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Our 4 Favorite Extreme Christmas Lights Around Rochester: 2022 Edition

Because December is the darkest month, we welcome grand displays of holiday and Christmas lights to brighten the night. These homeowners and communities go all out to celebrate the season, so let’s get out there and celebrate with them.

Following our list of favorites, find more festively-decorated homes, homes synced to music, drive-through Christmas light shows, and more holiday activities that bring us comfort and joy.

Rahway Neighborhood

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Rahway Road – Gates

Gates

Many of the homes in the Rahway community (Rahway, Dawson, Winter Hazel) participate in the annual Christmas lights extravaganza. Some homes are lit to festive extremes, while others are elegant, monotone or traditional.

Winter Hazel is a cul-de-sac so you can see all of the homes a second time as you drive back out toward Lyell Rd. Bring along some cash for the hot cocoa and popcorn stand on Winter Hazel.

Endicar Neighborhood

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Endicar Drive – Irondequoit

Irondequoit

This cul-de-sac neighborhood is lit! Multiple homes on Endicar Dr participate to bring the holiday cheer.

Buckskin Neighborhood

Farmington

There are 20+ houses on Buckskin Dr and Hunters Dr synced to the same radio station, with additional homes festively decorated. Once you pull into the neighborhood, turn off your headlights and proceed slowly to enjoy this enjoyable and colorful drive.

Follow along on their Facebook page.

16 Beauclaire Lane

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Beauclaire Lane – Perinton

Perinton

This magnificent Polisseni home on Beauclaire Lane is eccentric all year long, but comes to life during the holidays. The lawn sculptures and decorations are WOW-worthy!

While this home in particular is exceptional, the surrounding neighbors around the cul-de-sac and on the streets that wind along the hill behind Casa Larga also decorate which makes it an interesting drive-through.

Homes in Monroe County With Lights Synced with Christmas Music

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Find more of our favorites using our Google Map. Do you know of more we should add? Feel free to contact us with the address.

More Extreme Christmas Light Displays

Find more of our favorites using our Google Map. Do you know of more we should add? Feel free to contact us with the address.

Drive-Through Christmas Lights

Lights on the Lake tower
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Lights on the Lake

Liverpool, Onondaga Lake
Ticketed Event

From their website, “Lights on the Lake is a two mile long drive-thru show featuring towering holiday displays, larger-than life Land of Oz, a twinkling fantasy forest, colorful section arches, memorable animated scenes and a fairy tale magic grand finale.”

You must purchase your ticket online and either print the ticket or present your QR code on your phone when you get to the ticket booth. Tickets are limited and sold by the day.

November 14, 2022–January 13, 2023
7 days a week, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.

ROC Lights at Victor Hills
Photo from Facebook

ROC Lights at Victor Hills

Victor
Ticketed Event

From their website, “ROC Lights at Victor Hills located in the Rochester NY area is a five week long event featuring a drive through Christmas light display designed to provide an affordable, family-friendly holiday outing. View the holiday spirit through a magical and colorful lens from the comfort of your own vehicle.”

Enjoy the show on following 2022 dates between dusk and 9 p.m.:

November 25, 26, December 2, 3, December 9, 10, December 15–24, December 26, and December 30.

More Holiday Activities

George Eastman Museum gingerbread house
George Eastman Museum Holiday Christmas Tree Display
George Eastman Museum Holiday Wreath Display
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2021 displays

Holidays at George Eastman Museum

Admission Fee
Borrow a VIP Pass from a Monroe County Library for buy one get one free admission

The George Eastman Museum is the perfect place to enjoy the holiday season. Along with the displays below, GEM’s Dryden Theatre shows a variety of holiday-themed films like Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooge, Die Hard 2, Home Alone, and Meet Me in St. Louis.

Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display
November 12, 2022–January 1, 2023

Wreath Display & Silent Auction
November 12–December 4, 2022

Tabletop Tree Display & Silent Auction
November 12–December 16, 2022

Holiday Homecoming
Thursday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

ROC Holiday Village night time building
ROC Holiday Village night skate building
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Roc Holiday Village

Roc Holiday Village

Free Admission

December 2-4, 7-11, 14-18, and 21-23

Rochester has a deep-seated nostalgia for Christmastime downtown, centered on Yuletide festivities, shopping, and refreshments.

Located at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square in the heart of center city, Roc Holiday Village offers free holiday-themed activities and events, creating a joyful space for the entire Rochester, NY community.

Offering free ice skating, shopping, dining, live music, and a visit from Santa Claus, it’s the quintessential holiday destination.

Liberty Pole
Liberty Pole

One of our favorite Roc Holiday Village event is the official lighting of the Liberty Pole on Main Street on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 5–7:30 p.m. followed by a parade to MLK Park.

Lamberton Conservatory holiday show walkway
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Lamberton Conservatory poinsettia tree
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Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show

Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show

Admission Fee

First weekend in December through the second weekend in January

Enjoy evening hours on Friday and Sunday nights until 9 p.m. to appreciate the holiday lights after dark.

Genesee Brew House Holiday Lights Keg Tree
Genesee Keg Tree Lighting

Genesee Brew House Keg Tree

Free Admission

Friday, December 2, from 5-9 p.m. (tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. sharp) for a night of full of friends, special beers, 500+ kegs, 20,000+ lights and much, much more!

