What’s Coming up This Friday Dec 7, Saturday Dec 8 and Sunday Dec 9

Rochester, NY – December 6, 2018 – The festivities and fun continue as we head into days 3, 4 and 5 of the inaugural 11-day, City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank. Jolly events on the schedule at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park include free ice skating, shopping, a Mini Maker Market on Saturday, visit with Santa, carolers, Antonetta’s pop-up restaurant in The Lodge, the Amerks and Moose host a Scoro Shooting Contest on the ice on Saturday, Lyric Theater performances, a Hanukkah celebration on Sunday and more!
Friday December 7
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 – African American Santa
4:00 –11:00 p.m. Pop-up Restaurant Antonetta’s at The Lodge
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Salvation Army Bell Ringing including City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
4:00 – 11:00 p.m. Bar at The Lodge open
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Resonanz  Carolers
6:00 – 11:00 p.m. Live music in the Bar at the Lodge with The Isotopes and Nat King Cole Holiday Music Tribute by Sonic Era Entertainment
Saturday, December 8
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 (SOLD OUT)
Noon – 8:00 p.m. Pop-up Restaurant Antonetta’s at The Lodge open
Noon – 11:00 p.m. Bar at the Lodge open
Noon – 8:00 p.m. Visit Santa’s Workshop
2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mini Maker Market in the Gingerbread House
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Reed Family & Friends Carolers outdoors
3:00 – 4:30 Amerks and Moose host Scoro Shooting Contest on the ice rink
3:30, 4:30, & 5:30 p.m. Lyric Theatre performances outdoors
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Live music in the Bar at the Lodge with Dana Wendel Quartet
Sunday, December 9
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 Antonetta’s in the Lodge Restaurant & Bar
Noon – 2:00 IACKids Fundraiser (ticketed)
Noon – 6:00 p.m. Visit Santa’s Workshop
Noon – 6:00 p.m. The Lodge Restaurant & Bar open
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Hanukkah Celebration
Ice Skating – FREE!
Skate time and skate rentals sponsored by Wegmans are free during Village hours. A limited number of skates are 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.
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 a section of 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 to see Santa at Santa’s Workshop, 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 towards Camp Good Days!
Breakfast with Santa – All Breakfasts SOLD OUT!
Presented by MVP Health Care. Breakfasts start today Dec 2 inside the Rochester Regional Health Gingerbread House. For those who have tickets, here is 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!
Photo Experience – FREE!
Take a photo and share it on social media and tag us with #RocHolidayVillage. Located outside of the Gingerbread House, capture the moments of the first of many visits to the Roc Holiday Village.
Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah – December 9 – FREE!
Hanukkah will be celebrated by lighting a 12-foot outdoor menorah, along with kosher food, music and crafts, on the evening of Sunday, December 9. The menorah is located on Court St.
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.
  • Antonetta’s – Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9
  • Native Eatery & Bar – Friday, December 15 to Sunday, December 17
  • Marty’s Meats – Friday, December 21 to Sunday, December 23
Village Shopping
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.
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 Naional Museum of Play (toys), Urban Wildflower (clothing), and Warehouse 127 (housewares).
Mini Maker Markets – December 8 and December 15
Local crafters, DIYers, confectioners, and entrepreneurs will set up shop for two days, on Saturday, December 8 and Saturday, December 15 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the “Rochester Regional Health Gingerbread House” tent.
Makers include MansaWear, LuLaRoe, LaZanas Botique, Laughing Gull Chocolates, Cha Cha Cha Joy, Sweet & Cute Sweets, GG Bakes Inc., Wholestory Collective, Impact Earth, Love Light, Beauty by Bridget, Peacock Printing, Usborne Books, Wolf Den Quilts, and more!
Applications to be a Mini Maker are still being accepted and can be submitted online at rocholidayvillage.com/mini-maker-markets.
The Roc Holiday Village Merchandise tent will 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 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.
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