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Roc Holiday Village returns to MLK Park

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Brass musicians regale visitors at Roc Holiday Village on Dec. 23, 2018. - PHOTO PROVIDED
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  • Brass musicians regale visitors at Roc Holiday Village on Dec. 23, 2018.
The annual Roc Holiday Village returns Dec. 3 through 19 for its third year, following last year’s pandemic-induced hiatus.

The holiday festival, hosted by the city of Rochester and sponsored by Five Star Bank, once again turns Martin Luther King Jr. Park into a veritable winter wonderland, with free ice skating (limited skate rentals available) and various ice rink activities, food trucks and pop-up restaurants, live music, and plenty of shopping featuring local vendors. CITY is also a sponsor for this event.

Roc Holiday Village opens  4 p.m. Friday, and the festivities kick into high gear on 5 p.m. Saturday with the lighting of the Liberty Pole — a Rochester holiday hallmark — and subsequent family parade to the Christmas tree lighting at the Holiday Village.

An aerial view of  Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Roc Holiday Village, which runs from Dec. 3 through 19, 2021. - PHOTO BY BENNY ALLEN / MCCARTHY TENTS & EVENTS
  • PHOTO BY BENNY ALLEN / MCCARTHY TENTS & EVENTS
  • An aerial view of Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Roc Holiday Village, which runs from Dec. 3 through 19, 2021.
As always, there are additional family-friendly activities planned with the little ones in mind — from a nativity scene accompanied by a petting zoo with sheep, goats, and alpacas, to craft-making inside the heated Gingerbread House.

And no Christmas experience is complete without a visit with Santa Claus, who will be present on Saturday, Dec. 4; Wednesdays, Dec. 8 and 15; and Sunday, Dec. 19.

Individual holidays will be also spotlighted at Roc Holiday Village on the following days:



Sunday, Dec. 5 — Hanukkah
Sunday, Dec. 12 — Kwanzaa
Friday, Dec. 17 — Three Kings
Sunday, Dec. 19 — Christmas

For more details, including dates and times for specific events, visit rocholidayvillage.com.

Daniel J. Kushner is CITY’s arts editor. He can be reached at dkushner@rochester-citynews.com.