The Friends of Pawtuxet Village will celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah at their annual tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies starting this weekend. The tree lighting ceremony will occur Saturday, December 7 from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Pawtuxet Park, while the first candle of the Village Menorah will be lit on Sunday, December 22 at 6:45 p.m. at the same location, and follow through to Saturday, December 28.
With the support from Pawtuxet Village merchants, village stores including Twice-Told Tales & Village Art & Antiques, Art & Soul, and Tag Sale Treasures will offer holiday discounts this Saturday, and most shops will stay open until 7 p.m. The goals of the Pawtuxet Village Merchants Association (PVMA) are to inform residents of local business availability, to act as a liaison with local government, and to support community-based projects.
Caroling by the Pilgrim High School Alumni Chorale will begin for the tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at the gazebo, and 15 minutes later Santa Claus will arrive. Following Santa’s visit, the lighting of 50 Luminarias, or holiday lanterns, will occur at 5:30 p.m. and a moment of silence will be held in order to honor the memories of lost loved ones. These lanterns will stay lit throughout the rest of the holiday season and the lighting of the Christmas tree will happen immediately afterwards. The rain date for this event is on Sunday, December 8 at 5 p.m.
The lighting of the first candle on the Village Menorah, however, will occur on December 22 through December 28 rain or shine. The final candle will be lit on December 28 at 7 p.m., and afterwards everyone is invited to join Rabbi Yossi Laufer of Chabad of West Bay for some dreidel games, Hanukkah songs, and hot latkes.
After the holidays are over, designated businesses on Broad Street in the Village will be taking food donations all throughout January. This food drive will help benefit the food pantry at the Church of the Transfiguration in Edgewood.