Rochester MN Holiday Guide


This post is sponsored by Experience Rochester MN and Explore Minnesota

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Rochester has no shortage of fun family events, and the holidays are no exception! If you’re looking for festive, family-friendly holiday events in the Rochester, MN area this holiday season, look no further than our Ultimate Guide to Rochester MN Holiday Events. Scroll down and you will find images that link to all of the best events for: Music and Arts, Santa visits and events, Holiday Shopping, Holiday Lights, Christmas Tree Farms, Family Holiday Events, and everything you need for a season filled with cheer. Be sure to check back throughout the season for updated holiday events!

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Experience Rochester MN

Experience Rochester is your guide to celebrating all things merry and bright this holiday season. Visit to find an in-depth winter events calendar and explore things to do, gift-giving ideas, dining options, and holiday events and entertainment. As the city’s official destination marketing organization, Experience Rochester is a valuable resource for residents and visitors. Whether you’re catching a holiday show at Mayo Civic Center, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, or exploring our area’s scenic winter beauty, turn to Experience Rochester for everything you need to know. Tis’ the season for making special holiday memories in Rochester, Minnesota!

Family Events

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While we generally look forward to being out and about, this year is a bit different. Local businesses are working hard to provide safe and festive for your to create special memories that you’ll treasure for years to come.

Santa Events

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Ho, ho, ho!  Where (and how?) will Santa be this year?  Use our guide to find the where to visit Old Saint Nick and his jolly elves.  Please know that Santa visits will be amended for safe social distancing practices.

Music & Arts

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Our city has a vibrant music and arts scene and the Holidays are no different. So many events this year have gotten creative in how they deliver those holiday tunes.

Holiday Shopping

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If you’re looking to cross everyone off your shopping list we suggest you *shop local.*  Businesses have worked hard to provide safe ways for you to shop!

Holiday Lights

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Check out where we think the best neighborhoods are in town to see all those great twinkling displays.  Think we missed a great spot? Email us!

Christmas Tree Farms

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Perhaps you’d love to cut your own Christmas tree this year! The area has Christmas Tree Farms within varying distances of Rochester.

Guide to Hot Chocolate


We love to grab a cup of hot chocolate and drive around looking at lights!  Think we missed a great spot? Email us!

Guide to Winter Sports

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Rochester has an abundance of things to do outdoor during the winter.  Why not try a new sport? Since we’ll be limited on being inside…let’s head OUTside!

November Events

Rochester MN Holiday Guide | Rochester Mom

December is upon us and we are thrilled to showcase all the events in the Rochester MN area for this wonderful month. Check out all the fun coming up this month and get out to enjoy it!! Click the image above to be directed to the guide.

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