Santa speaks with visitors during the tree lighting at La Marketa Dec. 9. (EMC photo by Jeff Witherow)

Santa speaks with visitors during the tree lighting at La Marketa Dec. 9. (EMC photo by Jeff Witherow)

La Marketa in Rochester offers holiday market

ROCHESTER — Temperatures below 30 degrees did not keep residents away from the inaugural Holiday Market at La Marketa that took place at the International Plaza Dec. 9.

The festivities opened with a speech by site manager Jessica Del Valle before musical performances from such artists as Trulla 585. The celebration also featured a tree lighting, vendors, free hot chocolate and a holiday photo station where photos could be taken with Santa.

Resident Gladys Rivera wore a cross-body purse featuring a coquí, or a brown frog, that is native to Puerto Rico. She said she had purchased the purse from a vendor before the tree lighting.

According to Rivera, the purse reminded her of home, since she was born and lived on the island prior to moving to Rochester as a result of Hurricane Maria. Despite cold fingers, she said she enjoyed the music and atmosphere.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information on upcoming events at the International Plaza or the spring 2022 market season, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/InternationalPlaza.

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