101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Rochester - 2021 | Kids Out and About Rochester

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Rochester - 2021

 

The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, so click through to make arrangements, and keep in mind that things can be canceled at any time, so be sure to check. If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Mindy Mangan at mindy@kidsoutandabout.com. (Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!)

Below are items that have been posted to our calendar, both virtual and in-person. If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there... it's free to postClick here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 20- Dec 19, 2021 All Aboard the Wonderland Express!- Arcade and Attica Railroad
Nov 27- Dec 24, 2021 Visit Santa at  Greece Ridge MallMarketplace Mall or Eastview Mall
Nov 27, 2021 Town of Gates Tree Lighting and Holiday Kick Off
Nov 27-28, 2021 Santa's Toy Land Express- Medina Railroad Museum
Nov 27, 2021 The Holiday Market at the Square
Nov 27, 2021 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony- I-Square
Nov 28- Dec 5, 2021 Holiday Pet Photos - Lollypop Farm
Dec 1-31, 2021 Santa Hustle - VIRTUAL
Dec 2, 2021 Holidays on Park Avenue: Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Dec 3, 2021 Santa’s Magical Express Parade- Ogden Community Center
Dec 4, 2021 Breakfast with Santa - Chili Senior Center
Dec 4, 8, 15, & 19 Visit with Santa at Roc Holiday Village
Dec 4, 2021 Santa & Mr. Claus White Christmas and Holiday Parade of Lights - Village of Webster
Dec 4, 2021 Skate with Santa- Dick's House of Sport
Dec 4-19, 2021 The Polar Express 2021- Medina Railroad Museum
Dec 4, 2021 Winter in the Village- Dansville
Dec 4,11, and 18, 2021 Santa Comes to the Farm- Schutts Apple Mill
Dec 4, 2021 Ornaments and Meet with Santa- Color Me Mine - Webster
Dec 5, 2021 Breakfast with Santa- RIT Inn & Conference Center
Dec 5 -19, 2021 Yuletide Pancake Breakfast with St. Nick - GCV&M
Dec 7, 14, 21, 2021 Story Time with Santa- Virtual
Dec 9 and 11, 2021 Breakfast with Santa at Home- Seneca Park Zoo
Dec 10- 12, 2021 Santa at The Zoo- Dinky Doo Petting Zoo
Dec 10, 2021 PVNS Breakfast with Santa
Dec 11, 2021 An Evening with Santa- Webster
Dec 11, 2021 Breakfast with Santa- Gates
Dec 11-12, and 18-19, 2021 Santa at The Apple Shed
Dec 11 and 18, 2021 Family Fun Day: Stars with Santa- Strasenburgh Planetarium
Dec 18, 2021 Breakfast with Santa- Avon Inn
Dec 18, 2021 Breakfast with Santa- AJ's Play Date

 

Christmas Community Events

Nov 9 - Dec 5, 2021 Wreath Display and Silent Auction - George Eastman Museum
Nov 13, 2021- Jan 2, 2022 Sweet Creations Gingerbread Displays - George Eastman Museum
Nov 13, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 Holiday Laser Light Show - Strasenburgh Planetarium
Nov 26- Dec 31, 2021 Light Up The Lawn- Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum
Nov 17- Dec 19, 2021 Tabletop Tree Display and Silent Auction - George Eastman Museum
Nov 20 - 21, 2021 Holiday Market - GCVM
Nov 26, 2021- Jan 1, 2022 Visit with the Reindeer - Shortsville Reindeer Farm, LLC
Nov 26- Dec 31, 2021 Train Display- The Garden Factory
Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, 16, 2021 Holidays at the Market - Rochester Public Market
Dec 3 - 19, 2021 Yuletide in the Country Tours & Dinner- GCV&M
Dec 3-19, 2021 Roc Holiday Village
Dec 4, 2021 Visit with the Grinch- Perinton Community/Aquatic Center
Dec 4, 2021 Come Home for the Holidays - Fairport
Dec 4, 2021 It's a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge
Dec 7, 2021 Pittsford's Annual Candlelight Night - Port of Pittsford
Dec 11, 2021 Reindeer Run- Blue Cross Arena
Dec 11, 2021 Honeoye Falls Fire Department Christmas Parade
Dec 18, 2021 Sea Breeze Christmas Parade And Fireworks
Dec 18, 2021 Marion Holiday Parade
Dec 19, 2021 Santa Stampede Benefiting Bivona Child Advocacy Center

  

Nutcrackers

Nov 20, 2021 Nutcracker One-Day, Fun-Day Event- Studio East Dance Company
Nov 24-28, 2021 The Nutcracker- RPO
Dec 10-12, 2021 The Nutcracker- Fort Hill Performance Arts Center
Dec 11, 2021 New York State Ballet Presents the Nutcracker Strong Museum of Play Live Performace
December 17, 18, 19, 2021 New York State Ballet-The Nutcracker

