As we get closer to the holidays and winter events in the Capital Region, the coronavirus pandemic continues to put a halt to our fun. This time the Empire State Plaza in Albany has announced that it will be canceling some of its most popular events. According to News 10 ABC, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed more of our favorite holiday events in Albany. The Office of General Services (OGS) announced that they will be canceling this year's popular holiday tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks display at the Plaza in Albany.

OGS did say that there will be two holiday trees put up like they do every year, just no ceremony. One holiday tree will be at the East Capitol Park and the second one will go up at the Empire State Plaza. Both holiday trees will go up on December 1st and remain up at the Capital through early January.

The one event I am most disappointed about is the ice skating rink at the Empire State Plaza. It was so fun to enjoy it for free and they even had rentals for those who didn't own ice skates.

The Commissioner of OGS said:

“Still, the holiday spirit at the Plaza will endure, and we plan to continue the wonderful Capital Region holiday tradition of lighting trees on the Plaza and in East Capitol Park for our neighbors and visitors to enjoy.”

Everything has been different in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but at least there is a way to celebrate the season at the Empire State Plaza. We know it will be different this year but at least it will still be festive.

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