The 24th annual Celebration of Lights in the River District in Poughkeepsie is happening this Friday. Come kick off the holiday season with a parade, tree lighting and fireworks.

Keep your eyes peeling for the new WRRV van in the parade that kicks off at 6:30 on Main Street up by Garden. We'll have a set up out in front of Noahs which is a great place to watch the parade and tree lighting from. You have a clear shot of the fireworks from there too.

There's also an opportunity to help those in need by bringing a non perishable food item which will be donated to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley by the Foodstock crew.

A toy drive is currently underway at each of the six River District establishments. Stop in with a new unwrapped toy and those donations will help underprivileged kids right in Poughkeepsie.

  • Amici's Italian Restaurant
  • The Brown Derby
  • Caffe Aurora
  • Mahoney's
  • Milanese
  • Noah's Ark

Donations will be accepted Friday as well, simply drop them off by the Christmas tree in Dongan Park.

At 8:00 PM after the fireworks, The Bardavon will have the classic film Princess Bride on the big screen for just 6 bucks.