Holiday Guide

Holiday Shopping With a Local Twist

Rhode Island's own artisans and makers take center stage at art and craft shows happening all over the state

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Pawtuxet Village is getting a festive makeover at the Fez-tival of Trees, held by the RI Shriners November 24–26. Decorated holiday trees, wreaths and menorahs will set the festive mood – and all of them are available to win, with proceeds benefiting Shriners’ Hospitals for Children – plus there will be Mrs. Claus’ Cafe, free kids’ activities and a Holiday Marketplace with over 60 vendors.

Find one-of-a-kind gifts at the 47th annual Holiday Pottery and Art Sale at the South County Art Association in Kingston, running November 24–December 17. The show features pottery, sculpture, jewelry, paintings, photography and more by SCAA members.

Keep your holiday pro tip a secret – or don’t – when you shop at the Small Works Holiday Show and Sale at the Wickford Art Association, November 24–December 23. All of the works are affordably priced, which means you’ll find the best gifts and still be able to afford something for yourself.

Chez Pascal on Providence’s East Side will turn into a Holiday Marketplace for one day only on November 26, featuring jewelry, art pieces, paintings, pottery, clothing, handmade soaps and lotions, knitted items and more – all from local artists. Plus, their Wurst Kitchen will be open serving delicious house-made sausages and more.

From December 1–10, the annual Foundry Artists Holiday Show gathers local artists for a one–of–a–kind marketplace at the Pawtucket Armory, featuring large and small works by all local artists, in mediums like jewelry, painting, glass and photography.

Simplify your holiday shopping at St. Peter’s By the Sea in Narragansett. On December 2, there will be over 200 gift baskets for sale at their annual Christmas Bazaar, many featuring gift certificates to local stores, plus tables of handmade art and baked goods.

Explore the artist collaborative at North Kingstown’s Shady Lea Mill on December 2–3, when they host their 20th annual Open Studios. The event gives you a chance to meet interesting artists and artisans – everything from glassblowers to guitar makers – and is also a fundraiser for the North Kingstown Food Pantry.

The first year of the Art Providence Holiday Show, happening December 9–10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, will feature nearly 200 local and national artists selling their one-of-a-kind wares, in mediums like fine art, furniture, jewelry and ceramics.