The city of Rochester joins the ranks of other cold-weather locations embracing the festive feeling that comes with chilly air. City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank is the inaugural event offering family-friendly activities including Santa's workshop, free ice skating, breakfast with Santa, music, crafting classes, food, shopping, and more for 11 days in December.
Attend opening ceremonies and watch the lighting of the Liberty Pole on Saturday, December 1, at 4 p.m. Santa will then make his way from the Liberty Pole to Roc Holiday Village for a tree lighting ceremony, followed by visits with Santa, live music, and crafts for the kids. Hanukkah will be celebrated with the lighting of the Menorah, music, and crafts on Sunday, December 2, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Holiday Village near Court Street.
Rochester Holiday Village will take place on weekends, December 1 through 23, at Martin Luther King Park, 353 Court Street. Village hours are Fridays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bar hours are Fridays, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Visiting the village is free and open to the public. rocholidayvillage.com.
Breakfast with Santa is a ticketed event occurring from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on select Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $35 per adult with 2 children up to 10 years old included at no charge, and $8 for each additional child; $12 for children 10 to 15 years old. rocholidayvillage.com/breakfast-with-santa.