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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
at George Eastman House

Largest ever display!

Rochester, NY

GEH2011Gingerbreadsm.jpgGingerbread houses! The popular holiday tradition returns to George Eastman House for its 18th 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 13 - December 17, 2013, with the houses for sale via silent auction. Remember: KIDS 12 and under always get in FREE (with paid adult) to Eastman House!

A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center

Rochester, NY

Nov 27-Dec 28, 2013

Location and Hours

Geva Theatre Center presents A Christmas Carol

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!

Yuletide in the Country
Tour at Genesee Country Village

Mumford, NY

Fri/Sat/Sun Dec 6-22, 2013


Yuletide in the Country at GCVM - Click hereNothing 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.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Auditorium Theatre
December 10-13, 2013

The record-setting Broadway holiday sensation DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, which features the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series, makes its long awaited Rochester debut. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos.Click here for ticket prices and sales.

NYS Ballet's The Nutcracker

Nazareth College Arts Center
December 20-21, 2014

NYSBalletNutcracker.jpgJoin 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.

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.

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 November 27 and ends December 5, 2013. Click here for upcoming Chanukah activities!



Lightbulb Day

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.)

XmasTreeCuttingSm.jpgChristmas Tree Farms

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

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.





The Nutcracker

The Messiah

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