Bristol has full lineup of holiday programs, including 'scuba diving' with Santa

Published on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 11:35


BRISTOL – The city has announced a full lineup of holiday programs, from the return of the Winter Wonderland at the Mrs. Rockwell pavilion, to scuba diving with Santa Claus.

On Dec. 2, the Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department is collecting letters to Santa in the parks. They can be dropped off at the Federal Hill Green gazebo, the Page Park playground and in Mrs. Rockwell’s Pavilion at Rockwell Park. Children who send letters to the North Pole will receive a letter back from Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or one of Santa’s elves.

Santa Claus will then come to the Dennis Malone Aquatic Center from Dec. 3 and 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. for “Scuba Santa.” Participants will be able to take underwater photos with Santa Claus. Those who wish to participate can register at The event, sponsored by the Region 5 Dive Team, is free for the community. Santa Claus will also be collecting unwrapped toys to benefit the city’s Holiday Gift Giving program.

The city’s Community Tree Lighting will be held Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Page Park Pool. There will be a holiday light display for visitors to enjoy as they count down the lighting of the tree on the upper deck of Page Park Pool. Hot chocolate will be served and there will be numerous festive activities including caroling and visits with Santa.

Santa Claus will also visit with families at the 36th annual Winter Wonderland, which will be held Dec. 8 through 11 at the Mrs. Rockwell Pavilion. The hours for the Winter Wonderland are 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

“Let us transport you to Bristol’s most magical destination,” said Josh Medeiros, superintendent of the Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Department. “This free family event is open to all ages and will allow the whole family to explore multiple winter holidays celebrated right in our city.”

Medeiros said that families can expect to see crafts and activities based around the holidays of Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and more. Children are encouraged to grab a free candy cane, work on crafts in the workshop and enjoy the festive displays. They can also visit with Santa Claus and help “stuff the sleigh” by bringing new and unwrapped toys and gifts for local families in need.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 11:35. Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2022 11:38.