It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas! Lagniappe and Kris Kringle Market Begins!

Kris Kringle Market
Holiday Window Decorations - Lagniappe and Kris Kringle Market

I love living in a small town where the entire downtown gets in the spirit of the holidays, and Rochester is no exception. To kick off the Christmas Season on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, this city celebrates Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”). The shop owners like to give a little extra to their customers during this time of year. There is a magnificent display of Christmas lights on all the downtown buildings, and the shops’ window displays will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.

Kris Kringle Market
Santa at Kris Kringle Market

Santa Claus makes an appearance at the Kris Kringle Market, another great shopping event. This year, the Kris Kringle Market is on Dec. 1st and 2nd. This celebration is a perfect time to start picking out your gifts for family & friends, say Hi! to your neighbors, or give Santa your wish list.


Lagniappe is an early way to get some Christmas shopping done at the local shops in downtown Rochester. The Big Bright Light display is turned on, and the Christmas Season officially begins. Santa will also appear early to hear your child’s wish list. You will also be able to go on horse-drawn carriage rides and listen to some great musical performances throughout the town. Plan on a fabulous night out in downtown Rochester.

Kris Kringle MarketToy Soldier guarding Kris Kringle Market

Roasting Marshmallows at Kris Kringle Market
Christmas Decorations at Lagniappe and Kris Kringle Market
Musician at Kris Kringle Market
Strudel at Kris Kringle Market

Kris Kringle Market is one crowded, fun Christmas Market for two nights in downtown Rochester. You can get tasty food, stock up on Christmas gifts, socialize with your neighbors, or people-watch. I bought a beautiful Christmas wreath here a couple of years ago and always found a few gifts for my family. The other neat thing is that you can roast marshmallows at the entrance or warm your hands if the weather is chilly.

SummaryCrowds of People at Kris Kringle Market

If you enjoy people-watching, listening to great music, sampling excellent food, and getting your Christmas shopping done early, this is one festival you don’t want to miss. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to meet Santa Claus! Come and join us and Celebrate Lagniappe and Kris Kringle Market in downtown Rochester! See you there!

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