The Nice List

200+ festive happenings across Rhode Island


The holidays are irresistible: a time for magic (and mayhem), joy, and love; a season to experience the wonder of childhood no matter your age; and a reason to continue old traditions and make new ones with the people you care about most. To help you plan a pressure-free (if that’s even possible) holiday, we’ve made a list – and checked it twice! – of things to do across the state, conveniently divided by region and sorted by date. From artisan markets for stocking stuffers and gifts, to staged performances and tree lightings, to adult nights out and family-fun workshops, we’ve got events covered that are sure to please all ages. As always, tag your snaps using #HeyRhodyPhotos so we can continue to grow our holiday must list!

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November 24–December 30

Wawaloam’s Holiday Lights Festival: On select nights, take a scenic night drive through beautiful central Rhode Island to see millions of twinkling lights flash and shine, synced to popular holiday music so the whole car can sing along. Richmond,


November 25–December 16

WCFA Winter Market: The Warwick Center for the Arts hosts its annual art sale featuring original handmade jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics, prints, greeting cards, and more.


November 30–December 17

{SANTA SIGHTING} Miracle on 34th Street – The Play: The Arctic Playhouse puts on a staged performance of the perennial Christmas favorite, a heartwarming tale of a department store Santa and the little girl who believes in him. West Warwick,





November 4

Family Harvest Bingo: A family-friendly game night for good; non-perishable food items will be collected for the Coventry Community Food Bank and Coventry Animal Shelter.


November 18-19

{SANTA SIGHTING} Rhode Island Christmas Festival: Get a headstart on holiday shopping with the help of local artisans, makers, and other small businesses alongside weekend-long entertainment. West Warwick, Facebook: WW Civic Center


November 24-25

Coppélia: The State Ballet of Rhode Island stages Herci Marsden’s comic ballet, a witty and enchanting story with life-size dancing dolls and a dash of magic. Cranston,

CCRI Holiday Craft Show: Visit the Community College of RI Knights Campus for a holiday craft show featuring handmade goodies perfect for stocking stuffers. Warwick,


November 24-26

Ocean State Artisans Holiday Craft Show: Discover over 100 local makers showcasing their best work at this Thanksgiving weekend tradition at the Cowesett Corners Shopping Center. Admission fees benefit local charities. Warwick,


November 25

Pawtuxet Christmas Tree: Bring handmade ornaments to Pawtuxet Park to help trim the village tree and install luminarias. Warwick,


November 27 & December 4

Holiday Resin Workshop: Create your own Christmas tree or wreath using seaglass, shells, beads, and more, all set in a handmade resin frame in this unique workshop. Warwick, Facebook: MoonStone Art Studio





December 1

Tree Lighting and Letters to Santa: Join Coventry Parks and Recreation at the Coventry Community Center for the lighting of eight Christmas trees. Children are welcome to make their wish lists and write letters to Santa.


December 1-2

Walk Through the Wildwoods: Enjoy a market filled with artists, bakers, and creators as you stroll through the nursery’s magical display of lights and holiday decor with the opportunity to pick out trees, garlands, greens, and more. East Greenwich, 


December 2

{SANTA SIGHTING} Winter Wonderland Celebration and Craft Fair: Bring the whole family to the Coventry Town Hall to enjoy holiday craft vendors, gift wrapping, pictures with Santa, and food trucks.

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest: Calling all builders who like to work in sugar and spice and everything nice for this absolutely scrummy house-building contest. Cranston,

Holidays in Pawtuxet Village: By day, take a tour of participating retailers and eateries in this year’s holiday stroll. By night, watch Pawtuxet Park come to life with a tree lighting, luminarias, and a Christmas carol sing-along. Warwick,

{SANTA SIGHTING} Rhode Island Author Expo: Shop for the readers on your list at this event where local authors will be selling and signing their books. Also on the agenda are writing panels, raffles, and a visit from Santa. Warwick,


December 2-17

Step Into the Holidays: Tour the decked-out halls of the Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, open select weekends, for a yuletide tradition with new decorations to discover every year. Sign up for a wreath-making workshop on opening day. Warwick,


December 7

Second Annual Holiday Cookie Contest: Put your baking skills to the test for a chance to win cash prizes in Coventry’s first-ever cookie contest. Cookies will be judged on taste, appearance, originality, and of course, festiveness.


December 9

Christmas Carol Sing: Participate or simply enjoy carols at this annual event hosted by New England Wireless and Steam Museum, held inside Frenchtown’s historic church building. Activities include storytime for children and desserts. East Greenwich,

{SANTA SIGHTING} Strolling Rolling Apponaug Winter Festival: Sip, stroll, walk, and roll to this fun Christmas festival and parade featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, food trucks, vendors, arts and crafts, horse-drawn carriages, and more! Facebook: Warwick RI Tourist Department


December 9-24

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: Now a much-loved family tradition, The Gamm brings back its staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic of hard-pressed banker George Bailey and the angel who reminds him of what matters most. Warwick,


December 10, 16

Holiday Laughs & Music Comedy Shows: John Perrotta’s Comedy Factory, and fellow New England singers and comics perform at various spots for “all you can eat, all you can laugh” events.


