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
  • And FIREWORKS!

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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