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Your Guide: Narragansett Festival of Lights

The Dec. 8 event will feature seasonal music, holiday shopping, horse drawn wagon rides, a meet & greet with Santa and much more.

Narragansett Towers at Christmas. Credit: John McNamara
Narragansett Towers at Christmas. Credit: John McNamara

This Sunday, Dec. 8, the Narragansett Parks and Recreation Department will host the Town's 2013 Festival of Lights. The event incorporates multiple town businesses and departments and takes place all-day throughout the community, beginning at 10 a.m. when The Towers Gift Shop opens to the public until 7 p.m. when Santa heads back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas!

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the NHS cheerleaders will host an afternoon of arts, crafts, music and pizza just for kids at the Narragansett Community Center. A canned good donation is requested.

The Towers Gift Shop will open at 10 a.m. for holiday shopping and from 1 to 3 p.m., the historic landmark will host the Narragansett High and Pier Middle school bands and choruses.

At 2 and 3 p.m., the library will host free performances by Talking Hands Theatre to present the classic story of The Gingerbread Man" with puppets. Tickets available in advance at the library or on the day of the show. Space is limited. In-between shows, Brownie Troop 361 will be caroling.

From 3 to 4:45 p.m., Santa will be at The Towers to take pictures with residents. Guests who donate a toy to the Narragansett Housing Authority will receive a free picture. Holiday trolley rides will also take place between 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., beginning and ending at The Towers.

The festivities at Gazebo Park begin at 4 p.m., when the Lions Club will have hot chocolate, and Cool Beans will be providing cookies. Guests will enjoy music by South Pier Brass and NHS musicians, as well as music mixes by DJ Jason Citrone. Also featured will be face painting with Sally Doodles along with glowstick fun and Santa's Red Truck display, courtesy of Tarbox Toyota.

Throughout the day, members of Narragansett Boy Scout Troop 1 will be placing luminary candles along the Sea Wall.

In the Pier Marketplace:

From 1 to 4 p.m., there will be scenic horse drawn wagon rides (beginning at Simply Natural) and holiday storytelling at Curiosity and Mischief.

From 1 to 7 p.m., the festival's second annual Business Window Display Contest will be judged and prizes awarded.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a Luminary Stroll with free refreshments in each store.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a Meet and Greet with Santa at the Polka Dot Panda. Be sure to bring your own camera!

Narragansett's beloved tree lighting and fireworks display will kick off at 5 p.m.

Click here to view a detailed flyer for Sunday's Festival of Lights, or see the attached PDF.

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