The annual Luminary Display hasn’t been quite the same without the hayrides of past years, but that’s about to change.
KINGSTON – The annual Luminary Display hasn’t been quite the same without the hayrides of past years, but that’s about to change.
This year’s annual lighting of tea lights along Main Street marks the return of hayrides along the luminary route.
Road closings will begin around 5 p.m., with the official tree lighting and caroling on the Town Green to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.
Churches along the route will be open to all, and the Adams Center, Surprise Hose House, Reed Community Building and Kingston Public Library will be open until 8:30 p.m. Hayrides for $5 will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. courtesy of the David Hanson Memorial Fund.
Festival-goers can help decorate the giving tree at the Reed Building by taking hats, scarves, mittens or gloves to hang on the tree. Items will be donated to Pilgrim’s Hope family shelter run by the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless.
The Silver Lake Regional High School Choir will perform at the Reed Building from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a performance by traditional folk singer, guitarist and bouzouki player Lindsay Straw at 6:30 p.m. There will also be warm cider and hot chocolate at the Reed.
At the library, there will be crafts for children and doughnut holes, hot cider and crafts to snack on. The Surprise Hose House will also provide refreshments.
Anyone wishing to make baked goods for the open house can drop them off at the Pembroke Street Fire Station during the day Dec. 16. If so, contact firefighter Chris Veracka by calling the fire station at 781-585-0532.
Parking for the event will be available at Jones River Trading Company on Elm Street, Early Bird 2 Restaurant, the Highway Department on Evergreen Street and the Reed Building and the Adams Center on Summer Street.
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