Guide To 2020 Holiday Events In Rochester, NY
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 9:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff
While this year’s calendar looks a bit different than years past, we still have many ways that you can safely get into the holiday spirit this season. This is a growing list that is subject to change as organizations make announcements about upcoming events. If you plan to visit specific locations, please be sure to check directly with those entities for the latest event information and to view their COVID-19 operating guidelines.
Weekends, December 5-20 | Pre-Sale Tickets Only
Enjoy the delights of the festively-decorated historic village during the Yuletide Open House or indulge in a hearty breakfast with a socially-distanced St. Nick during the Yuletide Pancake Breakfast.
Now Through December 13 | Timed Tickets Required
The annual holiday displays will fill the museum with familiar cheer and some new protocols will help ensure the health and safety of guests. Sweet Creations features dozens of cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread houses. See dozens of uniquely decorated wreaths on view and decorated trees throughout the historic mansion. You can also enjoy holiday fun from the comfort of home with a 360 view of the historic mansion decorated for the season, gingerbread recipes, and more.
Now Through March 28 | Timed Tickets Required
Spend your Warholidays at the MAG as you explore the many facets of Andy Warhol’s work while it is on view in Rochester.
December 4-6 | Timed Photo Sessions
Celebrate the season with a festive portrait of you and your pet!
Now Through December 23
The 16th Annual Holiday Show features photos from the nine Image City Photography Gallery partners and guest photographers.
Now Through January 3 | Timed Tickets Required
The planetarium’s family holiday spectacular features your favorite holiday songs played back-to-back choreographed with dancing laser light among the stars of the planetarium sky.
December 6, December 13, December 17
A Rochester holiday tradition for more than 25 years, Holidays at the Market features dozen of holiday-focused vendors (trees, decorations, holiday foods and crafts, gifts, and more), visits with Santa, hay rides, cookie decorating and more!
December 4 & December 5
If you're looking for a unique gift for that special someone, stop by the NYK's outdoor craft market featuring local makers.
December 5, December 12, December 19
Shop 18 unique local vendors and then sip some wine or eat some food while seated in Casa Larga's spacious event room.
Streaming Online With Ticket Purchase
Enjoy your favorite holiday songs by streaming performances by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from the comfort of your own home. Five holiday streaming concerts are available for purchase and with unlimited enjoyment for up to 45 days.
Streaming Online With Ticket Purchase
Rochester City Ballet’s holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” will be coming to your home virtually this season. The performance will be streamed from Thanksgiving Day until Christmas Eve. Be sure to gather your favorite holiday treats as you sit back, relax, and begin your holiday season with this magical production.
December 31, 2020 | 8:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Live Online Streaming With Ticket Purchase
Join an all-star cast of Shakespearean bandits, special guests, the Wheel of Soliloquy, John Falstaff himself, a bit of beer and the complete works of William Shakespeare – all for about 83 minutes! It's Monty Python meets Drunk History, with prizes! Shotspeare will zoom Shakespeare’s Complete Works directly to you for an evening of immeasurable virtual mayhem. Grab your favorite cocktail, or beer or wine or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s (because you do you!), get over dressed (because why not?), and prepare to wake up in your Lazy Boy!