 

Holiday Concerts

Dec 3, 2021 Eileen Ivers, “A Joyful Christmas”-The Smith Center for the Arts
Dec 11, 2021 The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert Live to Film- RPO
Dec 16, 2021 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas- RBTL
Dec 17-19, 2021 Gala Holiday Pops Holiday - RPO
Dec 17, 2021 A Very Darren Crissmas Tour- RBTL
Dec 17- 18, 2021 Holiday Extravaganza! Concert and Winter Festival- The Hochstein School

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 23, 2021 The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical- Kodak Center
Nov 24- Dec 24, 2021 A Christmas Carol- Geva Theater
Dec 1, 2021 A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage- Kodak Center
Dec 3, 2021 A Magical Cirque Christmas- Kodak Center
Dec 4, 2021 Scrooged- Dryden Theatre
Dec 4, 11, and 18, 2021 3 Saturdays of Christmas Classics- The Little Theatre
Dec 7, 17, 23, 2021 It's a Wonderful Life- Dryden Theatre
Dec 20-23, 2021 The 2021 Rochester Midwinter Renaissance Faire


Living Nativities

Dec 10- 11, 2021 Live Nativity(in the Parking Lot) First United Methodist Church of Canandaigua
Dec 10-11, 2021 Live Nativity- Avon Wesleyan Church
Dec 18, 2021 Live Nativity - Summerville Presbyterian Church

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Starting Nov 20, 2021  Stokoe Farms Christmas Tree Farm
Nov 20 - Dec 23, 2021 Woody Acres
Nov 20- Dec 24, 2021 Wilbert's Christmas Tree Farm
Starting Nov 26, 2021 Crossen Tree Farm
  Bauman's Farm Market
  Click here for our full list of places to get live Christmas Trees

 

Holiday Lights

Nov 15 - Jan 14, 2022 Lights on the Lake Drive- Thru - Onondaga Lake Park
Nov 18- Jan 2, 2022 Magic of Lights- Six Flags Darien Lake
Nov 19- Dec 30, 2021 Holiday Light Show™- Rotary Sunshine Campus
Nov 19- Jan 2, 2022 Winter Festival of Lights
Nov 25- Dec 18, 2021 Drive Thru Country Christmas Light Display- WNY Gas & Steam
Nov 26- Jan 2, 2022 Holiday Light Show at Victor Hills Golf Club
Nov 27, 2021 Tree Lighting at I-Square
Dec 4, 2021 Santa & Mr. Claus White Christmas and Holiday Parade of Lights - Village of Webster
Dec 11 - 26, 2021 Holiday Lights Tour 2021 - Bivona Child Advocacy Center
  Be Sure to Check Out our list of Driving Tour of Holiday Lights!

 

Crafty & Cookin' Christmas

Nov 8, 22, 2021 Sip & Paint Christmas Winery Events - Casa Larga

 

Ice Skating

Open Nov 20, 2021  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
Opens Nov 26, 2021 DICK’S House of Sport at The Eastview Mall
  Lakeshore Hockey Arena
Open now through April 10, 2022 Genesee Valley Sports Complex
  Paul Louis Arena
  Bill Gray's Iceplex

 

Chanukah

Nov 28- Dec 5, 2021 Hanukkah Nights- Temple Beth El
Dec 3, 2021 Chanukah First Friday Family Shabbat- Temple Sinai

 

Journey to an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Nov 26- Dec 24, 2021 Dickens Christmas at Skaneateles
Dec 3-19, 2021 Yuletide in the Country Tours & Dinner- GCVM
Dec 3, 2021 Lantern Tours of the Tinker Homestead
Dec 4, 2021 Victorian Christmas- Tinker Homestead
Dec 4-5, 2021 Homestead Holiday Village- Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum
Dec 8-12, 2021 It's A Wonderful Life 2021- Seneca Falls

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 13, 2021 Christkindlmarkt- Lutheran Church of Our Savior
Nov 20-21, 2021 Holiday Market - GCV&M
Nov 19, 2021 Day & Night of Lights - Neighborhood of the Arts
Nov 26-28, 2021 Small Business Weekend Open House - Create Art 4 Good
Dec 4, 2021 5th Annual Holiday Open House - Upstate Vintage Market
Dec 11, 2021 Hope Hall's One-Day Holiday Woodworking Sale

 

New Year's Eve

unverified for 2021 Noon Year's Eve at the Seneca Park Zoo
Dec 31, 2021 

New Year's Eve Celebration - Holiday Valley

Dec 31, 2021

Noon Year's Eve Balloon Drop- Bounce Hopper

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