December 5, 2019

Festival of Lights in Historic Wickford Village Celebrates 34th year

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Celebrate the holidays as Wickford Village kicks off the season with its 34th annual Festival of Lights Celebration Thursday, December 5 - Sunday, December 8, 2019.

The festival begins on Thursday, December 5th with the official lighting of the Tree at Updike Park and a performance by the North Kingstown Community Youth Chorus and the North Kingstown High School Band. Thousands of white lights sparkle and set the streets aglow as the village is transformed into a winter wonderland. Window shop as store owners show off their Christmas spirit with stunning holiday displays and compete for awards.

On Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon welcome Santa at the Town Dock on Brown St. as he arrives by boat aboard the Northeastern and is led by kayaking “reindeer.” Join him for carols and a horse- drawn hayride through the Village. All are invited to dress in their “elfiest” costumes and join the Elf Parade on Saturday. There will be music and dancing to entertain shoppers throughout the weekend. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa from the Boy Scouts and a delicious snack or meal from one of Wickford’s boutique restaurants. Go back in time to holiday shopping as it used to be, unhurried, with a focus on personal service and unique selections in the magical ‘Dickens- like’ atmosphere that is Wickford Village, Rhode Island. Many shops will be open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday night.

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Wickford Village Festival of Lights Detailed Schedule


Sponsored by the Wickford Village Association, N.K. Arts Council, BankNewport & Fish’n Tale Adventures.

Thursday, December 5
6:00 p.m. Town tree lighting and visit from Santa in Updike Park, sponsored by N.K. Chamber of Commerce, kicks off a weekend of festivities and a season of wonder. The North Kingstown Community Youth Chorus and The North Kingstown High School Band perform.

Friday, December 6
5:30 p.m. Santa arrives by boat to the Town Dock on Brown St. led by kayaking “reindeer” from the Kayak Centre.
6:00-8:00 p.m. Hayrides with Santa around the Village originating in the parking lot by the Town Dock on Brown St.($3 per person, cash only).
6:30-7:15 p.m. The North Kingstown Community Chorus carols in Updike Park on the corner of Brown St. and W. Main St.
7:15-8:15 p.m. The Lafayette Band performs their “Holiday Concert” at First Baptist Church on Main St.
Throughout the Evening… Various musical entertainment about the Village including Ye Olde English Carolers.
Most shops are open until 9:00 p.m.!

Saturday, December 7
12:00 p.m. Join The Wickford Collection Elf Parade! Elves of all ages… come dressed in your elfiest costumes and march from 30 West Main St. to the Town Dock to greet Santa!
12:30 p.m. Santa arrives by boat to the Town Dock on Brown St. led by kayaking “reindeer” from the Kayak Centre.
1:00-4:00 p.m. Hayrides with Santa throughout the village originating in the parking lot by the Town Dock on Brown St. ($3 per person.) The South County Rounders perform their lively string band versions of holiday music and Ye Olde English Carolers stroll about the Village.
3:15-4:00 p.m. “The Ladies of the Rolling Pin” perform their traditional Morris style dance in Updike Park. Come join the fun!
12:00-4:00 p.m. Christmas At The Castle. Celebrate Christmas Past at Smith’s Castle. Sip hot cider, listen to live music… enjoy a simple Christmas! Visit www.smithscastle.org for details.
7:00 p.m. North Kingstown Community Chorus and Youth Chorus “Winter Concert” at N.K.H.S.
Most shops are open until 9:00 p.m.!

Sunday, December 8
12:30 p.m. Santa arrives by boat to the Town Dock on Brown St. led by kayaking “reindeer” from the Kayak Centre.
1:00-4:00 p.m. Hayrides with Santa throughout the village. The South County Rounders perform. (see above for details) Ye Olde English Carolers stroll about the Village.
3:15-4:00 p.m. “The Ladies of the Rolling Pin” perform their traditional Morris style
dance in Updike Park. Come join the fun!
12:00-4:00 p.m. Christmas At The Castle. Celebrate Christmas Past at Smith’s Castle. Sip hot cider, listen to live music… enjoy a simple Christmas! Visit www.smithscastle.org for details.
3:00 p.m. North Kingstown Community Chorus & Youth Chorus Winter Concert at N.K.H.S.

Saturday, December 14
8:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Breakfast With Santa at North Kingstown High School. Sponsored by the NK Chamber of Commerce. For details & to purchase tickets call 401.295.5566

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Event Dates
Thursday, December 5, 2019 through Sunday, December 8, 2019
Contact
401.295.5566

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