Light Up The Holidays Downtown!
Join us as we kick off the holiday season with this annual downtown family celebration. It begins with one of Rochester's favorite traditions: the lighting of the Liberty Pole. Afterwards, the crowd becomes a moving parade as Prime Time Brass leads the way with holiday music to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. The official start of Rochester's outdoor ice-skating season is at the park's rink and club house. Fireworks will be launched at the ice rink!
Saturday, December 5
Liberty Pole Lighting (map).
From 4:30 to 5:10 p.m. join us as we listen along to the University of Rochester's Yellow Jackets and Vocal Point along with Prime Time Brass for another time-tested tradition unique to Rochester as Mayor Warren switches on the lights of the Liberty Pole just outside the Sibley Building. Holiday costumed characters including Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and friends will be available for photo ops!
Head indoors to warm up before the lighting in the Sibley Building and check out their festive 16 ft. Christmas tree in the atrium!
Free Parking available in the East End and Washington Square Garages and on area streets.
Join a Holiday Parade
From 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. children, parents and well-wishers will follow Mayor Warren, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the Rochester Fire Department’s hook and ladder fire truck to the music of Prime Time Brass in a procession from the Liberty Pole to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Ice Rink. Participants may choose to catch a ride on an ole’ time trolley to the rink or to area parking garages.
Season Opening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Ice Rink
At approximately 5:30 p.m., the parade-goers will be greeted with ground fireworks at the ice rink. The evening will also feature FREE open skate to holiday DJ music provided by Beal’s Rock and Roll Review 5:30-8:30 p.m. (It is suggested that individuals bring their own skates, if at all possible, as there is very limited skate rental for $3 per person.) Other attractions include free horse-drawn wagon rides, craft activities in the lodge and a 30-foot, fully-decorated holiday tree. Fee for refreshment and food purchases.
FREE trolley rides may be taken back to nearby parking from the rink until 8:30 p.m.
FREE Parking is available at the East End Garage, 475 E. Main St. and Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Blvd.
Call the Office of Special Events at (585) 428-6690 or email us.