Visit with Santa! Free Ice Skating! Shopping! Breakfast with Santa!Pop-up Restaurant at The Lodge is Marty’s Meats! Genesee Figure Skating Club Performance & Learn to Skate! Kwanzaa Celebration Friday! Live Music – Free – Fri & Sat Night – Stephen Morris 4tet! Santa’s Send-off – Sunday!
It’s the last three days of the 2018 City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank.
It all takes place at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Enjoy free ice skating, get your holiday shopping done at the many vendor booths, free crafts for kids, live music, Santa’s Workshop and learn to skate. And eat, drink and be merry in The Lodge. This weekend’s pop-up restaurant is Marty’s Meats.
On Sunday, December 23, Santa has invited Best Buddies and their families to visit the workshop.
Friday, December 21
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free Ice Skating
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Village Shopping
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Santa’s Workshop
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Kwanzaa Celebration, Rochester Regional Health Gingerbread House, FREE
4:00 – 11:00 p.m. Pop-up Restaurant Marty’s Meats at The Lodge
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Crafts, Rochester Regional Health Gingerbread House, FREE
4:00 – 11:00 p.m. Bar at the Lodge open
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Live music in the Bar at The Lodge with Stephen Morris Quartet
Saturday, December 22
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free Ice Skating
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Village Shopping
Noon – 8:00 p.m. Visit Santa’s Workshop (Children who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to join us between noon and 4:00)
Noon – 11:00 p.m. Pop-up Restaurant Marty’s Meats at the Lodge
Noon – 11:00 p.m. Bar at The Lodge open
2:30 – 6:00 p.m. Genesee Figure Skating Club performance and learn to skate
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Crafts with Greece Home Depot in the Gingerbread House – FREE
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.- Live music in the Bar at The Lodge with John Akers
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Live music in the Bar at The Lodge with Stephen Morris Quartet
Last Day, Sunday, December 23
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free Ice Skating
10:00 –11:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa presented by MVP Health Care in the Rochester Regional Health Gingerbread House (SOLD OUT)
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Village Shopping
Noon – 2:00 p.m. Brunch by Pop-up Restaurant Marty’s Meats at the Lodge
Noon – 5:00 p.m. Visit Santa’s Workshop
Noon – 6:00 p.m. Restaurant & Bar at The Lodge open
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Genesee Figure Skating Club performance and learn to skate
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Crafts in the Gingerbread House – FREE
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Prime Time Brass Plays (outdoors)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies – Santa’s send-off
Roc Holiday Village Highlights
Ice Skating – Free
Skate time and skate rentals sponsored by Wegmans are free during Village hours. A limited number of skates available for rent. Skaters are encouraged to bring their own if possible.
Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit with Santa, See Monorail & Trains on Display– FREE!
Santa’s Workshop presented by IACKids and the Anthony Butera Team at Keller Williams Realty will be a magical experience taking kids and their families back in time while waiting to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.
- Photo with Santa Claus – Visit with Santa Claus and get a digital photo emailed for free. Take home a photo print for $5, which includes a donation to IACKids.
- Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop – Cookies from Wegmans – Enjoy a free delicious cookie and organic milk courtesy of Wegmans when you visit Santa’s Workshop.
- See the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.
- Santa’s Mailbox – Send Your Letters to Santa – Look for the big red Santa’s Mailbox just outside Santa’s Workshop to send letters to Santa.
- Santa’s Workshop Windows – On your way in don’t miss the four holiday window displays specially designed by Five Star Bank, the Democrat and Chronicle, Wegmans and 13WHAM Fox Rochester and CW Rochester.
- Model Train Display – This expansive display features operating trains in four separate scenes, with many features that are familiar landmarks in the Rochester area. The display is on loan from Gallina Development, which, with the help of the Rochester Model Railroad Club, restored the model railroad display.
- Buy a Kazoo and Help Camp Good Days! We’re bringing back the tradition of selling kazoos at the end of the Visit Santa line! Kazoos and other toy instruments will be available to purchase with all proceeds going to Camp Good Days!
Breakfast with Santa (SOLD OUT!)
Presented by MVP Health Care. Located inside the Rochester Regional Health Gingerbread House. For those who have tickets, here’s what you need to know.
