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Here's what you need to know about Here Comes Santa Claus

Typically, he only comes once a year, but Rochester is a place Santa Claus holds dear. Here Comes Santa Claus November 26 presented by the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Altra Federal Credit Union is a multi-generational holiday tradition in Rochester. Here is all the festive fun to expect from this event.

Aquí viene Papá Noel el 26 de noviembre, 2022

Una tradición navideña multigeneracional en Rochester, Aquí viene Papá Noel incluye salvar a Papá Noel del techo de las Residencias del Antiguo Ayuntamiento después de que se atasca, una ceremonia de iluminación del árbol y más actividades festivas.

Halkan waxaa imanaya “Santa Claus” Noofambar 26, 2022

Dhaqanka dabbaaldegga soo-jireenka ah ee Rochester, Halkan waxaa yimaada “Santa Claus” waxaa ka mid ah badbaadinta “Santa Claus” ee saqafka guryaha ee “Old City Hall” ka dib markii uu ku xayirmo, xaflada iftiiminta ee geedka, iyo hawlo badan ee dabbaldegga.

هنا يأتي سانتا كلوز نوفمبر ٢٠٢٢,٢٦

هنا يأتي سانتا كلوز عطلة تقليدية متعددة الأجيال في روشستر تتضمن انقاذ سانتا كلوز من سقف مساكن قاعه المدينه القديمه بعد ان يعلق, حفل إنارة شجرة الميلاد, والعديد من فعّاليات العطله.

  Quick info

Date and time: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2022
Where: various locations throughout downtown Rochester

  Stay tuned soon for a Here Comes Santa Claus map!


  Schedule of festivities

We are jingle bell rockin’ a new Here Comes Santa Claus schedule of events now that it is now a daytime spectacular. It all kicks off at 2 p.m. with the daring rescue of Santa Claus from the rooftop of Residences of Old City Hall. Somehow, Santa always seems to get stuck, which makes this a uniquely Rochester holiday tradition. As soon as he is safely on the ground, thanks to the Rochester Fire Department, follow him and Mrs. Claus for more merriment to photos with Santa from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. in Galleria at University Square and Santa’s Magical Workshop from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Chateau Theatre. As a finale, the annual tree lighting ceremony in Peace Plaza will be the countdown to the holiday season. And the elves are hard at work planning a downtown scavenger hunt throughout the event. So load up the family, head over the Zumbro River and through Chester Woods to downtown for Here Comes Santa Claus fun!


An early holiday present to all who attend Here Comes Santa Claus is free parking in downtown ramps! Guide your sleigh...we mean the 3rd Street or Center Street ramps, which are within walking distance of all the merriment.


We are oh ho-ho so grateful for the collaboration on Here Comes Santa Claus with these community partners:

  Get more Here Comes Santa Claus details here.

(Video credit: Tyler Aug of The Rochester Posse)