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...]

Tenth Annual Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester

Experience the European Essence of the 10th Annual Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester Downtown Rochester’s annual Kris Kringle Market returns this holiday season on Friday, December 1, 4:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, Noon-10:00 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market is inspired by the 700 year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy … [Read more...]

Experience the European Essence of the Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester’s annual Kris Kringle Market returns this holiday season on Friday, December 2, 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, noon - 10:00 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy, is inspired by the 700 year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambience of an open-air … [Read more...]

The Kris Kringle Market Brings a European Essence to Downtown Rochester

The 8th annual Kris Kringle Market returns to Downtown Rochester this holiday season, Friday, Dec. 4, 4 - 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, Noon - 10 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy, is inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambience of an open-air holiday … [Read more...]

Experience the European Essence of the Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester

The 7th annual Kris Kringle Market returns to Downtown Rochester this holiday season, Friday, December 5, 4-10 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, Noon-10 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy and C & G Newspapers, is inspired by the 700 year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Final Day of the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market

2014 Season Ends on Saturday, October 25 On closing day of the market, Saturday, October 25, ghouls and goblins are invited to participate in trick-or-treating from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m it was announced via press release. Children will receive free goodie bags complements of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority and market vendors will have treats available at their booths. Don’t forget to pick up your fall bounty including squash, pumpkins, apples, cider and more! Now in its 15th … [Read more...]

Experience the Essence of the Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester

The Kris Kringle Market returns to downtown Rochester this holiday season, Friday, Dec. 6, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, noon to 10:00 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy, is inspired by the 700 year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambience of an open-air holiday … [Read more...]

Lagniappe brings ‘a little something extra’ to downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, Dec. 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. on E. Fourth Street with help from the Mayor, Channel 7’s Dave LewAllen and a special appearance by the man in … [Read more...]

Shop the Downtown Holiday Expo

Christmas will be here before we know it. Honestly, how could we forget? Kroger was selling pumpkins alongside decorative snowmen last week! ABC Family has released their 25 Days of Christmas list already, and our downtown crew has been busily hanging the beautiful Christmas lights for The Big, Bright Light Show. Personally, I love Christmas and think it's the most beautiful time of the year. I love all the decorations and hustle and bustle of town so I don't really mind the Christmas season … [Read more...]

Holiday fun is coming to town!

The flakes haven’t started falling, but of the holiday spirit is calling! Like cherished family traditions, the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills will once again bring good will and cheer to its merry citizens with a festive variety of holiday events. Check (twice, if you must) and see if your favorite made the list. God bless us, everyone. Don’t be a Scrooge. Spend a delightful evening in the company of Meadow Brook Theatre’s talented actors as they bring Charles Dickens’ classic … [Read more...]