December 18th, 2015 – Christmas WaterFire

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Events, WaterFire Providence | 52 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.
There is a slight chance of rain in the forecast. WaterFire will go ahead as scheduled. Updated: 12.18.2015.

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, Pamela Laurenzo – Black Sheep DesignsCatherine Marrow – Eat The MommyHilal Minda – New Moon StudioJennifer Neuguth – IamTraBill Riker – Riker Art GlassAnne Scotti – AnneMadeDesignsEric Sturtevant – Eric Sturtevant IllustrationsLindsay Vincent, and Mike Bryce – Bryce Studio. Ron’s Pastry Gourmet and Frenchy’s Popcorn will be on hand with a variety of holiday treats and hot beverages.

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:

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: Johnston High School, The Providence Center SchoolEast Greenwich High SchoolDavies TechWilliam D’Abate ElementaryAldrich Junior High School, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High SchoolWebster Avenue Elementary SchoolE-Cubed AcademyPilgrim High School.

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.

2015 Festival of Trees Sponsors:

 

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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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52 Comments

  1. Danny Dimieri
    November 19, 2015

    Thank you for brining such joy to so many.

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      November 19, 2015

      Thanks Danny!

      Reply
  2. Barbara
    November 19, 2015

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

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      November 19, 2015

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

      Reply
  3. BBQ Guy
    November 19, 2015

    Thanks for sharing these magical events!!!

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      November 20, 2015

      It’s our pleasure!

      Reply
  4. Ana
    November 25, 2015

    So thankful to our annonymous donor and WaterFire! We hope to collect and abundance of toy s at Santa’s Village this year. We want to bless as many poor and needy families as possible this year. Hope to see you on the 18th!

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      November 25, 2015

      Thanks Ana!

      Reply
  5. Jordan Cavaco
    November 26, 2015

    What kind of vendors are you looking for and who is the point of contact if you would like to make sales at this event?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      November 30, 2015

      Hi Jordan, we’re looking for local artist/craftspeople making everything from jewelry, to ceramics, to textiles. We work with Mike Bryce from the Providence Artisan’s Market to organize our arts festival events. You can contact him at the following email address: mikebryceart@hotmail.com

      Reply
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  7. amy federico
    December 2, 2015

    we are headed to Providence on DEc 28th..will the display still be there then?

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    • Tim Blankenship
      December 3, 2015

      Probably not, we are going to try and leave the one large tree on the Basin Stage up until Christmas, but it will probably come down soon afterwards. We don’t have the capacity to have someone attend the tree(s) after the event has concluded. Also, all of the small live trees are given to local families that might not otherwise be able to afford trees of their own.

      Reply
  8. Steven
    December 2, 2015

    Are the lights on also after the event?

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    • Tim Blankenship
      December 3, 2015

      Mostly not. We are working out if we can leave our largest tree, the 26 footer on the Basin Stage up and running until Christmas.

      Reply
  9. Craig
    December 7, 2015

    What’s the best restaurant to see this from?

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    • Tim Blankenship
      December 7, 2015

      Hi Craig,

      For the Christmas WaterFire we are only lighting the braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin so the only restaurant with direct view of the fires is the new Capitol Grill location in the IGT building. Jacky’s Waterplace, Luxe, Bar Louie, Rebel Lounge, and Union Station Brewery are just minutes away on the riverwalk.

      Reply
  10. Maureen Vinson
    December 12, 2015

    Where would we park? (Live in Boston area)

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    • Tim Blankenship
      December 14, 2015

      There is ample parking at the Providence Place Mall. See: http://waterfire.org/visit for directions and more options for parking.

      Reply
  11. Evelyn
    December 12, 2015

    What’s the best time to arrive? Coming from Boston.

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 14, 2015

      The show starts at 5:00 p.m. We suggest arriving a tad on the early to allow for parking/traffic. This is not a full lighting so congestion should not be a major issue.

      Reply
  12. Cindy Silveira
    December 12, 2015

    Hi Craig, will there be a vendor selling roasted chestnuts?

