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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.



Lighting of the Liberty Pole

Saturday, December 6
4:30 p.m.
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Listen to the holiday sounds of Vocal Point and the Yellow Jackets, the University of Rochester's a capella groups! Meet Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, and Mayor Warren 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

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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

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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

Wednesday, December 31
Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center & the ice rink at Martin Luther King Jr., Park
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Looking for something to do with the family on New Year's Eve? Downtown Rochester will play host to an abundance of fun-filled activities for the entire family. Come to the City's free celebration inside the Convention Center that includes three hours of kid-friendly entertainment like bounce houses, magicians, face painters, photo booths, and costumed characters, all followed by fireworks outside!  

If you would rather spend the night outdoors, free skate admission will be available to patrons for an Early New Year’s Eve Skate at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square Ice Rink and will continue into a late-evening open-skate session. 







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