2020 Roc Holiday Village canceled amid pandemic

Updated: August 24, 2020 12:16 PM
Created: August 24, 2020 10:14 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Roc Holiday Village presented by Five Star Bank has been canceled this year due to the pandemic.

Event organizers made the announcement on Monday. 

“After very careful consideration, it’s with immense sadness that we announce today that we will not be able to create the Village this year and bring our community together safely to celebrate the winter season,"  co-founders and producers of the annual festival Jenna Manetta-Knauf, Sean McCarthy and Kelli Marsh said.

Mayor Lovely Warren said that while the tradition would be missed this year, she is "look[ing] forward to celebrating the holidays together again downtown once it is safe to do so." 

While Five Star Bank President and CEO Marty Birmingham shared in their disappointment,  he emphasized it is for the safety of the community.  

“While we are disappointed that Roc Holiday Village must take a pause in 2020, we understand the importance of maintaining the health and safety of everyone and agree with the decision wholeheartedly," Birmingham said. "We look forward to 2021 when this wonderful tradition can resume, bringing magic back to downtown Rochester and unifying our communities."

Last year, Roc Holiday Village 2019 was a 14-day festival that drew more than 125,000 people to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Park for skating, shopping, live music, pop-up restaurants and bar, private igloo tents and other holiday activities.

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