Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
Holiday in the Park
What do you do on a rainy, gloomy December day? You go find Santa, that’s what!!
A friend had posted about the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center’s 5th Annual Holiday in the Park event. It looked like a nice way to spend some time so Avery and I headed over.
There were activities for everyone! Young (and young at heart) attendees could visit with Santa, and have their picture taken (with your own camera) There were demos by Master Gardeners and wreaths for sale, and kids could make their own holiday centerpiece and ornament to bring home! The event also boasts an incredible display of 23 varieties of poinsettia, grown by URI Master Gardeners!
Admission was free with the donation of a canned good, and the donated food went to St. Charles Borromeo food pantry in Providence. Since admission was free, you could use that cash to purchase one of the GORGEOUS handmade wreaths available for sale.
As soon as we arrived, Avery asked to see Santa, so that was our first stop.
I was really proud of Avery for not being too frightened to sit with Santa, though she was still a bit bashful. I loved that there was a volunteer there to take our photo together (I rarely get in any of the pictures since I’m always the one behind the lens!) And that I didn’t have to buy photos (Have you seen the prices for mall Santa photos?? Holy holly berries, Blitzen!)
After visiting with Santa for a bit we headed over to make our own Christmas centerpiece and ornament! This was by far, the nicest “take home” we’ve ever made at an event like this.
A volunteer sat down with us to guide us through the process, but Avery did everything by herself (I did spread the glue on her ornament though, I saw a serious mess waiting to happen!)
Next we spent some time exploring. Avery’s favorites were the carnivorous plants and the succulents (a girl after my own heart) but I was in awe of these vibrant purple flowers