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Rochester Public Market Officially Welcomes the Holiday Season

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The holiday season has officially begun at the Rochester Public Market. The annual Holidays at the Market kicked off this Sunday.

"It's Christmas. It doesn't get any better than Christmas," said Jackie Baziw, shopper.

"We love holidays at the market because it really does give us an opportunity to celebrate with the Rochester community," said Joan Hilldebrand, Rochester Public Market spokesperson.

Holidays at the Market has been a local tradition for the past 15 years.

"Holidays at the Market are our opportunity to get people to come out to the best most diverse selection of trees, wreaths, unique gifts from around the world," said Hilldebrand.

For the first three Sundays of December, the market will have Santa rides and more than 150 vendors.

"I enjoy the spirit of Christmas. It's the most beautiful part of the year. So I really get into it," Maxine Ashford, market vendor.

"I think that at Christmas time people are looking for unique items to give as gifts to the people that they love and they want to share their joy and happiness with and the Rochester Public Market is a great place to do that," said Violet Inscho, market vendor.

For sisters Kathy Barkley and Jackie Baziw, shopping during Holidays at the Market is a Christmas is tradition.

"We try and have different headgear every week. The last week of Christmas in the market is our big finale and sometimes we come as elves. This year we have a different costumes, we're making Christmas trees," said Barkley, shopper.

Although this year's kick off had rain instead of snow, it still wasn't enough to put a damper on the holiday spirit.

"It's inside your heart," said Brien Marron, shopper.

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