Holiday Events in Rochester

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Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

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Visit area Christmas Light Displays



Things To Do-Get Active!

Ice Skating 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square  -Various skating times and rentals.

Ellison Park – The ice skating rink is located in the large parking lot off of Blossom Road. There are no skate rentals, you must bring your own.   


Highland Park – pond across from Highland Hospital; bring your own skates. 

It’s wintertime and there is a lot to look forward to.  As an A-Lister, you’re already used to the finer things in life. But, with all the conference calls, ski outings, and holiday parties, keeping up with what’s on the up and up can be a daunting task for a busy A-Lister.    A-List is here to fill you in on what’s hot and what’s next in Rochester-before it happens. We’ll introduce you to what’s next in restaurants, nightlife, fashion, and events so you can be the first to see it (just as an A-Lister should). 


Eastman House Sweet Creations  Nov. 7 – Dec. 27, 2014mansion360

This popular holiday tradition returns for its 19th season.  This presentation of dozens of cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread creations will be on view throughout the museum.



A Christmas Carol at Geva  Nov. 26 – Dec. 27, 2014


A beloved Rohester tradition returns to Geva Theatre Center on the Wilson Mainstage.  A Christmas Carol, Dickens’ classic tale of redemption for the most despised man in London will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit this holiday season.





The Nutcracker, Presented by The Rochester City Ballet and The RPO  Nov. 28, 29 and 30, 2014performance-nutcracker2012-13-1

Rochester’s only full-length, live-music performance of this enchanting classic is a dazzling, heartwarming spectacle that will leave all ages delighted—a brilliant start to the holiday season.




Holidays at the Market  Sundays Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14, 2014  9:00am-3:00pm  holiday at the market

Dozens of vendors with art, crafts, decorations, holiday food delicacies, gifts, stocking stuffers, and much much more. Take advantage of a wide selection of holiday trees, wreaths and fresh garlands. Bring the children for a visit with Santa and free horse-drawn carriage rides…and other fun free activities.



Park Avenue Holiday Open House Dec. 4, 2014  5:00-9:00pm right-openhouse

Stroll beautiful Park Avenue and enjoy the cheerful sight of lights sparkling on buildings, tree branches, bushes, and the light poles at major intersections. This evening of free entertainment, seasonal fun, and “open house” hospitality at more than 80 Park Avenue businesses.



Corona Cares 1st Fridays   

CoronaFindYourBeachImageDec. 5, 2014  5:30-8:00pm

Kick off holiday month with the A-List First Friday at Hot Shots. Invited guests will enjoy complimentary light fare, and a complimentary Corona, drink specials, door prizes, and live music at Rochester’s indoor beach. Score your invite.


Liberty Pole Lighting, Fireworks, and Family Ice Skating Night  Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, starting at 4:30pmliberty pole lighting

Kick off the holiday season with this annual downtown family 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 for outdoor skating.  Fireworks will be launched at the ice rink!


Lake Ontario Wine Trails Christmas Around The World

Dec. 6-7, 2014  12:00pm-5pm ad dec event 2014 (1)

Travel the Lake Ontario Wine Trail this holiday season and experience Christmas Around the World. 





Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Rochester Auditorium Theatre

Dec. 17, 2014 7:30pm 00568_show_portrait_large

The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound and beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller, along with dazzling multimedia effects.





New Year’s Eve At City Grill and Ballroom 384

Dec. 31, 2014  Starting at 5:00pmunnamed

Celebrate the New Year at City Grill Rochester.  Reserve your table for dinner only or all inclusive package. South Beach’s DJ Misha will be at the turn tables.



New Year’s Eve with The Capitol Steps

Dec. 31, 2014, 6:30pm and 10:00pm

The Capitol Steps will return to the Nazareth College Arts Center for their traditional New Year’s Eve show of hilarious, politically based satire and song parodies. 




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