Support Downtown #RochMN This Holiday Season


This post is sponsored by Destination Medical Center

Peace Plaza Fountain in the Heart of the City, downtown Rochester MN // photo by ab-photography.uc

Downtown Rochester MN is all set for the holidays and cannot wait to welcome you to enjoy the season and everything downtown has to offer!

Shop Local Safely

The Shop Local Safely initiative was created by The Rochester MN Chamber of Commerce and other key partners to express that it has never been safer, easier, or more important to shop local. Use the website to explore downtown businesses and more and make your plan to shop local this holiday season.


Small Business Saturdays

As Rochester Downtown Alliance so appropriately stated, “They are your next-door neighbor, good friend, or a friendly face. They are champions of downtown Rochester’s business community. Be their champion this holiday season.” We encourage you to shop local and shop local this holiday season. Rochester MN Downtown businesses are ready to help you with all of your gift-giving needs.  Check out special store promotions, and make plans to support these businesses on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season! For a reference to the map below, click here for all store listings!

Here Comes Santa Claus

 This year’s Here Comes Santa Claus event, organized by Rochester Downtown Alliance, will be held Friday, November 26th, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. In addition to seeing Santa Claus get rescued from the top of Old City Hall by the Rochester MN fire department, you can enjoy a photo op with Santa Claus, cider and cookies, a craft, trolley rides around downtown, caroling, the Peace Plaza tree lighting, and more!

Here Comes Santa Claus
Santa being rescued from Old City Hall by the Rochester Fire Department! // photo provided by: Rochester Downtown Alliance

Festival of Trees Downtown

The Festival of Trees, hosted every year by Hiawatha Homes, is once again coming to downtown.  This year, The Festival of Trees is partnering with downtown Rochester MN businesses to display trees in storefronts in Downtown Rochester November 22-28, from 4:30 – 10:00 PM! All trees will be viewable from the outdoors.

Festival of Trees // Photo by Alpha Digital, courtesy of RDA

Support Local Dining

Restaurants have endured another difficult year with Covid-19 restrictions coming and going throughout 2021.  The downtown Rochester, MN restaurants are ready to help you celebrate the holidays and are a perfect gift to give friends and family in your life  Please view this website for an up-to-date list and information about ordering and see details about any gift card promotions!

Where to Park?

We have a helpful map that will show you just where to park. Ramp parking is so easy and really plentiful. Don’t forget…parking is FREE after 5 PM Monday through Friday and FREE on the weekends. Additionally, you can park in the public parking ramps for 2 hours for free every week day. Otherwise, you can find parking rates for all the ramps here. The red squares on the map indicate where the parking ramps are located.

Center Street Parking Ramp – 11 Center Street

Head for the elevators, and then exit at ground level. Turn right and head south on the sidewalk and you’ll be right in the Heart of the City and Peace Plaza.

1st Street Parking Ramp 13 2nd Street SE

Make your way to the elevators, and head to the skyway level, and follow the signs for The Galleria at University Square. Once there, take the elevators or escalators down to the ground level and exit between Chester’s Kitchen + Bar and the U of M Gear Store. You’ll be RIGHT in all the action of Heart of the City and Peace Plaza.

3rd Street Parking Ramp – 100 3rd Street SW

Make your way to the elevators and head to ground level. You’ll be right at 1st Avenue SW. Turning left (north) will take you to the Heart of the City and Peace Plaza.

2nd Street Ramp – 14 2nd Street SE

Make your way to the stairs or elevators. Turn west towards Broadway (away from the river), and walk two blocks to 1st Avenue SW.  Turn right and walk two more blocks to the Heart of the City and Peace Plaza.

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