Embrace the cold-weather winter wonderland of Rochester, NY to celebrate the holiday season during the third 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 13 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:

  • Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Mark your calendars for additional shopping with the Roc Holiday Village Mini Maker Markets happening on Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, December 16.

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

2021 Pop-Up Restaurants:

Special Events By Date

Roc Holiday Village 2021 Events Calendar

Friday, December 3

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!

Free Crafts For Kids | 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Saturday, December 4

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!

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Reed Family & Friends Carolers | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join the Reed family for some merry tunes! Sing festive songs paired with guitar, small instruments, and lyric sheets for anyone that wants to join the fun.

Petting Zoo | 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.

Visit Santa | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa in the Gingerbread House, tell him what you want for Christmas, and have a photo taken with the jolly guy. You will receive an instant printed 4×6 copy for free. No worries about the wait, when you arrive, they’ll take your name and number and send you a text when it’s your turn with Santa!

Liberty Pole Lighting, Parade, & Tree Lighting | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • 5:00 p.m.: Join Santa, elves, and other costumed characters as they greet kids and light the Liberty Pole. Prime Time Brass will play holiday favorites during the lighting of the Liberty Pole!
  • 5:40 p.m.: Family holiday parade from Liberty Pole to the City of Rochester Roc Holiday Village at Dr. MLK Jr, Park
  • 5:45-8:30 p.m.: Parade-goers enjoy all of the holiday festivities at Roc Holiday Village

Sunday, December 5

Games On Ice | 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Compete with other hockey or skating fanatics in Games On Ice, a contest for everyone! The event will consist of two groups: a 16 & Under Group and a 16 & Over Group where contestants will compete in three areas: Handling Skills—participants with sticks and pucks exhibit stick handling skills, a Passing Competition—with mini nets and have participants pass into a net, and Fastest Skater—where participants skate in a circle. Participants are required to bring their own helmets and sticks. Pucks, cones, and nets will be provided.

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

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

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! The day features free ice-skating, storytelling, and Hanukkah crafts.

Free Ice Skating | 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 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!

Petting Zoo | 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 with Characters | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy free ice skating with your favorite characters including Anna and Elsa from Frozen, and Captain America.

Wednesday, December 8

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!

Visit Santa | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa in the Gingerbread House, tell him what you want for Christmas, and have a photo taken with the jolly guy. You will receive an instant printed 4×6 copy for free. No worries about the wait, when you arrive, they’ll take your name and number and send you a text when it’s your turn with Santa!

Free Crafts For Kids | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Thursday, December 9

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!

Mini Maker Market | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 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!

Free Crafts For Kids | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Friday, December 10

Free Crafts For Kids | 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

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!

Resonaz Performance | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Do you love holiday music? Resonanz has a wide variety of vocal arrangements and repertoire which can be performed, a cappella or with accompaniment. With over 90 musical selections comprising holiday music and carols, patriotic songs, folk and Americana, romantic songs, and American popular classics from the past seven decades, this performance will be one for the books.

Saturday, December 11

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!

Curling Demo & Instructions with 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.

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Petting Zoo | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 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.

Flower City Pride Band | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate pride and holiday cheer with Rochester’s own Flower City Pride Band! The group has been marching with pride in Rochester NY since 1993.

Sunday, December 12

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 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!

Amerks Scoro Contest & Moose Appearance | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Amerks and their mascot, the Moose, are paying a visit to the Roc Holiday Village! Shoot the puck to see if you can win a pair of Amerks tickets. If you get the puck into the net you will win 2 free tickets to any remaining home Amerks games in the current season!

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

Details TBD

Petting Zoo | 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.

Free Crafts For Kids | 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Roc City Singers | 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This prestigious regional show choir is Rochester’s very own “Glee!” The choir features top-notch young talent from Rochester and surrounding counties.

Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club Performance | 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 pm.

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

Wednesday, December 15 

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!

Visit Santa | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa in the Gingerbread House, tell him what you want for Christmas, and have a photo taken with the jolly guy. You will receive an instant printed 4×6 copy for free. No worries about the wait, when you arrive, they’ll take your name and number and send you a text when it’s your turn with Santa!

Free Crafts For Kids | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Thursday, December 16

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!

Mini Maker Market | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 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!

Free Crafts For Kids | 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Friday, December 17 

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!

Three Kings’ Day Holiday Celebration | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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!

Saturday, December 18 

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!

Sled Hockey Demo with Rochester Sled Hockey | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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.

Free Crafts For Kids | 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Embrace your children's creative side and join us in the T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

Petting Zoo | 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.

Lyric Voices | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Details TBD

Sunday, December 19

Free Ice Skating | 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 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 T-Mobile Gingerbread House for FREE crafts for kids! A variety of easy handmade craft projects will keep your little ones busy (and happy) inside of the heated tent structure. Themes vary by day and are appropriate for kids of all ages!

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

Details TBD

Visit Santa | 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Visit with Santa in the Gingerbread House, tell him what you want for Christmas, and have a photo taken with the jolly guy. You will receive an instant printed 4×6 copy for free. No worries about the wait, when you arrive, they’ll take your name and number and send you a text when it’s your turn with Santa!

Petting Zoo | 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.

Boom Chicks Carolers | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This women’s a cappella group is named after the “booms” and “chicks” characteristic of vocal percussion. Stop by to enjoy feel-good tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Farewell Santa | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Say farewell to Santa in 2021 as he’s serenaded by Rochester’s premier brass band, Prime Time Brass, who will perform outdoors around 5:00 p.m. and march with Santa around the Village before he departs at 6:00 p.m.

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.