Broome County, Boscov's & City of Binghamton Team for Day of Holiday Fun

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County is joining with Binghamton, Boscov’s and the Downtown Binghamton Business Association for an afternoon of holiday activities to kick off the holiday season and mark Broome County’s Bicentennial.

On November 18th, Boscov’s will host their annual Holiday Parade in Downtown Binghamton. The event will begin at 2:30pm. The parade starts at Main and Arthur and ends at the Broome County Courthouse. Following the parade, a Bicentennial Tree Lighting will be held at the Broome County Courthouse.

“We lit the tree last year and organized a holiday procession as a kickoff to our Bicentennial Celebration Schedule,” said Executive Fiala. “It was such a lovely event, we decided to do it again this year but instead of going it alone we decided to team up with the City of Binghamton, Boscov’s and the Downtown Binghamton Business Association on one tree lighting and one parade.”

“It’s a wonderful collaborative effort that we hope will be a tradition for years to come,” said Mayor Matt Ryan. “We want people to come downtown and celebrate the holidays and this is a perfect way to show off all that downtown has to offer.”

“We were happy to combine our Annual Boscov’s Holiday Parade with the tree lighting ceremony,” said John Emmert, Boscov’s Manager. “Our parade has long been somewhat of a start to the holiday season in Downtown Binghamton and to be able to have the event on the same day as the tree lighting makes perfect sense and will round out a fun filled schedule for people of all ages.”

In addition to the parade, Boscov’s will also be stocking a heated tent on Water Street with all kinds of holiday items for sale.

Last year there were two separate tree lighting ceremonies in the Downtown Binghamton area. This year Broome County, the city of Binghamton and the Downtown Binghamton Business Association decided to collaborate on one holiday tree lighting event. The tree lighting ceremony which will include musical performances will begin at 4pm at the Broome County Courthouse. Officials expect to light the tree around 4:30pm.

“This is a wonderful way to draw more attention to the downtown area and highlight all that it has to offer,” said Ron Sall, President of the DBBA. “This is a vibrant downtown and we want people to know about it.”

There will be free hot chocolate and cookies available after the parade and before the tree lighting on the courthouse lawn.