The Nice List

100+ must-do’s for making merry in Rhode Island all season long


Officially, the holiday season kicks off at Thanksgiving, but of course, retailers, restaurants, and performance venues like to have a little head start. And why not? This is the time of year when many businesses get their ledgers back in the black, and during these times, which can be compared to a bandage being pulled off way too slowly, aren’t we so thankful these businesses – with their unique flavor and charm – are still around? Across Little Rhody there are holiday markets, Main Street strolls, concerts, shows, light displays, and so much more, and we don’t want our valued readers to miss a lick. Back before jack-o-lanterns were even carved for Halloween, we were making our lists and checking them twice to provide our statewide directory of happenings divided by region and sorted by date. A few shout-outs: Friday, November 26 is the Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange at the State House where you can drop off clean winter gear to be distributed to those in need (learn more in “Reason for the Season” on page 22). We encourage shopping local year-round, but look for Small Business Saturday events on November 27; and note Giving Tuesday on November 30, a day set aside to encourage doing just that. So, keep a mask and your vaccine card handy, and make some memories. As always, tag your snaps using #HeyRhodyPhotos to put new places on our radar!

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