A new venue in Rochester is hoping to bring your holiday experience to a whole new level!
Roc Holiday Village will open this Saturday, December 1 in concert with the City of Rochester Liberty Pole lighting, and provide family entertainment throughout December.
Two of the founders for Roc Holiday Village, Kelli Marsh and Sean McCarthy, discussed the concept Friday during News 8 at Sunrise.
“This is an eleven day magical festival,” said Marsh. It will span every weekend December 1-23. “It’s going to have free activities for families, but we’re also going to have night time activities for young adults and people who want to leave the kids at home.”
Saturday’s village opening will happen right after the Liberty Pole lighting at 4:30 p.m. “We are having our grand opening together with the Liberty Pole lighting. Typically in years past, groups go to the Liberty Pole lighting and then they march to the ice rink at Martin Luther King Junior Park and they enjoy free ice skating there that night. This year when they come to the park they are going to be welcomed by the new holiday village.”
McCarthy said the seeds for Roc Holiday Village were sown years ago. “When I was younger, before children, I did a lot of traveling in Europe. And during the winter in Europe in all of these major cities there are these holiday villages everywhere. And it’s not just kids – it’s young people, it’s grandparents, it’s everyone goes to these holiday villages to gather throughout the holidays. Another partner of the project, Jenna Knauf, went to Bryant park in New York City came back last winter and said, I’m inspired. And I said, that’s funny! I was inspired five years ago. So let’s do this. So we teamed up with Kelli and sort of put it all together. So that’s how it started. We met with the City and right away they were on board.”
Part of the vision behind Roc Holiday Village was to recapture the magic of Midtown during its hey day. “We also have Santa, which is the most important thing to us,” said Marsh. “We are bringing Santa back, so you can have Breakfast with Santa or you can go visit Santa in Santa’s Workshop. We are also going to celebrate Hanukkah. We’re going to have a menorah there. We will celebrate Kwanzaa. We just want this to be a place for everybody to come, young and old and from all backgrounds.”
For more information about Roc Holiday Village, check it out on Facebook or visit RocHolidayVillage.com.