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'Tis The Season For Roc Holiday Village

Monday, November 25, 2019 12:00 PM by Visit Rochester Staff

Embrace the cold-weather winter wonderland of Rochester, NY to celebrate the holiday season during the second annual City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village. This annual holiday festival brings the magic of the season to the heart of downtown Rochester with festivities for all ages that include visits with Santa for children and dogs, ice skating, a shopping village, pop-up restaurants, local craft beverages, tree lighting, Santa’s workshop, VIP winter igloos, celebrations for Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, and more.

With 14 days of fun with lots of pop-up events and activities, we're sharing our guide on what you need to know about this year's Roc Holiday Village.

The Shops

Wander the vendor village to shop a unique selection of sweets, treats, and treasures from artisan vendors to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list or to treat yourself. View a full list of local vendors by weekend here.

Village Shopping Hours:

  • Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

  • Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Thursday December 19 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for additional shopping with the Roc Holiday Village Mini Maker Markets happening on Saturday, December 14 and Thursday, December 19.

The Lodge

Eat, drink, and be merry during the Roc Holiday Village with The Lodge Restaurant & Bar, village vendors & food trucks, as well as the exclusive VIP winter igloos. The Lodge is where you’ll find a different pop-up restaurant each weekend dishing out delicious, casual eats plus drinks from the bar stocked with wine and beer. On Friday and Saturday evenings, relax and enjoy free live music. Each pop-up operates counter-style service

2019 Pop-Up Restaurants:

  • Marty's Meats | Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8

  • Antonetta's | Friday, December 13  to Sunday, December 15

  • Veneto | Friday, December 19 to Sunday, December 21

  • AVVINO | Friday, December 27 to Sunday, December 29

  • Native | Tuesday, December 31

Special Events By Date

Roc Holiday Village 2019

Friday, December 6

Free Ice Skating | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Free Crafts For Kids | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of our heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

RMSC Presents: Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Two scientist walk into The Lodge at Roc Holiday Village and are ready to answer--quite literally--any question you have. They may even tell you a real joke! This event is FREE (your drinks are not) during this fun spin on happy hour.

Saturday, December 7

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of our heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Curling Demo & Instructions W. Rochester Curling Club | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Curling is a social sport focusing on fun, fitness, strategy, and teamwork.  Played on the ice, the sport has both a physical and analytical aspect. Enjoy this free demonstration and instruction thanks to the Rochester Curling Club.

Liberty Pole Lighting, Parade, & Tree Lighting | 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • 4:30 p.m.: Join Santa, Rudolph, Elves, and local sports team mascots as they greet kids at the Liberty Pole.

  • 5:00 p.m.: Lighting of the Liberty Pole with Mayor Lovely Warren

  • 5:10 p.m.: Family holiday parade from Liberty Pole to Dr. MLK Jr, Park

  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Parade-goers enjoy all of the holiday festivities at Roc Holiday Village

Sunday, December 8

Make Your Own Evergreen Wreath W. Erie Way Flowers | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

There's nothing better than a wonderfully scented fresh evergreen wreath to add to your holiday decor. In this class, students will learn how to make a beautiful, traditional evergreen wreath with the freshest of materials from Erie Way Christmas Tree Farm in Holley, NY.  This is a ticketed event.

Storytime W. Santa Claus | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy an enchanting one-of-a-kind experience with the big man himself! Inside the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House heated tent, guests will listen to a holiday story read by Santa Claus. Following the story, children can decorate a selected craft. This is a ticketed event.

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Learn To Skate | 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex has teamed up with the Roc Holiday Village to offer a FREE learn to ice skate clinic. These sessions are offered at no cost for children ages 4 to 8 years of age. Registration is required.

Free Crafts For Kids | 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of our heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Wednesday, December 11

Pups Meet Santa | 6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

Don’t miss out on Roc Holiday Village's first ever Pups Meet Santa event with photos with Santa and ugly sweater contest. While waiting for your photo to be taken, guests will mingle and jingle with other pup owners, partake in toasty beverages available for purchase, and peruse the holiday vendors and shops. This is a ticketed event,

Friday, December 13

RMSC Presents: Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Two scientist walk into The Lodge at Roc Holiday Village and are ready to answer--quite literally--any question you have. They may even tell you a real joke! This event is FREE (your drinks are not) during this fun spin on happy hour.

