really excited about this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting celebration,” said Utica Mayor Thom Dionne. “We’ve packed a lot of great family fun activities into this event, and we’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have had our generous business partners sponsor this event. It really shows the community that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in the city of Utica.”

Hot cocoa and donuts will be provided for this outdoor event, and while there will be a warming center, make sure to bundle up for the cold temperatures. This is a free event for all to enjoy.