Winter at the Plaza

December 3: New York State Holiday Tree Lighting
Presented by SEFCU 1:00pm - 8:00pm

This family-fun annual event has something for everyone with a full day of indoor and outdoor activities!

  • A chance to meet Santa Claus!
  • Holiday arts and crafts show
  • Skating demonstrations by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club
  • Train rides on the Concourse
  • Horse and carriage rides on the Plaza
  • Caricatures by Rich Conley
  • Musical performances by Moriah Formica of the Voice, Tuba Christmas and the Rusty Pipes

The event also coincides with the Taste NY Holiday Expo at the New York State Museum (free); the Great Train Extravaganza in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, admission $10, kids under 12 free; and a free concert by The Zucchini Brothers at 3 p.m. in The Egg Center for the Performing Arts.

Activity Time Location
Great Train Extravaganza ($) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Convention Hall
Ice Rink Open 11:00 am  Plaza
Taste of NY Holiday Market 11:00 am - 4:30 pm NYS Museum
Holiday Marketplace 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Concourse
Arts & Crafts 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Meeting Room 6
Carriage Rides 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Plaza
Llamas 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Plaza
Capital Area Flute Club 1:30 pm Meeting Room 6
Meet Santa Claus 2:00 pm Concourse
Ice Rink Closed 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Plaza Ice Rink
Free Skate Rental Begins 3:00 pm Plaza Ice Rink
Meet Santa Claus 3:00 pm Concourse
The Rusty Pipes Caroling 3:15 pm Meeting Room 6
Hudson-Mohawk Skating 3:45 pm Plaza Ice Rink
Tuba Christmas Music 4:00 pm Plaza
Rusty Pipes Caroling 4:45 pm Plaza
Tree Lighting Ceremony 5:15 pm Plaza
Fireworks 5:30 pm Plaza
Rock & Skate with Moriah Formica 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Plaza Ice Rink

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