Insider Guide to Winter



shopLocalRocButton#Roc the holiday!  Look good. Feel good. Make a difference with your dollar and make the pledge to shop local. The Insider Guide to the Holiday takes you into our neighborhoods top boutiques, shops, and spas + the A-List 2014 Gift Guide.


breathe yoga opens its 5th location at College Town on Black Friday.





Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

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Rochester Area

Finger Lakes



Visit area Christmas Light Displays



Get stacked Wednesdays at City Grillget stacked wednesdays$8 eggplant stacks Wednesdays and ½ off bottles of wine, or bring your own bottle. No corkage fee.  If you have reason to celebrate or you’re having a rough day, sneak out of work early for the 2-5pm everyday City Grill happy hour – all drinks are ½ price.


Things To Do-Get Active!


Bristol Mountain VIP Learn to Ski or Snowboard for only $99

hotshotsJoin a league, or rent a court (sand/hardcourt volleyball or basketball) at Hotshots.


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.



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  Jan. 2, 2014 5:30-8:00pm

CoronaFindYourBeachImageKick off the new year 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.




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.


Mendon Ponds Park Winterfest  Jan. 18, 2015  11:00am-4:00pm photo1

A fun-filled, free event about learning and trying out winter activities such as ice fishing, snowshoeing and ice boating. Geared towards families, but an enjoyable day for everyone no matter how cold or warm the weather. Most events do not depend upon snow cover.



2015 Chocolate Ball  Feb. 7, 2015 CHOCOLATE7a3bce09-6735-4bbb-96bf-a107727a5726

Eat your desert before dinner!  The Chocolate Ball, supporting Epilepsy-Pralid, attracts close to 500 guests who spend the evening tasting and bidding on award-winning chocolate cakes prepared by the area’s finest pastry chefs.  It also includes dinner, dancing and enticing silent auction items.


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