Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Monday, November 25 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year.

Crowds of people gather to see strings of colored lights in downtown Rochester

Lagniappe (2017) and opening night for The Big, Bright Light Show – photo by Michael Dwyer

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 6:20 p.m. on E. Fourth Street 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. Make sure to bring cameras, because kids will have the opportunity to share their Christmas lists with Santa from 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.

Event logo with Santa's image on it


“Lagniappe is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation to the community in which we work and live,” said Brad Saarela, Owner of Somerset Lending Corp, Andrews Realty Group, and University Title. “We know that we owe a good deal of our growth and success over the years to our local borrowers and every year we look forward to sponsoring Santa Claus so that we are able to contribute to this celebration, not only of lights and the Christmas spirit, but a celebration of Rochester and our rich history.”

In addition, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available at E. Third and Walnut Street. The rides will run from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. There will be a number of free holiday music performances to help visitors get into the holiday spirit; the Meadow Brook Carolers, Jennifer Kincer & Friends and more.

Following Lagniappe, The Big, Bright Light Show will run nightly from 5:00 p.m. – midnight through January 5, 2020. After January 5, The Big, Bright Light Show will be aglow every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in January through the Fire & Ice Festival.

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