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Here Comes Santa Claus to Downtown Rochester

Release Date: November 1, 2019

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



Santa Claus is Comin' to (down)Town!

ROCHESTER, Minn.—Here Comes Santa Claus presented by the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Altra Federal Credit Union is a time-honored tradition that returns November 29 to downtown Rochester.

Warming House and Santa’s Elves Workshop from 4 to 6 p.m.

When the frigid air is too chilling, head indoors for story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, art activities, letter writing to Santa, and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Take a trolley ride between locations with the Rochester Trolley and Tour Company.

Daring Santa Rescue at 6:05 p.m.

High atop Old City Hall is the safest landing place for Santa Claus in downtown Rochester and will need help getting down. To the rescue will be the Rochester Fire Department, with an assist from Mayor Norton. Be in the crowd to welcome Santa to the ground.

Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m.

Everything will be all aglow when Santa flips the switch on the Peace Plaza’s giant tree. It will surely be an Instagram-worthy holiday moment!

Photos with Santa at 6:45 p.m.

Before he heads back to the North Pole, the jolly old elf will happily greet children who want to sit on his lap and take a photo with him.

For event details, visit and follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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.