35th annual Lakeside Winter Celebration | Beyond the Nest (Rochester)

35th annual Lakeside Winter Celebration

*The event has already taken place on this date: Sun, 02/10/2019
Celebrate the Winter at the 35th annual Lakeside Winter Celebration at Ontario Beach Park, Saturday Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019!

This year, the celebration will feature a wide array of activities including the 10th Annual Lake Ontario Wine and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, February 9 and then continue on Sunday, February 10 with the “Polar Plunge” at noon. Additionally, Charlotte area merchants will be offering specials and discounts all weekend. All events will be held at the Port of Rochester Terminal and Ontario Beach Park.

This event is organized by the all-volunteer Ontario Beach Park Program Committee and sponsored by the City of Rochester, Monroe County, Port of Charlotte Merchants AssociationCharlotte Community Association and Wegmans.

 New this year:

Sip and Shop: in the Jetty at the Port. Enjoy a drink while shopping at a variety of vendors featuring gift items, last minute Valentine surprises and more. 12 - 5 p.m., for more info check out @Rocmadegoods on Instagram or Facebook for vending application and more info. 

Pre-Plunge Party: Join fellow plungers, supporters and sponsors at a pre-plunge gala in the 3rd floor glass atrium of the boater services building. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and surprises and a 360 degree view of the fireworks display over the river at 5:45 p.m. More info and registration at polarplunge.net.

The celebration will feature activities from noon - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10th. All events will be held at the Port of Rochester Terminal Building and adjacent Ontario Beach Park. Saturday events include: 

This Year's Activities

Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Lake Ontario Wine and Craft Beer Festival
  • Chilly Chilli Challenge 
  • Tractor-drawn carriage rides
  • Dog Sled demo
  • Outdoor children’s games with Rec on the Move
  • Ice Sculpture demo
  • Snow Sculpture contest: Theme: Famous Buildings!
  • History Walk: Port Terminal Building, 1 p.m.
  • Music by Neil Van Dorn Band
  • Gigantic Fireworks display at 5:45 p.m. 

These events are organized by the all-volunteer Ontario Beach Park Program Committee and sponsored by the City of Rochester, Monroe County, Port of Charlotte Merchants Association, Charlotte Community Association, CITY Newspaper and Wegmans.

 Sunday, Feb. 10, noon  
On Sunday, Feb. 10th the fun continues with the annual Polar Plunge at noon. More than 1,000 winter enthusiasts are expected to dive into the icy waters of Lake Ontario to benefit the Special Olympics. Free off-site parking and shuttle service is available for all plungers and spectators. Shuttles from the Greece Arcadia High School parking lot, 120 Island Cottage Rd. to the Polar Plunge will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants and spectators are strongly urged to take advantage of this transportation option as parking at the Port is limited. Registration for the Polar Plunge is 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.polarplunge.net, or 
call (585) 586-7400 ext. 109. 

  • Annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for the Special Olympics, noon. Click here to register.
  • Frostbiter’s sailboat racing


 Contestant Registration Forms

To become a Chilly Chili Challenge contestant, download a registration form here.

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


Ontario Beach 4799 Lake Ave
Rochester, NY, 14612
United States


Contact name: 
Ontario Beach Park Program Committee
The event has already taken place on this date: 
Saturday, Feb. 9, noon - 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 , 9 am - ??


All Ages Adults & kids together Adults without kids