The 4 Best Things to do in Rochester This Winter


Rochester is a special city to explore year-round, but when covered in a sprinkling of snow like a sugar-dusted gingerbread house, the whole city feels like you are walking through a catalog of Rochester Wedding Venues. (Speaking of which…click here to check out our wedding packages!)

So, if you are staying in the crisp city of Rochester this Winter, here are four essential things to add to your itinerary.

Roc Holiday Village

Roc Holiday Village Rochester NYTake a stroll along the Genesee River from your Rochester Riverside Hotel Rochester, NY to Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Park at Manhattan Square – it is just a couple of blocks away. Here, within the Center City, alongside the Strong National Museum of Play, you will find that the park has been transformed for the winter season into a winter paradise. Expect igloos, pop-up restaurants, free ice skating, enough bubbly to go around and village shopping opportunities galore. Not to mention, there is a petting zoo, free crafts for kids and live music in the lodge. Though a relatively small park during the year, this is more of a winter wonderland when the temperature drops.

Address: 353 Court Street, Rochester, NY 14607

A Christmas Carol

Getting involved with Riverside hotel deals in Rochester means constant proximity to fun activities, which includes a Rochester family holiday tradition: watching the classic A Christmas Carol at Geva Theatre Center. On stage from November 27th until December 29th, in the Wilson Stage, the age-old story of Scrooge is brought to life for the second year by director Mark Cuddy, who is in his 25th season as artistic director at Geva Theatre Center.

Address: 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607

Liberty Pole

Liberty Pole is a sculpture in Rochester which, in the winter, becomes a beacon of Christmas lights in the city. The holiday season has hardly started until the lights are lit on Liberty Pole, which takes place on December 7th this year. If you miss the lighting ceremony taking place at 5 p.m with Mayor Lovely Warren and Santa Claus, then make sure you visit one evening when the lights start to fade – it truly is a sight to behold. Once the Christmas tree is also turn on, you will feel the ambiance shift almost immediately – the festive season will be properly underway.

Address: Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604

Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display

From November 8th until December 15th, the George Eastman Museum is back with its annual display of a number of intricately designed and decorated gingerbread houses and objects which will get your tummy grumbling within minutes of visiting. Best yet – most of the displays will be auctioned, so your sweet dreams could really come true.

Address: 900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, United States

No matter your reason for visiting Rochester this winter, whether it is to explore the surrounds or for activities keeping to the Meeting Room Rochester, you will have some time on your hands to get out and about. With this guide in mind, be sure to make the most of everything the city has to offer during the colder months.  Book now!