Large crowd helps Bristol launch the holiday season

Santa, singers, dancers and celebrities join with thousands of people for Grand Illumination

By Kristen Ray, photos by Richard W Dionne Jr
Posted 12/5/18

Standing amid the large crowd taking over Hope Street during Saturday night’s Grand Illumination celebration were Danielle Fox and her 3-year-old son, Declan. He was dancing blissfully to the …

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