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December 19th, 2014 – A Very Special Christmas WaterFire

A Very Special Christmas WaterFire. Photo by David Amadio.

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



Enjoy the spirit of Christmas in Providence at the 4th Annual Very Special 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 4:30pm on Friday, December 19th.

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.


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 19th – Basin Lighting
Sunset 4:17 p.m. | Lighting 4:30 p.m.

The Very Special Christmas WaterFire will feature a Santa’s Village display, a toy and food drive to benefit the Providence Rescue Mission, performances by local choir groups, and a Christmastime arts festival. All events will take place around the Basin in Waterplace Park. Visitor’s are encouraged to bring new unopened toys, winter clothes, and non-perishable food goods to donate to the Providence Rescue Mission. Check back soon for more details (updated 12/16/14).

3:00 p.m. – 8:30 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, Anne Made Designs, Wrist Candy Creations, IamTra, Sodalime Glass Inc., and RI Artisan Birdhouse.

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

The Sultans of Sax. Photo by John Nickerson.

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Performance Schedule:

5:00 p.m. – Ghanan Choir of Providence Presbyterian Church on Hope Street
5:30 p.m. – Ye Old English Charolers
6:00 p.m. – Horns R Us
6:30 p.m. – Sultans of Sax
7:00 p.m. – Christmas Sing-Along featuring: SouthCoast Children’s Chorus, Ye Old English Carolers, Ghanan Choir of Providence Presbyterian Church
7:30 p.m. – SouthCoast Children’s Chorus
8:00 p.m. – Sultans of Sax

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Santa’s Village

2013 WaterFire Christmas Santa's Village. Photo by John Nickerson.

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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 GTECH building. Make sure to see Santa arriving boat in the Waterplace Park Basin at 5:55 p.m.

The WaterFire Festival of Trees

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: E³ High School, Providence; Gilbert Stuart Middle School, Providence; John Brown Francis Elementary School, Warwick; Aldrich Junior High School, Warwick; William D’Abate Elementary School, Providence; Daisy Troop 144, Warwick; La Salle Academy, Providence; Harry Kazirian Elementary School, Providence; and Nathanael Greene Middle School, Providence.


Sponsor and Decorate a Tree



Thank you to all of the great companies that have come out to sponsor a tree for this great event benefitting the Providence Rescue Mission.

Sponsors include: The Providence Journal, Ocean State Sandwich Company, Providence Warwick  Convention and Visitors Bureau,, Lifetime Medical, Rhode Island Organ Donor Awareness Coalition, Providence Biltmore, Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, Providence Investment Management, LLC.


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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.

8 thoughts on “December 19th, 2014 – A Very Special Christmas WaterFire”

  1. My husband and I watched your video WaterFire the Heart and Soul of a City last night. We were at the first fire (with music from boom boxes on the river banks!) on that freezing New Year’s Eve in 1994, and have been coming ever since, first from Tiverton and now from our home in Providence. The film is beautifully put together, and while we enjoyed it all, we were especially touched by the extra of Barnaby’s stories!

  2. im so disappointed that it starts at 4:30 on a Friday. We live on Cape Cod and the kids don’t get home from school until almost 4. It would be a much better Saturday event.

    1. The event does run until 9:30 p.m. and Santa’s village only opens at 6:00 p.m. You should have plenty of time to make it the event and have a good time.

  3. What a wonderful night! Thank you so much. We spent the night, coming from Matunuck,it was a great winter treat. We hope you will do it again next year!

  4. Beautiful Christmas Waterfires. ! Job well done by ALL who participated. Will return next year ! It was a perfect evening to enjoy the beautiful event . THANK YOU !

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