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Weekend Agenda: Santa, Shady Lea Sale, Christmas at the Castle

Your guide for life in North Kingstown for Saturday and Sunday.

A hay ride with Santa Saturday. Credit: Gary Padula
A hay ride with Santa Saturday. Credit: Gary Padula

On Saturday …

Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy a full breakfast, have your child’s picture taken with Santa, presented by the NK Chamber of Commerce. Please note the breakfastw iwll be held at the Masonic Lodge (NEW LOCATION), 1515 Ten Rod Road. Call the chamber at 295-5566 for more information. Reservations not required. $8 for adults, $5 for children 2-12 and children under 2 are free.

Holiday Fair: A Holiday Fair takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cold Spring Community Center, 10 Beach Street. Homemade cookies (while they last!), pies, breads, candies, jellies, gorgeous holiday greens and centerpieces, and handmade gifts for all ages. There will be a kids craft area. All proceeds benefit women's education. Sponsored by Chapter C-RI of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. For more information, call 295-8987.

Santa returns by boat: Santa is back both Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the town dock. There will be hayrides with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. starting at the municipal parking lot. A $3 donation is suggested.

Christmas at the Castle: Smith’s Castle’s annual holiday event takes place this weekend from noon to 4 p.m. This year's theme: The History of the Christmas Carol. The halls of Smith's Castle are decked in period fashion for a celebration of Christmas past. Enjoy live musical entertainment from an earlier era. Saturday: Mary King, Sophie's Choice, Brown Madrigal Singers. Story reading/singing: Santa Bob & Father Christmas. Children's crafts, the popular Docent's bake sale, plants, greenery & gift Shop. Complimentary cider and cookies. Bring your camera and catch a photo with Father Christmas and Santa. 55 Richard Smith Drive (north of Wickford off Post Road). Adults $5, 6 to 12 year olds $2, members and children under 6 free.

Shady Lea Mill Open Studios: Artists of Shady Lea Mill, situated on the scenic Mattatuxet River in North Kingstown, are opening their studios Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The 40 artisans offer a wide array of handmade local gifts. Featuring one-of-a-kind pottery, sculpture, painting, mixed-media collage, glass blowing and fusing, handmade pewter frames, photography, woodworking, jewelry design, music and classes in art and guitar building. 215 Shady Lea Road.

NK Community Chorus Winter Concert: The NKCC presents two holiday concerts this weekend, the first one Saturday night at 7 p.m., then a second on Sunday at 3 p.m. These concerts are always talent-filled, fun and festive. Tickets are $15 at the door; children 8 and under are free. At North Kingstown High Schoool, 150 Fairway Drive.

On Sunday …

Holiday Fair: A Holiday Fair takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cold Spring Community Center, 10 Beach Street. Homemade cookies (while they last!), pies, breads, candies, jellies, gorgeous holiday greens and centerpieces, and handmade gifts for all ages. There will be a kids craft area. All proceeds benefit women's education. Sponsored by Chapter C-RI of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. For more information, call 295-8987.

Santa at Wickford Village: Santa arrives by boat at 12:30 but you can join the Elf Parade, which starts at The Wickford Collection at 11:45 a.m. There will be hayrides with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. ($3 per person).

Holly Trolley rides: You can catch a ride on the Holly Trolley and hear stories by the Winter Lady, at the corner of Boston Neck Road and Brown Street, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Christmas at the Castle: Smith’s Castle’s annual holiday event takes place this weekend from noon to 4 p.m. This year's theme: The History of the Christmas Carol. The halls of Smith's Castle are decked in period fashion for a celebration of Christmas past. Enjoy live musical entertainment from an earlier era. Sunday: Jesse Liam, The Very Merry Dickens Carol, St. Luke's Jubilate Ringers handbell choir. Story reading/singing: Santa Bob & Father Christmas. Children's crafts, the popular Docent's bake sale, plants, greenery & gift Shop. Complimentary cider and cookies. Bring your camera and catch a photo with Father Christmas and Santa. 55 Richard Smith Drive (north of Wickford off Post Road). Adults $5, 6 to 12 year olds $2, members and children under 6 free.

NK Community Chorus Winter Concert: The NKCC presents an afternoon concert at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door; children 8 and under are free. At North Kingstown High Schoool, 150 Fairway Drive.


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