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Rochester, MN Events

 The next big event is always just around the corner (or coming up soon!) in Rochester, MN. Annual can't-miss events include Winterfest and SocialIce (Rochester's outdoor ice bar) as well as RochesterFest and the Thursdays on First & 3rd festival every week from June 1 to August 31. Experience Rochester's friendliness and enthusiam for celebrating by attending one of our many entertaining events!    


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Friday Dec 08, 2017

Choral Arts Ensemble: Christmas at Assisi

December 08, 2017 - December 10, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights
  • Address: 1001 14th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Featuring a new Ketterling Carol from Minnesota composer Daniel Kallman, Choral Arts Ensemble will once again welcome the joyous season with a rich variety of music, new and old (including a set from the amazing Honors Concert Choir), in the glorious acoustics and ambience of Assisi’s Lourdes Chapel.

A Washington Irving Christmas

December 08, 2017 - December 16, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Peace United Church of Christ
  • Address: 1503 2nd Ave NE, Rochester, MN 55906

A musical for the whole family! See Charles Dickens get inspired for writing A Christmas Carol when he visits Washington Irving for the holiday. They'll be surrounded by familiar friends and neighbors, and might just get a visit from a ghost or two! Tickets are available at onceandfutureclassics.org, by calling 507-282-6117 or at the door.

The 1940's Radio Hour: A Holiday Musical

December 08, 2017 - December 17, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Rochester Civic Theatre
  • Address: 20 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Rochester Civic Theatre Company

A different time is evoked in this award-winning, marvelous theatrical show, a live broadcast of "The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade" from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era, when the world was at war, is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with all manner of mishaps between cast and crew.       

ABC & Toy Zone Welcomes Santa

December 08, 2017 - December 22, 2017
  • Location: ABC and Toy Zone
  • Address: 122 17th Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: ABC and Toy Zone

Santa is coming to town again! Come out and see him at the ABC & Toy Zone. Be aware, Santa will be taking time out each day to feed the reindeer, so please be patient!

Archery Addiction

December 08, 2017 - December 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Address: 3020 N Broadway Avenue Suite 200, Rochester, MN 55906

Want a challenge? Come visit Rochester's only Archery Combat facility! 90 minutes of pure adrenaline and fun! Think dodgeball with bows. Immerse yourself in an epic battle between friends, workmates or people you've just met! 

Escape Challenge

December 08, 2017 - December 22, 2017

Locked in a room. 60 minutes on the clock. Can you complete the mission and escape the room before time expires? Choose your mission. Mission one is Norwegian Job. You are a group of thieves trying to get back your cash, diamonds and gold that are locked in a room. Can you find your loot and escape before time expires? Mission two is a rescue mission. Part of your team has been captured. You need to sneak into a cartel safe house, free the prisoners, and then find a way to escape. All... Visit Website

Jolly Trolley Holiday Lights Tour

December 08, 2017 - December 23, 2017
  • Location: Peace Plaza Downtown in front of Marriott Hotel
  • Address: 1st Avenue SW & 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Peace Plaza Downtown

Do something extra-special with your family, friends, and children this holiday season! Experience some of Rochester's most creative lights displays! Enjoy classic holiday music aboard the warmth of a lighted, decorated, & heated trolley. Reservations required for guaranteed seating. Purchase tickets online at www.RochesterMNtours.com, click BOOK to check seat availability for specific dates and times. Walk-up tickets based on availability. 

Photos with Santa

December 08, 2017 - December 24, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 333 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Apache Mall

Photos with Santa will be held in the JCPenney Court. Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Special Hours: Santa set will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd. 12/1: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM 12/15 – 12/23: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM 12/24: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Break: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM *Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer.

UNRAVELED Escape Room

December 08, 2017 - December 24, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: UNRAVELED Escape Room
  • Address: 300 11th Ave NW - Lower Level, Rochester, MN 55901

The Escape Room is a real life escape challenge where you come with a group of between 4 and 10 friends/family members/co-workers/etc and you get LOCKED UP! It is up to you and your team to find the clues and solves the puzzles in order to escape in time... First theme up: Escape From Alcatraz - Experience The Rock like never before!

Inscape: Exhibit by Tamsin Barlow and Alison McClockin

December 08, 2017 - December 30, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Crossings at Carnegie
  • Address: 320 East Ave, Zumbrota, MN 55992

The public is invited to meet the artists (Barlow & McClocklin) and view their work at a reception at Crossings. Both Barlow and McClockin love the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, who uses the term “inscape” in his work. Inscape means the “thingness” of a thing to sanctity. Bartlow and McClockin feel that each creation has a special inscape and they wish as artists to render that uniqueness, that special sanctifying beauty through art.

