Last Two Weekends! What’s Coming Up at Roc Holiday Village December 14, 15 & 16

Visit with Santa! Free Ice Skating! Shopping! Mini Maker Market Saturday! Breakfast with Santa! Pop-up Restaurant at The Lodge is Native Eatery & Bar ! Rochester Curling Club Curling Demo & Instruction Saturday! Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club Performance and Learn to Skate! Rochester Accessible Adventures Sled Hockey Demo! Live Music – Free – Friday & Saturday Night

It will be another fun-packed weekend of jolly events for the whole family for days six, seven and eight of the inaugural 11-day, 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 Mini Maker Market and the many vendor boots, learn curling, see a Rochester Accessible Adventures sled hockey demo, visit with Santa, see the Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club performance and learn to skate. Plus enjoy free live music. And eat drink and be merry in The Lodge. This weekend’s pop-up restaurant is Native Eatery & Bar.

Jolly Events

Friday, December 14

4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free Ice Skating
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Village Shopping
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Visit Santa in Santa’s Workshop
4:00 – 11:00 p.m. Pop-up Restaurant Native Eatery & Bar at the Lodge
4:00 – 11:00 p.m. Bar at the Lodge open
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Rochester Accessible Adventures sled hockey demo (ice rink)
6:00 – 7:00 Faith Lutheran Church bell choir performance (outdoors)
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Live music in the Bar at the Lodge with John Akers

Saturday, December 15
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free Ice Skating
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Village Shopping
10:00 –11:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa in the Gingerbread House (ticketed / sold out)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Curling Demonstration and Instruction
Noon – 11:00 p.m. Pop-up Restaurant Native Eatery & Bar at the Lodge
Noon – 11:00 p.m. Bar at the Lodge open
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Pride of Rochester marching band (outdoors)
Noon – 8:00 p.m. Visit Santa in Santa’s Workshop
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Reed Family & Friends Carolers outdoors
2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mini Maker Market in the Gingerbread House
4:00 p.m. Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club performance and learn to skate
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Live music in the Bar at the Lodge with Danny Ziemann Trio performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Sunday, December 16
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free Ice Skating
10:00 –11:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa in the Gingerbread House (Sold Out)
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Village Shopping
Noon – 2:00 p.m. Brunch by pop-up restaurant Native Eatery & Bar in the Lodge Restaurant & Bar
Noon – 6:00 p.m. The Lodge Restaurant & Bar open
Noon – 5:00 p.m. Visit Santa in Santa’s Workshop
1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Crafts in the Gingerbread House

Roc Holiday Village Highlights

On the Ice
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.

  • Rochester Accessible Adventures sled hockey demo – Players will demo the equipment, some game maneuvers, and how people of all abilities can participate throughout the winter! Ice rink – Friday Dec. 14, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

In Santa’s Workshop – Visit with Santa – 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 opens.
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 & Igloos

Restaurant Schedule
Meet at The Lodge! This heated tent structure at Roc Holiday Village, features counter service from a different pop up restaurant each weekend.

  • Native Eatery & Bar – Friday, December 15 to Sunday, December 17
  • Marty’s Meats – Friday, December 21 to Sunday, December 23

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 are Friday 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Brunch will be served each Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. No reservations required.

Food Vendors

Food vendors in the Village 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.

Winter Igloos – SOLD OUT!

These geodesic dome, warm and cozy winter Igloos, offer a sanctuary from the outdoor elements with a transparent view of the Village. Each is outfitted with comfy chairs, blankets and pillows provided by West Elm. No more reservations are currently being accepted. If additional capacity becomes available, information will be posted at rocholidayvillage.com/winter-igloos.

Free Live Music

Enjoy free music outdoors and from 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening inside the Lodge.

  • Friday December 14
    6:00 – 7:00 Faith Lutheran Church bell choir performance (outdoors)
    8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Live music in the Bar at The Lodge with John Akers
  • Saturday December 15
    2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Reed Family & Friends Carolers (outdoors)
    12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Pride of Rochester marching band (outdoors)
    8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Live music in the Bar at the Lodge with Danny Ziemann Trio performing “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Shopping! Check off Everything on Your Holiday Gift List!

Retail Vendors

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.

Mini Maker Market is Saturday December 15

Local crafters, DIYers, confectioners, and entrepreneurs will set up shop on Saturday, December 15 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the “Rochester Regional Health Gingerbread House” tent. Makers include: Abode, Bags that Bite, Cha Cha Cha Joy, Charlie Blu, GG Bakes Inc., Highland Lilac of Rochester, Impact Earth, Jill Magara Pottery, Laughing Gull Chocolates, LaZanas Botique, Love Light, MansaWear, Mari Tome Jewelry Design / Rockin’ Tots, Owl Post Lettering, Sweet & Cute Sweets and Wholestory Collective.

Hours, Parking, Map, First Aid and Info

Village hours 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.