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City of Rochester to Host ‘Holidays at the Market’ to Celebrate Holiday Season


The city of Rochester announced the commencement of Holidays at the Market which begins on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at the Public Market, 280 N. Union Street.


Holidays at the Market will take place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, December 3 and December 10; and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Thursday, December 14 during the same hours.


The city says it seeks to add to family fun on Sundays at the market by featuring:

  • Holiday lights and festive music;

  • Dozens of local vendors offer unique and special gifts along with fresh-cut trees and home décor;

  • Visits with Santa from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; and

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This annual holiday tradition for more than 26 years also features dozens of holiday-focused products and gifts including specialty food and beverage products, hand-crafted goods, seasonal treats and much more.


The evening event on Thu., December 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. involves a collaboration with Market District Business Association and offers shopping specials, visits with Santa and carriage rides as well.


City officials say the Public Market’s Holiday Cookie Contest is returning this season.


To participate, entrants must deliver six cookies and a list of ingredients to the Market Office between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sat., December 9, or between 8 and 11 a.m. on Sun., December 10. One entry per person.


First, second and third place winners will be awarded market tokens valued at $150, $75, and $55 respectively, and will be announced on the City of Rochester Public Market’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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