Meet St. Nick in his magical Workshop!
African American Santa Dates & Hours!
Sunday, December 4, 11am – 6pm
Friday, December 9, 4pm – 8pm
Wednesday, December 21, 4pm – 8pm
Visit with Santa Claus!
Meet Santa in his magical workshop! Tell Santa what you want for Christmas and we’ll snap a photo of you with the jolly guy and instantly print a 4×6 copy for free!
Mail Your Letters to Santa
On your way in to see Santa, look for the big red Santa’s Mailbox inside Santa’s Workshop to send letters to Santa.
Letters received by 12/11 will receive a reply! Parents, please help children write their full address clearly.
Enjoy a free, delicious cookie from Mrs. Claus’ Bakeshop courtesy of Wegmans.
Buy a Kazoo
Continue the beloved Rochester tradition of buying kazoos at the end of the line! Kazoos and other toy instruments will be available to purchase with all proceeds going towards Camp Good Days!
March in the Parade
Meet us on Saturday, December 3rd at 5 pm for the City of Rochester’s Liberty Pole Lighting (Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604) and a festive Lantern Parade led by Santa to Roc Holiday Village.
Santa Text Express
Hooray, shorter wait times! When you arrive, we’ll take your name and number and send you a text when it’s your turn with Santa!
Say Farewell to Santa
On our final night, Thursday, December 22, Prime Time Brass will play around The Village and in The Lodge Bar. At approximately 8pm they will parade with Santa throughout the Village before saying goodbye until next year.
The Monorail - A Piece of Rochester’s Holiday History
Come see a section of the original Monorail in Santa’s Workshop! The monorail ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007. This elevated train was designed specifically for Midtown Plaza by Clinton B. Clark, whose Illinois-based company, Rocket Express Systems, began manufacturing monorails in the late 1940s. Clark sold his trains to department stores looking for an innovative way to attract children (and their pocketbook-holding parents) during the holiday season. He installed monorails in the toy departments of noted retailers such as Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia and Sears in Chicago, before unveiling his custom model for Rochester’s Midtown Plaza in 1968. Midtown’s Monorail featured two trains of two cars each that traveled 3 miles an hour along a suspended single rail in the mall’s central concourse. The five-minute ride accommodated thirty-two passengers at a time and drew thousands of children each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The popular holiday attraction met its end after plans to demolish Midtown Plaza were announced in 2007. Following the monorail’s final ride that December, the train was dismantled and placed in storage.