It’s Opening Day! at Roc Holiday Village! 14 Days of Fun for the Whole Family!

Note: Cozy Igloos for New Year’s Eve have sold out!

The second annual City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank opens today Friday, December 6th at 4 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St. in downtown Rochester, NY.
Roc Holiday Village will present 14 days of family-friendly activities for people of all ages including a Shopping Village, Santa’s Workshop, free photos with Santa, free ice skating and ice events, holiday celebrations, live music, The Lodge Bar and Restaurant with rotating pop-up restaurants, food trucks, free kids crafts, crafts classes for adults (tickets required) and more! In 2018, the event drew over 100,000 people of all ages from all over the region.
Friday, December 6 – Opening Day!
  • Free Ice Skating 4:00 pm – 10 p.m.
  • Santa’s Workshop 4:00 pm – 9 p.m.
  • Free Crafts for Kids 4 – 9 p.m.
  • The Lodge Bar & Restaurant: 4 – 11 p.m.
  • Marty’s Meats Pop-up Restaurant 4. – 11 p.m.
  • Village Shopping 4 – 10 p.m.
  • Artist Corinne Fallone signs 2019 Commemorative Posters 5 – 6 p.m.
  • RMSC presents: “Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar…” 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Live music: Stephen Morris Quartet’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 7 – 11 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 – Liberty Pole Lighting & Parade to Roc Holiday Village & Tree Lighting
  • Ice Skating 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Santa’s Workshop 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Santa will be “on-break” from 4 to 7 p.m. participating in the Parade on December 7)
  • Free Crafts for Kids, YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Curling Demo & Instruction, Rochester Curling Club 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Village Shopping 11 – 10 p.m.
  • The Lodge Bar & Restaurant 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Marty’s Meats Pop-up Restaurant 4 – 11 p.m.
  • Meet Santa, Rudolph, Elves, & local sports team mascots, Liberty Pole 4:30 p.m.
  • Lighting of the Liberty Pole with Mayor Lovely Warren 5 p.m.
  • Family holiday parade with Mayor Warren from Liberty Pole to Roc Holiday Village at Dr. MLK Jr, Park 5:10 p.m.
  • Parade arrival at Roc Holiday Village for official tree lighting 5:30 p.m.
  • RMSC presents: Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar, The Lodge, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Live music: Prime Time Brass Band, The Lodge, 6 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Live music: Boptet, The Lodge, 8 – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday December 8
  • Wreath-making class – tickets no longer available, 9 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Storytime with Santa – ticketed, SOLD OUT 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Free Ice Skating 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
  • Santa’s Workshop 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Village Shopping 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • The Lodge Bar & Restaurant 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Learn to Skate, Free 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Free Crafts for Kids – 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Marty’s Meats Pop-up Restaurant 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Santa’s Workshop
  • Inspired by the former Midtown Plaza Magic Mountain
  • Santa Text Express – get a text from Santa when it’s your turn in line
  • Free Wegmans cookies from Mrs. Claus’ bakeshop
  • Free printed photo with Santa, or digital photo emailed for free
  • Kodak Moments kiosks to print any digital image from mobile device for free
  • Mailbox to send letters to the North Pole
  • Midtown Monorail on display
  • Holiday window displays
Shopping Village
  • Shop during the festival from more than 30 different vendors. Hours: Friday 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Coming Up! Mini-maker markets featuring goods from artists, crafters, designers, DIYers, and confectioneries are Saturday, December 14th, 2 to 9:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 19, 4 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Coming Up! Holidays at the Market – December 19, in collaboration with the Public Market District Business Association and Roc Holiday Village. Shuttles run continuously between the Public Market and Roc Holiday Village from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Specials at all Market District restaurants and shops, horse-drawn wagon rides around the District and much more!
Food & Drinks
  • The Anthony Butera Team at Keller Williams Lodge features a different pop-up restaurant each weekend dishing out casual eats plus drinks from the bar stocked with wine and beer from Rohrbach Brewing Company, Lake Beverage; Bronco Wine Co.; and Brotherhood Winery. Free live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Counter-style service. No reservations needed.
  • Marty’s Meats (Friday 12/6 – Sun 12/8) See Menu
  • Antonetta’s (Friday 12/13 – Sun 12/15) See Menu
  • Veneto (Thursday 12/19 – Sun 12/22) See Menu
  • AVVINO (Friday 12/27 – Sun 12/29) See Menu
  • Native Tuesday (12/31) See Menu
  • Food Vendors in Village – Duke’s Donuts, Roasted Chestnuts & Artichokes French, The Chai GuyTony PepperoniWake Coffee
  • Food Trucks on Court St. – Karma’s Cruisin Cafe, Le Petit Poutine, Marty’s Meats, The Meatball Truck, Rustic Taco Bar
Tickets Available for Upcoming Events
Parking
There are many surface lots and ramp parking garages conveniently located nearby. Note signs before parking. Metered parking is available on area streets, plus at the Washington Square GarageAllpro Parking Garage at the Five Star Bank BuildingCourt Street GarageMidtown Garage, and Fairway Parking. The Festival does not operate any parking.
Roc Holiday Village Dates
  • December 6, 7 & 8 (Fri, Sat, & Sun)
  • December 13, 14, 15 (Fri, Sat, & Sun)
  • December 19, 20, 21, 22 (Thur, Fri, Sat, & Sun)
  • December 27, 28, 29 (Fri, Sat, & Sun)
  • December 31, New Year’s Eve (Tue)