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    • Tim Blankenship
      December 14, 2015

      Sorry, no chestnuts. It is very hard to find an available chestnut vendor this time of year. Frenchy’s Popcorn and Pastry Gourmet will be there.

      Reply
  13. Cindy Silveira
    December 12, 2015

    Sorry, I ment to address this question to Tim not Craig.

    Reply
  14. Kristi
    December 13, 2015

    Are there restrooms nearby? Is there any seating or do we bring our own?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 14, 2015

      There is seating in the park, benches, etc. There is a lawn, but its not flat, a blanket may work better than a folding chair. There will be port-a-johns, and there are restrooms at the Providence Place Mall which is close by.

      Reply
  15. Sudeepa Prakash
    December 14, 2015

    Are pets allowed at this event? We would have him on a leash.

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 14, 2015

      Yes, pets are welcome throughout the event.

      Reply
  16. Sue Willey
    December 14, 2015

    Will you still have the lighting of it rains?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 15, 2015

      Yes, but frankly we don’t think it will rain on Friday. The current looks like it will be overcast, but with no precipitation. If it does end up raining a little we’ll go forward regardless. We only cancel lightings for major, significant, sustained downpours.

      Reply
  17. Karen R
    December 14, 2015

    Hi,
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    Hi, if it rains on the 18th is there a rain date?

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    • Tim Blankenship
      December 15, 2015

      Hi Karen, there is no rain date right now. The current forecast of the the weather to clear overnight on Thursday. If it does end up raining a little we’ll go forward regardless. We only cancel lightings for major, significant, sustained downpours.

      Reply
  18. Tracy
    December 14, 2015

    Is it still on if it rains?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 15, 2015

      If it does end up raining a little we’ll go forward regardless. We only cancel lightings for major, significant, sustained downpours.

      Reply
  19. Alex
    December 14, 2015

    is there a rain date? forecast seems gloomy.

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 15, 2015

      Gloom may come and gloom may go, but WaterFire is always hot. There is no rain date right now. If it does end up raining a little we’ll go forward regardless. We only cancel lightings for major, significant, sustained downpours.

      Reply
  20. Sahithi Seedarala
    December 15, 2015

    I was looking at the weather forecast on 18th of December, I think there would a rainfall on that day. Is the event still taking place even when it rains?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 15, 2015

      The forecast is getting better. If it does end up raining a little we’ll go forward regardless. We only cancel lightings for major, significant, sustained downpours.

      Reply
  21. Nancy Dyer
    December 15, 2015

    We are coming from Cape Cod to enjoy this lovely evening! Will it go on if it rains- or is there a rain date? Thank you!

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 15, 2015

      If it does end up raining a little we’ll go forward regardless. We only cancel lightings for major, significant, sustained downpours.

      Reply
  22. Late visitor
    December 15, 2015

    Can’t make it until aboiut 10PM, will the basins still be lit and music over the speaker system?

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 15, 2015

      Sorry, this event is ending at 9:00 p.m.

      Reply
  23. Kristen
    December 16, 2015

    Where exactly is the basin, and what is the best way to get there by walking?

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    • Tim Blankenship
      December 16, 2015

      Hi Kristen, the Basin is the large circular section of the river situated between the Providence Place Mall and the Waterplace Towers. You can get there from Memorial Boulevard, Francis Street, or by entering through the tunnel that connects the Basin to Union Plaza. You can use the Capital Grille located at 10 Memorial Boulevard for GPS directions.

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      • Kristen
        December 16, 2015

        Perfect, thank you!

        Reply
  24. Katie
    December 16, 2015

    What is the expected attendance at this event. I know regular water fires vary.

    Reply
    • Tim Blankenship
      December 17, 2015

      This is a smaller, weekday fire so the attendance will be much less than a normal full Saturday lighting. We’re expecting about 2,500 people, but the slight chance of rain may push that number lower.

      Reply
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  26. Jason
    December 18, 2015

    What time do the fires end.

    Reply
  27. Al
    December 18, 2015

    Has tonight’s event been cancelled?

    Reply
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