Revive Your Rochester Holiday Traditions Downtown!
Join us each year 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 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!
The 2014 schedule is not complete yet. See the 2013 below.
Order of Events
Liberty Pole Lighting (map).
From 4:30 to 5:10 p.m. Join us as we listen along to the University of Rochester's all-girls a cappella group, Vocal Point, and Prime Time Brass for another time-tested tradition unique to Rochester as Mayor Richards switches on the lights of the Liberty Pole just outside the Sibley Building. Holiday costumed characters and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photo ops! Parking available in the East End Garage and on area streets.
Join a Holiday Parade
From 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. children, parents and well-wishers will follow Mayor Richards, 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 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 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.
Parking is available at the East End Garage, 475 E. Main St., for $2.
Call the Office of Special Events at (585) 428-6690 or email us.