Christmas & Holiday Events 2017

New England covered bridge at Christmas New England’s lively cities, snug towns, and snow-swept mountains are a perfect backdrop for Christmas and holiday celebrations and traditions. Come and enjoy classic favorites, like performances of “The Messiah” or “The Nutcracker, and local traditions, like the festive lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine. Lodgings offer plenty of ways to combine a holiday getaway with pastimes like skiing, shopping, or theater-hopping.

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Horse-Drawn Holiday Carriage Ride & Holiday Photos - Bristol, RI

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
 Horse and carriage rides at Blithewold A garland-draped carriage will take a trip down Blithewold’s wooded Lover's Lane and across the Great Lawn. Families will be photographed in the sleigh before the ride begins.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the Dining Room before or after the ride. Pre-registration required.
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Admission: $80 for a group of 4, each additional person $10. Fee includes admission to Christmas at Blithewold.

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Village - Watch Hill, RI

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 25, 2017 Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI
Ignite the Christmas Spirit at Ocean House's Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Village. Children will help us light the outdoor Christmas Tree and then Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck! Seasonal snacks, alcoholic (cash bar) and nonalcoholic beverages will be available. Guests are asked to bring a toy for our toy drive. You can get your holiday shopping done early in the Christmas Village, featuring an array of products from local purveyors.
Time: 4:55-6:30 p.m.
Telephone: 888-853-2919

Winter Lights Market and Tree Lighting 2017 - Providence, RI

Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Providence City Hall and City Center Skating Rink. 25 Dorrance Street Providence, RI
Providence’s holiday tradition will feature a wealth of activities for all. Head to City Hall on Friday, at 5 p.m. for the Christmas tree lighting, followed by a Winter Lights Market in Burnside Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Live performances, giveaways, and an artist marketplace continue December 2 at the City Center skating rink, Dorrance and Washington streets.
Time: 5-9 p.m.

Children & Families

The Polar Express Train Ride 2017 - Woonsocket, RI

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017 1 Depot Square Woonsocket, RI
The station is full of activities for the kids before departure of the train and all of the Polar Express characters are there for photos. Plan on staying at least 30 minutes after The Polar Express Train Ride returns from the North Pole. Santa stays for photos with the children and their families. Trips depart Fridays through Sundays, November 17-December 23 Schedule
Time: Various times; see website
Admission: $45-$78
Telephone: 401-495-1213

Santa’s Arrival 2017 - Westerly, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 Dixon Square Westerly, RI
Christmas characters will escort Santa Claus into town on a fire truck. Santa’s helpers will distribute holiday free candy and coloring books and crayons.
Time: 6 p.m.

Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event - Bristol, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Sparkle welcome families to Blithewold's for marshmallow roasting, singing of Christmas carols, sipping cocoa and strolling through the lighted garden paths. S'mores kits are for sale. Performances of carols around the fire happen at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pre-registration required Dates: Fridays, November 24, December 8 and 22.
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16; children, $3; family of four, $36

Winter Festival 2017 at Roger Williams Park and Zoo - Providence, RI

Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 2, 2017 Carousel Village of Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI
Afternoon hours are noon to 3 p.m. for kids and families and feature a visit with Santa, ice carving demonstrations, holiday treats and an opportunity to hop aboard the Carousel Express train or ride the historic Carousel.
During the evening, 4 to 8 p.m., join friends and family take a horse drawn hayride through the park, visit Santa, see a dazzling holiday light display, enjoy a variety of food carts, sip some hot cocoa and get into the festive mood. All ages welcome.
Time: Noon-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Admission: The event is free, but there is an extra fee for attraction rides.

