THE NICE LIST: CENTRAL RHODE ISLAND

November 2022

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ALL SEASON

November 26–December 17

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. Warwick, WarwickCFA.org 

NOVEMBER

November 5

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. Coventry, CoventryRI.MyRec.com 

November 5 & 17

Beginner Wreath-Making Class: Creative Designs by NK hosts a holiday garland how-to at TigerEye Gift Shop. Warwick, TigerEyeGiftShop.com

November 11-13

She + Me Collective Market: Local artists, makers, and owners set up shop at the old Benny’s on Post Road for a festive holiday market complete with a beauty bar, cocktails from BĀS, and more surprises. East Greenwich, SheAndMeCollective.com

November 19-20 

{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: Santa, the Family Parade, and the Little Miss and Little Mr. Christmas Pageant. West Warwick, Facebook: WW Civic Center 

November 22-26

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, TheParkRI.com

November 25-27

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. Plus, it’s a great way to give back, with admission fees benefiting local charities. Warwick, OceanStateArtisans.com

November 26

Pawtuxet Children’s Christmas Tree: The whole family is welcome to bring their handmade ornaments to Pawtuxet Park to help trim the Children’s Christmas Tree. Warwick, FriendsOfPawtuxetVillage.org

DECEMBER

December 1-18

{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, TheArcticPlayhouse.com 

December 2-3

The Nutcracker at Park Theater: Heritage Ballet performs the full-length classical Christmas performance. Cranston, TheParkRI.com

December 3

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest: Put your creativity – and love for candy – to the test during this especially sweet event complete with photo-ops, raffles, and tasty treats. Cranston, Artists-Exchange.org 

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

{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, RIAuthors.org

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, GreenwichOdeum.com

{SANTA SIGHTING} Breakfast with Santa & Friends: Join Santa, the Grinch, and Sparkles the Elf, along with Elsa, Anna, and Olof for a fun-filled brunch featuring music, dancing, and gifts at the Cranston Country Club. Cranston, Eventbrite: Breakfast with Santa & Friends

December 3-18 

Step Into the Holidays: Tour the decked-out halls of the Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, open weekends in December, for a yuletide tradition with new decorations to discover every year. Warwick, CloudsHill.org

December 4

Judy Collins: Holidays & Hits Tour: The award-winning singer-songwriter curates a special seasonal concert of holiday evergreens, personal favorites, and tracks from her latest album Spellbound Grammy. East Greenwich, GreenwichOdeum.com

Warwick Public Library Christmas Concert: The four-part barbershop Harmony Heritage women’s chorus puts on a dazzling performance of holiday tunes. WarwickLibrary.org

December 6

First 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. CoventryRI.MyRec.com 

A Christmas Film: The Bishop’s Wife: Head to the Warwick Public Library for popcorn and a showing of the lesser-known 1947 holiday classic about a bishop and a supposed angel who ends up trying to woo his wife. WarwickLibrary.org

December 9

{SANTA SIGHTING} Annual Holiday Celebration: Coventry marks the beginning of the holiday season with an all-ages celebration of trimmed trees, caroling, crafts, games, and a special visit from Santa Claus. CoventryRI.MyRec.com 

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, GammTheatre.org

December 10

Billy Gilman’s Rockin’ Around the Park: Our very own award-winning music icon returns to Rhody for a special holiday concert with his band The Ragged Impresarios, performing Christmas classics and Gilman’s own hits. Cranston, TheParkRI.com

Joyeux Noel Holiday Concert: Enjoy classical and holiday works of the French tradition performed by the Warwick Symphony Orchestra. The second in a series of two performances, each at different locations. Cranston, WSORI.org

December 11

{SANTA SIGHTING} Second Annual Winter Wonderland: This free event at Camp Westwood features crafts, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, and more. Coventry, Facebook: Coventry Substance Abuse Task Force

December 11, 15, & 17 

Laughs & Music Holiday 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. Warwick, ComedyFactoryRI.com

December 18

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 New England's funniest comics. Warwick, ComedyFactoryRI.com

December 21

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, FriendsOfPawtuxetVillage.org

December 30

Ringin’ in the New Year: Celebrate the start of another year with Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti and his big band at the Historic Park Theater. Cranston, TheParkRI.com

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