Official city Christmas tree placed in downtown Youngstown

The official Youngstown Christmas tree was cut Wednesday from a business in Poland

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Youngstown as the city Christmas tree was placed in its usual spot on Central Square.

The tree was donated by Ron Nanosky, owner and founder of the Geisler Insurance Agency, 5226 Youngstown-Poland Rd., Poland. The tree was cut Wednesday morning from the business’s property.

Nanosky said the tree has been on the property of his father’s business for decades. The family donated the tree to honor their father who passed away earlier this year.

“He was a very giving person, so in that tradition and carrying on his tradition of integrity and giving, we’re going to donate this tree today to Youngstown so they can fulfill the lighting ceremony downtown,” Nanosky said.

Nanosky, his family and team, will be honored at the 2016 Youngstown Holiday Parade and Christmas tree lighting. The annual downtown Youngstown Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting is on Friday, December 2. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. The Christmas tree lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m.

This year’s parade has a multitude of family friendly activities, including: live caroling, food and holiday vendors on Central Square beginning at 4:30 pm.

Other downtown coordinated activities on December 2 include:

  • 7:30 pm – YSU sponsored “Dueling Pianos” at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts
  • December 2nd (4 pm – 8 pm) & December 3rd (9 am – 1 pm) – Youngstown Flea’s Holiday Flea at the DeYor Performing Arts Center.
  • 4 pm to 8 pm – Free Admission to OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology
  • Youngstown Phantoms hockey game – Puck drops at 7:30 pm at the Covelli Centre

Downloadable Parade information is available at