Going Up Live

December 08, 2017 - January 12, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Address: 318 1st Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Join us for live acoustic music and your favorite toasted sandwich.

Teen Night // Bounce World

December 08, 2017 - January 26, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: Bounce World
  • Address: 4430 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: Bounce World

Tween Night admission is $20 plus tax per participant the admission includes games, food and all the fun your tween can handle! All tween night participants will need a parent or guardian to drop them off and fill out registration paperwork.

Live Music at Kathy's

December 08, 2017 - September 29, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Kathy's Pub
  • Address: 307 S Broadway Avenue, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Kathy's Pub

Kathy's Pub Features the very best in live music with Local, National and International Acts.

Saturday Dec 09, 2017

Old Order Amish Country Trolley Tour

December 09, 2017
  • Location: Your guide will pick you up directly at your hotel, or at any other location in Rochester!

Immerse yourself in the timeless culture of the Old Order Amish as we journey down roads less traveled back to a way of life based on simplicity, strong faith, and hard work. This enriching, scenic tour affords the opportunity to observe and learn first-hand about the Amish way of life, view one-room country school houses, observe travel by horse and buggy, attend an Amish produce auction, visit Amish homes and workshops, browse handcrafted furniture, quilts, baskets, and foodstuffs, and visit ... Visit Website

Stand-Up Comedy

December 09, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Address: 2723 Commerce Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: Goonie's Comedy Club

Nationally touring comedians take our Rochester stage every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM. These are the same comedians you've seen on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, and Late Night Talk Shows. Different performers every week! Click the link to our website to make a reservation and/or to see our upcoming shows.

ABC & Toy Zone Welcomes Santa

December 09, 2017
  • Location: ABC and Toy Zone
  • Address: 122 17th Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: ABC and Toy Zone

Santa is coming to town again! Come out and see him at the ABC & Toy Zone. Be aware, Santa will be taking time out each day to feed the reindeer, so please be patient!

Christmas For Kids

December 09, 2017
  • Location: Christ Our Rock Lutheran church
  • Address: 3040 Stonehedge Dr. NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Are you looking for a little extra free time to get some Christmas shopping or gift wrapping done? Bring your kids to Christ Our Rock's Annual Christmas For Kids event. Your child will enjoy crafts, games, music and more. Most importantly, they will hear about that first Christmas so long ago when Jesus was born. Lunch is included and the event is free. Register online or call!

Christmas Tea

December 09, 2017

Surprise table entertainment will add a smile to your Christmas spirit! Please include the name of your guest(s) when registering.

Donuts with Santa

December 09, 2017
  • Location: 125 Live!
  • Address: 125 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Come and have your picture taken with Santa and avoid the long lines at the mall...all while enjoying a fun morning with your family! Child tickets include swag bag and giveaway opportunities.   

Dwell with Champagne Cheer

December 09, 2017
  • Location: Dwell Local
  • Address: 602 7th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: dwell local

Enjoy tasting 30 exclusive champagnes, and a holiday brunch. Then stick around for Dwell Local's Christmas open house! We're donating 10% of sales to the Rochester Women's Shelter.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)!

December 09, 2017

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)," is a comedy where three actors debate (then agree) to perform every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world — plus seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, AND every Christmas carol ever sung. This madcap romp through the holiday season accomplishes the small miracle of making all Christmas myths seem both utterly ridiculous and absolutely essential!

Holiday Music Performances

December 09, 2017
  • Address: 333 Apache Mall, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Apache Mall

Enjoy the holiday season with special music performances from the following at Apache Mall. Visit www.apachemall.com for all of the details!

Live Music: Root River Jam

December 09, 2017

Join us Friday and Saturday Nights 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm - for a variety of LIVE MUSIC!

The Heavy Set at The Jive Mill

December 09, 2017
  • Address: 212 N Broadway, Rochester, MN 55906
  • Venue: The Jive Mill

The Heavy Set is a rock band out of Minneapolis, rooted in blues and alt-country, pushing Americana to its harder edges. They take a grindstone to folk, rock, and blues, and create a rootsy sound accentuated by solid songwriting and live performances. 

The Med City is the Best City

December 09, 2017
  • Location: Gallery 24
  • Address: 324 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902, Rochester, MN 55902

Gallery 24 is pleased to host the opening celebration and artist talk for Chad Allen's art installation "Med City is the Best City." There will be an artist talk, world premiere of his song "Med City is the Best City Cause There's Two of Everything," a dance party and Chad Allen lookalike contest. Winners of the lookalike contest will win original art made by Allen.

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