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Annual Festival of Lights celebration kicks off tonight

December 9, 2010

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When you think of Christmas what comes to mind?
Well, there’s the obvious: shopping, decorating, family.
And, of course, there’s The Festival of Lights in Wickford.
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Lights, a yearly event put on by local business merchants that brings life to the village with carolers, music and festivities.
This year, the sidewalks will be adorned with luminaria and plenty of Olde English Carolers will be filling the village with music.
“It’s fabulous that for 25 years, the festival is still popular enough to attract people from all over the state,” Blue Hydrangea owner Donna Trottier said. “What we have here in Wickford, is a gem.”
Below is the list of this weekend’s planned events. Keep in mind that throughout this weekend’s festivities, most stores will be open until 9 p.m.

TONIGHT
6 p.m. – A Town tree lighting and a visit from Santa at Updike Park kick off this year’s festivities. Sponsored by the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, tonight’s ceremonies will feature performances by the North Kingstown Community Youth Chorus and the Lafayette Band.

TOMORROW, DEC. 3
4-9 p.m. – Local author Kathy Kaye will be on hand at Wilson’s of Wickford to sign copies of her new book, A cat named Crème Brulee. Proceeds from the event will benefit the North Kingstown Animal Shelter.
5:30 p.m. – Led by kayaks from The Kayak Centre, Santa arrives at the town dock aboard the Sea Princess.
6-7:30 p.m. – An ongoing live nativity scene at St. Paul’s Church on Main Street will be performed by local youth groups.
6-8 p.m. – Want to take a hayride with Santa? Originating in the parking lot and traveling all around the Wickford village, these trips will cost you a mere $2 per person.
6:30-7:15 p.m. – The North Kingstown Community Chorus will be carolling in Updike Park.
7:15-8:15 p.m. – Sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council and Centreville Bank, the Lafayette Band performs their “holiday concert” at the First Baptist Church on Main Street.
In addition to the above-mentioned events, various musical entertainment will take place around the village throughout the evening. Performers are expected to include The Olde English Carolers, sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council.

SATURDAY, DEC. 4
8-11 a.m. – The North Kingstown Community Center on Beach Street will host a special Breakfast with Santa. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child 12 and under.
12:30 p.m. – After his hearty breakfast, Santa will be escorted by kayaks to the town dock aboard the Sea Princess.
1-4 p.m. – Hayrides with Santa will once again take place around the village. Originating in the parking lot behind the town dock and costing just $2 per person, these hayrides will take place as the Parallel String Band performs their lively string band versions of holiday music and The Olde English Carolers stroll about the village.
1-9 p.m. – Local author Kathy Kaye will be on hand at Wilson’s of Wickford to sign copies of her new book, A cat named Crème Brulee. Proceeds from the event will benefit the North Kingstown Animal Shelter.
3:15-4 p.m. – The Ladies of the Rolling Pin, an exuberant Border Morris Dance Team, perform with live music in Updike Park.
7 p.m. – The North Kingstown Community Chorus and Youth Chorus’s winter concert will take place at the North Kingstown High School.

SUNDAY, DEC. 5
12:30 p.m. – Escorted by kayaks, Santa arrives at the town dock aboard the Sea Princess.
1-4 p.m. – Hayrides with Santa will once again take place around the village. Originating in the parking lot behind the town dock and costing just $2 per person, these hayrides will take place as the Parallel String Band performs their lively string band versions of holiday music and The Olde English Carolers stroll about the village.
3:15-4 p.m. – The Ladies of the Rolling Pin, an exuberant Border Morris Dance Team, perform with live music in Updike Park.
3 p.m. – The North Kingstown Community Chorus and Youth Chorus’s winter concert will take place at the North Kingstown High School.

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