December 13

Lighting of the Village Menorah: It’s a night of celebration in Pawtuxet Park that begins with the lighting of the Village Menorah and continues with hot latkes, gelt, dreidel games, and Hanukkah songs. Warwick,


December 16

Billy Gilman Rockin’ Around the Park with Kara McKee: The Rhode Island legend and his band ring in the season singing Christmas classics and original hits. Cranston,


December 17

Interactive Movie Series – How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Bring your kids to watch Jim Carrey’s take on this holiday classic film, participate in an art activity, and even meet Mr. Grinch! Cranston,

Afternoon Holiday Dinner & Comedy Show: Indulge in an afternoon of good food and company at Chelo’s, where John Perrotta’s Comedy Factory makes an appearance with some of the region’s funniest stand-up. Warwick,


December 22

Christmas with the Celts: Originally a successful show airing on PBS, this Irish music and dance experience unites timeless tradition with contemporary Christmas classics. East Greenwich,






Through November 19

Apple Cider Bar: Celebrate the harvest season at The Chanler’s outdoor bar stocked with mulled, CBD, or spiked cider. Saturdays & Sundays, Newport,


November 8–December 31

Miracle on South Division Street: The Nowak family’s faith is threatened when a confession causes their miraculous Christmas legend to come under scrutiny.

November 12–December 23

Bristol Santa House: A free-of-charge holiday destination focused on creating magical Christmas experiences for children with special needs and their families, run entirely by volunteers.

November 15–December 13

Holiday Wine Series: Spend an evening tasting wine and learning about perfect pairings for every holiday occasion. Wednesdays, Bristol,

November 17–December 30

Holiday Lantern Tours: Learn about early American holiday traditions in Newport while exploring the city by lantern light during this special yuletide tour. Fridays & Saturdays,

November 17–December 30

Sparkling Lights at The Breakers: The mansion’s grounds glitter with thousands of holiday lights, an illuminated tunnel, and no shortage of glittering surprises. Plus, stop at any of the six fire pits for a s’mores kit, holiday treats, and even an adult bevvy.

November 18–January 1

Holidays at the Newport Mansions: The magic returns to the mansions with twinkling lights, trimmed trees, decorated mantels, and a jaw-dropping display of poinsettias in the Great Hall of The Breakers.

November 22–December 1

Newport Nutcracker: The Island Moving Company takes you through the ballroom, salon, and staircase of historic Rosecliff mansion during this unique, experiential production of the classic ballet.

November 24–December 31

Sparkle!: See the Blithewold Mansion and grounds aglow in thousands of lights and bamboo decorations. Stroll illuminated paths, sip hot chocolate, and try your hand at a scavenger hunt. Thursday-Sunday, Bristol,

November 26–December 16

Music in the Living Room Series: Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as live music fills historic Blithewold, festooned in its holiday finery. Bristol,


Meet Your Maker, Winter Market Series: Watch for Thanksgiving stock-up and winter markets from Hope & Main, with locally produced food and beverages for the holidays. Various dates. Warren,





November 4

Holiday Vendor Faire and Food Trucks: Fuel yourself from an array of food trucks as you get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping curated by a variety of local vendors, artisans, and crafters. Warren,

November 8

Sip and Shop: Start your holiday shopping as local vendors share their treasures, along with cocktails and complimentary appetizers at Mount Hope Farm. Bristol,

November 9 & December 7

Cookie Decorating Class: Learn how to make sugar cookies, royal icing, and decorate desserts like a professional baker with tips and tricks on icing techniques. Perfect for families, friends, or solo bakers. Bristol,

November 18

Bamboo Ornament Workshop: Learn to make your own bamboo ornament, just like the ones that decorate the Blithewold grounds for Sparkle! Bristol,

UCC Holiday Bazaar: Join the United Congregational Church in their celebration of the Christmas spirit. Shop for your own nice list and socialize at the luncheon featuring hearty soups and warm apple crisp. Middletown,

Holiday Artisan Market: Linden Place Mansion’s ballroom, courtyard, and grounds are brimming with dozens of local makers during this annual shopping experience. Bristol, 

November 18-19

Family Photoshoot Day: Get a sneak peek at this year’s Christmas at Blithewold and have your festive family portrait taken in front of the decorated fireplace. Bristol,

Courtyards Holiday Celebration: Enjoy cookies and cider while shopping for gifts and ornaments at this charming shop event. A gift donation box is available.

November 23

Thanksgiving at The Chanler: Gather with friends and family for a gastronomic celebration of New England’s harvest bounty, featuring a four-course menu by executive chef Jacob Jasinski, reservations required. Newport,

November 24

Day After Thanksgiving with Audubon: After a day of feasting, give thanks for all of nature’s gifts with family-friendly activities like crafting, story time, animal interviews, and a special nature walk. Bristol,

Newport Illuminated Boat Parade: The dazzling floating light display returns bigger and brighter than ever, viewable from Perrotti Park, Bowen’s Wharf, or Bannister’s Wharf.

