101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Rochester - 2022 | Kids Out and About Rochester

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Rochester - 2022

 

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 19- Dec 18, 2022 All Aboard the Wonderland Express!- Arcade and Attica Railroad
Nov 26- Dec 11, 2022 The Polar Express Train Ride- Medina Railroad Museum
Nov 26- Dec 24, 2022 Visit Santa at Greece Ridge Mall or Eastview Mall
Nov 26, 2022 Illuminate Light Parade- Canandaigua
Nov 26, 2022 The Holiday Market at Perinton Square
Nov 26, 2022 Annual Christmas Tree Celebration- I-Square
Dec 1, 2022 Park Avenue Holiday Open House
Dec 2, 2022 Santa's Coming to The Fire House- Gates Fire District Headquarters
Dec 2-4, 2022 Holiday Pet Photos - Lollypop Farm
Dec 1, 2022 Holidays on Park Avenue: Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Dec 2, 2022 Santa’s Magical Express Parade- Ogden Community Center
Dec 2, 2022 Community Tree Lighting & Christmas Light Display- Chili 
Dec 2-23, 2022 Visit with Santa at Roc Holiday Village
Dec 3, 2022 Geneva Rotary Santa Train
Dec 3, 2022 Winter Wonderland & The Parade of Lights - Village of Webster
Dec 3, 2022 Skate with Santa- Dick's House of Sport
Dec 3, 2022 Winter in the Village- Dansville
Dec 3-4, 2022 Cookies with Santa- Duvall Farms
Dec 3,4,10,11 2022 Shadow Hill 1st Annual Breakfast with Santa
Dec 10, 2022 Santa Comes to the Farm- Schutts Apple Mill
Dec 10, 2022 Deck the Town at College Town
Dec 18, 2022 Yuletide Pancake Breakfast with St. Nick - GCV&M
Dec 10, 2022 An Evening with Santa- Webster
Dec 10, 2022 Breakfast with Santa- Gates
Dec 10 and 17, 2022 Family Fun Day: Stars with Santa- Strasenburgh Planetarium
Dec 11 and 18, 2022 Holly Trolley- New York Museum of Transportation
Dec 17-18, 2022 Santa's Reindeer Story- Medina Railroad Museum

 

Christmas Community Events

Nov 12, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023 Holiday Laser Light Show - Strasenburgh Planetarium
Nov 11- Dec 2, 2022 Festival Of Trees- Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum
Nov 12, 2022- Jan 1, 2023 Sweet Creations Gingerbread Displays - George Eastman Museum
Nov 12 - Dec 4, 2022 Wreath Display and Silent Auction - George Eastman Museum
Nov 12- Dec 16, 2022 Tabletop Tree Display and Silent Auction - George Eastman Museum
Nov 19 - 21, 2022 Holiday Market - GCVM
Nov 25- Dec 30, 2022 Train Display- The Garden Factory
Nov 26- Dec 24, 2022 Visit with the Reindeer - Shortsville Reindeer Farm, LLC
Nov 26, 2022 Light Up Lima
Dec 1, 2022 The Old Farm's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec 2 - 17, 2022 Yuletide in the Country Tours & Dinner- GCV&M
Dec 2-23, 2022 Roc Holiday Village
Dec 3, 2022 Come Home for the Holidays - Fairport
Dec 3, 2022 It's a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge
Dec 4, 2022 Visit with the Grinch- Perinton Community/Aquatic Center
Dec 6, 2022 Pittsford's Annual Candlelight Night - Port of Pittsford
Dec 10, 2022 Reindeer Run- Blue Cross Arena
Dec 10, 2022 Holiday Lights and Magic Tree Lighting Event- Henrietta
Dec 10, 2022 Honeoye Falls Fire Department Christmas Parade 
Dec 10, 2022 Sea Breeze Christmas Parade And Fireworks
Dec 17, 2022 Marion Holiday Parade
Dec 18, 2022 Santa Stampede Benefiting Bivona Child Advocacy Center
Dec 18, 2022 Avon Lights Up...with Luminaires and Annual CHRISTMAS PARADE

  

Nutcrackers

Nov 18, 2022 Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet- RBTL
Nov 19, 2022 Nutcracker One-Day, Fun-Day Event- Studio East Dance Company
Nov 23-27, 2022 The Nutcracker- RPO
Nov 27, 2022 The Nutcracker- Ithaca Ballet
Dec 7, 2022 The Nutcracker- Genesee Dance Theatre
Dec 9-11, 2022 The Nutcracker- Fort Hill Performance Arts Center
Dec 15-18, 2022 New York State Ballet-The Nutcracker
Dec 17, 2022 EyBT's "The Nutcracker"

