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The Most Magical Events of the Year

It’s the most magical time of the year – the holidays! And, there is no better place to celebrate than right here in Rochester. With events going on every weekend in the month of December, there is plenty to do that you will not want to miss:

Holiday Lights

This might be one of my favorite things about the holidays because people just get so creative with lights. If you have some time at night, take a trip to the Vintage Drive-In in Avon for their Holiday Lights of Greater Rochester show. Stay in your car and travel through thousands of lights while listening to holiday music of your choice to go along with it.

If you are looking for lights in the city, I suggest walking (or driving) down Park Ave, East Ave and the streets that connect them. There are so many festive creations that will catch your eye including the Park Ave Christmas tree near the 600 block.

Oh and speaking of trees, I can’t forget to mention Genesee Brewery’s “Keg Tree”, which is beer kegs decorated with lights. It’s bigger than previous years and you won’t want to miss it!

Family Fun

Have your kids been begging to make a gingerbread house this year? Well, stop by the George Eastman House for some inspiration! Their Sweet Creations expo showcases dozens of beautifully decorated gingerbread houses that are also available through a silent auction benefiting the museum.

If you find yourself on the west side of the city, make it a priority to stop at the Garden Factory for their "Holiday Family Fun" event that runs through December. From carnival rides to crafts and a large model train setup, there is plenty that will excite your family for the holidays!


Rochester has a lot of strong theatrical talents throughout the city with concerts, plays and musicals around every corner. Two highlights for this holiday season are A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center and A Christmas Story at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre! It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance for these shows.

If you are looking for even more holiday fun, check out Visit Rochester’s event page here. Happy Holidays from your Rochester friends!