Downtown Rochester Most Enchanting Main Street in the Country

Downtown Rochester was Recently Recognized as Having the Most Enchanting Main Street in the Country During the Holiday Season “The holiday season gives way to joy and excitement for every member of the family. There’s nothing better than bundling up, grabbing a cup of hot cocoa, and heading out for an enchanted night on the town with loved ones. There’s one town here in the Great Lakes State that truly comes to live with Christmas cheer each year, and you’ll never want to leave”, states … [Read more...]

Rochester’s Holiday Traditions

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, and that means downtown Rochester’s annual Big, Bright Light Show now illuminates Main Street every evening. Currently in its 13th year, the light show is a local holiday tradition that draws crowds from across the metro area. The light show, however, is only the latest version of Rochester’s holiday décor. Our Main Street Christmas makeover began in 1935, when according to local newspaper accounts that the downtown business district was … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival January 19-21

The Fire & Ice Festival will fire up the weekend of January 19-21 with winter-driven, family-friendly activities, food trucks, TasteFest, ice sculptures, and the Big, Bright Light Show in the evenings. Admission and events are free. The Fire & Ice Festival will be held on: Friday, January 19 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission and events are free of charge. For more … [Read more...]

The Big, Bright Light Show in On

Did you miss Lagniappe and the opening night of the Big, Bright Light Show? The bad news is you missed Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some reindeer. But, the good news is you also missed a lot of traffic issues, trying to find parking, and jammed sidewalks. The best news is - the light show runs every evening through the holidays - you can still go see the more than one million points of light. The Big, Bright Light Show is now in its twelfth season. The buildings of Main Street will be covered … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival Becomes Warmer Weather Event

Fire & Ice Festival Adjusts to Warm Weather In spite of unseasonably warm temperatures and no snow in the forecast. The Fire & Ice Festival Committee is replacing some of its winter-driven events with a variety of outdoor family-friendly activities from Oakland County Parks and Recreation. Admission and events remain free. Events that will not take place this year due to the anticipated warmer temperatures include tube sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Light Show 2016 Officially Open VIDEO

Monday was Lagnaippe in Downtown Rochester. A event to kick off the holiday season - thousands of people came to town and flooded the streets to see all the festivities - the highlight was when the Big, Bright Light Show got turned on. Santa, Carolers, Reindeer, and Big Bright Lights welcomed the crowds. Video is courtesy of Downtown Rochester, Michigan, USA … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Ball Returns Sunday, August 3

Looking Forward to Winter? Probably not, since summer took a while to get here. However, everyone knows winter will come eventually, and with it, the holidays, the parade, and the Big, Bright Light Show that illuminates 1.5 million lights. The lights drape the buildings along Main Street and have become a huge attraction for the city. If summertime seems to be slipping by, Rochester Media suggests you attend the Big, Bright Ball on August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 … [Read more...]

Rochester highlights its pride in State of the City address

The 2014 Rochester State of the City address was an evening of familiar faces, mostly good news, laughs, and a lot of hometown pride. Tom Daldin, host of Detroit Public Television’s popular "Under the Radar Michigan" program, welcomed the crowd gathered at the Royal Park Hotel. Not only is Tom a proud Rochester resident, but also his wife Cathy serves on the Rochester City Council. Tom said even though his work takes him all over the state, he always lets people know he loves coming home … [Read more...]

Fire and Ice in Rochester is Nice

Fire & Ice Festival Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson met with local media last week to announce what’s new at this year’s Fire & Ice Festival set to run January 24-26. Once again held in Downtown Rochester, the seventh annual event celebrates the fun a Michigan winter can bring those willing to bundle-up and head outside for some fresh air. “It’s a free family event that grows every year as the word spreads,” said L. Brooks Patterson. Three new activities were … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Success

The Big, Bright Ball The signature fundraiser for the Big, Bright Light Show brings supporters together and helps secure the future of the holiday event. Held at the Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester on August 4, the Big, Bright Ball had something for everyone. All ages enjoyed the dance floor, the food from area restaurants and the attention-grabbing silent auction items. Kruse & Muer, the Rochester Chop House, Main Street Deli, O'Connor's Public House, Penny Black, Rochester … [Read more...]