November 25

Holiday Jazz Brunch: Time travel to the Jazz Age and imagine you’re a guest of the Van Wickle Family over the holidays, featuring an adult-oriented brunch and live jazz music. Bristol,

November 27 & December 11

Children’s Holiday Tea: Share the magic of the season in your Christmas finery dining on kid-friendly sandwiches, scones, and other treats, with a warm pot of tea. Bristol,

November 29

Explore Prudence Island: Take a wintry trek into the “Arctic” to look for harbor seals, sea ducks, and other wildlife. Prudence Island,

November 30–December 1

Wreath Decorating Workshop: DIY this holiday season with an evening wreath decorating workshop. While you’re at it, enjoy a cocktail and listen to some carols on this crafty night out. Bristol,




December 1

{SANTA SIGHTING}  Holiday Bright Night: Enchanting Tiverton Four Corners is aglow for a magical night of shopping and strolling through lit galleries and retailers.

December 1-15

Annual Re-Tree Exhibition: The Tiverton Farmers Market sponsors this outdoor showcase of locally crafted trees made from recycled materials. Vote for your favorite and don’t miss the closing event and awards ceremony on the final night.

December 2

Christmas By The Sea: Stroll through downtown Newport and shop your way through specially curated gifts by makers and artisans. Newport,

{SANTA SIGHTING} Bowen’s Wharf 53rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Newport’s historic waterfront is festooned in holiday lights and decorations for a special evening of music, caroling, tree lighting ceremony, and visit via boat from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Newport,

Grand Illumination and Parade: The East Bay’s long-standing yuletide tradition returns for an iconic Christmas tree lighting and parade. See it for yourself in person or enjoy the livestream on Facebook. Bristol,

Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale: Peruse gorgeous holiday greenery put together by the pros – or take a stab at making your own – during this annual event benefiting the children and families supported by Lucy’s Hearth. Middletown,

December 3

Messiah at the Mansion: Handel’s iconic oratorio performed at Rosecliff by Ensemble Altera offers a boldly reimagined chamber version of this timeless classic.

December 4 & 18

{SANTA SIGHTING} Sing Along with Santa: Bring the whole family for some good old-fashioned caroling with the beloved man in red, who will read The Night Before Christmas, followed by cookies and cocoa. Bristol,

December 5

Holiday Terrariums: Join Blithewold horticulturists for step-by-step instruction in creating your own themed terrarium. Bristol,

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop: Nothing beats the smell of wood fire and balsam, so follow your nose to Brick Pizza Co. for a night of pizza and decorating with Coastal Blooms. Bristol, Eventbrite: Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

December 9-10

Festival Weekend: Enjoy a European-style Christmas market complete with wreath-making workshops, specialty themed huts, unique photo ops, and traditional fare like mulled wine and apple cakes. Plus, discover holiday happenings at participating locales.

December 10

Holiday Coffee, Carols, and Cocktail Cruises: Start your morning with Christmas carols, coffee, and a boat ride, or in the afternoon, indulge in an adult bevvy while listening to holiday tunes and cruising along Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Newport,

Elf Film Screening: An annual community event sponsored by the Memorial Funeral Home, come out to see Buddy’s antics, and for admission, bring a food donation for the MLK Center. Newport,

December 12

Holiday Mingle & Jingle Celebration: Things get jolly at the Lobster Pot for their annual holiday extravaganza and raffle, complete with a delicious dinner and a cash bar. Bristol,

Holiday Floral Arrangement Class: Assemble an elegant table centerpiece out of blooms with help from a floral designing expert, with all the materials you’ll need provided. Bristol,

December 15

Christmas Story Time: Gather the whole family to listen to a special live broadcast featuring members of Bristol’s US Coast Guard Station reading their favorite Christmas classics. Bristol,

December 16

Book Signing with Pamela McColl: The author and historian behind ‘Twas the Night: The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem appears at the Museum of Newport History to sign copies of her book, celebrating the poem’s 200th anniversary.

Classical Christmas: Enjoy an afternoon of holiday chamber music including works from the classical repertoire, traditional carols, and a grand finale featuring selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria; a festive reception hosted by the Vestry of Emmanuel Church follows. Newport,

Holiday Market at Pivotal Brewing: The year-round farmers market hosts an especially merry market, this year at Pivotal Brewing Co., with no shortage of vendors and holiday fun. Bristol,

Holiday Dinner Dance: This annual black-tie event channels Great Gatsby vibes with a cocktail hour, three-course seated dinner, and dancing throughout the decorated rooms of The Breakers.

