2008-12-04 / Front Page

Christmas comes to Jamestown this weekend

Festivities kick off the island's holiday season

Christmas will take center stage in Jamestown this weekend with a schedule chock full of holiday island festivities. There will be a twinkle of colorful lights and caroling to warm your soul. Best of all, Santa Claus will drop in for his annual visit.

To get in the proper holiday spirit, you'll want to make sure that you don't miss anything!

Open houses

Everyone is Christmas shopping. To make the job easier, Jamestown merchants are hosting holiday open houses on Saturday, Dec. 6. It will be a great time to shop for the perfect gifts. Top off your island outing with lunch at one of the village eateries.

Those stores hosting holiday open houses include Jamestown Designs, Ocean Essence Spa, the Ben Thomas Gallery and the David Schock Gallery. Artist Tom McAleer will also host an open house this weekend.

CIAA Craft Show

The Conanicut Island Art Association will host its annual Crafts Fair on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Melrose Avenue School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You'll find a wide assortment of unique handmade gifts.

Some 40 local artists and artisans will participate in the popular event. CIAA president Don Miller said many art mediums will be represented, including pottery, watercolors and acrylics, textiles, jewelry and photography. "The craft show is a great place to find unique gifts," he added.

Church Fairs

The three churches on Narragansett Avenue will host their annual holiday events this Saturday, Dec. 6:

• St. Matthew's annual Christ- mas Bazaar will be held in the Parish Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Central Baptist Church's annual Christmas Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

• The annual St. Mark Christmas Festival will be held on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Church Hall.

Santa arrives by boat

The star of the day will be the big guy from the North Pole. Santa Claus will make his annual arrival aboard the red lobster boat, the Nancy B, at 1 p.m. on Saturday at East Ferry at Conanicut Marine's ferry dock. Kids may greet Santa as he makes his way to the Conanicut Marine Ship's Store where he will meet individually with youngsters.

Annual tree lighting

Santa's helpers have been busy the past couple of weekends decorating the village Christmas tree at East Ferry. The tree lighting is always the highlight of the day. Everyone will gather at East Ferry village green at 5:30 p.m. There will be holiday music and caroling, hot chocolate and a bonfire.

After the tree lighting you could enjoy a great dinner at one of the island restaurants.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Polar Express: The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Polar Express on Sunday. Kids and their parents can take a magical trolley ride through Jamestown to see the holiday decorations and listen to a reading from "The Polar Express." Tickets are $5 per person and are on sale at Baker's Pharmacy. It's rumored that Santa Claus will also make an appearance at the Polar Express.

Lighthouse Open House: The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association invites everyone to its holiday open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7.

The museum will be decorated for the season and volunteers will be on hand to greet visitors. Learn about the history of lighthouses on Narragansett Bay. Refreshments will be served and the gift shop will be open.

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