Holiday Activities for Families in Rochester

There are so many holiday activities for families in Rochester. I love it! From light displays, to fun activities for the kids, to teaching children the giving spirit.  There is more to do then days in the month! I love planning our activities and I use our Christmas Countdown to plan lots of fun activities for the family throughout the month. Here are my BEST holiday activities for families in Rochester.


#1 Visit Lights

  • Drive around your neighborhood for holiday lights or explore a new neighborhood.
  • Our favorite holiday light displays:

# 2 Kids Cooking Class at Wegmans

  • Wegmans offers lots of fun holiday classes.  Last year we made peppermint bark.  This year we registered for the Gingerbread Making class.  We have done Breakfast with Santa too.  All of these events require registration and have a charge.  They are totally worth it!! We always love the activities and the treats!

Holiday Activities for Families in Rochester

#3 The Garden Factory

  • The Garden Factory has small rides, a train display, and a visit with Santa.  I love walking around and seeing all the holiday decorations and lights.
  • My kids loved the Holiday Light Show. Be sure to purchase tickets when you arrive.  Hours: Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm, Admission $2.00, Continues through December 18th.

Holiday Activities for Families in Rochester

#4 Donate to Pirate Toy Fund

  • I like to talk to my kids about the importance of giving this holiday season. Last year was the first year they really began to understand how they can help other kids during the holidays.  The Pirate Toy Fund donates to kids year round and it is a great way to give back.
  • The Pirate Toy Fund has a location at the East View Mall.  It is easy to take the kids shopping and donate it all in one night.

#5 Holiday Light show at Rochester Museum & Science Center

  • RMSC offers a 50 minute Holiday Laser Light show on the weekends.  It is a show filled with lasers and holiday music and is a wonderful tradition to start with your family.
  • Check website for hours and to purchase tickets.

#6 Genesee Brew House Keg Christmas Tree

  • Genesee Brew House has the first Keg Christmas Tree I have ever seen! I know this sounds like it is for the adults but kids can appreciate the lights and adults will love it.  You can make an evening of it and enjoy dinner…and possibly a tasting.  I recommend the Bavarian Pretzels!

Holiday Activities for Families in Rochester

#7 Road Trip: Niagara Falls, Canada

  • Hop in the car and drive 1.5 hour to Niagara Falls, Canada.  Their annual Winter Festival of Lights is a favorite of mine.  I grew up in Buffalo and this was a family tradition we did year after year as a kid.  I love seeing the falls with all the lights and they have many holiday decorations throughout the area.  Check out all the events on their website.


Do you have another Holiday Activity in Rochester for Families? Did I miss your favorite? Share in the comments!


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