PICTURES: Rain or shine, Santa brings cheer in North Smithfield

Leo Ferriola is all smiles as Santa hands him a candy cane. NRI NOW photo by Sandy Hall

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The weather outside was, indeed, frightful, but inside Town Hall on Sunday, Dec. 10, all was delightful.

North Smithfield’s annual Christmas tree lighting took place amid cold winds and heavy rains, leaving student carolers and others to cancel participation. But Mother Nature couldn’t stop St. Nick from spreading good cheer.

Santa arrived via firetruck escort provided by North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service and quickly lit the tree, before he and the small group assembled at the gazebo headed to shelter inside Town Hall. There, families enjoyed a visit with the North Pole resident, along with hot chocolate provided by Saint Antoine Residence, cookies, ornament making, dancing, singing, carols and pictures.

Santa & his helper elf Recreation Director Kate Pasquariello are delighted following the official lighting of the town tree.
Inside Town Hall, families are busy making Christmas ornaments. NRI NOW photo by Sandy Hall
Mikala, 1 and Morgan, 3, pose for a photo with Santa. NRI NOW photo by Sandy Hall
Kids lined up for pictures with Santa.
Rylee and Quincy Hall pose with Santa. NRI NOW photo by Sandy Hall
A young guest is uncertain what to make of the jolly visitor.
A small crowd by the gazebo tries to stay dry. NRI NOW photo by Sandy Hall
Santa gets a hug
Credit: North Smithfield Parks & Recreation
Leo Ferriola and Santa were fast friends. NRI NOW photo by Sandy Hall
Three-year-old Morgan approaches slowly. NRI NOW photo by Sandy Hall
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