Experience the Essence of the Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester

The Kris Kringle Market returns to downtown Rochester this holiday season, Friday, Dec. 6, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, noon to 10:00 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market, presented by Lincoln of Troy, is inspired by the 700 year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy the food, shopping, entertainment and ambience of an open-air holiday … [Read more...]

Lagniappe brings ‘a little something extra’ to downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, Dec. 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. 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 6:45 p.m. on E. Fourth Street with help from the Mayor, Channel 7’s Dave LewAllen and a special appearance by the man in … [Read more...]

Shop the Downtown Holiday Expo

Christmas will be here before we know it. Honestly, how could we forget? Kroger was selling pumpkins alongside decorative snowmen last week! ABC Family has released their 25 Days of Christmas list already, and our downtown crew has been busily hanging the beautiful Christmas lights for The Big, Bright Light Show. Personally, I love Christmas and think it's the most beautiful time of the year. I love all the decorations and hustle and bustle of town so I don't really mind the Christmas season … [Read more...]

Holiday fun is coming to town!

The flakes haven’t started falling, but of the holiday spirit is calling! Like cherished family traditions, the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills will once again bring good will and cheer to its merry citizens with a festive variety of holiday events. Check (twice, if you must) and see if your favorite made the list. God bless us, everyone. Don’t be a Scrooge. Spend a delightful evening in the company of Meadow Brook Theatre’s talented actors as they bring Charles Dickens’ classic … [Read more...]

Are you a Big, Bright Light Show member?

The annual Big, Bright Light Show Membership drive is underway! For only $40 Individual/Family or $60 Businesses, everyone can be a part of the show! Each membership includes a limited edition ornament, a Big, Bright Bonus Book, filled with coupons from your favorite downtown businesses, recognition on www.DowntownRochesterMI.com and an invitation to the exclusive Big, Bright Light Show Preview Event. “The membership program allows individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to show … [Read more...]

Come have a Big, Bright Ball in August!

It’s big, bright and back again this summer, so get ready to have a ball! The Big, Bright Ball is the signature fundraising event for The Big, Bright Light Show. The fun takes place from 4:00 until 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 4 at the Royal Park Hotel. Join us for an evening of food, music and fun. Enjoy a strolling dinner featuring your favorite downtown restaurants including, Kruse & Muer and the Rochester Chop House, Main Street Deli, O'Connor's Public House, Penny Black, Rochester Mills … [Read more...]

Want to own a piece of Main Street?

Rochester’s Main Street Makeover has created quite a buzz in the Metro Detroit area and around the state.  You can take a piece of Main Street home with you at the Downtown Rochester Yard Sale on August 17 and 18.  The sale will include all items removed from Main Street as a part of the Makeover including fire hydrants, traffic signals, railroad tie remnants, lightpoles, Main Street bricks and much more! “The Main Street Makeover has provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community” … [Read more...]

Big, Bright Light Show and Downtown Rochester With Video

Rochester Media was at the lighting ceremony of the The Big, Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester this year.  Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson was there to welcome the crowd and to enjoy the festivities with his own family as well.  This year  was the first time that the lights began at the South Bridge on Main Street and extended all the way to Romeo Street.  There were over 1.5 million lights on display - the most so far in the five year history of the event.  The Western Knitting Mill on Water … [Read more...]


ROCHESTER, Mich. – Nov. 17, 2010 – You are invited to brighten your holidays in downtown Rochester with The Big, Bright Light Show!  The buildings in Downtown Rochester will be covered in more than 1.5 million points of glimmering holiday light which will be lit nightly, Nov. 29 through Jan. 2, 2011, from 6:00 pm to midnight.  The Big, Bright Light Show, a holiday display unlike any in the Midwest, is entering its fifth year.   As with previous years, the buildings of Main Street will be … [Read more...]

Winter Wonderland at the DDA and Downtown Rochester

Even though temperatures outside are still topping 90 degrees, it is a winter wonderland at the Rochester DDA Office.  Plans are well underway for the holiday season, which promises to be bigger and brighter (sorry, couldn’t help it) than ever before.  Here’s a sneak peek: Mark your calendar for the Downtown Holiday Open House on November 20, 2010.  Businesses throughout downtown will host trunk shows and demonstrations, many offering special discounts for this day only. In its fifth year, … [Read more...]