Attendees gather at a past Kris Kringle Market in Rochester.

Attendees gather at a past Kris Kringle Market in Rochester.

Photo provided by the Downtown Development Authority

Celebrate the Season with the 14th annual Kris Kringle Market

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 23, 2021


ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester’s annual Kris Kringle Market returns this holiday season 4-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The market will be located on West Fourth Street, between Main and Walnut streets, and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show.

The Kris Kringle Market is an open-air market inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets.  

Visitors can enjoy food, shopping, live entertainment and the ambience of an open-air holiday market.

Offerings include hand-crafted gifts, fresh greens, baked goods, specialty foods, glass blowing and much more. Enjoy new vendors including The New Ewe, Cindy Lou Ceramics and Kutchey Family Farm, as well as many popular returning vendors, including Nitsche’s Meats & Deli and The Original Strudel Factory.

“We’re excited for the return of the Kris Kringle Market as it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season,” Taylor Clayton, marketing coordinator for the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, said in a press release. “It’s a joyous atmosphere, with a lot to offer for holiday gifts, decors, flavors, smells and the streets aglow with The Big, Bright Light Show.”

Children can enjoy a visit and photo opportunity with Santa Claus, a chance to play in child-sized gingerbread houses and warm up by the s’more station. People can enjoy food and beverages in the warming tent.  

Visitors can purchase a commemorative mug filled with gluhwein or enjoy hand-crafted beer sponsored by the Rochester Mills Beer Co. and Fieldstone Winery. Proceeds from the warming tent will benefit the Rochester Area Youth Assistance on Friday evening and the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority on Saturday.

The Kris Kringle Market is presented by Lincoln of Troy.

For more information, visit or contact the Rochester DDA office at (248) 656-0060.