The city of Rochester’s Roc Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank returns in December for 16 days of merriment at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.
The festival opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and features activities every Wednesday-Sunday until Dec. 23. That includes the annual lighting of the Liberty Pole at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3, followed by the inaugural Lantern Parade to the Roc Holiday Village.
“Roc Holiday Village has grown into a wonderful event that shines a light on the vibrancy of downtown Rochester, driven by ongoing investments that are transforming the way we work, live and play,” Martin Birmingham, Five Star Bank president and CEO, said in a news release.
“As a community bank, we are committed to creating measurable impacts and helping our communities thrive. Roc Holiday Village enriches our community, provides holiday fun for people of all ages and supports our valued local businesses.”
Among the attractions: Live reindeer appearing at the village from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 18; Village Shopping and Frosty’s Food Court; an appearance by Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen on Dec. 10 in The Triple-O Lodge; a cocoa and coffee bar in The Triple-O Lodge; Santa’s Workshop, which returns for the first time since 2019; an outdoor bar; a scavenger hunt; ice rink theme days, including an Ugly Sweater Day and Jersey Day.
Village hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The ice rink is open an hour longer on all days; the bar is open until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
More than 100,000 people attended in 2021. For more information on events, including the full schedule and Cozy Igloo rentals, visit the Roc Holiday Village website.
Roc Holiday Village is co-owned by the co-founders, Jenna Manetta-Knauf, Kelli Marsh, and Sean McCarthy.
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