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Tonight is Last Night for Santa Claus Visits Until Christmas

Check the schedule below and Portsmouth Patch throughout the week for updates!

Santa Claus will come to Portsmouth neighborhoods starting this Thursday evening, Dec. 1, as part of his annual visit to town. 

The jolly elf will make his way through various Portsmouth neighborhoods. The sleigh will pass by houses every evening except on Sundays.

Volunteer "elfs" will help pull Santa's sleigh, weather permitting. His nightly visits will begin around 6 p.m. 

Santa will hand out candy canes to residents, both young and old. You might also hear a holiday tune or two. 

In the event of rain or severe weather conditions, the sleigh will not travel.

Residents are asked to check OnAquidneck.com for frequent updates. Portsmouth Patch will also update the schedule as it changes. 

On Sunday, Dec. 11, Santa Claus will make a special visit to the at 2:45 p.m. Children are welcome to visit the manor and give Santa their Christmas wish list.

Santa would also like to visit special needs children or children who cannot leave the house. Parents who would like Santa to make a visit are asked to e-mail portsmouthsanta@onaquidneck.com.

The event is organized every year by a group of volunteers and is not a town or fire department-sponsored event.

For an updated schedule of the visits, see the schedule below.

Santa Claus' schedule updated as of Wednesday, Dec. 7.

This schedule is subject to change and weather permitting.

  • Thursday, Dec. 1 — Common Fence Point, borders from Anthony Road to Mt. View Road, Attleboro Avenue to Narragansett Boulevard; Narragansett Bay to West Main Road; Portsmouth Abbey, Cory's Lane to Debra Drive, Hummocks area. Hummocks' visit was moved up a day due to closing of Cove "Escape" Bridge.
  • Friday, Dec. 2 — Island Park; Route 24 to Seaconnet Boulevard, Cliff Avenue to Boyd's Lane; West Main Road to East Main Road; Hedly Street south to Locust Avenue and Thurston Avenue on the east.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 — Pocasset and Botelho Heights; Terminal Road to Anthony Road, Narragansett Bay to Rout 24; Sakonnet River to East Main Road, plus Schoolhouse Lane, Martens Road area; Sherwood Drive to north of Vanderbilt Lane.
  • Monday, Dec. 5 — Portsmouth Park area; Sakonnet River west to Route 24 or East Main Road, Boyd's Lane south to Bourbon Street, or Child Street; Sakonnet River to East Main Road, Vanderbilt Lane south to Sandy Point Avenue and Eastover Road.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 — Cancelled due to rain.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7— Cancelled due to rain.
  • Thursday, Dec. 8 — East Main Road to Narragansett Bay; Mare Terrace south to Willow Lane area; Sequoia Lane south to Patriots Drive (including all side streets off Patriots Drive); East Main Road to Union Street beyond the Green Valley Country Club, Madison Way South to Belmont Drive, Oakland Farms.
  • Friday, Dec. 9 — Sakonnet River to East Main Road, Child Street, south to Prospect Lane; Middletown town line from Mitchell's Lane north to Sandy Point Avenue; Moitoza Lane east to Sakonnet River.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 — East Main Road to West Main Road, Dexter Street to Hedly Street; Middletown town line to Bramans Lane, Greenvale Road, south to Georgetown Apartments, east to the Sakonnet River.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 — Glen Manor House, 2:45 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 12 — Sakonnet River to East Main Road, Prospect Lane to Fairview Lane; Middletown town line to Raytheon; Narragansett Bay to Union Street west of the Green Valley Country Club.
Sondra Heos November 29, 2011 at 06:24 PM
I'm excited I love seeing this each year!!!
Ray Davis November 29, 2011 at 07:15 PM
This is something I too look forward to each year as well and it 's a small thing that makes me really appreciate this town. I can't thank the men and women who volunteer their time to do this for all of us "kids" no matter how old we maybe.
Colleen N Bill Ducker November 30, 2011 at 05:04 PM
I love that the town does this! I was fascinated the very first time I saw it, three years ago. It brings out the inner child!
ABK December 01, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Let's give credit where credit is due - the town has nothing to do with this... "The event is organized every year by a group of volunteers and is not a town or fire department-sponsored event."
Mike P. December 01, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Yes people, credit where credit is due, the Town and the Fire Department have nothing to do with this. Pay no attention to the town owned building that Santa's comes out of and all the fire trucks parked around him.
Mark Wyman December 01, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Mike P. I didn't know that the Fire Dept. moved into Tom's Lawn & Garden Equipment because thats where Santa comes out of. The Fire Dept. stoped doing Santa when the got rid of the duwk.
Mike P. December 01, 2011 at 10:19 PM
That fact that we have to give credit or take credit away for the Santa thing means we're missing the whole point of it all. There are 2 sleighs, both constructed at the fire station. The south one moves to Tom's and the north one stays at the fire department. Any more experts want to chime in?
ABK December 01, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Uh, yeah, I'll chime in. :) Gees, Mike P., I just meant that the town does not organize it, a group of dedicated people do, as the Patch article states. And, how GREAT that is - they deserve credit! The article does not state that the Fire Dept volunteers help as well, maybe it should have? And, I never claimed to be an expert. I thought it needed to be clarified that it is not the Town of Portsmouth directly organizing this, and it is not anything that our tax dollars directly pay for. I, in fact, meant it as a pat on the back for all the people who give of their time to make this happen for the kids. I don't believe that misses the whole point, as you say. If you'll notice above, your comments are the most sarcastic and negative. So, a big thank you to anyone involved! As you can see from most of the comments above, we all appreciate it! I'm sorry if anyone took any offense, I did not mean it that way at all.
Sandy McGee (Editor) December 01, 2011 at 11:34 PM
This just in from elves - Santa Claus will also visit the Hummocks area tonight due to closing of Cove Bridge.
antonella December 03, 2011 at 01:44 PM
it was awsome when i got my elf a year ago
A really concerned citizen December 04, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Santa just came by my house !! Yeah !! Was better when the kids were little, and still living here , lol. But still a great thing, thank you volunteers !!
Carolann Silvia December 04, 2011 at 04:51 AM
I love you Santa, Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. God Bless you too!
Ellen Davis December 05, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Volunteer "elfs?!" Really? *sigh*
Cynthia Killavey December 14, 2011 at 01:23 AM
I saw Santa Claus.....it was the highlight of my evening. Yeah Santa!


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