This special event is being sponsored by an anonymous donor and will highlight the good work being done by the Providence Rescue Mission.
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.
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 Designs, Catherine Marrow – Eat The Mommy, Hilal Minda – New Moon Studio, Jennifer Neuguth – IamTra, Bill Riker – Riker Art Glass, Anne Scotti – AnneMadeDesigns, Eric Sturtevant – Eric Sturtevant Illustrations, Lindsay 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
- 5:00 – 5:25 p.m. WaterFire Christmas Music
- 5:25 – 5:55 p.m. – Hella Acapella
- 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Very Merry Dickens Carolers
- 6:35 – 6:55 p.m. – Faith Christian Center Teen Band
- 7:00 – 7:15 p.m. – Community Sing-A-Long led by the Faith Christian Center Teen Band
- 7:20 – 7:55 p.m. – Ye Olde English Carolers
- 8:00 – 8:45 p.m. – Sultans of Sax
- 8:45 – 9:00 p.m. – WaterFire Christmas Music
5:45 – 8:30 p.m. — Santa’s Village
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.
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 School, East Greenwich High School, Davies Tech, William D’Abate Elementary, Aldrich Junior High School, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, Webster Avenue Elementary School, E-Cubed Academy, Pilgrim High School.
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:
The DePetrillo and Keefe Family
The Select Group
in honor of Quincy Monk
About the author
I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.