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Sleigh Guide to Here Comes Santa Claus

The holidays provide a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy. Here Comes Santa Claus presented by Altra Federal Credit Union November 16 - 27 is one such yuletide treasures. November will have lovely weather for a Sleigh Guide to Here Comes Santa Claus, filled with a variety of ways to safely enjoy the holidays!

Use your eggnog noggin in the 12 Days of Magic scavenger hunt

Santa Claus is visiting Rochester November 16 for his yearly health check-up at Mayo Clinic. While he's here, he'll also visit some of his favorite downtown places to shop, play, and eat. His reindeer are just as excited to visit....maybe a little too excited. Follow this jolly old elf's journey with some surprises along the way. Stay tuned to the Downtown Rochester, MN Facebook page and Instagram November 16 for the 12 Days of Magic scavenger hunt details!

Show love with the Altra Federal Credit Union Kindness Tree

'Tis the season to share a little kindness! Presenting Partner Altra Federal Credit Union is bringing back the Kindness Tree for the second year. Buy new gloves, hats, and scarves for those less fortunate. Pin them to the Kindness Tree located on the first floor of Galleria at University Square (just inside the Broadway entrance door to the left). From the donated items, a little warmth will be shared with those in need  through the Salvation Army following Here Comes Santa Claus, just in time for the holidays and the approaching winter weather.

Usher in the holidays with the Here Comes Santa Claus drive-thru parade

All will be merry and bright when Santa Claus comes this night: November 27! The traditional daring Santa rescue atop Old City Hall will be transformed into a magical drive-thru parade featuring an appearance by the jolly old elf himself, courtesy of the Rochester Fire Department, and other enchanting highlights. Find the Here Comes Santa Claus drive-thru parade details here!

Bonus: Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees kicks off the same night!

The same night as Here Comes Santa Claus is the start of another favorite Rochester tradition: Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees! More than 40 decorated trees will grace the windows of downtown businesses and unused storefronts to bring some holiday cheer and main street magic to downtown November 27-29.

Extra Bonus: Small Business Saturdays starts the same week!

Speaking of a main street experience, downtown Rochester is the perfect place to find the perfect holiday gift with Small Business Saturdays. Especially when the small business holiday shopping is extended to every Saturday November 28 through December 19! Find exclusive Small Business Saturdays incentives here.


  Find all magical merriment that comes with Here Comes Santa Claus presented by Altra Federal Credit Union here.