News Release - Mayor Warren Announces Full Schedule of City Holiday Events

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced a host of fun-filled family activities and events to celebrate the holiday season as she lit the Christmas tree in the Atrium of City Hall today.

“From the Lighting of the Liberty Pole, to Holidays at the Market, activities at R-Centers and ice rinks and the splendor of New Year’s Eve fireworks, our city offers so many opportunities to create lasting holiday memories with friends and family,” said Mayor Warren. “Events like this showcase the very best of Rochester, building upon our quality of life, creating safer more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs and better educational opportunities for our residents. Citizens and visitors alike are invited to take in one or all of these events and see why Rochester is the place to be during the holidays.”

This year’s activities include:

• Saturday, Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m.: Lighting of the Liberty Pole presented by Sharp Notions and supported by iHeart Media, corner of Main Street and Franklin Street.

Join iHeart radio personality “the Mayor” Pete Kennedy as he spins holiday music while Santa, Rudolph, elves and mascots greet kids at the Liberty Pole. Prime Time Brass will join Mayor Warren for the time-tested tradition unique to Rochester as she flips the switch on the 10,000 lights of the Liberty Pole at East Main Street and East Avenue. Costumed characters, including Santa, will be available to take photos with families. Parking is free at the East End Garage, 475 E. Main St., and Mortimer Street Garage, 25 N. Clinton Ave. from 3 to 8:30 p.m.

Holiday Parade stepping off at the Liberty Pole, 5:15 p.m.
Children, parents and well-wishers will follow Prime Time Brass, Mayor Warren, Santa, Rudolph and other guests along with the Rochester Fire Department’s hook and ladder fire truck in a procession from the Liberty Pole to the ice rink at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. Participants may choose to catch a ride on an old-fashioned trolley to the rink.

Fireworks, Ice Skating and Family Activities at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 5:30 p.m., 353 Court St.

Parade-goers will be greeted with a spectacular fireworks display at the ice rink, next to a fully-decorated Christmas tree. Free open skate to holiday music provided by Beal’s Rock and Roll Review. (Bring your own skates if possible. Limited skate rental available for $3 per person). Refreshments and food will be available for purchase. Families can take free horse-drawn wagon rides around the park. To warm up, the MLK Park Lodge will be open and feature free crafts and Rec-on-the-Move activities. Free trolley rides may be taken back to nearby parking garages from the rink until 8:30 p.m. Visit for more.

• Sundays, Dec. 3 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Holidays at the Market, City of Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. 

A Rochester holiday tradition, Holidays at the Market features dozens of vendors with arts and crafts, decorations, holiday food delicacies, gifts, stocking stuffers and much more. Take advantage of a wide selection of holiday trees, wreaths, fresh garlands and a plethora of other holiday goods and goodies. Kids can enjoy free carriage rides with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday. The new, state-of-the-art new indoor vendor shed will be open with many favorite vendors on hand. For more information, visit

• Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.: A City Sings for the Season at the Stardust Ballroom at Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St.  

This free event is presented by the Rochester Oratorio Society. Uplifting and heartwarming selections featuring children’s voices, strings and gospel choir resound in the historic Edgerton Ballroom. Patrons will enjoy the musical richness of our community while benefitting others in this popular, free performance, co-sponsored by the City, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Canandaigua National Bank, Nocon + Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Donations of food, clothing and personal care items will be accepted at the door. For more information, visit

• Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.: Lighting of the Menorah in the City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.

The lighting of the Menorah marks the eight days of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester.

• Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 3 p.m.: Bringing Christmas Downtown Presented in partnership with 103.9 WDKX in the Atrium of City Hall, 30 Church St.

Free community celebration. Photos with Santa, coat, hat and glove giveaway for children. Visit Toy Village sponsored by Eta Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

• Sunday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.: Skate with Santa at the Genesee Valley Park Ice Arena, Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave.

$2 youth, $3 college students (with ID), $5 adults, $14 family maximum. Skate rental is an additional $3.

• Sunday, Dec. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: New Year’s Eve Skate at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St.

Free admission. $3 skate rental. Family skate: 5 to 7 p.m.; Adults only (over 16 years old) skate: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.: New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St.
Family Indoor Fun, 7 p.m.

Free festivities with activities and entertainment for all ages including a DJ dance party, an old-time photo booth, a giant bounce house, climbing wall, obstacle course and other inflatable structures. Special appearances by your favorite costumed characters.

Free parking available in Sister Cities, Court Street, South Avenue, Mortimer Street and Washington Square Garages. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Fireworks, 10 p.m.
Enjoy the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Greater Rochester outside the Convention Center overlooking the Main Street Bridge.

• Throughout the season: Holidays at City R-Centers, various locations R-Centers will host a variety of activities such as visits from Santa and holiday parties. Call 311 to be connected to a center or visit

Throughout the season: The Edgerton Model Railroad Room, 41 Backus St.
This hidden treasure will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on select days during the 2017 holiday season. Free admission. For schedule information, call 428-6769 or visit

Holiday events are sponsored by the City of Rochester. For more information, call 311 (outside the city, call 428-5990) or visit


News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.


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