5th Annual Roc Holiday Village Opens in One Week, December 1st

46 Shopping Vendors in 2023

17 Local Charities Participating in The Giving Cup

Limited Number of Igloo Inns Available to Book

Rohrbach Brewing Co. to Debut Village Lager

New Photo Experience

Rochester, NYNov. 24, 2023—Only one week to go until the opening day of the fifth annual City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village, presented by Five Star Bank. This year’s event will feature more days, free activities, Igloo Inns, and shopping opportunities than ever before.

Roc Holiday Village opens on December 1 at 4 p.m. and runs for 17 days until December 23 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in downtown Rochester. For the first time since 2019, the ticketed Story Time events will make a return. All of the Cozy Winter Igloos and Story Time events are sold out for the 2023 season.

This year’s event includes festive fun for everyone to enjoy, includes free visits and photos with Santa, free ice skating and skate rentals, unique holiday shopping, free crafts and activities for kids, free live music, delicious food and drinks, outdoor fire pits and seating, ice rink events and activities and more.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park
353 Court St., Rochester, NY 14604


For photo ops and interviews please text or call Amanda Antinore at (585) 729-7533.

17 Local Nonprofit Charities Participating in First-ever Giving Cup – Hot Cocoa for a Cause

The Giving Cup at The Community Foundation & Triple-O Lodge is a hot cocoa counter for a cause, hosted by a different nonprofit daily. Visitors can enjoy a warm cup of cocoa or coffee with fun toppings where each day a different local charitable organization will be running the show. Proceeds and gratuity from The Giving Cup will go directly to that day’s charity.


For hours and to learn more visit: rocholidayvillage.com/the-lodge-bar/#givingcup

New Photo Experience Design to Debut

The Roc Holiday Village Photo Experience Brought to You by Vitalize Medical & Aesthetics will feature a unique and festive backdrop and scene-setter that’s perfect for creating lasting memories. A fun activity for the whole family. To learn more visit rocholidayvillage.com/photo-experience.

Limited Number of Igloo Inns Available to Book

Three Igloo Inns – one for up to 40 people and two for up to 30 people – are available to book now. Email events@rocholidayvillage.com. An additional Igloo Inn located adjacent to the ice rink is also available to reserve for private parties of up to 30 people. It features a private deck with Adirondack chairs, a fire pit and an optional s’mores package add-on. Learn more by visiting rocholidayvillage.com/igloo-inns.

Sign Up for Free Ryan Callahan Foundation Hockey Skills Competition

A limited number of spots is available for the Ryan Callahan Foundation Hockey Skills Competition for the Ryan Callahan Foundation Hockey Skills Competition for kids in groups for ages 10 and under and 11 to 16 on Sunday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required. Sign up online by visiting rocholidayvillage.com.

Highlights & More New Activities

2023 Roc Holiday Village Hours

Santa’s Workshop

Rochester Area Community Foundation & Triple-O Lodge & Frosty’s Food Court

Simcona Gingerbread House

Ice Rink (weather permitting)

Shopping Village

More Free Events & Activities This Year! 

More Shopping, Eating and Drinking

Private Events – Private events can be booked for large parties in the Rochester Area Community Foundation & 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. Parking is also available for visitors of Roc Holiday Village in The Strong National Museum of Play Parking Garage for $10. 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.