December 18th, 2015 – Christmas WaterFire

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 6 Comments
December 18th, 2015 – Christmas WaterFire

This special event is being sponsored by an anonymous donor and will highlight the good work being done by the Providence Rescue Mission.

Christmas WaterFire - December 18th, 2015

Enjoy the spirit of Christmas in Providence at the 5th Annual Christmas WaterFire benefiting and showcasing the incredible work of the Providence Rescue Mission and as a wonderful gift to the City of Providence! Thanks to an anonymous donor the 34 braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin will burn brightly with Christmas spirit! Festivities will commence in Waterplace Park at 5:00pm on Friday, December 18th.

WaterFire Providence would like to thank Ocean State Sandwich Company for generously donating lunch for our staff and volunteers on the day of this event.

Event Schedule:

Friday, December 18th – Basin Lighting
Sunset 4:26 p.m. | Lighting 5:00 p.m.
Check back soon for more details (updated 11/17/15)

The Christmas WaterFire will feature a Santa’s Village display, a toy drive, performances by local choir groups, and a Holiday Artist Village. All events will take place around the Basin in Waterplace Park. WaterFire is asking you to join us in helping the Providence Rescue Mission provide gifts for less fortunate families. Bring new, unwrapped toys down to their collection at the event. New jackets, socks, gloves, hats, canned goods and toys are all welcome.

Get the Very Special Christmas WaterFire music program. This program includes the lyrics for the sing-along portion of the event; join in the celebration on the Waterplace Park Stage from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. and lend your voice the season.

4:00 – 9:00 p.m. — Holiday Artist Village

Come down to the Waterplace Park Basin and shop local along the river. Enjoy some snacks by the fires as well. Artist vendors include: WaterFire Providence Store, and more TBD.

5:00 – 8:30 p.m. — Christmas Performances on the Basin Stage

The Sultans of Sax - Christmas WaterFire 2014

The Sultans of Sax performing during the 2014 Christmas WaterFire lighting. Photo by John Nickerson.

Performance Schedule:

  • Coming soon!

5:45 – 8:30 p.m. — Santa’s Village

2014 Santa

Santa visits with the kiddos at the 2014 Christmas WaterFire lighting. Photo by Luis Andrade.

Santa Claus will stopping by Providence to visit of the good little girls and boys. Santa’s Village will located on the patio below the IGT (formerly GTECH) building. Make sure to see Santa arriving boat in the Waterplace Park Basin at 5:35 p.m.

The WaterFire Festival of Trees

2014 Festival of Trees

The Providence Biltmore’s Christmas Tree at the 2014 Festival of Trees. Photo by Jennifer Bedford.

Thank you to following groups for donating the student made ornaments that will be used to decorate many of the Christmas trees in the Waterplace Park Basin: coming soon…

Sponsor and Decorate a Tree

Help WaterFire bring Christmas to the Providence community by donating and decorating a tree for $500 or $350 for Rhode Island based nonprofit organizations.

At the conclusion of the Festival Trees will be donated, through our partnership with the Providnece Rescue Mission, to families in Providence who cannot afford to bring this simple joy into their homes.

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Tim Blankenship

Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence
I've worked at WaterFire since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career here I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. I have recently transitioned to role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I find it very rewarding working to increase engagement with our supporters both locally and globally.

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  1. Danny Dimieri
    November 19, 2015

    Thank you for brining such joy to so many.

    • Tim Blankenship
      November 19, 2015

      Thanks Danny!

  2. Barbara
    November 19, 2015

    do I have to buy tickets for Christmas Water Fire on Dec 18?

    • Tim Blankenship
      November 19, 2015

      No, all WaterFire lightings are 100% free and open to the public.

  3. BBQ Guy
    November 19, 2015

    Thanks for sharing these magical events!!!

    • Tim Blankenship
      November 20, 2015

      It’s our pleasure!


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