ROC Holiday Village: A New Holiday Tradition in Rochester

ROC Holiday Village opened over the weekend, and we were impressed. The event features free ice skating, Santa’s Workshop, a craft room, shopping, and food. ROC Holiday Village will be a holiday family tradition for us for years to come.

I am big on family holiday traditions and for the last few years we have done a Christmas Countdown calendar that focuses on family time during the month of December. Finding ways to celebrate the season as a family and bring people together in our community was why I picked ROC Holiday Village to be our first activity of the season.

ROC Holiday Village Free Ice Skating

We started our day with ice skating at the outdoor ice rink. The skating and skate rentals are free and it was so fun to have us all skate together. There is something special about ice skating outside with holiday lights around you and holiday music playing in the background.

Rochester Holiday Village Ice Skating
ROC Holiday Village Ice Skating.

It was my daughters first time skating and a special moment for our family. The one thing I really loved was the holiday spirit I felt when we were on the ice. The community was brought together and everyone had a little extra holiday spirit with them.

We arrived a few minutes before skating started and I was happy we did, the lines for skating became quite long. I was happy to see the staff were prepared and had ways to control the lines and to make sure everyone had a chance to experience the skating.

ROC Holiday Village Family Activities

I wish I would have prepared a bit more and made reservations for breakfast with Santa, because they are sold out for the entire event. Not to worry though, you can meet Santa at Santa’s Workshop.

Santa’s Workshop is a walk through exhibit that features model train sets, the original midtown monorail, meeting Santa, and a cookie + milk treat at the end. You can also have your photo taken with Santa and have it emailed for free. Santa’s Workshop hours can be found here.

Santa Workshop at Roc Holiday Village
Picture with Santa at ROC Holiday Village.

We also stopped by the Gingerbread craft room to create some holiday crafts. There were many options in this area. From gingerbread house making, to paper crafts and bead crafts. I loved that the craft options available were for all ages and there was something for everyone.

Check out Our Vlog from our Visit to ROC Holiday Village

ROC Holiday Village Eat + Shop

As you weave through the village you will find places to eat and shop. A few places had special treats and hot chocolate. Another option for food is to stop in at The Lodge.

The Lodge will feature four different pop-up restaurants during the duration of the ROC Holiday Village event. We found the Lodge to be very family friendly during the day and as evening starts it is geared toward a more adult crowd.

A fun new feature is the Winter Igloos that are available to rent. If you are interested in this for the 2019 season I suggest reserving them now because they sold out quick last year.

ROC Holiday Village Events

One of the best parts about the event is how the community is brought together. This is not a Christmas event or a Hanukkah event, it is a holiday event to share and enjoy the holiday spirit with our community.

Throughout the duration of the event they will have celebrate different holiday traditions and support the community in different ways. You can check out the event page here.

I was so happy to start a new holiday tradition! I think it will become one of our new favorite family traditions and it’s a great way to enjoy the holidays in Rochester.

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