December 17

{SANTA SIGHTING} Meet and Greet with Santa Cruise & Holiday Bubbly Cruises: Mingle, and get your jingle on aboard the Coastal Queen during this special cruise with Santa, hot chocolate, candy canes, and a cruise with prosecco later in the afternoon. Newport,

December 19

A Night with the Butler and Lady’s Maid: Step back in time with a special self-guided holiday tour by candlelight, detailing the lives and duties of Blithewold’s historic household staff. Bristol,

December 20 - 21

Holidays at the JPT – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Party: Sit back and relax at the Jane Pickens Theater with live music, film screening, and cookies. Newport,

December 21

Holiday Centerpiece Workshop: Craft a beautiful floral holiday centerpiece for your table with Thistle and Posy at Mount Hope Farm. Bristol,

December 22

Holidays at the JPT – It’s a Wonderful Life: Share the experience of watching George Bailey and an angel earn his wings at this screening of the classic film. Newport,







November 10–December 18

Blackstone Valley Polar Express: Inspired by the story and film, enjoy a 90-minute train ride complete with singing, storytelling, games, cookies, hot chocolate, and a souvenir silver bell. The magic continues at the depot with a stage show, photo ops, and children’s activities. Weekends, Woonsocket,


November 16–December 31

White + Green Mountain Show: Celebrate the beauty of New England mountains at the new Pitcher-Goff House’s art exhibition. Pawtucket,


November 25–December 24

Small Business Saturday/Cookie Spectacular Kickoff: Cheers to cookies, hot cocoa (on the house) by the fire, freshly made wreaths, and more to get you through the holidays at Mapleville Farm. Weekends, Mapleville,





November 11

Turkey Tea Party: Celebrate wild turkeys with an afternoon tea party at the Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge. There will be crafts, stories, and a best turkey costume contest! Smithfield,


November 23

Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5K: Slip into sneakers and start Thanksgiving day with a 5K excursion through Pawtucket and Central Falls, an annual event benefiting the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen. Don’t miss the post-race party at Murphy’s Law.


November 24

Ornament Presents the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute: Southern New England’s own rock orchestra puts on a stunning musical tribute, complete with a dazzling light show. Woonsocket,


November 24-26

{SANTA SIGHTING} Christmas in the Valley: Find unique, handcrafted, and functional items – from jewelry and pottery to fancy food and more – at this juried holiday show at Foster Country Club. Santa visits on Sunday! Foster,

Holiday Glassblowing Open House: Watch masters at work with glass-blowing demonstrations, shop delicate ornaments, or schedule your own glass ornament-making class in time for the holidays. Cumberland,


November 25

Christkindlmarkt: The German American Cultural Society of Rhode Island hosts a German Christmas market featuring local artisans, craftspeople, and traditional food and drink (including Glühwein, mulled wine). Pawtucket,


November 25-26

The Nutcracker: A little girl receives a nutcracker for Christmas and a magical adventure ensues. This Christmas classic is captured in beautiful motion by the Heritage Ballet. Woonsocket,


November 26

Wreath Making Workshop: Deck the halls with local greens grown and harvested from Mapleville Farm. Join Casey, resident florist and chief of decor in making a holiday wreath to grace your front door! Mapleville,


November 29

Trim a Tree: Craft and decorate your own tabletop boxwood Christmas tree, an adorable addition to your own home or great as a gift. Woonsocket,


November 30–December 3

It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Hour: Experience the magic of a 1940s radio play and watch the iconic character George Bailey come alive on stage. Woonsocket,





November 30–December 3, December 8-10

The Foundry Show: Browse a curated selection of art, participate in a silent auction, and bring canned goods to donate to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank in lieu of an admission fee at this one-of-a-kind holiday sale created and run by the artisans themselves. Pawtucket,


December 1

Carpenters Tribute Christmas Show – Top of The World: Singer Debbie Taylor and a seven-piece band of talented instrumentalists perform Carpenters’ greatest hits to perfection. Woonsocket,


December 2

Audubon Holiday Craft Fair: Browse local vendors’ stalls selling a variety of nature- and wildlife-related wares to find the perfect gift for the nature enthusiasts on your nice list. Smithfield,

{SANTA SIGHTING} All Lit Up Christmas Parade: Smithfield channels the holiday spirit with an annual parade packed with festive floats, walkers, music, and more. Facebook: Smithfield’s All Lit Up Christmas Parade

BRT Holiday Craft Fair and Festival: Support the Blackstone River Theatre while shopping local this holiday season, with unique vendors, live music, raffle prizes, a bake sale, and more. Cumberland,

Christmas Party: Eat, drink, and be merry during this festive night at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. Woonsocket,


December 2-3

4th Annual Hoppy Holidays: The Guild and Field of Artisans redefine the best way to spread Christmas cheer – with shopping small and drinking beer. Pawtucket,


December 2, 3, 9 & 10

{SANTA SIGHTING} Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration: Travel back in time as you tour decorated rooms of the historic Hearthside House, complete with festive music and, of course, Santa. Lincoln,


December 3

Holiday Vendor Fair: O come, all ye shoppers to a post-turkey barnyard fair, a fete filled with local vendors for the season of giving. Mapleville,


December 6

Holiday Pops Concert: Your favorite Christmas concert returns with a collaborative performance by the Ocean State Pops Orchestra and the music department at Saint Rocco’s Church. Johnston,


December 6, 7 & 14

Divas of Drag – Deck the Halls: Haley Star and LaDiva Jonz host a night of fierce, festive fun. Woonsocket,


