City of Providence announces new Holiday Tradition

City of Providence Announces New Holiday Tradition

Friday, December 2, 2016 and Saturday, December 3, 2016

Enjoy A Weekend Long Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting
Providence, RI
– Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Department of Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the City’s 2016 Holiday Celebration & Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, Providence’s annual holiday tradition will take place over two days and feature a wealth of activities for all to enjoy including two tree lighting ceremonies, world champion figure skating demonstrations produced by two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan, a Sip n’ Shop with local merchants along Westminster Street, special giveaways, performances from the Providence Gay Men’s Choir, local artists plus so much more.  The celebrations take place on Friday, December 2nd 2016 from 4pm-8pm and on Saturday, December 3rd 2016 from 5pm – 8pm and are free and open to the public.

Workers, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to come to Downtown Providence the evening of Friday, December 2 beginning at 4pm for festive activities that all can enjoy.  Beginning at 4pm, patrons can enjoy their favorite beverage while shopping along historic Westminster Street (between Dorrance and Empire Streets). As a special treat, Downtown parking meters will be free of charge during this time.  At 5pm, a chorus of Providence City workers will line the steps of City Hall, filling the airwaves with harmonious sounds of the season before Mayor Elorza lights the City Hall Christmas Tree. Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, folks are encouraged to stay downtown and make a night of it - patronize local restaurants, take in a holiday show, or go skating at the Alex & Ani Center. 

On Saturday, December 3, the Alex & Ani Skating Center plays host to a wealth of activities beginning at 5pm. (Please note public skating will be closed from 4pm – 7pm). The Providence Gay Men’s Chorus will kick-off the festivities with holiday favorites that all can enjoy and sing along to.  Following the performance, Mayor Elorza will light the Rink Christmas Tree.  Following the tree lighting, a figure skating demonstration produced by Sarah Mirza Dinar do, Brad Vigorito, and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan will showcase some of the world’s finest champions including US National Silver Medalist Richard Dornbush, Amiee Buchanan and Heidi Munger, plus Ocean Skate Theatre, local skating clubs and performers from around the region. Following the program, public skating will resume at the Rink where a portion of each admission fee collected from the public skating will benefit The Tomorrow Fund.

For more information on the celebration please visit Visit for information about hotel and restaurant packages available from participating merchants. A full listing of holiday events is available at

The City of Providence’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration is presented by Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Department of Parks & Recreation with sponsorship from The Providence Tourism Council.  Additional support provided by the Alex & Ani City Center, Cardi’s Furniture, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Dean Hotel, In DownCity and the Downtown Improvement District. Each year the trees are generously donated by Providence citizens and removed by the great folks over at Stanley Tree Service.  

(release from City of Providence)