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Holiday Events

Whether it's the bustling holiday shoppers at the Public Market or the excited children dazzled by the site of the Liberty Pole, the city helps put you in the holiday spirit. Each year, the City of Rochester sponsors free, family-friendly holiday events for all to enjoy.

The 2014 Holiday Event Schedule isn't complete yet. See below to get a sense of last year's fun.



Lighting of the Liberty Pole

Saturday, December 7
4:30 p.m.
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Listen to the holiday sounds of Vocal Point, an all-female a cappella group from the University of Rochester. Meet Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, and Mayor Richards as we light the Liberty Pole! Then join a festive, musical parade with the characters and the sounds of Prime Time Brass as we march from the Liberty Pole to Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, where we'll watch fireworks, ice skate, and enjoy the holidays downtown!  

Holidays at the Market

Sundays, December 1, 8, & 15,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m

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Enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience at the 107-year-old Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. Festive decorations will greet shoppers as they choose from the largest selection of fresh cut trees and wreaths in the area. Numerous vendors will offer art, crafts, decorations, holiday food delicacies, gift items, stocking stuffers and more. Shoppers are invited to stop in and taste microbrewed beer at Rohrbach’s, sample fresh-baked breads and sweets at the Union Street Bakery and savor the fresh, roasted coffee at Java’s at the Market. There will be fun for the entire family, including visits with Santa, free horse-drawn sleigh rides and other kid-friendly activities each Sunday. Holidays-at-the-market-vend 

Edgerton Model Railroad Room

Saturdays, December 7, 14, 21
Monday, December 23- Tuesday December 24
Thursday, December 26-Saturday, December 28
Monday, December 30- Tuesday, December 31
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day

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Within the City's Edgerton Community Center is a historic model train room that dates back to 1950! The dazzling displays depict Rochester and many of its natural and built landmarks.

New Year's Eve Family Celebration & Fireworks

Tuesday, December 31
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
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Looking for something to do with the family on New Year's Eve? Come to the City of Rochester's free celebration in the Convention Center. Downtown Rochester will play host to an abundance of fun-filled activities for the entire family. Free skate admission will be available to patrons for an Early New Year’s Eve Skate at the Manhattan Square Rink and will continue into a late-evening open-skate session. If ice skating is not your cup of tea, the Convention Center will be home to three hours of kid-friendly entertainment for families, followed by a magnificent fireworks display over the Genesee River. 







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