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Master Guide to December Holiday Fun in Greater Rochester, NY
As soon as the cold weather arrives, our thoughts naturally turn to the holiday season! We prepare for it for weeks. Here is your master guide to the holidays!
The following organizations providing holiday activities have elected to be featured on this page:
Sweet Creations: Gingerbread Exhibit
|Gingerbread houses! The popular holiday tradition returns to George Eastman House for its 19th year, featuring more than 70 clever confections throughout the museum and historic house, which is elaborately decorated for the holidays. "Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Exhibition" is on view November 7 - December 17, 2014, with the houses for sale via silent auction. Remember: KIDS 12 and under always get in FREE (with paid adult) to Eastman House!
Nov 27-Dec 27, 2014
Celebrate the Holiday Spirit with your entire family at Rochester’s most popular family holiday tradition, Geva Theatre Center's A Christmas Carol! Geva’s newest version includes over a dozen original songs, larger than life sets, and the newest stage technology to bring this classic tale to life in under two hours. Guy Paul once again returns to Geva as Scrooge!
Tickets from $15 for kids age 5-12! Call 232-GEVA for details. Click here for the KOA review of A Christmas Carol!
Fri/Sat/Sun Dec 5-21, 2014
|Nothing conjures the holiday spirit like a trip back in time for a glimpse of holiday traditions of old! The historic village will be aglow with festively decorated homes for its traditional Yuletide in the Country the first three weekends in December. Enjoy reenactments of Yuletides past in each of the buildings featured on the tour, and much more.|
Cinderella: December 9-14
Great Russian Nutcracker: December 15
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: December 17
Fresh Beat Band: December 18
Pippin: January 13-18
Fantastic Holiday Performances coming to the Auditorium Theatre!
Nazareth College Arts Center
Join the New York State Ballet (NYSB) for their magical rendition of The Nutcracker, the classic fairy tale centered on a German family's Christmas Eve celebration - and a dreamland filled with a cast of fanciful characters. Get swept away in the holiday spirit with Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music and the breathtaking dancing of NYSB.Click here for information.
|Make The Marketplace Mall your place for the holiday season! From fantastic restaurants like The Melting Pot and Papaya Asian Kitchen and Bar to host your holiday parties (or just sneak away for date night!) to exclusive stores like Field & Stream, Gift-ology and Charming Charlie, Marketplace is your go-to place for the holidays. Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the season? Enjoy Pole Position Raceway, the new indoor go kart track with high-performance, electric karts that reach speeds of 45 mph! While here, don’t miss Santa! Located in Center Court’s winter wonderland, Santa has hours daily. Visit themarketplacemall.com for more details, hours and events through the holiday season.
Holiday Light Displays in greater Rochester
So many families have the tradition of hopping in the car and going to see the lights in neighborhoods around our area. Check out KidsOutAndAbout's big list of holiday light displays... as reported by readers.
Where to visit Santa
Find all the places you can visit with Santa here.
FREE holiday events
You think you can't get anything free anymore? Nonsense! Here are a bunch of free events (listed day by day) coming up in greater Rochester.
Hanukkah begins in the evening of December 16, 2014 and ends December 24, 2014. Click here for upcoming Chanukah activities!
Lightbulb Day is celebrated on the Winter Solstice, on or about December 21. Click here to find out what it is!
Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26-January 1 each year. Click here for upcoming Kwanzaa activities!
We have subdivided this list into categories below, but to see one easy list of ALL upcoming Christmas activities, click here!
Holiday Light Displays in our area! (We compiled this in 2011, and although the displays are usually the same from year to year, please let us know if you have suggestions for 2013 or notice discrepancies.)
Do you cut your own Christmas tree? Here's our big list of farms where you can cut your own Christmas tree in greater Rochester.
Breakfast with Santa
There are lots of Breakfasts with Santa (and sometimes, Breakfast with the Grinch!). Get your tickets early, because these tend to sell out. Click here for Holiday Breakfasts.
Holiday concerts, shows, and other performances
There are lots of special concerts and shows... and some of them are free! Click here for the entire Holiday Performance list.
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And now for a list of all December Holiday events: