The Annual Tree Lighting event in historic Getty Square is one of the most majestic, traditional events in the City of Yonkers.  This event, started way back when Franklin D. Roosevelt was President, has been a beacon of Yonkers’ holiday spirit for over 8 decades.  While it has become trendy for corporations to turn a Tree Lighting into an over-the-top commercial for the shopping seasons, the Downtown Yonkers ceremony focuses on traditional values of family, community, music, and free hot chocolate.

The Yonkers Downtown BID and the City of Yonkers has planned a beautiful tree lighting event for December 4th, 2015.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.  After the tree lighting, stay for a holiday concert featuring Santa Claus & Friends, free giveaways, sing-alongs, and more.  The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Getty Square represents the rich history of Yonkers, but also the recent renaissance of the entire Downtown area.

For over 100 years, Getty Square has been the center of commerce, transportation and celebrations for the entire Hudson Valley Region.  During the holiday season, hundreds of residents and visitors flock to Getty Square to witness a classic tree lighting.

On Friday, December 4th, from 4pm-6pm, join Mayor Mike Spano and other public officials and community leaders to celebrate this event.  The Yonkers Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) will also recognize a local business that has given back to the community in exceptional ways.   This is just the beginning of an exciting holiday season in Downtown Yonkers, which includes the St. Nicholas Event at Philipse Manor Hall on December 5th, the WinterScape Holiday Concert on December 12th, and free visits with Santa every weekend in Getty Square.

The Yonkers Annual Tree Lighting is produced by the Yonkers Downtown BID, in conjunction with the office of Mayor Mike Spano, the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreations, and Conversation, and Yonkers City Council.  We received donations from local businesses including Beyond Costumes, and C.H. Martin Department Store.

We hope that everyone, young and old, can join the City of Yonkers as we light our holiday tree and celebrate our city.

Event Details
Address: Getty Square, Yonkers, NY (1 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701)
Date: December 4th, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Phone: 914-966-6660



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