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Share Your Festival of Lights Photos

From kitchen tours to tree lightings to hayrides with Santa, add your photos from this year's holiday celebration in Wickford Village.

 

Festival of Lights is in full swing down in Wickford Village following Thursday night's lighting of the tree in Updike Park. The four-day event draws hundreds upon hundreds of locals to the historic village to partake in everything from hayrides with Santa, holiday concerts, carolers, kitchen tour and even an elf parade.

But, we know North Kingstown Patch isn't the only one snapping pictures and video of this year's festivities. We saw plenty of cameras at Updike Park on Thursday night. Don't hide your photos: share them! Add your photos of this year's Festival of Lights here!

Whether it's your kids eating pancakes with Santa on Saturday morning or the live Nativity at St. Paul's or just some cool shots of Wickford all lit up, post your favorites here for all to see. Just click the "Upload" button to the left to get started.

Festival of Lights Schedule 2012

Friday, November 30

  • 5:30 p.m.  –  Santa arrives to the town dock aboard the Sea Princess, led by kayaks from theKayak Centre.
  • 6 - 7 p.m.  –  Ongoing live Nativity scene at St. Paul's Church, performed by the Youth Groups.
  • 6 - 8 p.m.  –  Hayrides with Santa around the village, starting at the town dock parking lot. $3 per person.
  • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.  – North Kingstown Community Chorus carols in Updike Park.
  • 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.  – Lafayette Band performs their holiday concert at the First Baptist Church in Wickford.
  • Throughout the evening –  Various musical entertainment about the village, including Ye Old English Carolers.

Saturday, December 1

  • 8 - 11 a.m.  – Breakfast with Santa. Visit www.northkingstown.com for details
  • 12:30 p.m.  – Join the Elf Parade! Open to elves of all ages: come dressed in your elfiest costumes and march from The Wickford Collection to the Town Dock to greet Santa!
  • 1 - 4 p.m.  – Hayrides with Santa around the village, starting at the town dock parking lot. $3 per person.
  • 12 - 4 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 p.m.  –  North Kingstown Community Chorus and Youth Chorus Winter Concert at North Kingstown High School.

Sunday, December 2

  • 12:30 - 4 p.m.  –  Wickford Decks the Halls! A Holiday Kitchen Tour.  Historic Wickford presents a walking tour of eight historic village homes decorated for the Holidays. Visit www.historicwickford.org for details.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Santa arrives at the town dock aboard the Sea Princess, escorted by kayaks.
  • 1 - 4 p.m.  –  Hayrides with Santa around the village, starting at the town dock parking lot. $3 per person. The Parallel String Band performs (see above for details).  Ye Olde English Carolers stroll about the Village.
  • 12 - 4 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.
  • 3:15 - 4 p.m.  – The Ladies of the Rolling Pin perform at Updike Park.
  • 3 p.m.  –  North Kingstown Community Chorus and Youth Chorus Winter Concert at North Kingstown High School.


MeanE November 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Although I loved the Gilmore Girl feel to the lighting ceremony and the excitement of the youngsters for the arrival by Santa via the Fire Truck, I couldn't help but notice the tree looked underwhelming. Usually when you finish a countdown and the lights come on, you get that ahhhh, you know that chorus ahhh, like when a purple firework with the pink heart in the middle bursts on the 4th at the town beach. It was missing last night. A few more lights, maybe some garland, maybe some color, or some bulbs would go a long way. All in all love the Wickford celebration events, just wishing for a little bit more for the tree.
Govstench November 30, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Whoever did the lighting work should have spent the effort and got to the top of the tree. The lights looked like they were just thrown up. I guess it is just another sign of the times - we even cheapen the decorating now. No pride in workmanship.
seed and soil December 01, 2012 at 11:57 PM
gotta agree with you @MeanE....the tree needs a greater number and variety of lights. I've noticed in past years that the tree is not heavily "branched"...so maybe that is part of the challenge. Maybe in future years the individual branches could be wrapped with the smaller colored lights in addition to the larger white swag style lights that are currently exclusively used. Just curious, do you know if the town public works department handles this chore? If so, this would appear to be an easy fix!

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