9:30 a.m. – Check-in
10:00 a.m. – Story time with Santa. Immediately following story time through 11:30 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet, Crafts, & Visit with Santa. Buffet includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice, apple juice, milk, chocolate milk, hot cocoa, coffee, muffins, and more!
Eat and Drink
The Lodge Restaurant & Bar
Restaurant – Marty’s Meats – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Meet at The Lodge! Our heated tent structure at Roc Holiday Village features counter service.
Bar Schedule – Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be served at The Lodge bar including beers from Three Heads Brewing, wines from Living Roots Wine & Co., and mulled wine provided by Heron Hill Winery.
Restaurant and bar hours:
Friday 4 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.
Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Brunch served from noon to 2 p.m.
No reservations required.
Food Vendors include Dukes Donuts, Hallelujah Royal Heritage Tea, the Meatball Truck, CinnaRoast (roasted chestnuts), Taste of Supreme Bakery, and Wake Coffee. Hot chocolate will be served by Dukes Donuts, Tony Pepperoni, and Wake Coffee. Haddad’s street vending will be set up adjacent to the ice skating rink, and another hotdog and hamburger cart will be nearby the Village shopping. Water and soda will also be available.
Free Live Music – Friday & Saturday 8-11 p.m.
Inside The Lodge don’t miss the Stephen Morris Quartet. Morris, a drummer, was named a 2017 Yamaha young performing artist and is an Eastman School of Music grad. Friday and Saturday. 8-11 p.m. And Saturday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., John Akers plays.
Kwanzaa Celebration Friday, Dec 21, 4-8 p.m.
Join us for a community Kwanzaa celebration sponsored by the City of Rochester snd the Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition. Program features Make Your Own African Mask with artist, Shawn Dunwoody, Step Show dance performance and African drumming, Kwanzaa Ceremony led by the Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition with drummers, dancers, and storytelling with Reuben Tapp who will read Anansi tales, Tamshi la Tutaonana, & movie screening of “The Black Candle” See schedule
Shopping! Check off Everything on Your Holiday Gift List!
Retail vendors in the Village include Bentley Bros (tools & toys), BurningBus (artwork), Eastside Dog Services (dog items), Graphic Rats (tie-dye), Jazzy Jems Expo (jewelry), Jewelry Queen Accessories (jewelry), Karan Bonomo Studios (artwork), KB White Farm (soaps), Laughing Goat Fiber (wearables), Paparazzi Accessories (jewelry), Stacy K Floral (wearables & housewares), The Strong National Museum of Play (toys), Urban Wildflower (clothing), and Warehouse 127 (housewares).
The Roc Holiday Village Merchandise Tent
Shop our exclusive Roc Holiday Village Collection during your visit! These one-of-a-kind gifts are perfect for filling up your stockings! Stop by our official merchandise booth in The Village, located across from the entrance to Santa’s Workshop. We sell chocolates by Stever’s Candies, fiberoptic LED wands, glow necklaces, snowflake spin wands, hand warmers (HotHands), the official Roc Holiday Village 2018 commemorative postcard, mugs and ornaments.
Hours, Parking, Map, First Aid and Info
Village hours for shopping, skating,Visit with Santa, are Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bar and restaurant open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Village does not operate any parking but there are surface lots and ramp parking garages conveniently located nearby. Metered street parking will be available as well as area parking garages. More information can be found online at rocholidayvillage.com/getting-around.
First Aid Tent by Rochester Regional Health
Members of Rochester Regional Health’s experienced nursing staff will be in the First Aid tent each day located in the Shopping Village during Village hours.
Located outside The Lodge tent and inside the Ice Rink Lodge.
See the complete schedule on all activities at RocHolidayVillage.com
About City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank
Roc Holiday Village is Rochester, New York’s premier annual holiday festival bringing magic downtown for people of all ages. Roc Holiday Village is owned and produced by Rochester natives Jenna Knauf, owner of Bella Events Group; Kelli Marsh, professional photographer; and Sean McCarthy, owner of McCarthy Tents & Events.
Roc Holiday Village presents 11 days of enchanting festivities on weekends from December 1 to 23 including Breakfast with Santa, free ice skating, a shopping village, food and drink, tree lighting, Santa’s workshop, hand-crafted goods, pop-up restaurants, special events, free music, private parties, nightlife and more. 2018 marks the event’s inaugural year.