Jaycees Announce Return of “Santa’s Mailbox” to Downtown Rochester

Santa's Mailbox is returning once again to Downtown Rochester. Children of Rochester are invited to mail their letters to Santa by depositing them in the mailbox on the corner of 4th and Main Streets from Sunday, December 8 through Thursday, December 19. Children who drop their letters in the box will receive a letter addressed to them from Santa. Santa's Mailbox is delivered each year by the Rochester Area Jaycees during the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. About the Rochester Area … [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...]

As Channel 7 exits parade, Radio Disney enters

The 61st annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will march down Main Street Sunday.  Since it won’t be broadcast on live television this year, it’s the perfect time to come downtown and see the newly renovated streetscape. This year’s parade kicks off at Rochester Road and Tienken at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, this year’s theme is Inside Santa’s Workshop. The parade will be recorded by Rochester Hills TV and rebroadcast on local cable access through … [Read more...]

Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade goes “Inside Santa’s Workshop”

Editor's note: The details in this post were compiled from information found on the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce website, www.rrc-mi.com. The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the theme for the 2012 Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. Selecting the title “Inside Santa’s Workshop” the parade will reflect every child’s image of that magical factory at the North Pole. The committee is asking children’s groups, community organizations and local businesses to use … [Read more...]

Parade to honor Sheltons

Forty-seven years ago, Russ Shelton watched as ground was broken for Crittenton Hospital in Rochester. His father was on the hospital board; his mother was a volunteer. Now, he and his wife Kathy have assumed those same roles. Thanks to their generosity, the family name is on the hospital’s heart center. “We’re just kind of carrying on a tradition,” he said. “I love this community.” For all the things the couple does for the community--volunteering, serving in leadership positions and … [Read more...]

Russ and Kathy Shelton named Grand Marshals of 2011 Rochester Christmas Parade

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that Russ and Kathy Shelton will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 60th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade.  Chosen by the parade committee from community members' nominations, Russ Shelton was surprised by the designation.  Shelton said it was a great honor to be recognized by the community.  "This is as good as it gets" he said when informed of his designation.  Russell M. Shelton is president and CEO of Shelton Buick GMC, … [Read more...]

Rochester’s 59th Hometown Christmas Parade with Video!

The 59th Annual Hometown Christmas Parade in Downtown Rochester was a raving success yet again this year. With reports of over 100,000 in attendance and over 100,000 more watching on Channel 7, the crowds continue to grow every year.  As many of the area's marching bands, non-profits, and fire departments proudly portrayed their best, the crowd was also entertained by church groups singing, kids waving, and dancers dancing. The parade lasted a full two hours and was concluded with Old St. Nick … [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...]