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Downtown Holiday Festival

Saturday, 12/05/2009 – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Holiday Festival 2009

Tour the Town! Celebrate the Holidays with the Providence Preservation Society Downtown Holiday Festival.

Visit some of the most distinctive and extraordinary residential and commercial spaces in Downtown Providence, many not open to the public except during this tour. Combining contemporary design with historic architecture, these interiors showcase the adaptability and remarkable vitality of Downtown buildings. This self-guided tour is sure to dazzle and inspire.

The day will also feature hay rides, carolers singing along the streets, activities for children, holiday snacks and hot beverages, and a tree lighting ceremony at City Hall. Additionally, many shops will be open with live entertainment for your shopping pleasure.

Tour sites will be open to ticket holders 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. The Registration Center (where you pick up your guidebook which serves as the ticket) is at the Peerless Building Atrium at 150 Union Street. Click for directions. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day-of the tour. Advance ticket sales at $25 will close on Thursday, December 3 at 5 p.m. After that time, only $30 tickets will be available at the Registration Center on the day of the event.

Ticket holders will also be admitted to the following lectures and tours by showing their guidebooks :

  • Presentation by Clark Schoettle, Executive Director of the Providence Revolving Fund, about exciting developments in Downtown Providence, illustrating the impacts of the State Historic Tax Credit program and the Downcity Fund.
  • Lecture by Tripp Evans, Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College, on The American Renaissance & Providence: A Golden Age in Architecture and the Arts.
  • PPS Docent-led Downtown walking tours

After touring, join Mayor David Cicilline for his traditional tree lighting at 6:00 p.m. in front of City Hall. A parade leading up to City Hall starts at 5:45 p.m. on Westminster Street in front of the Arcade.

Following the tree lighting, continue to enjoy downtown in the evening with PPS at the After-Tour Celebration sponsored by Lite Rock 105 and featuring a celebrity guest. Attendees will savor hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while listening to holiday music. The After-Tour Celebration will take place at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Providence, 58 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903. The Celebration in this recently renovated historic building will start at 6:30 p.m.

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