THE NICE LIST: SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND

November 2022

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Begins November 2

Gondola Village: Satisfy wanderlust in state at this luxurious experience which transports diners to the French Alps with breakfast, lunch, afternoon Apéro, and dinner menus all served inside cozy, private vintage ski gondolas. Watch Hill, OceanHouseRI.com

Through December

Holiday Art Exhibits: The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly rolls out its holiday shows, beginning with Small Treasures/Simple Pleasures in November featuring smaller items and works of art, and a color-themed show Silver and Snow in December. Westerly, WesterlyArts.com 

November 18–December 22

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

November 20–December 18

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

November 25–December 18

A Christmas Carol: A witty, energetic retelling of the Christmas classic, performed onstage by the Granite Theatre. Westerly, GraniteTheatre.com

51st Annual Holiday Pottery and Art Sale: Peruse the artful assortment of pottery, ornaments, jewelry, paintings, drawings, and photography all made by SCAA members. Kingston, SouthCountyArt.org

November 25–December 23

A Christmas Story: A staged production of the holiday movie about a boy’s Christmas quest for a BB gun. Wakefield, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com

November 27–December 18

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

NOVEMBER

November 3-12

The Thanksgiving Play: Larissa FastHorse’s satirical tale follows a troupe of “woke” teaching artists trying to put together a pageant commemorating both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. Wakefield, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com

November 4

Christmas Tree Painting: Get into the Christmas spirit a little early with a themed paint night at Rebekah Cook Art. BYOB. Wakefield, RebekahCookArt.com 

November 5

The Fourth Annual Armory Show: Support the historic Westerly Armory while exploring crafts, antiques, and the works of Rhode Island authors. WesterlyArmory.com

November 5, 12 & 19

Handmade Ornaments: Try your hand at custom clay ornaments with Rebekah Cook Art. Wakefield, RebekahCookArt.com 

November 12

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? Bundle up and find out. South Kingstown, FieldOfArtisans.com

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WARM Center’s 3rd Annual Pre-Holiday Bash: Enjoy a night of dancing for a good cause! Local faves Eight to the Bar headline this event at Windjammer Surf Bar, which features a cash bar and silent auction. Westerly, WARMCenter.org

November 19

Mariner Marketplace: Narragansett High School’s PTO hosts this annual fundraiser featuring over 80 artists and vendors selling handcrafted gifts. Narragansett, NHS.NSSK12.org

November 24

Thanksgiving in the Ballroom: The Ocean House hosts a traditional buffet feast. Westerly, OceanHouseEvents.com 

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

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

November 25

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

November 25-27

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! Block Island, BlockIslandInfo.com

November 26

{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, OceanHouseEvents.com

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting Ceremony: Gather at the Stonington Town Docks for the special “tree” lighting of 420 stacked lobster traps featuring painted buoys, colorful bulbs, and a 5-foot rotating anchor. Enjoy this special sight through the first week of January. Stonington, LobsterTrapTree.com

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, FieldOfArtisans.com

November 30

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, My.HistoricNewEngland.org

DECEMBER

December 1-4

{SANTA SIGHTING} Wickford Festival of Lights: Santa arrives by boat – led by kayaking reindeer! – to begin the weekend’s festivities, including caroling, concerts, horse-drawn hay rides, and an elf parade. Wickford, Facebook: I Love Wickford Village

December 1-18

{SANTA SIGHTING} Letters to Santa: Drop off your kiddos’ correspondence to Mr. Claus outside Charlestown Town Hall, where a special North Pole mailbox awaits. CharlestownRI.gov

December 2-3

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

December 2-21

Hidden Elf on a Shelf: Eight elves are hidden around Charlestown’s parks – discover them and follow the directions to claim your prize! CharlestownRI.gov

December 3

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

Holiday Artisan Bazaar: Arts and crafts by vendors and church members make for unique gifts, plus a ReGift Store, bake sale, homemade soups, raffle baskets, and holiday greens are for sale. Partial proceeds benefit the Jonnycake Center. Kingston, GoodShepherdRI.org

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, URI.edu/music

December 3-4

25th 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 first-hand during this special makers meet-and-greet. North Kingstown, TheMillAtShadyLea.com

Christmas at the Castle: Smith’s Castle is filled with the aromas of mulled cider, baked goods, and evergreens during their family celebration, complete with music, crafts, and gingerbread cookie decorating. North Kingstown, SmithsCastle.org

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, BosgraafStudio.com

December 4

Holiday Concert: The Westminster Youth String Ensemble fills the Westerly Armory with music and merriment. WesterlyArmory.com

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

Narragansett Festival of Lights: By day, join in the annual Jingle Bell Run on the beach, and by night, celebrate the season with a tree lighting, fireworks display, and more festive fun at the Towers. NarragansettCOC.com

December 7

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

December 9

{SANTA SIGHTING} Christmas Spectacular: Get your merry on at Charlestown Town Hall with snacks, crafts, rideable mechanical animals, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself. CharlestownRI.gov

December 9-10

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

December 10 

{SANTA SIGHTING} Nashville Christmas: It’s your favorite holiday songs, country style, plus some special guest appearances by Elvis, Santa Claus, and more at the Courthouse Center for the Arts. West Kingston, CourthouseArts.org

Christmas Spectacular Drive-In: Charlestown Town Hall hosts an extra-special drive-in experience, with a double-feature of A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Polar Express, plus complimentary hot cocoa. CharlestownRI.gov

{SANTA SIGHTING} Westerly Band Christmas Concert: A community classic for all ages, complete with yuletide tunes and a visit from Santa (with gifts!). WesterlyArmory.com

December 11

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

December 13-14

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, FrostyDrew.org

December 17-18

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

December 22

Christmas Cocktail Cabaret: Get into the Christmas spirit with the three C’s: cocktails, carols, and the Contemporary Theater Company! Narragansett, ContemporaryTheaterCompany.com 

December 23

Holiday Stargazing Spectacular: Take in views of the night sky over Ninigret Park at the Frosty Drew Observatory, which will be dressed up in holiday decor, with festive seasonal music and much cheer to go around. Charlestown, FrostyDrew.org

December 31

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

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