Get into the holiday season in Rochester and the Finger Lakes with this roundup of special events for every age.

Holiday Shopping

Shop the South Wedge

Oh sure you can shop anytime, but you will want to make a special trip for these shopping events to discover unique gifts you cannot find anywhere else.

Holiday Bazaar

November 18-20
Rochester Museum & Science Center


Holiday Open House On Park Ave

December 1
Park Avenue Merchants Association

It's a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge

December 3
Business Association of the South Wedge


Holidays with the Family

Sweet Creations at George Eastman Museum

The holiday season is all about spending more time with family, so bring Mom, Dad, the kids, grandparents, and even great Aunt Sally for these family fun events.

Sweet Creations

November 4-December 14
George Eastman Museum


Glass Wonderland

November 17-January 3
Corning Museum of Glass


Holiday Laser Light Show

November 19-January 2
Rochester Museum & Science Center


Yuletide Country Tours

Weekends in December
Genesee Country Village & Museum


Christmas Tree Farm

Starting November 25th
Stokoe Farms


Holly Trolley Rides

Weekends in December
New York Museum of Transportation


Comfort and Joy Tree Trimming Party

December 3


Holiday Show at the Lamberton Conservatory

December 3-January 3
Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park


Deck the Town

December 10
College Town Rochester


Holidays at the Market

December 4, 11 &18
Rochester Public Market


Holiday Music and Traditions

Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre

It's that time of year, when you just can't get that holiday music out of your head. Don't fight it, give in and enjoy these special holiday performances.

The Nutcracker

November 23-27
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Rochester City Ballet


A Christmas Carol

November 23-December 24
Geva Theatre


A City Sings for the Season

December 4
Rochester Oratorio Society


Music from the Polar Express and Frozen

December 4
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra


Madrigila: A Cup of Good Cheer

December 7
Hochstein School of Music & Dance


Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 13-18
Rochester Broadway Theatre League


Coney Island Christmas

December 15-18
Center Stage at the JCC Rochester


Gala Holiday Pops

December 16-19
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra


The Holiday Spirit

group gives a toast at zoobrew event at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY

Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit like a cup of good cheer.

Wine & Christmas Cookies

November 27
Canandaigua Wine Trail & New York Wine & Culinary Center



December 2
Seneca Park Zoo


Christmas Around the World

December 3-4
Lake Ontario Wine Trail


The Happiest Hour

December 7
The Strong National Museum of Play


Black Button Distilling Winter Cocktails

December 9
New York Wine & Culinary Center


Casa Larga Italian Holiday

December 10
Casa Larga Vineyards


Visit the Wine Country

Seneca Wine Trail
Canandaigua Wine Trail
Keuka Wine Trail
Cayuga Wine Trail
Lake Ontario Wine Trail




We are just so excited to see the big man in the red suit.

Santa Arrives at Rochester Malls (three events)

November 19
Marketplace Mall
Greece Ridge Mall


Breakfast with Santa

December 10-11, 17-18
Seneca Park Zoo


Breakfast with Saint Nick

November 26
Genesee Country Village & Museum


Holiday Home Coming

December 8
George Eastman Museum


Skate with Santa

December 17
Bill Gray's IcePlex