Christmas will come early to Rome this year. The city of Rome will hold it's 2021 Christmas Tree lighting before Thanksgiving.

You can help Santa and Mrs. Claus light Rome’s Christmas tree on Wednesday, November 24th at the Veteran’s/Gansevoort parks on Court and James Street. The evening’s activities start at 5:30PM with the Trinkaus Village display, food, fireworks, and live music with Scott Rutledge and the Greater CNY Christmas Choir.

You can come visit, make some wishes, and take a picture with Santa inside the Rome Historical Society.

Only severely inclement weather will postpone the event, which has no rain date. ***Tree-Lighting and fireworks between 6:50pm-7:00pm

Looking at New York's big Christmas Tee lighting, the 2021 Rockefeller Christmas Tree has been been chosen and it's a first for this year's Tree. The 79-foot, 12-ton Norway Spruce that thousands travel to New York City to see every holiday season, will come for the first time from the state of Maryland. The official lighting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1st. You can read more here.

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