Food, Wine, Beer

Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room at Blithewold - Bristol, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Blithewold at Christmas
Gather with friends in this joyful season and exchange stories as you fest on tea, fresh scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats. Pre-registration required.
This is one of many special events for adults and kids at Blithwold during the Christmas season.
Time: Tuesday- Friday, with seatings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Admission: $32; price includes admission to the Mansion and Grounds


Holiday Lantern Tour 2017 - Newport, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 depart from The Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street Newport, RI
Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or didn’t, observe the holidays. Reservations are encouraged because space is limited. Dates: November 24, 25; December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23.
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person
Telephone: 401-841-8770

Home & Studio Tours

Christmas 2017 at the Newport Mansions - Newport, RI

Nov 28, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House Newport, RI
RI newport chirstmas at mansions Come to the Newport Mansions for holiday music, tours, a gingerbread mansion contest, shopping, and visits from Santa Claus Enjoy model trains at the Breakers, a Gilded Age streetscape at the Elms, and garden exhibits at Marble House. New this year, on display in the kitchen of each mansion will be a large gingerbread model of the house, each created by a local pastry chef.

Highlights include visits with Santa Claus at The Breakers December 3, Marble House December 10, and The Elms December 17 (noon-3 p.m.);
Holiday Evenings of tours, live music, and Christmas foods at The Breakers November 25; December 2, 9, 23, and 30 (6-8 p.m.); and
Holiday Evening Duet on December 16 at the Elms and Marble House (6-9 p.m.). Rosecliff will be open daily from December 3 - January 1.
Time: Daily tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Daily tour tickets, Adults, $24; youth, $8. Holiday Evenings tickets, adults, $35-$45; children 6-13, $10-$15


“The Messiah” with The Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra - Providence and Woonsocket, RI

Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Two locations; Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, and St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, Woonsocket Providence and Woonsocket, RI
These concerts will feature the complete Oratorio, which spans the Messiah’s life from birth, to persecution and death, to glorious resurrection. Soloists for these concerts will be soprano Kelley Hollis, mezzo-soprano Megan Roth, tenor Jesse Darden, and bass-baritone John Allen Nelson.
Saturday, November 25, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner St., Providence
Sunday, November 26, at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St., Woonsocket
Time: Adults, $30; seniors, $24; students, $10
Telephone: 401-521-5670

Music in the Living Room at Blithewold - Bristol, RI

Nov 25, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI
Enhance your visit to Blithewold and enjoy the holiday decorations in the Mansion by attending our Music in the Living Room Series.
November 25 – Mary Audette from Barnacle; December 2 – Classic Winds; December 3 – Jazz pianist Laszlo Gardony; December 9 – Enigmatica; December 10 – Silver Bells; December 16 – Acoustic guitarist Barry Brown; December 17 – Mezzo Soprano Nancy Hood; December 23 – The Ivy Leaf; December 30 – Harpist and fiddler Mary King.
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Admission: Concerts are included with admission of $15 for adults, $14 for seniors; $6 for youth age 6 to 17

Christmas with Johnny & Nat: A Holiday Jazz Concert - Providence, RI

Dec 3, 2017 - Dec 3, 2017 RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street Providence, RI
Start the season bright with the Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole songs that underscore our holidays. Delbert Leon Collins sings great seasonal standards made famous by Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis.
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $10-$25
Telephone: 401-421-0606

White Christmas with Chris Mitchell Jazz - Providence, RI

Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017 Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms Street Providence, RI
Chris Mitchell is a saxophonist and member of the Recording Academy for the Grammys. His repertoire includes Jazz standards,instrumental covers of big-band tunes such as "Fly Me To The Moon," and silk-smooth versions of R&B/Contemporary hits such as "I Will Always Love You"
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 – $75

Boston Pops Holiday Tour 2017 - Providence, RI

Dec 22, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI
Celebrate the magic of the season with the Boston Pops, performing an annual concert that is a holiday tradition for many families. Treat yourself to a festive outing, including an audience sing-along and visit from Mr. Claus.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $68-$75

Shopping & Sales

Christmas Shopping Stroll 2017 - Block Island, RI

Nov 24, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Participating businesses Block Island, RI
Lobster pot Christmas tree block island At the Shopping Stroll, retailers offer incredible sales beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. You can win raffle prizes using an entry form from the Chamber of Commerce office at the ferry landing. Have each participating store add its stamp as you stroll around to see them all. Forms returned to the Chamber are eligible for a raffle drawing.
Time: Store operating hours
Telephone: 401-466-2474