Sled Hockey Demo W. Rochester Sled Hockey | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sled Hockey combines speed, power, play, grit, sweat, skill, camaraderie, team spirit, coordination, and lots of fun along the way! The game puts players with and without disabilities in a sled on the ice. Enjoy this free demonstration and instruction thanks to Rochester Sled Hockey.

Saturday, December 14

Curling Demo & Instructions W. Rochester Curling Club | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Curling is a social sport focusing on fun, fitness, strategy, and teamwork.  Played on the ice, the sport has both a physical and analytical aspect. Enjoy this free demonstration and instruction thanks to the Rochester Curling Club.

Petting Zoo @ The Nativity | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Roc Holiday Village's nativity will be complete with a variety of live animals to visit and pet including goats, sheep, alpacas, and a donkey.

Mini Maker Market | 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The Roc Holiday Village is proud to host a variety of local makers of handmade goods inside of our YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House tent. Here you’ll find artists, crafters, designers, DIYers, and confectioneries! Join us there and support our local businesses and entrepreneurs while checking off your holiday shopping list!

Skate W. Characters | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy free ice skating with your favorite characters including Elsa from Frozen.

Free Ice Skating | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Sunday, December 15

Hanukkah Celebration | 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join other Jewish families and the Rochester community for a fun Hanukkah Celebration presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Rochester and PJ Library! The day features free ice-skating, kosher treats, JROC Band performance, PJ Library Story-time, and Hanukkah crafts.

The Roc Holiday Village outdoor menorah will be lit on the evenings Sunday, December 22 through Monday, December 30.

Cookie Decorating W. Scratch Bakeshop | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Learn how to decorate cookies like a pro! In this basic cookie decorating class, you’ll learn the best way to frost the cookies and make fun designs. This is a ticketed event.

Storytime W. Santa Claus | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy an enchanting one-of-a-kind experience with the big man himself! Inside the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House heated tent, guests will listen to a holiday story read by Santa Claus. Following the story, children can decorate a selected craft. This is a ticketed event.

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of our heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Petting Zoo @ The Nativity | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Roc Holiday Village's nativity will be complete with a variety of live animals to visit and pet including goats, sheep, alpacas, and a donkey.

Learn To Skate | 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex has teamed up with the Roc Holiday Village to offer a FREE learn to ice skate clinic. These sessions are offered at no cost for children ages 4 to 8 years of age. Registration is required.

Thursday, December 19

Free Ice Skating | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Mini Maker Market | 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The Roc Holiday Village is proud to host a variety of local makers of handmade goods inside of our YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House tent. Here you’ll find artists, crafters, designers, DIYers, and confectioneries! Join us there and support our local businesses and entrepreneurs while checking off your holiday shopping list!

Friday, December 20

Free Ice Skating | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Broomball | 7:30 p.m.

Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex has teamed up with the Roc Holiday Village to offer a FREE learn to play broomball clinic. Participants will have an opportunity to learn the basic skills and rules of the game, along with an opportunity to play a fun ‘pick up’ game.

Saturday, December 21

Kwanzaa Celebration | Details TBD

Storytime W. Santa Claus | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy an enchanting one-of-a-kind experience with the big man himself! Inside the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House heated tent, guests will listen to a holiday story read by Santa Claus. Following the story, children can decorate a selected craft. This is a ticketed event.

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of our heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Learn To Play Hockey | 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex has teamed up with the Roc Holiday Village to offer a FREE learn to play hockey clinic. These sessions are offered at no cost for children ages 4 to 8 years of age. Registration is required.

Petting Zoo @ The Nativity | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Roc Holiday Village's nativity will be complete with a variety of live animals to visit and pet including goats, sheep, alpacas, and a donkey.

