Celebrate the holidays as Wickford Village kicks off the season with its 36th annual Festival of Lights Celebration Thursday, December 2 - Sunday, December 5, 2021. The festival begins on Thursday, December 2nd with the official lighting of the Tree at Updike Park. Thousands of white lights sparkle and set the streets aglow as the village is transformed into a winter wonderland. Window shop as store owners show off their Christmas spirit with stunning holiday displays and compete for awards. On Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon welcome Santa at the Town Dock on Brown St. as he arrives by boat with Safe Sea and is led by kayaking “reindeer.” Join him for carols and a horse- drawn hayride through the Village. All are invited to dress in their “elfiest” costumes and join the Elf Parade on Saturday. There will be music and dancing to entertain shoppers throughout the weekend. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa from the Boy Scouts and a delicious snack or meal from one of Wickford’s boutique restaurants. Go back in time to holiday shopping as it used to be, unhurried, with a focus on personal service and unique selections in the magical ‘Dickens- like’ atmosphere that is Historic Wickford Village, Rhode Island. Many shops will be open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday night.