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Bristol’s Grand Illumination and Parade

Bristol’s Grand Illumination and Parade! Our 2021 Grand Illumination will take place on Saturday, December 4 beginning at 5:30 PM in front of the Burnside Building at 400 Hope Street. This year we will also have a parade in honor of our 35th Grand Illumination that will feature the Mt. Hope High School Band and the Bristol County Fifes and Drums. Entertainment will begin in front of the Burnside Building at 5:30 PM, so get there early and enjoy music from the local school choruses and a talented soloist. Santa Claus will make his grand entrance at the end of the parade and light the tree and Christmas decorations with help from some friends and our surprise guest. Everyone, regardless of age, is permitted to be a kid again as we officially open the Holiday season in Bristol.

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The parade will begin at approximately 5:30 PM at the corner of Church and High Streets.

The program will also be live streamed on the Bristol Christmas Festival’s Facebook page and will be available for viewing throughout the season.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place on Sunday, December 5 at 5:30 PM. 

We will of course observe any CDC and RIDoH COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time.

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


Burnside Memorial Building - Bristol, RI
400 Hope Street
Bristol, RI, 02809
United States


401-253-7000, ext. 133
Contact name: 
Carol Mello- Town of Bristol - Administrative Assistant
Email address: 
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