Everything You Should Do This Holiday Season

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The Holiday season is upon us, the recent warmer weather has makes it a little harder to want to start decorating, but Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it. 'Tis the season to spend time with loved ones and give gifts to those we care about.

Here's a list of everything you should do this holiday season:

RMSC Holiday Bazaar
Find more than 200 fine art & craftspeople filling the exhibition spaces and auditorium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, get that Holiday shopping done early this year.


Wonderful Little Artisan Sale, Elton Street
Shop handmade goods from over 30 artists at the Gallery Salon, Emerson & Oliver, and Studio 34 Creative Arts Center on Elton Street.

BONUS Non-Holiday Event: Rochester Mini Maker Faire


The Art of the Craft - Gingerbread Delight Pairing, Lost Borough Brewing
Enjoy a Gingerbread Ale rimmed with icing and paired with Scratch Bakeshop gingerbread treats, what's not to love?


Happy Thanksgiving! Start your day with the Wedge Waddle, a free 3-mile walk through the South Wedge neighborhood.  Don't forget to bring a new pair of socks to donate to St. Joseph's House of Hospitality.


Geva Comedy Improv: Thanksgridiron FACEOFF
Laugh off the Thanksgiving leftovers and enjoy as two teams of "hard hitting improvisers face off in a blood-and-gravy-filled grudge match!"


Annual Holiday Sale, More Fire Glass
Live glassblowing demonstrations and a great way to shop for gifts and yourself. Find handmade ornaments, platters, bowls, jewelry, candle holders, sculptures and more.

RPO: The Nutcracker, Kodak Hall (Eastman Theatre)
The Rochester City Ballet and Rochester Philharmonic orchestra bring this holiday favorite to life, a classic in ROC.


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Park Ave Holiday Open House, Alexander to Culver
Celebrate the holidays on Park Ave with holiday music, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, treats, a visit from Santa and more.


It's a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge, South Wedge
Enjoy sales at businesses, decorations, horse-drawn carriage rides, music, karaoke, kids activities, food and more.

A Handmade Holiday, German House & St. Boniface
Peruse the two venues and shop from over 70 vendors selling handmade art and goods.

Wintercraft Opening House & Holiday Sale, Genesee Center for the Arts & Education Continue the holiday celebrations by making crafts and shopping (great for families with kids)!

City of Rochester Liberty Pole Lighting, Fireworks & Ice Skating Start at the Liberty Pole for the yearly tradition of lighting the Liberty Pole, then parade to MLK Jr. Memorial Park for some Ice Skating and Fireworks with family & friends.


"A City Sings for the Season", Sibley Building Atrium
This 3rd annual celebration combines music & dance and is presented by the Rochester Oratorio Society. Admission is free! Donations of food items, cash and personal care items will be accepted at the door to benefit the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN).


The Happiest Hour, The Strong Museum
Being an adult doesn't mean you can't play at The Strong, this adults-only party lets you play and celebrate the holidays. Get your ticket before it sells out!


10th Annual Red Hot Holiday Ball, Historic German House
Groove Juice Swing's Holiday Ball is back and it's FREE! There's a beginner lesson from 8-9pm and then you can dance the night away.


TUBACHRISTMAS, Kodak Hall (Eastman Theatre)
This 34th annual tradition brings 150 tuba and euphonium players of all ages and ability levels together to perform traditional Christmas carols (singalongs bound to happen).

Deck the Town, College Town
Enjoy the holiday sights, sounds and festivities at College Town with local business sales, wagon rides, and more.


Handel's Messiah, Kodak Hall (Eastman Theatre)
Enjoy this holiday tradition. "Rejoice with Handel’s glorious setting of the greatest story ever told, one of the most inspiring—and inspired—of all musical achievements."


Brainery Holiday Bazaar, Rochester Brainery
Two days of holiday shopping at Rochester Brainery with different vendors each day - shop local!


RPO: Gala Pops, Kodak Hall (Eastman Theatre)
You have four chances to enjoy the RPO's holiday classic, Gala Pops, featuring all of your favorite holiday songs.


Last Minute Mini Mayday, German House
Stop by the Historic German House for some last minute shopping. There will be 25 local vendors selling homemade goods.

Home Alone, Dryden Theatre
Catch the holiday classic on the big screen! And it's free for kids 17 and under.


City of Rochester's NYE Celebration
Celebrate the end of 2016 and the start of a new year with a Family event at the Riverside Convention Center, ice skating at MLK Jr. Memorial Park, and fireworks!


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Check back shortly as we'll be adding more events to fill in the rest of the year. And don't forget about our events page to find even more things happening in the city.

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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She loves shopping local over the holidays and cannot wait for all craft shows and sales. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.