Whether it’s your first visit to Bristol’s Grand Illumination or your 25th, the Christmas festival committee made special efforts to make sure this year’s events are memorable for all. Following is a schedule of this year’s events:
Snow Ball: The first Christmas Snow Ball will take place at Linden Place on Hope Street on Friday, Nov. 30, 6 to 11 p.m. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and appetizers and a buffet. Antonio Teixeira, chairman of the Christmas festival, will present the Spirit of Christmas award to this year’s recipients, Dotti Cordeiro and Halsey Herreshoff (see story page 2).
Christmas concert: The Many Moods of Christmas holiday concert, led by Joan Roth, will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Bristol on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. There’s another concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the same location.
Breakfast with Santa: Santa Claus will stop by Mt. Hope High School on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 8 to 11 a.m. (Photos with Santa are from 9 to 10:30.)
Children’s workshop: After breakfast with Santa, kids can stay at Mt. Hope High School for the children’s ornament workshop and Entertainment from 8 a.m. til noon. The event includes balloon animals, face-painting, and a magic show.
Historical society open: The Bristol Historical & Preservation Society at 48 Court St. will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, for First Sunday. The society will stay open until the Grand Illumination.
Holiday music: The Rhythm Quest percussion group will entertain in front of the Burnside Building on Sunday, from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.
Grand Illumination Show: From 4:45 to 5:50 p.m., the pre-“Grand Illumination Show” will include caroling, music ensembles, and dancing in front of the Burnside building on Hope Street. Performances will include a dancing review by Extensions School of Dance, caroles by the Mt. Hope High School Chorus. Master of ceremonies, Antonio Teixeira, will introduce town officials and the Spirit of Christmas Award recipients.
St. Michael’s bells: Listen as the bells from St. Michel’s Church sound at 6 p.m. when the Grand Illumination brightens the large tree in front of the Burnside building, and downtown streets are brightened by thousands of Christmas lights and decorations. The St. Michael’s Bell Choir will perform for the celebration of the Christmas season.
“Twas the Night before Christmas”: From 6:10 to 6:25 p.m., town administrator Diane Mederos will read “Twas the Night before Christmas.” The illumination will close as everyone joins in singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
Choir lessons: All are invited to a service of seasonal Lessons and Carols at St. Michael’s Church following the Grand Illumination at 6:15 p.m. Following the service, cider and cookies will be offered in the back of the sanctuary. There is no cost for the event. The church doors will open at 5 p.m.
Living nativity: St. Michael’s Church will present a living nativity, with livestock and a manger set up inside the church. All are welcome to view the display.
Tour the town: A lights and town tour on Dec. 4 will pick passengers up at Benjamin Church, Franklin Court and Veterans Home at 5:30. The bus will leave the Senior Center at 6 p.m. There will be a reception at the conclusion of the tour at Benjamin Church Manor.