December 7, 14 & 21

{SANTA SIGHTING} Candlelight Shopping: Explore historic Chepachet Village by the glow of antique street lights during this series of special evenings full of music, shopping, and entertainment. Glocester,


December 8

Irish Solstice Celebration: Enjoy the sounds of Lúnasa, universally acclaimed as one of the best Irish bands in the world, for a musical winter solstice celebration. Cumberland,


December 8-17

A Christmas Carol: The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future return in this contemporary adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Woonsocket,


December 10

Christmas Tea Party: Oh Christmas tea, oh Christmas tea, it’s a luncheon party. Bring family and friends to the decked-out greenhouse and enjoy a hot cuppa. Mapleville,      


December 12

‘Twas the Night – A 200th Anniversary Celebration: Join author Pamela McColl as she visits Hearthside House for a celebration of the iconic poem in a cozy and historic holiday home that is sure to dazzle and delight. Lincoln,


December 22

Judy Collins Holidays & Hits Tours: Judy Collins tours live at the Stadium Theatre in a celebration of the holidays and her new and old hits. Woonsocket,


December 23

Holiday Pops with the Stadium Theatre Orchestra: A concert and sing-along delight for all ages, the Stadium Theatre’s 20-piece orchestra will have you ready to deck the halls and be merry and bright. Woonsocket,


December 28 & 30

Home for the Holidays: Experience the full history behind the Hearthside House, a gorgeous 1810 Federal style home that dazzles during the holidays. Lincoln,


December TBD

{SANTA SIGHTING} Winter Wonderland: Slater Park transforms into a true spectacle with hundreds of decorated trees and Victorian “houses,” hay rides, historic carousel, miniature train, and even an 18-foot talking snowman. Facebook: Pawtucket Winter Wonderland








November 5–December 23

119th Little Pictures Show & Sale: You read that right – the Providence Art Club’s oldest and largest exhibit returns for another landmark year, featuring artwork all under 16 inches.


November 9–December 31 

A Christmas Carol: The Rhode Island holiday tradition returns with Trinity Rep’s reimagined telling of Dickens’ classic.


November 24–December 17

PVD Flea Holiday Markets: Beginning on Black Friday the Providence Flea hosts special shopping events leading up to the holidays, featuring your favorite regional small brands and makers. Fridays & Sundays, Farm Fresh RI,


November 24–December 31

Holiday Lights Spectacular: This magical walk-through experience returns with 40 acres of dazzling light displays featuring over two million lights – now that’s what we call merry and bright! Roger Williams Park Zoo,


November 25–December 31

Craftland Holiday Extravaganza: The holiday season gets even jollier with the whimsical charm of Craftland, a landmark purveyor of handmade gifts celebrating its 20th year. You’re sure to find everything on your wish list – plus a little extra.


November 25–January 3

Christmas on the Hill: Admire twinkling Italian lights criss-crossing Atwells Avenue and decorated trees while shopping and dining around Federal Hill throughout the season.





November 12

Temple Beth-El Artisan Marketplace: Prepare for Hanukkah with 22 vendors selling artisanal goods, Judaica, and more!


November 12 & December 16-17

Providence Artisans Markets: Kick off the shopping season with 80 local artists exhibiting handmade works, including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, clothing, accessories, mixed media, and more, along with food trucks. WaterFire Arts Center, Facebook: Providence Artisans Market 


November 16

Providence Gallery Night: Choose between a free guided tour or make one of your own to explore the Creative Capital, including art galleries, museums, and significant sites.


November 18-19

Good Trade Makers Market: More than 90 independent makers from around the country gather at the WaterFire Arts Center for this one-of-a-kind weekend of mixing and mingling with talented tradespeople (and, of course, shopping!).


November 22

Murray & Peter Present A Drag Queen Christmas: Host Miz Cracker and special guest Todrick Hall present a holiday version of the longest-running drag tour in America.


November 25

A Magical Cirque Christmas: Experience the Christmas magic with a variety show of jaw-dropping performances set to your favorite holiday music.

Holiday ArtMart: Peruse the wares of local artists and makers during this indoor market in celebration of Small Business Saturday. WaterFire Arts Center,

Celebrate Downcity: Celebrate the season of giving by supporting small businesses in this annual shopping extravaganza with music, food, and a vibrant marketplace.

{SANTA SIGHTING} Christmas Tree Lighting: Bring the family to DePasquale Plaza to see the tree aglow, and enjoy free trolley rides, caroling and choir performances, and visits with Santa Claus.


November 28–December 3

How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical: Welcome to the world of Whoville in all of its winter wonder as the hit Broadway musical comes to PVD. Providence Performing Arts Center,





December 1-3

Three Nights of Lights: Last year’s stellar festival returns, complete with five-foot glowing snowflakes, tree lightings, video projection, a partial waterfire, and special holiday storefronts.


December 2

Tree Lighting at Narragansett Brewery: Raise your pint glass and give a toast to the holiday lights, or join in with carolers singing timeless melodies at this tree lighting event. Facebook: Narragansett Beer

Outdoor Marketplace: Federal Hills retailers and restaurants offer shopping and tasting al fresco style, all to the tune of caroling, holiday performances, and a lighting extravaganza.


