The holidays arrive in grand fashion on Main Street Saturday, with a variety of events culminating in Santa lighting the Christmas tree in front of Town Hall.

First up, the Main Street Association is hosting a free concert of holiday favorites at the Varnum Armory at 3 p.m., featuring Crosswinds, the talented Navy Band Northeast’s wind ensemble.

Crosswinds Ensemble at the Varnum Armory in 2018.

Immediately following the concert, the Varnum Armory will be turned into a bakery of sorts, with a wide variety of cookies baked by various restaurants and establishments on Main Street and the larger East Greenwich. Cookies will be available until 5:30 p.m. or until the last cookie crumbles. Free will donations for the cookies are appreciated, with all proceeds going to Cookies for Kids Cancer to aid in the research and development of non-toxic treatment options for childhood cancers. 

Extraordinary Rendition Band in front of Town Hall for the annual tree lighting.

On the other end of Main Street, at Friendship Street, the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s whimsical holiday parade will start 5 p.m., led by the exuberant Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence. In just year two of the parade, it’s already a welcome addition to the town holiday festivities.

All are welcome to join the parade, which will be take Santa, riding in an old-fashioned fire truck, along Main Street to Town Hall. The choirs of St. Luke’s will sing holiday songs on the steps of Town Hall at around 5:30. Then Santa takes centerstage, lighting the town tree at 6 p.m. and visiting with children and posing for pictures in Council Chambers.

Looking farther ahead, beginning Thursday, Dec.11 through Saturday, Dec. 13, participating sites on Main Street will create a specialty holiday themed beverage and/or dessert with a portion of the proceeds being added to the Cookies for Kids fundraising effort. Be sure to visit several locations and vote for your pick of the Best Cookie on Main Street. Visit mainstreeteg.org (click here) for more information.


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