SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ It will start to look a lot like Christmas this weekend as holiday festivals and tree lighting ceremonies turn South Kingstown into a winter wonderland.
This weekend on Saturday, Dec. 3, candle lights will shine on the Kingston Village as it celebrates its 127th annual holiday fair and South Kingstown residents can light up the Village Green the following day during the tree lighting ceremony.
The Kingston Improvement Association, who puts on the Kingston Holiday Fair, has requested the village residents to decorate the historic village by placing electric candles with clear bulbs in their windows in time for the holiday fair.
â€śItâ€™s one day of activity, shopping and Christmas caroling,â€ť Susan Axelrod, president of the Kingston Improvement Association said. â€śItâ€™s a good opportunity for villagers to come together and celebrate. Itâ€™s a day the village can take advantage of the businesses and nonprofits we have here.â€ť
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 383 Old North Road will kick off the event with their second annual Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a Christmas in Kingston cookie sale by the Kingston Congregational Church at 2610 Kingston Road.
New this year is the reception with live music held at the new bed and breakfast, Lilyâ€™s at Little Rest, 2545 Kingstown Road.
Fairgoers can also pick up something to read during the holidays with the Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Road holding a friends sale of like-new books for adults and children just right for gift giving. At the library, there will also be free mulled cider. At the Kingston Hill Bookstore across the street, there will be pre-holiday sales of up to 30 percent of all books and 20 percent off prints.
Other participants include the Fayerweather Craft Guild, the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society and the Tavern Hall. At the Tavern Hall, the Boy Scouts of American Troop 1 Kingston will be selling red, white, pink, variegated and red speckled poinsettia plants to benefit BSA Troop 1 Kingston.
The next day, Sunday, Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., South Kingstown residents can start the holiday season off at the Neighborhood Guild with the Village Green Tree lighting ceremony. The South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization and the Community Unity Renewal Board put on the lighting ceremony.
Last Christmas the Village Green was under construction, but after having reopened this past September, Santa is expected to arrive.
Also this year, people can sponsor a five foot mini tree for $35, decorate it and see it lit up for the first time this Sunday. Those decorating trees may begin to do so anytime from today through Sunday at 3 p.m. Trees will be lit each night from 6 to 9 p.m. until Jan 1. Proceeds from the sale of the trees go to the Friends of the South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund to help send kids to camps or attend a program they need financial assistance for.
All events are free of charge.
For more information on the Kingston Holiday Fair, visit kingstonimprovementassociation.org. For more information on the Village Green Tree Lighting, contact the Guild at 789-9301 or 325 Columbia Street.