Even if you don’t go for the lighting ceremony, you can stop and visit all month long.

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Planetarium Laser

Holiday Laser

November 12, 2022 – January 2, 2023

Admission Fee

The Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium hosts state-of-the-art Saturday night laser shows throughout the year. But in November, the festive Holiday Laser opens, offering multiple showtimes throughout November and December. Purchase tickets in advance for this popular tradition!

Rochester Public Market horse-drawn carriage rides
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Rochester Public Market Santa high-five
Holidays at the Market

Holidays at the Market

Sunday, November 27, December 4, December 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, December 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Free Admission

This Rochester holiday tradition features dozens of holiday-focused vendors offering fresh-cut trees and wreaths, decorations, specialty foods and beverage products, hand crafted items, seasonal treats, and much more. Enjoy festive music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a visit from Santa.

Genesee Country Village maple st
Genesee Country Village guided tour
Genesee Country Village reading
Genesee Country Village tidings of comfort and joy
Genesee Country Village fireplace
Genesee Country Village mold
Genesee Country Village making bonnets
Genesee Country Village holiday spirit
Genesee Country Village holiday fireplace
Genesee Country Village candle tree
Genesee Country Village storytelling

Yuletide in the Country

Admission Fee

Enjoy tales of Christmases past on a guided tour through the village. Meet families as they plan a traditional meal, sing carols, and prepare for the long winter.

Find several December events, including candlelit Yuletide in the Country Tours, Breakfast with St Nick, Holiday Afternoon Tea, and the Holiday Open House.

Quesada
127 Quesada, no longer participating

A note about 127 Quesada Drive’s Christmas Lights

As of November 2022, I’ve confirmed that the homeowner is no longer setting up this extraordinary show. There is an unconfirmed story that the show may be set up at another location in Greece, and I’ll keep you updated as soon as I hear more.

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Which neighborhoods do you go out of your way to see? What are your favorite holiday-themed events, activities, and traditions?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Creative Director for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY.

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20 thoughts on “Our 4 Favorite Extreme Christmas Lights Around Rochester: 2022 Edition”

  1. Just a hint. Try going to Quesada Dr on less busy weekdays. First time on a Friday I couldn’t get near it ( i left to avoid being part of the traffic mess in the neighborhood). Went back on a Tuesday and was the 4th person in line 🙂 Just remember a neighborhood can only handle so many vehicles at a time.

  2. Please, if you are going to see these lights, especially Quesada Drive, be respectful of the people who live on the roads leading up the home. As a resident of the neighborhood we have had people refusing to move their cars for residents to get into their home, people will just block the road in both directions causing a safety issues, and people yell, curse, at the few neighbors who have volunteered to help with traffic control. This was meant to bring joy and fun.

  3. I was waiting at 127 Quesada Dr for 3 WHOLE HOURS, family from out of town were really excited to see the Christmas lights. Get to the (f-ing) house and all lights are OFF. Do not recommend, and I will NEVER go back. This is terrible. I’m BEYOND!!!!! disappointed. This should NOT be the #1 house on the list.

    1. We thoroughly enjoyed the lights at this home. It was our first time and my kids loved it!! Maybe the homeowner had technical difficulties or was out of town one weekend… It’s not a business – it’s free – and the homeowner is doing something nice for the community. Be grateful that people take their own time and money to put together a show for others. You are entitled to nothing…

  4. Since I live the closest to the lights on Rahway, I have gone there the most & it is definitely worth the trip. Every years it gets more & more elaborate with more homes joining in the festivities. This year they have a box in front of the first house on the tour where people can drop off toys for the Toys for Tots program.

    1. the lights are really pretty good.
      i think we use to go on your street
      with my family my boy friend died of cancer
      my dad pass too. my son ran away from my home
      i would like my son to com home. and my mom passed
      back in dec, 18 of 2019. but like i said your lights are really
      great. i wish my family and i could go back on the street again
      love anne scoville p.s. happy holiday

  5. Hey guys, appreciate this guide, I mean the guide with google map, it helped a lot. It was like a mini road trip around Rochester. And going one by one and on the google maps app, could easily just switch to the next. Thanks again for doing this

    1. Cyril, thank you so much for letting me know, and I’m so happy you found the map helpful! I try to think of the information or tools that would make my holiday season a bit easier and share them with you. Happy New Year!

  6. Check out the Phalin Family Christmas Light Show in Victor NY off of Plaster Mill Rd. (1087 Azzano Circle). Show has over 15,000 + lights programmed to 16 songs and runs through New Years.

    1. Victor hills is the Christmas light spot went there Saturday night great job does cost 25$ a car bit very much worth it

      1. Kaye, thank you for sharing your experience! I was wondering about the $25 per car vs. the depth of the experience. I’m happy to hear you found it worth the price!

  7. You should include the huge light display at the Disalvo home in Stafford. The owners want you to get out and walk all through their huge yard filled with all kinds of holiday displays.

    1. Done! That home on Fargo Rd. in Stafford is one of the most spectacular holiday light experiences and absolutely worth the drive. (Stafford is located between LeRoy and Batavia along NY-5)

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