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2018 Holiday Events in Downtown Rochester

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2018 Holiday Events in Downtown Rochester

Beth Bowers

Beth currently lives in Lake Orion with her husband, Brian, and two kids, Sophie and Sawyer...

Beth currently lives in Lake Orion with her husband, Brian, and two kids, Sophie and Sawyer...

Nov 14 3 minutes read

As temperatures drop, Downtown Rochester never fails to put on a series of great events throughout the holiday season. Mark your calendars and bring on the holiday cheer as we celebrate! Here's a list of some of the incredible events Downtown Rochester is bringing to the community this year:

1. The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees kicks off on November 16 with a cocktail preview.  This beautiful event features trees, wreaths, stockings, tablescapes, centerpieces and Gingerbread Houses designed and donated by the Metro Detroit community. The event will be open to the public on Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Big, Bright Light Show. 


2. The Big, Bright Light Show  begins Nov 19 during Lagniappe and continues every night from 5-midnight through January 6, 2019. The city will also be lit on weekends in January for the Fire and Ice Festival.  


3. Holiday Farmers' Market: Come to the Downtown Rochester Fire Department every Thursday evening through December 20 for a special holiday farmers' market! Fresh produce, eggs, and lots of other goodies.

4.  Small Business Saturday: You know the drill - shop small! Support our local Downtown business on Saturday, November 24, and all holiday season long. Enjoy complimentary carriage rides from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. @  E. Fourth & Main.

5 and 6. The Kris Kringle Market will take place on Friday, November 30 - December 1 on West Fourth Street. The street will be closed at 7 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, and will be reopened at the end of the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade, which takes place on Sunday, December 2.  

7. Caroling in the City: Sunday, December 16 from 5 -8 p.m.  The city is closing the road from Second Street to University, and the event will take place on Main Street. Caroling in the City will include choirs, caroling, contests, Christmas activities, and much more. Business are being encouraged to stay open that evening to accommodate the large crowds.


Take some time this holiday season, and join your community in the most wonderful time of the year!

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