Roc Holiday Village 2018 Wraps Up with 11 Days of Joy and a Merry Santa Send-off
More than 120,000 people of all ages visited Roc Holiday Village in the heart of downtown Rochester at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Park.
"It simply exceeded our expectations and we could not be happier," said Jenna Knauf, co-founder and producer of Roc Holiday Village along with Sean McCarthy and Kelli Marsh.
"On behalf of all of us who had a dream to bring a new tradition back to the heart of our city, we thank everyone who came out to eat, shop, skate, see Santa and enjoy this new holiday tradition. We are so proud and blessed to be able to bring this event to Rochester and build a place where people could gather, be together and experience the joy of the holidays. We are grateful to all our sponsors for believing in us and helping to make our first Roc Holiday Village a great success! Stay tuned for information over the next few months on our plans for next year."
A shopping village featured 20 local food and merchandise vendors who did brisk business
2 mini market days presented goods for sale from 32 local vendors
Free ice skating and rentals sponsored by Wegmans
Santa's Workshop sponsored by IAC Kids and the Anthony Butera Teamfeatured an expensive model train display, section of the Midtown Monorail, visits and photos with Santa, milk and cookies compliments of Wegmans, and kazoos sold to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times.
Free crafts for kids held every weekend in the Rochester Regional HealthGingerbread House
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations
Ice skating demonstrations and curling demos
Free live music in The Lodge Bar and Restaurant
Breakfast with Santa presented by MVP Health sold out before the event began
Popular cozy winter Igloos that could be reserved by the hour with private food and beverage service sold out in 48 hours
Four pop-up restaurants in The Lodge - Avvino, Antonetta's, Native and Marty's Meats did brisk business
With the help of Five Star Bank employees, gifts were collected at eight bank locations for needy children. The almost 600 gifts were presented to families on Saturday, December 22 by the Roc Royal Foundation in the Rochester Regional Health Gingerbread House.