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November 19-December 19

Blackstone Valley Polar Express: Take a 90-minute train ride inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s classic book and movie, complete with cookies, games, and hot chocolate served in a collectible souvenir mug. Woonsocket

December 2-23

Candlelight Shopping: The joy of shopping returns during a series of special evenings in the quaint village of Chepachet. Glocester

NOVEMBER

November 20

Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair: Skip the mall and stroll aisles filled with direct sale vendors and local crafters, plus a penny social raffle. Cumberland

November 25

Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5K: Before tucking into the big feast, lace up your sneakers for a 5K jaunt along the historic Pawtucket course. An after party will take place at Murphy’s Law. 

November 26

Ornament Presents an Evening of Music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: New England’s own rock orchestra Ornament pays tribute to the original holiday-themed arena rockers. Woonsocket

November 27

BRT Homecoming Concert & Silent Auction: Homegrown talent like Atwater-Donnelly, Kim Trusty, Stefan Couture, and more take the stage at the Blackstone River Theatre’s annual Thanksgiving fundraiser. Cumberland

November 27-28

The Nutcracker: The Heritage Ballet presents the holiday classic ballet about a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker for Christmas. Woonsocket

November 28

Ocean State Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Start the countdown to Christmas with this concert held at the Saint Ann Arts & Cultural Center. A 60-piece orchestra will perform familiar carols along with some surprise additions. Woonsocket

Christkindlmarket: The German American Cultural Society of Rhode Island hosts an authentic German market perfect for Christmas shopping. Pawtucket

DECEMBER

December 1

Trim A Tree!: Assemble your own tabletop boxwood Christmas tree to liven up your holiday home. Woonsocket

December 2-5; December 10-12

The Foundry Show: Shop a juried selection of art from local artists, and participate in a silent auction at this established holiday tradition at the The Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts. Pawtucket

December 3

Carpenters Tribute Christmas Show – Top of The World: Singer Debbie Taylor, backed by a seven-piece band, performs Carpenters hits. Woonsocket

December 3-4

21st Annual Candlelight Stroll: Food trucks, carolers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more at this annual stroll through the charming Scituate Village. Scituate

December 4

All Lit Up Christmas Parade: The center of Greenville becomes a mini Stars Hollow for this event that includes floats, walkers, and Grinch sightings! Smithfield

BRT Holiday Craft Fair and Festival: Shop unique holiday items from 24 vendors along with live music, raffle prizes, a bake sale and more at the Blackstone River Theatre. Cumberland

December 4-12

Old-Fashioned Christmas by Candlelight: Self-guided tours, Santa, and festive music and entertainment at Hearthside House. Lincoln

Winter Wonderland: Bundle up and head to Slater Park for this mostly outdoor family event featuring hundreds of decorated Christmas trees and sheds, hay rides, the carousel, and an 18-foot-tall talking snowman. Pawtucket

December 5

A Holiday Fanfare: Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra celebrates the holiday season with Renaissance music, favorite carols, and John Rutter’s Gloria with brass. Woonsocket

Lúnasa – Christmas from Ireland: Special guest Dave Curley and some of Ireland’s top music talents take the Blackstone River Theatre stage for a special holiday show. Cumberland

December 8-9

Divas of Drag: Join the holiday hilarity with Haley Star and LaDiva Jonz’s cheeky drag comedy. Woonsocket

December 10-12

Christmas in the Village: Visit RI’s very own Christmasland for a Festival of Trees lighting, breakfast with Santa, a wreath decorating contest, arts and crafts vendors, food, music, and more. Scituate

December 10-19

A Christmas Carol: The Royal Shakespeare Company is a fresh adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Victorian-era redemption story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Woonsocket

December 11

Christmas Party: Celebrate the season by dancing the night away and enjoying a holiday buffet. Woonsocket

December 20

Jim Brickman – The Gift of Christmas: The multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter and piano sensation returns for his annual holiday tour. Woonsocket

December 22

Kitty Litter is Home for Christmas: Kitty will jingle your bells when she comes to the Stadium Theatre with her sleigh full of Christmas cheer. Woonsocket, 

December 23

Polar Express Free Movie Night: Enjoy Christmas Eve Eve with a showing of this holiday film by RI’s own Chris Van Allsburg – free of charge – at a historic theater. Woonsocket

December 28 & 30

Home for the Holidays: Tour the c. 1810 Federal style Hearthside House while it’s decked out for the holiday season. Lincoln

December 31

Sal Valentinetti with the Black Tie Brass: Ring in the New Year with crooner Sal Valentinetti, an America’s Got Talent finalist, performing Rat Pack-era standards. Woonsocket

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