101 Holiday Events and Activities in and around Rochester, NY | Kids Out and About Rochester

101 Holiday Events and Activities in and around Rochester, NY

by Carol White Llewellyn

 

Santa Sightings

November 16: Santa arrives at Greece Ridge, Eastview and Marketplace Mall
Nov 16 - Dec 24: Visit Santa at  Greece Ridge MallMarketplace Mall or Eastview Mall
Nov 30: Cookies & Milk with Santa at Eastview Mall
Nov 30-Dec 22: Meet Santa at the Garden Factory (weekends)
Nov 30 - Dec 22: Polar Express Train Rides at Medina Railroad Museum
Dec 1: Pet Night with Santa at Greece Ridge Mall and at Eastview Mall
Dec 1: Breakfast with Santa at New York Kitchens
Dec 1, 8: Santa Cares at Marketplace Mall (for those with special needs who would like assistance, extra time, or a quieter environment)
Dec 3, 8, 10, 17: Santa Cares at Eastview Mall (for those with special needs who would like assistance, extra time, or a quieter environment)
Dec 6 - 22: Santa's Workshop at Roc Holiday Village (See Schedule)
Dec 6-8: Holiday Pet Photos at Lollipop Farm
Dec 7, 8, 14, 15: Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo
Dec 7, 8, 14, 15: Meet Santa on Holly Trolley Rides at New York Museum of Transportation
Dec. 8 - 22: Storytime with Santa at Roc Holiday Village (See Schedule)
Dec 11: Pups Meet Santa at Roc Holiday Village
Dec 12: Holiday Homecoming at the George Eastman Museum
Dec 14: Deck the Halls in Lewiston
Dec 21; Breakfast with Santa at The Avon Inn

 

Christmas Community Events

Nov 5 - Dec 1: Wreath Display and Silent Auction at George Eastman Museum
Nov 7 - Dec 24: Poinsettia and Wreath Sale at Bayview Family YMCA
Nov 8 - Dec 15: Sweet Creations Gingerbread Displays at George Eastman Museum
Nov 16 - Jan 5: Holiday Laser Light Show at Strasenburgh Planetarium
Nov 19 - Dec 17: Tabletop Tree Display and Silent Auction at George Eastman Museum
Nov 23: Wintercraft Open House & Holiday Sale at Flower City Arts
Nov 25 - Dec 20: Carlson Annual Angel Tree
Nov 30: Home, Heart & Harmony: A Forever Family for the Holidays gala
Nov 30: The Holidays at Schutt's (Small Business Saturday)
Nov 30 - Dec 22: Holiday Family Fun at the Garden Factory
Dec 1, 8, 15, 19: Holidays at the Rochester Public Market
Dec 2 - Dec 7: Pirate Toy Fund's holiday toy drive 2019
Dec 3: Pittsford's Annual Candlelight Night
Dec 5: 26th Annual Park Avenue Holiday Open House
Dec 6 - Jan 7: Holiday Display at Highland Park's Lamberton Conservatory 
Dec 7: Come Home for the Holidays in Fairport
Dec 7: It's a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge Neighborhood 2019
Dec 7: Deck the Town @ College Town
Dec 7, 8, 14, 15: Holly Trolley Rides at New York Museum of Transportation
Dec 11 - 15: Garth Fagan Dance Home Season at Nazareth College Arts Center
Dec 12: Holiday Homecoming at George Eastman Museum
Dec 12: Ugly Sweater Beer Bingo at New York Kitchens

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 22 - 24: A Charlie Brown Christmas at Nazareth College Arts Center
Nov 26: A Magical Cirque Christmas at Kodak Center
Nov 27-Dec 29: A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center
Nov 30: Angelina Ballerina The Very Merry Holiday Musical at Nazareth College Arts Center
Dec 6-8: The Marvelous Wonderettes at Nazareth College Arts Center
Dec 7:

A Christmas Carol at Lifespring Community Church in Canandaigua

Dec 7-10: It’s a Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre at Nazareth College Arts Center
Dec 13 - 31: Peter and the Starcatcher at Blackfriars Theatre
Dec 20-22: OFC Creations Presents Wrapping Around the Christmas Tree: The Musical
Dec 23-28: The Rochester Mid-winter Renaissance Faire at MUCCC
Dec 31: Capital Steps at Nazareth College Arts Center

 

Nutcrackers

Nov 27, 29, 30, Dec. 1: The Nutcracker, featuring the RPO. RCB. Bach Children's Choir
Dec 7 & 8: Rochester City Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Canandaigua Performances
Dec 12: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at RBTL (Auditorium Theatre)
Dec 13 - 15: New York State Ballet Presents the Nutcracker at Roberts Wesleyan College

