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Santa Claus is Comin' to (down)Town Rochester

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 this annual event. Here are the details of this year's beloved Here Comes Santa Claus event presented by Altra Federal Credit Union from 4 to 8 p.m., November 29!

Bundle Up or Work Those Fingers to Keep Warm

Nose too cold for the outdoors? Step into an indoor cozy atmosphere to hear a story from Mrs. Claus, decorate a cookie, write a letter to Santa, and enjoy a delicious hot beverage of coffee or cocoa for your warm-up from 4-6 p.m. For a scenic downtown experience, take the Rochester Trolley and Tour Company between Here Comes Santa Claus activity locations.

Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart

The holidays are meant for spreading kindness. Presenting partner Altra Federal Credit Union is providing the perfect opportunity with its Kindness Tree. It's quite simple: Buy new gloves, hats, and scarves. Pin them to the Kindness Tree at MOKA. The donated items will be distributed to those in need of these winter staples by the Salvation Army after November 30.

A Daring Santa Rescue

What makes Here Comes Santa Claus different from any other holiday event is rescuing Santa from Old City Hall in downtown Rochester. At 6:05 p.m., keep your eye on the rooftop while the City of Rochester Fire Department, with the help of Mayor Norton, rescues Santa. Cheer on the heroes and rescued once they are safe.

All Aglow in Downtown

The giant tree in Peace Plaza will be the prettiest sight to see when Santa flips the light switch at 6:30 p.m. Get your cameras and phones ready for this Instagram-worthy holiday moment!

Snap a Photo with Old Saint Nick

Before he heads back to the North Pole, Santa will happily greet children who want to sit on his lap and take a photo with him beginning at 6:45 p.m. at Shops at University Square.

Stay tuned to the Here Comes Santa Claus event page as more merriment details become available.