'Tis the season to gather! Whether you're returning home for the holidays or visiting for the first time, there is so much to do in Rochester, NY as you gather with friends and family. We've pulled together the ultimate guide to the holiday season that will keep you busy until you ring in the new year. Whatever you choose to do, share your adventures in Rochester with us using #VisitROC!

 

Holiday Lights 

Genesee Keg Tree

Genesee Brewery | Through January

 

Lighting of the Liberty Pole

Liberty Pole Way | December 4

 

Holiday Light Tour

In Support of Bivona Child Advocacy Center | December 11- 26

 

Holiday Music & Theatre 

The Nutcracker

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra + Rochester City Ballet | November 24 – 28

 

A Christmas Carol

Geva Theatre Center | November 24 – December 24

 

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Kodak Center | December 3

 

A City Sings for the Season

Rochester Oratorio Society | December 12

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

RBTL Auditorium Theatre | December 16

 

Gala Holiday Pops

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra | December 17-19

 

Holiday Family Fun 

Holiday Market & Preparing for Winter

Genesee Country Village & Museum | November 20-21

 

Holiday Open House & Breakfast with St. Nick

Genesee Country Village & Museum | December 5, 12, 19

 

ROC Holiday Village

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park | December 3 -18 (days and times vary)

 

Real Santa Trains to the North Pole  

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum | December 10, 11, 17, 18 

 

Royal Holiday

The Strong National Museum Of Play | December 11

 

Decorate Cookies for Santa and Mrs. Claus

New York Kitchen | December 11

 

Make & Take Reindeer Food

New York Kitchen | December 11

 

Shopping


Holidays at the Market

Rochester Public Market | November 28, December 5, December 12, December 16

 

Brainery Bazaar

Rochester Brainery | November 27, December 4, 11, 18

 

Themata Holiday Market

Culver Road Armory hosted by Peppermint Boutique | November 27, December 20

 

Roc Holiday Village

MLK Park | December 3 – 19 (dates and times vary)

 

It’s a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge

South Wedge Neighborhood hosted by BASWA | December 4

 

Watkins Glen Holiday Fair

Watkins Glen | December 3

 

Come Home for the Holidays Christmas Market

Fairport Perinton Merchants Association | December 4

 

Native American Winter Arts Festival

Ganondagan State Historic Site | December 4

 

Secondhand Wonderland by The Op Shop

Nazareth College | December 4

 

Holiday Happenings for All Ages 

 

Holiday Laser Light Shows

Strasenburgh Planetarium at RMSC | November 13 – January 2, 2022

 

Yuletide in The Country Tours & Dinner

Genesee Country Village & Museum | Weekends, December 3-18

 

Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display  

George Eastman Museum | November 13, 2021– January 2, 2022

 

Tabletop Tree Display

George Eastman Museum | November 17– December 19

 

Holiday Show at Image City Photography Gallery

Image City Photography Gallery | November 30 – December 23

 

Roc Holiday Village

MLK Park | December 3 – 19 (dates and times vary)

 

Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show

Lamberton Conservatory | Through January 2, 2022

 

Candlelight Night - 50 Year Anniversary

Pittsford Chamber | December 7

 

Holiday Evening Tour at the Eastman Museum

George Eastman Museum | December 9

 

Holiday Brunch Cooking Class

New York Kitchen | December 18

 

Glass Holiday Feast

Corning Museum of Glass | Through January 3, 2022

 

Holiday Spirits (21+)

Christmas Around the World

Lake Ontario Wine Trail | December 4-5

 

Holiday Cocktail Experience

Black Button Distilling | December 14

 

December Food & Beer Pairing

Rohrbachs Buffalo Road Brewpub | December 14