December 2-3

Fine Furnishings Shows Winter Market: An exceptional weekend shopping event featuring holiday decor and vendors galore. WaterFire Arts Center,


December 3

Handel’s Messiah Open Sing: All are welcome to sing along with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra performing the Christmas portion of Handel’s celebratory work at the Church of St. Sebastian.


December 8

Krampusnacht at Narragansett Brewery: It’s a nightmare before Christmas in this delightfully frightful event filled with thrilling costumes, live music, and dark brews. Facebook: Narragansett Beer


December 8-9

La Cuesta Mágica (The Magic Hill): Five lost brothers embark on an extraordinary adventure in this magical holiday musical with songs and dances from Latin America; performed in Spanish, with English translations simulcast.


December 9

Field of Artisans at Narragansett Brewery: The one-of-a-kind artisan market sets up shop in the iconic brewery’s space.


December 10

Handel’s Messiah: RI Philharmonic and Providence Singers bring the beloved holiday concert to life.

Girl Gang Craft Holiday Fair: Celebrate the women in your life with this fem-craft fair. Over 100 women-owned businesses and makers come together to show off their goods.


December 12

Shine Your Light – A Hanukkah Celebration: Everybody loves games around the holidays! Come share your talent at the talent show and take part in the festivities on this special night with the Temple Emanu-El community.


December 13

Ugly Sweater Party: Homemade, thrifted, gifted, or bought – break out those chunky sweaters for a friendly ugly sweater competition and a night of holiday-inspired flights. Facebook: Narragansett Beer


December 14

Snow Waltz Tour: Classic jingles get recharged with Lindsey Stirling’s electric violin and acrobatic performances of classic carols and original holiday tunes. Providence Performing Arts Center,


December 15 & 17

Providence Bruins WinterFest: Catch two hockey games of fun and fundraising to celebrate the winter season. Amica Mutual Pavilion,


December 15-24

The Nutcracker: Don’t miss Ballet RI’s fresh take on the enchanting classic, featuring a 38-foot tree, Nutcracker by Big Nazo Lab, and creative choreography by Yury Yanowsky. The VETS,


December 16

Holiday Pops: “Unwrap the Magic” with The Boston Pops featuring classic songs and new takes on seasonal favorites in a celebration of New England’s very own wintry wonderland. Providence Performing Arts Center,


December 27-31

Disney On Ice – Find Your Hero: The magic of the holidays (or Disney) continues in this olympic performance featuring your child’s favorite heroes from Encanto, Frozen, Moana, and more.


December 31

NYE: Be on the lookout for restaurant siblings Providence GPub, The Rooftop at the Providence G, and Sarto to announce New Year’s Eve party and dining event details.






November 1–December 24

Holiday Art Exhibits: The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly rolls out its holiday shows, beginning with Small Treasures: The Joy of Giving in November featuring smaller items and works of art.


November 10–December 22

Small Works Holiday Art Show: Browse and buy artful holiday gifts created by members of the Wickford Art Association.


November 20–December

Holiday Hobbit House: Take your holiday photos in front of this fantasy house before adventuring off to breakfast. Or second breakfast. Elevensies, maybe? Richmond, 


November 24–December 17

SCAA Holiday Pottery and Art Sale: Peruse the artful assortment of pottery, ornaments, jewelry, paintings, drawings, and photography all made by South County Art Association members. Kingston,


November 26–December 24

{SANTA SIGHTING} Brunch with Santa: On select Sundays, Santa makes a special stop at the seaside resort for a family-friendly brunch with live music, unlimited sparkling wine and mimosas, and plenty of photo ops. Watch Hill,


November 30–December 21

Field of Artisans x Whalers Brewing Company Holiday Series: Experience the magic of sipping and shopping during this special tradition. Thursdays, Peace Dale,


December 1-17

Miracle on 34th Street: When Kris Kringle gets into some trouble with the New York City law, the very spirit of Christmas falls in jeopardy. Westerly,


December 1-23

Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge: It’s a mega bash when everyone from A Christmas Carol, plus George Bailey, Oliver Twist, disco dancers, and more are invited to the Cratchits. Select dates, Wakefield,


December 8-23

{SANTA SIGHTING} Santa Checks In: Before Sleepy Santa goes to bed, children are welcome to visit him, take a photo, and receive their first gift of Christmas. Westerly,





November 3, 10, 17, & 24

In the Kitchen: Fall Harvest and Thanksgiving Specialties: Impress guests this year as you learn all the best recipes for Turkey Day from culinary professionals. Westerly,   


November 3

WARM Center’s 4th Annual Pre-Holiday Bash: Enjoy a night of dancing for a good cause, bar none! Local faves Eight to the Bar headline this event at Windjammer Surf Bar, which features a cash bar and silent auction. Westerly,


November 4

{SANTA SIGHTING} Paint with Santa: A letter has arrived from the North Pole inviting your child to paint a handprint plate and a special ornament with Santa and enjoy cookies and treats with the big man in red (pre-registration required). Narragansett,