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 24: ROS presents “A City Sings for the Season”
Nov 30-Dec 24: Holiday Concerts at Greece Ridge Mall
Dec 5: Webster Village Band Holiday Perfomance Eastview Mall
Dec 8: Rose Marie and John Beston Annual Holiday PRISM Concert at Nazareth College
Dec 10: Lindsey Stirling - Warmer in the Winter Christmas
Dec 11: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Dec 12: Handel's Messiah performed by the RPO and ROS
Dec 13: Perinton Concert Band Holiday Concert
Dec 14: Hochstein presents: Holiday Concert of Young Voices
Dec 15: A Baroque Noel at Hochstein 
Dec 20-22: Gala Holiday Pops with the RPO

 

Living Nativities

Dec 14:

Drive Thru Live Nativity at Summerville Presbyterian Church

Dec 13 & 14: Live Nativity Hayride at Avon Wesleyan Church
Dec 14 - 15:

First United Methodist Church of Canandaigua

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Nov 23 - Dec 24: Wilbert's Christmas Tree Farm
Nov 29 - Dec 15: Stokoe Farms Christmas Tree Farm
Dec 1 - 30: Festival of Trees at the New York Power Authority
  Bauman's Farm Market
  Cobble Creek Farm
  Woody Acres
  Click here for our full list of places to get live Christmas Trees

 

Holiday Lights

Dec 6: Genesee Brew House Keg Tree Lighting
Dec 6: Community Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights
Dec 7: Liberty Pole Tree Lighting & Parade at Roc Holiday Village
Dec 7: Annual Scottsville Parade of Lights
Dec 7: White Christmas & The Parade of Lights in Webster
  Be Sure to Check Out our list of Driving Tour of Holiday Lights!

 

Crafty & Cookin' Christmas

Nov 10 - Nov 30: Make a Magical Elf or Holiday Door at The Artful Fairy
Nov 29: Junior Chef Cookie Baking at New York Kitchens
Dec 4: Bottoms Up Pint Glasses - Sip & Paint at Casa Larga
Dec 5: Sip & Paint Snowman Ornaments at Casa Larga
Dec 7: Crafts for a Cause
Dec 10: Sip & Paint: Nutcracker Glasses at Casa Larga
Dec 12: Family Night: Cinnamon Ornaments at Webster Library
Dec 14: Sip & Paint Ornaments at New York Kitchens
Dec 15: Sip & Bead: Crystalline Snowflake Bracelet at Casa Larga
Dec 17: Sip & Paint: Cookies for Santa Plate at Casa Larga
Dates Vary: Wegman's Hands-on Parent & Child Gingerbread Dream House

 

Festive Flicks

Dec 12, 15: It's a Wonderful Life at the Dryden
Dec 13: The Apartment at the Dryden
Dec 20, 22: Scrooge at the Dryden
Dec  21: Going My Way at the Dryden
Dec 24: An Affair to Remember at the Dryden

 

Ice Skating 

  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
  Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
  Frank Ritter Ice Arena at RIT
  Lakeshore Hockey Arena
  Genesee Valley Sports Complex
  Paul Louis Arena

 

Chanukah

Dec 15: Chanukah Celebration At Roc Holiday Village
Dec 17: Lots of Latkes Family Dinner
Dec 18: Hanukkah Party 5780

 

Kwanzaa

Dec 26: Umoja=Unity-Day 1 at School 3 Nathaniel Rochester
Dec 27: Kujichagulia=Self Determination-Day 2 For The Youth at RCTV
Dec 27: Kujichagulia= Self Determination- Day 2 An Evening @ The AVENUE
Dec 28: Ujima=Collective Work and Responsibility- Day 3 at Phillis Wheatley Branch Library
Dec 29: Ujamaa= Coopertive EconomicsDay 4 @ WOC Collective Space
Dec 29: Kwanzaa Celebration at MAG

 

Journey to an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Nov 23 - Dec 24: Dickens Christmas at Skaneateles
Dec 7 - 21: Yuletide in the Country Tours at Genesee Country Village & Museum
Dec 12 - 15: "It's A Wonderful Life" -The 70th Anniversary Celebration in Seneca Falls
Dec 23 - 28: The Rochester Midwinter Renaissance Faire
Dec 21: Holiday Open House at Genessee Country Village & Museum
Dec 23 - 28: The Rochester Midwinter Renaissance Faire at MUCCC

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 22-24: Holiday Bazaar at RMSC
Nov 22-24: 26th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Nov 23: Wintercraft Open House & Holiday Sale at Flower City Arts
Nov 29, 30: Holiday Craft Marketplace at Casa Larga
Dec 3: Holiday Bazaar at Lollypop Farm
Dec 6-7: Metro Justice's Alternative Fair

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31: Capital Steps at Nazareth College Arts Center
Dec 31: Comedy @ The Carlson presents: John Dicrosta New Year's Eve
Dec 31: Avon Inn Roaring 20's NYE Gala
Dec 31: New Year's Eve Pairing Dinner Hosted by Great Western Champagne at New York Kitchens
Dec 31: First Night Rochester - Family-friendly event at Bill Gray's Iceplex

 

 

 

 

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Carol White Llewellyn at carol@beyondthenest.com. ase make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!

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