ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — If you’re looking for a way to get in the holiday spirit safely, Kids Out and About has the perfect map for you and your family.
Debra Ross has been continuously updating this map for 15 years to give families a directory for holiday light displays near their neighborhoods and beyond.
Ross says her site’s traffic this year has been busier than ever, with more families looking for pandemic-safe alternatives to traditional holiday activities.
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Ross, KidsOutAndAbout’s publisher since 2001, has been providing this list each holiday season for 15 years to give families a fun, free, and, now, safe way to celebrate Rochester’s most creative displays.
“Interacting with the homeowners each November as I update the page is a hoot,” Ross said. “I get to hear about the improvements they’ve made, how many lights they’ve added, the new music they’ve synchronized. This year, with COVID, many of them told me that this is where they spent their vacation budgets, and it shows.”
Ross suggests also using Rochester’s holiday lights tour as an opportunity to support local restaurants.
“Order takeout, pop the kids in the car, and tell them to get ready to be dazzled!” she said.
Ross says there is an opportunity to make this a Christmas tradition even more fun than in the past, which is especially important in a year that saw so much loss.
“Unlike so many other changes this year, you can make the season extra-special without anyone feeling like something is missing.”