5th Annual City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village Presented by Five Star Bank Opens December 1st for 17 Days of Holiday Festivities!

Construction Begins October 16
Story Time Tickets on Sale October 28 at 1 PM
Cozy Igloo Tickets on Sale November 4 at 10 AM

Rochester, NYOct. 10, 2023 —The fifth annual City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank opens at 4 p.m. Friday, December 1 through December 23 for a record 17 days of free family-friendly fun at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in downtown Rochester.

Co-founders, Jenna Manetta-Knauf, Kelli Marsh, and Sean McCarthy announced details of the popular holiday festival at a news conference today.

Since its start in 2018, Roc Holiday Village has welcomed more than 140,000 people of all ages for holiday magic annually.

Saturday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m., the annual Liberty Pole Lighting will include a parade to Roc Holiday Village held in partnership with the City of Rochester. More details about the lighting and parade will be announced at a later date.

Roc Holiday Village continues on Sunday, December 3; Wednesday, December 6; Thursday, December 7; Friday, December 8; Saturday, December 9; Sunday, December 10; Wednesday, December 13, Thursday, December 14; Friday, December 15; Saturday, December 16; Sunday, December 17; Wednesday, December 20; Thursday, December 21; Friday, December 22; Saturday, December 23.

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“We are thrilled to announce our plans for the fifth annual event. This year’s holiday festival promises to be full of fun and celebration,” said co-founders, Manetta-Knauf, Marsh, and McCarthy. “We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been a part of this event from the start. Your support and enthusiasm motivate us to keep making each year better. We can’t wait to see you all in December!”

“Roc Holiday Village has become one of Downtown Rochester’s signature
events and is an inclusive holiday destination for all,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans. “The City of Rochester is thrilled to sponsor another year of the Roc Holiday Village. I urge everyone to come Downtown this December and celebrate the season at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park!”

“It’s almost hard to imagine downtown Rochester in December without Roc Holiday Village and the bustle of activity and thousands of visitors from near and far that it attracts to our beautiful city,” said Five Star Bank President and CEO Martin K. Birmingham. “As a community bank, Five Star prides itself on helping our communities thrive. It’s been so rewarding to serve as presenting sponsor of this wonderful event for five years running and support its growth, year after year.”

Cozy Winter Igloo tickets go on sale Saturday, November 4 at 10 AM

The Samson Fuel Igloo Village will feature 10 Cozy Igloos available to book for groups of six to eight people each. Each geodesic dome-covered lounge has a view of the Village, is furnished with stylish and cozy chairs, blankets, and pillows, and offers bar service.

Cozy Winter Igloo tickets go on sale Saturday, November 4 at 10 a.m. online at rocholidayvillage.com. They can be booked for 90-minute increments for $190 plus taxes and fees. Additional food and drink options are available for purchase in advance during the checkout process. Roc Holiday Village’s ticketing system allows customers to hold the booking for 10 minutes during the checkout process. If a timeslot appears sold out, customers are advised to refresh the page. The system takes time to cycle back after an incomplete sale. To complete Cozy Igloo ticket purchases, customers may sign up for a free account with the new system, run by Tock. Cozy Igloos sold out in one hour in 2022.

Story Time With Santa and Story Time With Anna and Elsa tickets go on sale Saturday, October 28 at 1 PM

For the first time since 2019, Roc Holiday Village is hosting ticketed special events including Story Time With Santa and Story Time With Anna and Elsa. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. online at rocholidayvillage.com. Story Time With Anna and Elsa is for $40 per person plus taxes and fees, and Story Time With Santa is $25 per person plus taxes and fees. Optional cookie decorating is also available for an additional $15 and includes 4 cookies.

Story Time With Santa takes place on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. inside the Triple-O Lodge and includes storytelling, a sing-along led by Mr. Loops, crafts and refreshments.

Story Time With Anna and Elsa takes place on Sunday, December 10 and Saturday, December 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. inside the Triple-O Lodge and includes an interactive story, sing-along, photo ops and refreshments. The popular Frozen characters made their debut in 2022 at Roc Holiday Village at a free public event attended by thousands.

Space is limited. Children 2 and under are free if seated on a lap. All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable.

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More Free Events & Activities This Year!

More Shopping, Eating and Drinking

Private Events – Private events can be booked for large parties in the Triple-O Lodge for 50 to 250 people or in the large igloos – Igloo Inns – that hold between 30 to 40 people. Both private settings offer additional catering options. To book a private event, contact Roc Holiday Village by email at jenna@rocholidayvillage.com for private events and events@rocholidayvillage.com for Igloo Inns.

Parking – Roc Holiday Village does not operate any parking but there are many surface lots and ramp parking garages conveniently located nearby. Metered parking will be available on area streets, plus at the Washington Square Garage, Allpro Parking Garage at the Five Star Bank Building, Court Street Garage, Midtown Garage, and Fairway Parking. Court St. between Chestnut St. and Manhattan Square Dr. will be closed to thru traffic during the hours when the Village is open.

About Roc Holiday Village
Roc Holiday Village is Rochester, New York’s favorite, magical winter festival! Delighting people of all ages, Roc Holiday Village 2023 is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and will present 17 days of enchanting festivities from December 1 to December 23. The downtown festival features outdoor seating and fire pits, free ice skating and skate rentals, a unique shopping village, indoor and outdoor bars with tasty food and drinks, free visits with Santa, hand-crafted goods, cozy winter igloos, free crafts for kids, holiday celebrations, live music, private events, nightlife and more. In 2022, Roc Holiday Village drew more than 140,000 people of all ages to the heart of downtown Rochester at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Park. Roc Holiday Village is produced by Rochester natives Jenna Manetta Knauf, owner of Bella Events Group; Kelli Marsh, owner of Kelli Marsh photography; and Sean McCarthy, owner of McCarthy Tents & Events.