Fifty Years of Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 20 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year.

In anticipation of celebrating Lagniappe’s 50th anniversary and large crowds, the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and City of Rochester officials have worked with MDOT to close Main Street for the event. Main Street will be closed from Second Street to University from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Detour signs will be posted around Rochester and Rochester Hills directing traffic around Main Street. This is the first time since the Big, Bright, Light Show began that Main Street will be closed for the event.

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright, Light Show. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Main Street (W. 4th and Main) with help from the Mayor, Channel 7, and a special appearance by the man in red, Santa Claus himself. The lights will officially light-up downtown Rochester at 7:00 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their cameras, because kids will then have the opportunity to share their Christmas lists with Santa from 7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Schedule of Activities

  • 6:00 p.m. Phoebe Holmes of The Keynote Sisters & the Meadow Brook Carolers
  • 6:30 p.m. The Big, Bright Light Show opening ceremonies (E. Fourth & Main)
  • 7:00 p.m. Debut of the 2023 Big, Bright, Light Show
  • 7:15 p.m. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (E. Fourth & Main)

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