Papermaking Class: What makes that present look so good under the tree or by the menorah? The handmade and hand-decorated paper wrapping you will learn how to create in this popular workshop. Kingston,


November 7

Clay Tree Workshop: Take home your very own Charlie Brown-sized clay Christmas tree with a workshop from Rebekah Cook Art. Wakefield,


November 11 & 18

(Fur) Baby Ornament Keepsakes: A hand, foot, or paw print ornament, decorated for you with your choice of a variety of holiday designs is the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Wakefield,

From Vine to Wine Holiday Drinks:
Celebrate the season with this luxury cocktail and wine tasting that will surely inspire you for your holiday season entertaining. Westerly,


November 11

Holiday Field of Artisans at Big John Leyden’s Tree Farm: What’s more festive than a holiday market at a Christmas tree farm with Whalers Brewing Company? South Kingstown,


November 12

Holiday Ornament Class: Silver and gold, silver and gold…and bronze and beads are what make these sheet metal and wire ornaments perfect to decorate your tree. Kingston,


November 17

Clay Gingerbread House Workshop: Instead of dough, icing, and sprinkles, make your own lasting unique gingerbread house keepsake with clay and glaze. Wakefield,

Owls and Ales: Hoo-hoo-hoo-who’s ready for an adult night out to learn about owls while drinking locally brewed beer? And don’t forget a nighttime nature walk to hunt for these iconic birds of prey. Exeter,


November 18

Create Your Own Holiday Ornament: Naughty children get coal, but this year good kids (and adults) get clay – one pound of it – to make holiday ornaments. With this much clay, you can expect to make between five and 10 ornies. Wakefield,

Greeting Card Workshop: ‘Tis the season to surprise friends and family with a greeting card drawn, painted, printed, or collaged by you! Kingston, 

Mariner Marketplace: Narragansett High School’s PTO hosts this annual fundraiser featuring over 80 artists and vendors selling handcrafted gifts. Narragansett,


November 18-19

Magnificat & Saint Nicolas:
Come all ye merry people to kick off the holiday season with the Chorus of Westerly’s performance of Bach’s Magnificat and Britten’s Saint Nicolas. Westerly,


November 23

Thanksgiving in the Ballroom: Leave the cooking to the chefs as the Ocean House hosts a traditional buffet feast. Westerly,

Family-Style Thanksgiving Dinner:
Tuck into a family-style feast prepared by
the culinary team at Weekapaug Inn. Westerly,

Thanksgiving Buffet: Double Barrel Steak at The Preserve hosts a curated meal designed around gathering, celebrating, and giving thanks in style. Richmond,


November 24

Penguin Ice Cream Social: Meet Santa’s feathery helpers in person after their big trip from the Antarctic (or in this case the Mystic Aquarium) and enjoy an icy treat! Watch Hill,

{SANTA SIGHTING} Santa’s Arrival: Beloved holiday characters arrive in Dixon Square via firetruck to pass out coloring books, crayons, and lollipops. Westerly,

{SANTA SIGHTING} Preserve’s Christmas Tree Lighting: Santa Claus, a tree lighting, refreshments, and fireworks are happening in this knock-your-stockings-off display of Christmas cheer. Donate an unwrapped gift or toy to spread the holiday joy. Richmond,


November 24-26

Holiday Shopping Stroll Weekend: The Thanksgiving weekend tradition returns with a shop-small version of Black Friday on the Block. Don’t forget to stop for a photo op with the Lobster Trap Tree!


November 25

Wreath Making Workshop: Coastal New England meets holiday magic with this wreath-making workshop, with ribbon, seashells, and ornaments galore, and don’t forget sweet treats, warm drinks, and cottage-core vibes! Westerly,

{SANTA SIGHTING} Annual Tree Lighting & Dinner with Santa: Everyone is welcome to the Ocean House for a tree lighting ceremony, visit from Santa, and Christmas cookies. Westerly,

Small Business Saturday: This cozy holiday collaboration of Field of Artisans and George’s of Galilee is filled with salt air, seafood, handmade gifts, and a view. Enjoy shopping and dining specials with lunch and a beverage. Narragansett,

Block Island 5K Turkey Trot: Lace up those sneakers for a pre-feast run at Fred Benson Town Beach supporting island charities.


November 26 & 29

Evergreen Wreath Workshop: Hone your skills creating a giant wreath for Casey Farm’s barn before crafting your own to take home. Ticket includes hot cider, materials, and expert guidance. Saunderstown,


November 26 & December 2

{SANTA SIGHTING} Candy Cane Express Cruise: Board the Coastal Queen for a kid-friendly holiday boat ride with Mrs. Claus leading storytime, hot chocolate, and of course, a special red-and-white-striped candy treat. Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive aboard the Coastal Queen on December 2 and visit with children at the Conanicut Gift Shop. Jamestown,





December 1-2

{SANTA SIGHTING} Charlestown Holiday Ramble: Spot Santa, carolers, and lots of great vendors with special discounts along the route, transforming Charlestown into a veritable winter wonderland.


