Annual Festival of Lights Taking Place All-Day Sunday
The events for the annual Festival of Lights start at 10 a.m. and culminate with a tree lighting and fireworks display at 5 p.m. Even after the fireworks, events like the Meet and Greet with Santa continue until 7 p.m.
More than 20 events are taking place by the Towers, Narragansett Town Beach, the Community Center and Gazebo Park as part of the annual Festival of Lights on Sunday.
The festivities start at 10 a.m., as the Community Center airs The Search for Santa Paws, a G-rated Disney movie. Following the movie, Girl Scout Troop 202 will be holding a combination Arts and Craft and Pizza Party from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An adult must accompany all children.
After the pizza party, there will be a Christmas concert at the Community Center. Members of the Narragansett Senior Association will play.
Santa's parade route starts at 1:15 p.m. at the North Pole – also known as Christofaro Park. He travels down Boston Neck Road as he makes his way to the Community Center, leaving there at 1:45 p.m. with the fifth and sixth grade choruses. Santa will also make stops at Stop and Shop, and the Pier Marketplace, before ending at the Towers.
Also at the Towers, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. various musical acts will perform. Narragansett-URI Brass Caroling, the Narragansett High School Chamber Chorus Narritones, and the middle school chorus will each have a 30-minute set.
From 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Towers, Santa will pose for photos. Trolley rides are also available from 3:15 p.m. to dusk.
The fun starts at 3:15 p.m. at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library. Narragansett Daisy Troop 80 will be singing Christmas carols until 3:30 p.m. Then, puppeteer Lisa Manning will perform until 4:15 p.m.
The activities reach a cresenado at 5 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gazebo Park, hot chocolate, cookies and glo-sticks will be provided, with singing by the Narragansett High School and Narragansett Pier Middle School choruses.
At 5 p.m., there will be a tree lighting at Gazebo Park, followed by a fireworks display.
The Narragansett Boy Scout Troop 1 and the Narragansett girls' basketball team will be placing luminary candles along the sea wall, Central Street, Fifth Avenue and Kingstown Road throughout the day.
In the Pier Marketplace, Nana's Ice Cream will be giving away free gelato from noon to 7 p.m. The second annual window display contest runs the entire day as well.
At 1 p.m., there will be a reading of A Christmas Story at the Special T Shop. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Finally, if you didn't get a chance to meet Santa the rest of the day, he will be relaxing at Curiosity and Mischief from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you can't see Santa on Sunday, he will also be at a 9 a.m. Saturday breakfast at the Coast Guard House on Dec. 11 ***. Have any questions about the day? Call the town's Parks and Recreation Department at 782-0658.
*** 3:17 p.m. edit: This article initially listed the Coast Guard House breakfast with Santa as being on Saturday, Dec. 4, instead of Dec. 11. Patch apologizes for the error.