December 01, 2018 11:12 PM
Roc Holiday Village opened for the first time in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in downtown Rochester Saturday. This new holiday themed attraction offers free ice skating, local vendors, restaurants, bars, live music and more.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren celebrated the opening with a parade and the annual liberty pole lighting.
"Roc Holiday Village just really brings life back into the downtown Rochester gives us a chance to highlight local businesses and restaurants," Mayor Warren said.
Mayor Warren says the goal is to bring people from across the area to downtown Rochester. Tori Holb brought her family from Canandaigua after hearing about the event.
"It's a free event and we wanted to see what Rochester was doing and we have a 9 year old out there so we thought it would be fun to do the free ice skating," Holb said.
Alexandria Brown lives in the city of Rochester, but she doesn't get to come downtown much, but this event changed that.
"It's getting us out and kind of getting us engaged with all the other people in the community," Brown said. "I would like to have something permanent like this to give the kids something to do."
Brown appreciates the action downtown and the look at local business like Lisa Ferguson's, The Laughing Goat. Ferguson traveled from Ithaca to sell her winter goods at Roc Holiday Village.
"I was a little nervous coming down here with all the rain but it's working out pretty well," Brown said. "I was surprised that in the first couple of hours I did better than I usually do."
Community members are hoping see something like this permanently and the mayor says she has hopes of doing similar events.
"I think it's very important that we keep doing things like this...to bring people into our center city to be a part of our community," Mayor Warren said.
Roc Holiday Village will continue until the weekend before Christmas. Ice skating is free during the village hours.
Updated: December 01, 2018 11:12 PM
Created: December 01, 2018 10:50 PM
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