THE NICE LIST: PROVIDENCE

November 2022

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ALL SEASON

November 6–December 23

118th 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. ProvidenceArtClub.org

November 3–January 1  

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

November 13 & December 17-18

Providence Artisans Holiday Show: Get your shopping started early with over 70 local artists displaying handmade paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, mixed media, and more. WaterFire Arts Center, Facebook: Providence Artisans Market

November 25–January 1

Holiday Lights Spectacular: This magical walk-through experience returns with 40 acres of dazzling light displays featuring over 2 million lights – now that’s what we call merry and bright! Roger Williams Park Zoo, RWPZoo.org 

November 26–December 31

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

NOVEMBER

November 13

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

November 16

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays: A family-friendly show of astonishing, jaw-dropping acts you’ll have to see to believe. The VETS, TheVetsRI.com  

November 17

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. GalleryNight.org

November 19-20

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!). GoodTradeMakersMarket.com

Bright Lights on Hope: Kick off five festive weekends on Hope Street with the annual tree sculptures lighting on Saturday evening. Anchors, stars, narwhals, and other illuminated forms bring light and wonder to the tree-lined street. Facebook: Hope Street Prov

November 25

Black Friday Night Market: The Providence Flea hosts a special shopping event featuring your favorite local small businesses and artisan makers. Farm Fresh RI, ProvidenceFlea.com

November 25-27

Wreath Making Workshop: Create your one-of-a-kind wreath in the warmth of the Roger Williams Botanical Center greenhouse. ProvidenceRI.gov

November 26

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

November 26-27

Gratitude & Giving on Hope: Walk off your Thanksgiving feast during this special shopping weekend full of discounts, sales, and free tote bags from participating retailers on Small Business Saturday. Plus, look for opportunities to give back to the community by donating food and clothing. Hope Street, Facebook: Hope Street Prov

DECEMBER

December 1

The Great Challah Bake: Learn how to make the braided bread with every participant leaving with at least two challahs. In honor of breast cancer awareness, BRCA screenings are available on-site. Providence, TEProv.org

December 1-3

Three Nights of Lights: This alluring first-time program features a series of events centered around the illumination of many of the city’s murals, ice dancing performances, at least two holiday tree lightings, and a partial WaterFire. ThreeNightsofLights.com

December 2-16

Holiday Night Markets: On select Friday nights, enjoy a very merry market featuring small-batch items from your favorite creatives at The Providence Flea. Farm Fresh RI, ProvidenceFlea.com   

December 3-4

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

Cocoa & Cocktails on Hope: Rally the whole family for a trip to Hope Street where kid- and adult-friendly beverages enhance the already festive mood. Keep an eye out for kettle corn, donuts, and other seasonal treats along the way! Facebook: Hope Street Prov

December 4

Handel’s Messiah: RI Philharmonic and Providence Singers bring the beloved holiday concert to life. The VETS, TheVetsRI.com

The Vienna Boys Choir Christmas In Vienna: Hear the beautiful, pure vocals from the famous group of child musicians as they perform Austrian folk songs, holiday classics, and more. McVinneyAuditorium.org 

December 7

The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Hip hop pioneer Kurtis Blow emcees the 130-year-old ballet reimagined with a dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist. Providence Performing Arts Center, PPACRI.org

December 8

Community Potluck & Cultural Celebration: Celebrate the foods and cultures of the community. Guests may bring a favorite dish and story to share at this family-friendly event with activities for kids and their caregivers. Wanskuck Library, CommunityLibrariesPVD.org

December 9-10

The Four Seasons: The RI Philharmonic performs Vivaldi’s famous masterpiece. The VETS, TheVetsRI.com

December 10

{SANTA SIGHTING} Baby Shark Live! The Christmas Show: The hit kids show makes a splash on stage with Baby Shark and friends as they embark on adventures into the jungle and under the sea – this time with special holiday singalongs and Santa Claus. Providence Performing Arts Center, PPACRI.org

A John Waters Christmas: The holiday you know is turned on its head with a maniacal musical compilation by the cult film director John Waters. Columbus Theatre, ColumbusTheatre.com 

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

December 10-11

{SANTA SIGHTING} Hope Street for the Holidays: Dress for success (or laughs) during this celebration of bad fashion, where merchants hold contests, giveaways, and the chance to win Ugliest Sweater on Hope Street. Plus, watch out for Santa sightings. Facebook: Hope Street Prov

December 11 & 16

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

December 16-24

The Nutcracker: Don’t miss the Festival Ballet’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, TheVetsRI.com 

December 17-18

Providence Artisans Market Holiday Show: Munch on food truck snacks and shop local artists exhibiting fine handmade gifts in a variety of styles and media, with something for everyone on your list. WaterFire Arts Center, WaterFire.org

Fa La La on Hope: Music and light herald the coming of the holidays on Hope Street, with joyful music by local performers and a special lighting of the menorah on Sunday to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. Facebook: Hope Street Prov

December 18 

Hanukkah Spectaculah: The City of Providence's Art, Culture + Tourism Department hosts a celebration of candle-lighting, food, music, and more on the first night of Hanukkah at Biltmore Park. ProvidenceRI.gov

Just In Time Art Sale: Last-minute shoppers will delight in the lush wonder of the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center greenhouses while completing their wish lists with local gifts. ProvidenceRI.gov

December 22

Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas: The singer’s who’s “a little bit country,” actress, talk show host, dancer, author, and public speaker, the multi-talented Marie is destined to put on the show of the season. Providence Performing Arts Center, PPACRI.org

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