December 1–January 31

Starry Lights: The follow-up to last year’s inaugural event will feature stellar displays on storefronts, over the river and in Donahue Park in Pawcatuck, and one sculpture in Wilcox Park. Westerly & Pawcatuck, CT,


December 2

Holiday Street Faire: A unique holiday shopping experience at Clarke Road Grounds, this Narragansett fair is full of talented vendors, strolling Victorian carolers, competitive bell-ringers, and more.

Holiday Bubbly Cruise: Enjoy a glass of bubbly while listening to holiday tunes and cruising along Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Jamestown,


December 2 & 10

{SANTA SIGHTING} Santa’s Christmas Party: Craft stations, treats, and a meet-and-greet with that jolly old elf at this holiday bash. Westerly, 


December 2 & 22

Cookie & Cupcake Decorating Class: It’s sugar and spice and everything nice in this sweet treat decorating workshop hosted by Ocean House’s own pastry chef! Watch Hill,


December 2-3

URI Symphony Orchestra & Choral Group Holiday Concert: A wintry performance featuring the Mozart and Mendelssohn’s classics, contemporary works, and Tchaikovsky’s magical Symphony No. 1, nicknamed “Winter Daydreams.” Kingston,

26th Annual Open Studios at Shady Lea Mill: The colony of artists and artisans at Shady Lea Mill welcome the public to explore the creative world firsthand during this special makers meet-and-greet. North Kingstown,

Christmas at the Castle: Smith’s Castle is filled with the aromas of mulled cider, baked goods, and evergreens at this all-ages celebration complete with music, crafts, and gingerbread cookie decorating. North Kingstown,

Annual Holiday Sale at Bosgraaf: Browse original and enchanting stained-glass pieces for purchase from student artists, along with a complimentary hot chocolate bar and wine tasting on December 3. Peace Dale,


December 3 & 7

Seaglass Christmas Tree Workshop: Nothing says “Christmas in Rhode Island” like a seven-inch seaglass Christmas tree, complete with a seastar topper. Westerly, Facebook: Westerly Elks


December 3 & 17

Holiday Brunch and Wagon Spectacular: Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride and brunch together with you. Richmond,


December 6

{SANTA SIGHTING} 25th Annual Holiday Stroll & Luminaria: Bundle up for an unforgettable evening complete with luminaria-lined sidewalks, hayrides with Santa, strolling carolers, complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, and special shopping opportunities. Westerly,

Ornament-Making Workshop: Enjoy sparkling wine and a cheese and charcuterie board as you craft spectacular ornaments to hang on your tree. Westerly,


December 8-9

Holiday Arts Market: Support local artists while finding the perfect handmade gift at the Jamestown Arts Center’s curated arts and crafts market.


December 9, 15 & 16

{SANTA SIGHTING} Holiday Shows at the Courthouse: From festive-themed cover bands performing country hits and Elvis to Christmas comedy, the Courthouse Center for the Arts hosts holiday antics. West Kingston,


December 10

Westerly Light Parade: Thousands of LEDs light up the night during this parade of floats, music, and holiday displays you won’t soon forget.

{SANTA SIGHTING} Brunch with Santa: Join the big guy for brunch! After photos and cookies, take a wonderful wintry wagon ride, perfect for all ages. Richmond,


December 13

The Geminid Meteor Shower: Bring your binoculars and join Frosty Drew in watching the best and brightest meteor shower take over the sky, a dazzling display that rivals any holiday lights. Charlestown,


December 14

Gingerbread House Workshop: Put your architecture and design skills to the test in this workshop that has you building the perfect sweet structure. Westerly,

Winter Wildlife Wreath Making: For the birders in your life, join the Audubon Society in making edible (bird-friendly) holiday wreaths. Exeter,


December 15-16

Whiskey Wonderland: Baby it’s cold outside, so join Sons of Liberty and Field of Artisans in shopping small and toasting the winter holidays with a dash of whiskey. South Kingstown,


December 16-17

Christmas Pops Concert: The Chorus of Westerly puts on a fun, festive evening of music for the whole family. Westerly,


December 20

Truffle Tree-Making Workshop: Enjoy a class on crafting a delicious and elegant chocolate truffle tree. Westerly,


December 21

Christmas Cocktail Cabaret: Get into the spirit with the three C’s: cocktails, carols, and the Contemporary! South Kingstown,


December 22

Holiday Stargazing Spectacular: Frosty Drew Observatory gets festivewith music, cheer, and decorations. Charlestown,


December 31

Annual New Year’s Eve Bonfire: Ring in the new year with good company, refreshments, and a spectacular bonfire in Ninigret Park. 




13 Places to Get Hot Cocoa on December 13

Celebrate National Cocoa Day with a cafe crawl around the state:

The Chanler

Cold Brook Cafe

Custom House Coffee


Fresh Cup Cafe

Fuel Coffee Bar

Galleria Dolce


Lighthouse Coffee Roasters & Cafe
North Kingstown

MainStreet Coffee
East Greenwich

Notes Coffee Co

Shayna’s Place
North Kingstown

Sophie’s Brewhouse



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