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Here Comes Santa Claus in Downtown Rochester This Friday

Release Date: November 26, 2019

Media Contact: Monika Kopet
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9882



Here Comes Santa Claus in Downtown Rochester This Friday!

ROCHESTER, Minn.—It's almost the most wonderful time of the year, and that can only mean one thing: Santa Claus is comin' to town! A favorite Rochester tradition is rescuing Santa from Old City Hall and the merriment that goes with Here Comes Santa Claus presented by the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Altra Federal Credit Union this Friday.


4 to 6 p.m. Warming House – Castle Community
Activities: story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, art activities, and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate

4 to 6 p.m. Santa's Elves' Workshop - 311 South Broadway Ave (next to RDA office)
Provided by Olmsted Medical Center
Activities: Write a letter to Santa, watch "The Santa Clause," and make your own creation with Café Steam hot chocolate

4 to 8 p.m. Altra Federal Credit Union Kindness Tree – MOKA Peace Plaza
Buy new gloves, hats, and scarves. Pin them to the Kindness Tree. The donated items will be distributed to those in need of these winter staples by the Rochester, MN Salvation Army after November 30.

6:05 p.m. Help Save Santa - Old City Hall
Watch the Rochester Fire Department's thrilling Santa Claus rescue from atop Old City Hall.

6:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony - Peace Plaza
Photo Op in front of the Giant Holiday Tree on the Peace Plaza

7 to 8 p.m. Complimentary Photo with Santa - Shops at University Square

Thanks to the Here Comes Santa Claus partners: Altra Federal Credit Union, Olmsted Medical Center, Castle Community, and Shops at University Square.

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About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.