The President of the Historic Owego Marketplace, Bradley Crews is on the weekly, local public affairs program Southern Tier Close Up to talk about a Tioga County holiday tradition that even neighbors in Broome County may not be aware of.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News Historic Owego Bradley Crews
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News Historic Owego Bradley Crews

Lights on the River takes place December 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. around the Front Street shopping district.

Crews says the streets are blocked off for the event featuring treats, shopping bargains, music, Santa and Mrs. Claus and a fireworks display to wrap everything up.

Crews says he was attracted to the charming nature of Owego years ago after growing up in a smaller community in Utah then living for a time in New York City.

He says while a lot of people concentrate on the history of Owego, the community has much more to discover, including evolving businesses including new dining experiences.

Following the Lights on the River event, Owego businesses prepare to keep their doors open late for Moonlight Shopping December 12 while First Friday events draw people to the riverfront every month.

You can find out more about Lights on the River and other events at

Southern Tier Close Up airs Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.

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