Sunday, December 22

Christmas Celebration | Details TBD

Tabletop Holiday Centerpiece Making W. Stacy K | 9:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

In this class, led by Stacy K Floral, you will learn to make a long lasting winter green arrangement.  We will go over tips and tricks of foraging the greens or where to go to grab some great holiday greens. We will provide fresh local pine, pine cones, ribbons, and berries to create a long lasting table centerpiece. This is a ticketed event.

Storytime W. Santa Claus | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy an enchanting one-of-a-kind experience with the big man himself! Inside the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House heated tent, guests will listen to a holiday story read by Santa Claus. Following the story, children can decorate a selected craft. This is a ticketed event.

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Santa's Workshop | 11:00 a.m. - 5:30  p.m.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa's Workshop and have your picture taken with Santa. Receive a free digital photo emailed to you or print your photo for $5. Santa's Workshop is also home to the original Monorail that ran in Midtown Plaza from 1968-2007.

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of our heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Petting Zoo @ The Nativity | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Roc Holiday Village's nativity will be complete with a variety of live animals to visit and pet including goats, sheep, alpacas, and a donkey.

Skate W. Characters | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy free ice skating with your favorite characters including Elsa from Frozen.

Friday, December 27

Free Ice Skating | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Saturday, December 28

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Three Kings Day Celebration | 11:00 a.m. -4:00 pm.

For many Christians, the holiday season isn’t over until the twelfth day of Christmas, also known as the “Feast of the Epiphany” or “Three Kings’ Day”. This special Roc Holiday Village celebration will include Puerto Rican music, telling the story of Three Kings’ Day, a special craft project (decorating a shoe box and adding grass inside – symbolic of leaving hay for King’s camels to eat – for children to put out at night so when they wake up there are gifts in return!), and The Three Kings’ in costume to take photos with!

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of our heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Sled Hockey Demo W. Rochester Sled Hockey | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sled Hockey combines speed, power, play, grit, sweat, skill, camaraderie, team spirit, coordination, and lots of fun along the way! The game puts players with and without disabilities in a sled on the ice. Enjoy this free demonstration and instruction thanks to Rochester Sled Hockey.

Broomball | 7:30 p.m.

Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex has teamed up with the Roc Holiday Village to offer a FREE learn to play broomball clinic. Participants will have an opportunity to learn the basic skills and rules of the game, along with an opportunity to play a fun ‘pick up’ game.

Sunday, December 29

Cake Decorating W. Scratch Bakeshop | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Learn how to decorate cakes like a pro! In this basic cake decorating class, you’ll learn the proper way to fill a cake, as well as the best way to frost the cake! Once you get your frosting down, you’ll learn several different ways to decorate your cake. At the end of class, you will leave with a fully decorated cake and the knowledge of how to do it on your own for any occasion with buttercream frosting! This is a ticketed event.

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of our heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club Performance | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 pm.

Enjoy a FREE performance from the Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club on the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park.

Learn To Play Hockey | 2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex has teamed up with the Roc Holiday Village to offer a FREE learn to play hockey clinic. These sessions are offered at no cost for children ages 4 to 8 years of age. Registration is required.

Tuesday, December 31

New Year's Eve Celebration | TBD

To close out 2019, there will be private Igloos to reserve; the bar inside The Anthony Butera Team at Keller Williams Lodge will be serving beer, wine, and sparkling wine; ice skating and skate rentals will be free; The Rec Room (gaming) will be open; and AVVINO will be catering a prix fixe dinner inside of the YMCA of Greater Rochester Gingerbread House.

Free Ice Skating | 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Lace up your skates and glide onto the outdoor ice rink at MLK Park. Enjoy free skating, free skate rentals, and skate helpers, with gratitude to Wegmans!

For more information on Roc Holiday Village and additional event details, visit rocholidayvillage.com. Don't forget to share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #VisitROC and #ROCHOLIDAYVILLAGE.

 

Author: Visit Rochester Staff

Visit Rochester staff share the inside scoop on Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

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