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Roc Holiday Village adds days and activities in December

Roc Holiday Village in downtown Rochester.
Roc Holiday Village in downtown Rochester.

Christmas was the theme in Rochester on Tuesday as organizers of the fourth annual Roc Holiday Village announced the event is expanding its offerings and adding two more days to the event.

It runs for 16 days, from Dec. 2-23, and co-founder Jenna Knauf said organizers hope to build upon last year’s event, which she said was a big success, despite the challenges of the pandemic.

"The accomplishment was beyond our expectations and really bolstered the fact that holiday village has a lasting positive impact,” Knauf said.

Rochester Mayor Malik Evans said Roc Holiday Village is an important downtown event and an inclusive holiday destination for everyone, celebrating Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, and Christmas.

“And it's been a true joy to see Roc Holiday Village kind of become a signature event here in Rochester. People are expecting it, they're looking for it,” Evans said. “They're wondering when it's going to be. I think that the village transforms Martin Luther King Jr. Park into a magical market.”

New this year will be live reindeer downtown on Dec. 18, the return of Santa’s Workshop for all 16 days of the event, and a new outdoor bar and eating area with outdoor seating, among many other activities.

The popular “Cozy Igloos” will return, and co-founder Kelli Marsh said tickets for those go on sale Nov. 5.

"Each igloo accommodates six comfortably and eight cozily. They're heated, beautifully furnished and include a Bluetooth speaker to play your own music," Marsh said.

Larger so-called “Igloo Inns” that can house 30 to 40 people for larger gatherings can also be booked.

Don Jeffries, president and CEO of Visit Rochester, said this event continues to grow, attracting thousands of people to downtown.

"In just a few short years, the Roc Holiday Village has become a tradition for families across the region and brings in visitors from near and far,” Jeffries said.

Information on all the festivities this year can be found at

Alex Crichton is host of All Things Considered on WXXI-FM 105.9/AM 1370. Alex delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning at 4 p.m. each weekday.