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The Narragansett Festival of Lights is just one of a number of local events that will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

It’s the holiday season again in South County, and with it, a wide array of holiday happenings are on the docket for area towns as they ring in the season.

Westerly gets the season started Nov. 30 with the annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Village at the Ocean House. Running from 4-7 p.m., the event will feature the annual lighting of the town’s Christmas tree as Santa Claus himself arrives by fire truck and children will have the opportunity to meet with him.

Seasonal snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available for guests, while a cash bar for alcoholic drinks is also available. A Christmas Village of local vendors will also run in the upper parking lot and guests are encouraged to bring a toy to donate for their annual toy drive.

Over in Wickford, the 34th Annual Festival of Lights Celebration in Wickford Village runs from Thursday Dec. 5 through Sunday Dec. 8. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday on with the official Wickford tree lighting at Updike Park, which will also feature performances from the North Kingstown Community Youth Chorus and North Kingstown High School Band.

Santa Claus comes to town on Friday night and both Saturday and Sunday afternoon as he’ll arrive by boat in Wickford Harbor, guided by his kayaking reindeers before embarking on a horse-drawn hay ride through the village, singing carols along the way.

The Elf Parade takes place on Saturday and organizers encourage attendees to don their best elf attire. Most shops throughout the village will be open until 9 p.m. each night for the classic Christmas shopping experience. Other holiday activities and events will also take place throughout the village during the four days of holiday cheer.

In downtown Wakefield, Dec. 5 is Ladies Night, with shopping, caroling and holiday cheer from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Narragansett, meanwhile, will hold its annual Festival of Lights festivities on Dec. 8 with a full slate of events at Gazebo Park on Beach Street.

In addition to a Jingle Bell Run/Walk at 9 a.m., the town will have a performance by the Narragansett High School and Middle School choirs from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., face painting from 1-2:30 p.m., horse drawn wagon rides from 2-4 p.m., a visit from Santa from 3-4:45 p.m. and a magic show from 3-4:45 p.m. The event culminates with a tree lighting when the sun sets.

The holiday cheer continues Dec.   8 as the annual Wakefield Winter Wonderland returns with a holiday parade, official tree lighting and a visit from Santa Claus. Activities begin at 5 p.m.

However you celebrate, it’s once again sure to be another eventful and joyous holiday season in South County.

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