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Thanksgiving Weekend in Oswego County is Filled with Tree Lightings, Craft Fairs, and More

While some people believe in blasting their holiday music at midnight on November 1st, there’s more to be said about Thanksgiving Week as the true debut of the holiday season. From tree lightings and holiday festivals to seasonal eats and special events, there are so many ways to celebrate. Here’s a guide to Thanksgiving Weekend in Oswego County.

Thanksgiving Eve Party & Thanksgiving Dinner at GS Steamers

Wednesday, November 22 & Thursday, November 23

Looking for something to do the night before Thanksgiving? It is the biggest night to go out for the entire year. So head to GS Steamers Bar & Grill in Oswego and enjoy a night of trivia and live music.

Additionally, GS Steamers is one of the only restaurants remaining open for Thanksgiving dinner. If you find yourself alone, your plans fall through, or you burn the turkey, you’ve got options. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Steamers will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11:30am until 7pm.

Art Association of Oswego Holiday Show & Sale

Friday – Sunday, November 24 – 26

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping while supporting local. The Art Association of Oswego beings its annual Holiday Show & Sale this Friday and continues every weekend through mid-December. Local artists invite shoppers to their pop-ups to peruse handcrafted gifts and unique pieces of art.

Christmas Vendor Alley at Lakeview Lanes

Saturday, November 25

There is no shortage of local artisans to support this holiday season. In fact, there will be dozens of vendors at Lakeview Lanes for their Christmas Vendor Alley. Shopping begins at 11am and runs til 4pm. All visitors will receive raffle tickets upon entrance, and earn additional tickets as they purchase from the vendors. Drawings for prizes will be held hourly throughout the event.

City of Oswego Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 25

The biggest holiday festivals kick off nowhere other than the City of Oswego with the arrival of Santa aboard a firetruck at 2:15pm. Following his arrival, children may take turns visiting with Santa, asking for their Christmas wishes. Other festivities filling the city include carriage rides, reindeer visits, ice sculpting, and performances. This all leads up to the grand finale at 6pm with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and accompanying firework display.

Village of Mexico Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 25

The city’s tree lighting is not the only one in the county on Saturday. The Village of Mexico will also host their Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Village Gazebo Park. The celebrations begin at 5pm with live music and refreshments.

But that’s not all — the festivities flourish a week later with the annual Christmas in Mexico festival. Happening the weekend of December 1 – 3, this is one festival you don’t want to miss. Over 150 vendors will be spread across ten different locations, with a [FREE] shuttle transporting guests around the village.

A murder mystery dinner kicks off the events on Friday the 1st at Eis House. On Saturday and Sunday the Oswego Valley Railroad Association will be hosting a model train show at Washington Hall.

Speaking of tree lightings, check out these Christmas tree farms in Oswego County where you can find your perfect tree.

Guided Nature Walk at Rice Creek Field Station

Saturday, November 25

Looking for an activity for the whole family that isn’t spewing Christmas cheer? Perhaps an outdoor hike is what you’d like. Invite your friends and family from out-of-town to experience the natural beauty of Upstate New York. Both Fallbrook Recreation Center & Rice Creek Field Station are true gems located on the SUNY Oswego campus. And they are open to the public. With several trails and 188 acres of land, it’s easy to get lost in nature in the best way. Rice Creek continues its FREE guided nature walks this Saturday, November 25. The walk is at most a mile in length and is suitable for all ability levels.

Small waterfall at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego, New York

Sandy Creek Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 25

This Saturday the Sandy Creek United Wesleyan Church is hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar. From 10am until 3pm visitors can peruse craft vendors, sample food, and enjoy a sweet from the bake sale.

Small Business Saturday in Oswego County

Saturday, November 25

Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, small businesses around the country celebrate Small Business Saturday. In an effort to fight capitalism and big box stores, local folks offer discounts and other incentives to invent gift givers to support local. Clothing stores, cafes, and other businesses throughout Oswego County are partaking in the tradition. So be sure to visit your favorite stores and show them all your support on Saturday!

Looking for more places to shop local on Small Business Saturday?
Check out these shops offering discounts in and around Syracuse.

Parade of Trees at Pratt House Museum

Monday, November 27 – Friday, December 8

While technically the weekend is over, the festivities continue on Monday after Thanksgiving. That’s when the Pratt House Museum’s annual Parade of Trees opens to the public. Artificial trees are decorated by local schools, non-profit organizations, and businesses and then donated to the museum for visitors to enjoy. Folks can vote on their favorite trees in a competition running the length of the exhibit.

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