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 26, 2022 Harry Connick, Jr. – a Holiday Celebration
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Soul Jam
Dec 4, 2022 Brockport College-Community Chorus: Sounds of the Season
Dec 9, 2022 Handel’s Messiah- RPO
Dec 9, 2022 Hochstein Ensembles Holiday Concert
Dec 10, 2022 Let’s Play: A Winter Celebration with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Dec 10, 2022 Holiday Concert of Young Voices
Dec 11, 2022 Holiday Music—Bell Choir & Aeolian Pipe Organ
Dec 15, 2022 Jim Brickman: A Very Merry Christmas
Dec 16-18, 2022 Gala Holiday Pops Holiday - RPO

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 22, 2022 Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland
Nov 25- Dec 24, 2022 Six Holiday Films on Screen- Dryden Theatre
Nov 29- Dec 30, 2022 A Christmas Carol- Geva Theatre
Dec 3, 2022 Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas
Dec 9, 2022 Baby Shark Live! The Christmas Show
Dec 10, 2022 The Polar Express- Smith Opera House
Dec 22-23, 2022 The 2022 Rochester Midwinter Renaissance Faire
Dec 28-31, 2022 Anansi Tales For the Holidays


Living Nativities

Dec 10- 11, 2022 Live Nativity(in the Parking Lot) First United Methodist Church of Canandaigua
Dec 9-10, 2022 Live Nativity- Avon Wesleyan Church

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Starting Nov 19, 2022 Stokoe Farms Christmas Tree Farm
Starting Nov 19, 2022 Woody Acres
Starting Nov 19, 2022 Wilbert's Christmas Tree Farm
Starting Nov 25, 2022 Crossen Tree Farm
  Bauman's Farm Market
  Click here for our full list of places to get live Christmas Trees

 

Holiday Lights

Nov 14 - Jan 13, 2023 Lights on the Lake Drive- Thru - Onondaga Lake Park
Nov 18- Jan 1, 2023 Winter Festival of Lights
Nov 25- Dec 30, 2022 Holiday Light Show at Victor Hills Golf Club
Dec 2, 2022 2022 Keg Tree Lighting- Genesee Brew House
Dec 3, 2022 Winter Wonderland & The Parade of Lights - Village of Webster
Dec 10 - 25, 2022 Holiday Lights Tour - Bivona Child Advocacy Center
Canceled for 2022 Drive Thru Country Christmas Light Display- WNY Gas & Steam
  Be Sure to Check Out our list of Driving Tour of Holiday Lights!

 

Crafty & Cookin' Christmas

Dec 1, 2022 Grapevine Wreath - Casa Larga

 

Ice Skating

Open Nov 14, 2022 DICK’S House of Sport at The Eastview Mall
Open Nov 19, 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
  Lakeshore Hockey Arena
Open now through April 8, 2023 Genesee Valley Sports Complex
  Paul Louis Arena
  Bill Gray's Iceplex

 

Chanukah

Dec 18, 2022 Taste of Hanukkah
Dec 21, 2022 Party Like It's 1999 
Dec 22, 2022 Scouts & Tots Hanukkah
Dec 23, 2022 Spirit of Hanukkah
Dec 18, 2022 Chanukah Dinner & Celebration - Temple Sinai

 

Journey to an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Nov 25- Dec 24, 2022 Dickens Christmas at Skaneateles
Dec 2-17, 2022 Yuletide in the Country Tours & Dinner- GCVM
Dec 3, 2022 Tinker Christmas Open House
Dec 9-11, 2022 It's A Wonderful Life- Seneca Falls

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 11-13, 2022 Christkindl Market- Granger Homestead
Nov 12, 2022 Christkindlmarkt- Lutheran Church of Our Savior
Nov 19-20, 2022 Holiday Market - GCV&M
Nov 25-26, 2022 Holiday Open Studio Sale - Create Art 4 Good
Nov 27- Dec 15, 2022 Holidays at The Market
Dec 3, 2022 6th Annual Holiday Open House - Upstate Vintage Market
Dec 10, 2022 Hope Hall's One-Day Holiday Woodworking Sale

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2022

New Year's Eve Celebration - Holiday Valley

Dec 31, 2022 City of Rochester New Year's Eve Celebration
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