Pawtucket Winter Wonderland returns this weekend

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland returns this weekend

PAWTUCKET - The 15th annual Pawtucket Winter Wonderland is set to return to Slater Memorial Park this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3:45 p.m. Santa's Parade, which will come down from Daggett Farm, will include local officials, Girl Scout troops, costumed characters, the Slaterettes, Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus. Santa will be welcomed at the Looff Carousel by two of his elves along with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Winter Wonderland Vice President Dawn Goff, and Winter Wonderland Weatherwoman Kelly Bates, of NBC 10.

Illumination of 435 decorated trees and other decorations that make up the festival will take place at 4 p.m.

Winter Wonderland is held at Slater Park on the weekends of Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15 from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a heated entertainment tent filled with performers from local school groups, dance studios, choral groups, and bell ringers.

Enjoy free visits with Santa. For a small fee, visitors will have the option of photos with Santa, taken by Muggles Photography. There will be hayrides, two train rides, face painting, children's craft tables, and 25-cent rides on the carousel. There will also be Victorian houses sponsored by local organizations and businesses and an 18-foot talking snowman.

Help celebrate the 15th anniversary by checking out Winter Wonderland's history on picture boards displayed around the festival.

The food court will have hot dogs and hot chocolate for sale. The Daggett House will be decorated for the season and open for tours. Paintings will be on display and for sale at Rhode Island Watercolor Society art gallery.

The Winter Wonderland festival is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers in conjunction with the city of Pawtucket. The goal is to have a winter event the whole family can enjoy at little or no cost. Admission to the park is free with free parking in designated areas only.