(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Rochester - 2020 | Beyond the Nest (Rochester)

(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Rochester - 2020

 

Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun in the Rochester area, but. . . it's 2020, which means a bit less is happening than usual. The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, so click through to make arrangements, and keep in mind that things can be canceled at any time, so be sure to check. If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Mindy Mangan at mindy@kidsoutandabout.com. (Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!)

Below are items that have been posted to our calendar, both virtual and in-person. If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there... it's free to postClick here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!

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Santa Sightings

Dec 3, 2020 Visit from Santa - Park Ave Holiday Open House
Dec 4 - 24, 2020 Visit Santa at  Greece Ridge MallMarketplace Mall or Eastview Mall
Dec 4 - 6, 2020  Holiday Pet Photos - Lollipop Farm
Dec 5 - 20 weekends only Yuletide Pancake Breakfast with St. Nick - GCV&M
Dec 5, 2020 Breakfast with Santa - Chili Senior Center
Dec 1-31, 2020 Santa Hustle 2020 - VIRTUAL

 

Christmas Community Events

Nov 4 - Nov 29, 2020 Wreath Display and Silent Auction - George Eastman Museum
Nov 6 - Dec 13, 2020 Sweet Creations Gingerbread Displays - George Eastman Museum
Nov - Jan 2020 Holiday Laser Light Show - Strasenburgh Planetarium
Nov 14 - 15, 2020 Holiday Market - GCVM
Nov 18 - Dec 16, 2020 Tabletop Tree Display and Silent Auction - George Eastman Museum
Nov 21, 2020 RR Bazaar: Holidays on Railroad Street
Nov 27, 2020 Pittsford's Annual Candlelight Night - Port of Pittsford
Nov 27, 2020 Visit with the Reindeer - Shortsville Reindeer Farm, LLC
Nov 28, 2020 Hometown Holiday Stroll at Juniper
Nov 28, 2020 Hometown Holiday Stroll - Irondequoit
Nov 29, Dec 6, 13, 17, 2020 Holidays at the Market - Rochester Public Market
Dec 3, 2020 27th Annual Park Avenue Holiday Open House - Park Ave
Dec 5 - 20, 2020 Yuletide Open House - GCV&M
Dec 5, 2020 Come Home for the Holidays - Fairport
Dec 5, 2020 Cycling Santa Charity Ride - Dream Bikes Rochester

  

Nutcrackers

Dec 12, 2020 New York State Ballet Presents the Nutcracker Strong Museum of Play Live Performace
December 23, 26, 27, 2020 New York State Ballet streams the Nutcracker LIVE

 

Holiday Concerts

Dec 5 - Jan 19, 2021 Gala Holiday Pops Holiday Streaming- RPO


Living Nativities

Dec 12- 13, 2020  Live Nativity(in the Parking Lot) First United Methodist Church of Canandaigua

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Starting Nov 6, 2020 (reservations only) Stokoe Farms Christmas Tree Farm
Nov 21 - Dec 23, 2020 Woody Acres
Nov 21- Dec 24, 2020 Wilbert's Christmas Tree Farm
 Open Nov 27, 2020 Bauman's Farm Market
  Click here for our full list of places to get live Christmas Trees

 

Holiday Lights

Nov 16 - Jan 10, 2021 Lights on the Lake Drive- Thru - Onondaga Lake Park
Nov 28, 2020 Hometown Holiday Stroll at I-Square
Nov 28, 2020 Tree Lighting and Holiday Kick Off - Town of Gates
Dec 12, 2020 Little Italy's 3rd annual Lyell Area Tree Lighting! - Engine 5 Rochester
Dec 12 - 19, 2020 Holiday Lights Tour 2020 - Bivona Child Advocacy Center
  Be Sure to Check Out our list of Driving Tour of Holiday Lights!

 

Crafty & Cookin' Christmas

Nov 20, 2020 Tree Painting Event - Color Me Mine Webster 
Dec 3,10, 22, 2020 Sip & Paint Christmas Winery Events - Casa Larga
Dec 6, 2020 Holiday Wreath Making - ISquare
Dec 29, 2020 Winter wonderland cookie class - ISquare

 

Ice Skating

Open Nov 21, 2020 (pending weather and CDC guidelines) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
Open Nov 2020 Lakeshore Hockey Arena
Open now through Feb 28, 2021 Genesee Valley Sports Complex
Open 2020 Paul Louis Arena
Open for public skating at 50% capacity Bill Gray's Iceplex

 

Chanukah

Dec 17, 2020 Virtual Hanukkah Party with Parents - Keshet

 

Journey to an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 2020 Yuletide Pancake Breakfast - GCVM
Dec Weekends 2020 Yuletide Open House - GCVM
Dec 11,12, 13, 2020 It's A Wonderful Life 2020 - Seneca Falls

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 14-15, 2020 Holiday Market - GCV&M
Nov 20, 2020 Day & Night of Lights - Neighborhood of the Arts
Nov 28, 2020 The Art & Gift Boutique - The Imaginarium
Nov 28, 2020 Hometown Holiday Stroll - Irondequoit
Dec 5, 2020 4th Annual Holiday Open House - Upstate Vintage Market

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31 - Feb 14, 2021 RPO's New Year's Eve Special - Virtual
Dec 31, 2020 Noon Year's Eve at the Seneca Park Zoo
Dec 31, 2020 

New Year's Eve Celebration - Holiday Valley

Dec 31, 2020 New Year’s Eve Musical Celebration - Online Event
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