Here Comes Santa Claus

Here Comes Santa Claus

When: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Old City Hall / Peace Plaza 
Cost: FREE

“Here Comes Santa Claus,” downtown Rochester’s cherished holiday tradition, features appearances by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, local celebrities, live entertainment, and Peace Plaza tree lighting ceremony.

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The magical evening kicks-off with a thrilling rooftop rescue by the Rochester Fire Department atop Old City Hall (224 1st Avenue SW) at 6:00 p.m. In his 42nd consecutive year, Santa will make his dramatic rooftop landing and grand downtown debut.

2016 Schedule & Activities

  • 4 - 6 pm, Cambria presents, Cookies and Cocoa - Visit Cambria for a festive get-together offering cookies and hot cocoa at the Cambria gallery. Space is limited. RSVP by November 23rd to 
  • 6 pm, Santa rescued from atop Old City Hall
  • 6:30 pm, Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - the city’s largest switch-flipping ceremony will take place with the community countdown lead by Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede
  • Following the tree lighting ceremony, follow Santa inside the Shops at University Square for a meet and greet!

SkyVault Theature Company

The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company, a subsidiary of Words Players Theatre, will be spreading holiday cheer performing as minstrels, magicians, jesters, and carolers at different locations prior to Santa's arrival, parading Santa to Peace Plaza, leading audience in "Oh Christmas Tree" carol prior to tree lighting, and finishing with creative procession into University Square Shops.

Schedule and activities subject to change.


Press Release - "42nd Annual 'Here Comes Santa Claus' returns on Friday, November 25, 2016"
Thanksgiving travelers thankful for low gas prices-Shopping and Events -- Post-Bulletin (2015) 
Santa Claus helps with w/ Rochester's Tree Lighting Ceremony (Video) -- KTTC NBC (2015)
Santa "rescue" in Rochester; lighting of Christmas tree (Video) -- Post-Bulletin (2015)
Firefighters Rescue Santa (Video) -- KAAL ABC6 (2015)

Promotional Resources

Stay tuned.

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