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Christmas & Holiday Events 2019-20

New England’s lively cities, snug towns, and snow-swept mountains are a perfect backdrop for Christmas 2019, holiday celebrations & traditions. Come enjoy classic favorites, like stage performances of “The Messiah” or “The Nutcracker, or local traditions such as 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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“A Christmas Carol” – Providence RI

Nov 7, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington Street Providence, RI

christmas carol 2019 at trinity rep Trinity Rep brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to the stage in this classic story that people love to see again and again in the Christmas holiday season. Best availability in November. Buy early for best seats and prices. [photo by Michael Guy]

Christmas at the Newport Mansions 2019 -- RI

Nov 23, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020 Selected mansions; see description Newport, RI

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will be decorated and open daily for tours, November 23 through January 1 except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Rosecliff will open daily from December 8 to January 1.
Santa Sundays. Santa will visit the houses on Sunday afternoons. Noon-3 p.m. Schedule is December 1 at The Breakers, December 8 at Marble House, December 15 at The Elms.
Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions. Enjoy holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms. Dates: At the Breakers on November 30, December 7, 14, and 28. 6-8 p.m. The Holiday Evening Duet happens at The Elms and Marble House on December 21. 6-9 p.m.
Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Island Moving Co.'s performers move through the spectacular setting of Newport's most romantic mansion. November 27-December 6.

Christmas at Blithewold 2019 – Bristol RI

Nov 23, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road Bristol, RI

 christmas at blithewold Christmas celebrations at this beautifully decorated mansion happen in 2019 under the theme, Family Gatherings. Christmas holiday events at Blithewold usually include at Winter Marketplace, Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room, and strolls through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse. See Blithewold website for scheduling details.

Christmas in Newport 2019 -- RI

Dec 1, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019 Many locations Newport, RI

a newport christmas See website for full schedule of this community-wide celebration. Some highlights:
Dec 6
Holiday Lantern Walking Tours. Departing from the Museum at Brick Market. (repeats)
Dec 7
A Rough Point Holiday Tours. 10 a.m.-4 pm (repeats)
Trinity Church Christmas Silver Tea. Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square. 1-4 pm
Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Avenue. 6 pm
Newport County Orchestra in Concert. Casino Theatre. Classical and holiday music. 3 pm
Dec 8
Newport Community Band/Salve Regina Jazz Ensemble in Concert, Casino Theatre. 3 pm
Music of the Season. First Presbyterian Church, 7 pm,
Dec 9
Caroling on Broadway. Starting at the Colony House. 3:30 pm.
Dec 11
Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers. St. Barnabus Church, Portsmouth. 7:30 pm
Dec 15
Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House. Portsmouth. 2-4 pm.
St. Peterburg (Russian) Men's Ensemble in Concert. Emmanuel Church, 10 a.m. and 2 pm
Live Nativity at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 4 pm
Salve Regina Christmas Choral Concert. Great Hall of Ochre Court, 3 pm
Dec 17
Medieval Christmas Pageant. St. George’s School Chapel, Middletown, 7:30 pm
Dec 28
Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 pm Listing of homes will be available after Dec 15

“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” – Warwick RI

Dec 5, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI

Adapted by Joe Landry from the popular movie, this family play is set in a radio studio on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1946, with radio personalities retelling the redemptive story of George Bailey. A cast of seven actors plays several characters, with radio jingles and an onstage artist creating real-time sound effects. Learn more about Warwick RI.

Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event -- Bristol RI

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol RI, RI

Stroll through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse, adorned with hand-made bamboo ornaments created afresh each year. Enjoy singing with carolers and savor hot cocoa and s’mores around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden. Dates: December 6, 13, and 20.

Step Into The Holidays at Clouds Hill Mansion – Warwick RI

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Road, Warwick, RI

Stroll through 12 rooms of holiday splendor at this Victorian-period mansion! Decorations are different each year. Cider and cookies are included in your visit. Dates: December 8, 14, 15, 21. Also open by appointment other days between December 8 and 27. Email:office@cloudshill.org. Learn more about Warwick RI.

Old Fashioned Christmas at Hearthside -- Lincoln RI

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019 Hearthside House, Great Road, Lincoln, RI

Each room is elaborately decorated with Victorian ornamentation and innumerable poinsettias. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live music and caroling, homemade cookies and hot cider, and a gift shop stocked with holiday gifts. The glow of candlelight and the white lights of the decorated trees add to the warmth of this beautiful home. Old-Fashioned Christmas is December 8, 14, and 15. Home for the Holidays tours are offered December 28 and 29.

Festival Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" -- Providence RI

Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI

 festival ballet nutcracker in providence ti Enjoy the splendor of the holiday season at its richest in Festival Ballet's lavish production of The Nutcracker! Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on an enchanted journey brought to life with stunning sets, thrilling choreography and world class dancing.

Holiday Family Event at Linden Place -- Bristol RI

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

Enjoy a fireside musical performance at 1 p.m. by the Wheeler School Holiday Handbell Ringers in Linden Place’s beautiful ballroom, complete with cookies and hot cocoa. Then, Santa will be soaring in from the North Pole to join us inside the historic mansion. Finish off the day with a tour of the decorated house complete with hands-on artifacts and old-fashioned toys from long ago.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical” – Providence RI

Dec 17, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss's holiday tale as it comes to life on stage through famous songs like "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas." The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Run time is 85 minutes with no intermission. All persons require a ticket regardless of age.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn With Brian O’Donovan -- Providence RI

Dec 18, 2019 - Dec 18, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn returns to Boston, Worcester, Rockport. The Christmastime live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. Enjoy performance by a spectacular lineup of top-level musicians, singers, and dancers from around the Celtic world.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Winter Art Sale at Warwick Center for the Arts – Warwick RI

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Road Warwick, RI

Start your winter shopping early and the Warwick Center for the Arts Winter Art Sale. A Wine & Whimsy Kick Off event is Friday, December 6, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine and get the first look at a selection of local artists work, jewelry, handmade goods, and more. Art Sale will run December 7-14. Learn more about Warwick RI.

Providence Flea Holiday Markets -- Providence RI

Dec 8, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI

The Providence Flea, downtown's award-winning outdoor vintage and artisan/maker market, presents its Holiday Markets with a juried selection of handmade art and design, craft and clothing, jewelry, accessories, vintage wares and small-batch gift and food items.Dates: December 8 and 15

Children & Families

Polar Express Train Ride 2019 -- Woonsocket RI

Nov 15, 2019 - Dec 22, 2019 Blackstone Valley Train Depot, One Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI

polar express blackstone valley RI Your trip includes a 90-minute excursion on a real train, a reading of the classic children’s story, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, cookies, games, and a visit from Santa. Arrive early for photo opportunities in front of our custom-made Polar Express backdrops. Held on weekends only. Prices vary by date. Tickets.


Holiday Food and Beverage Workshops at Ocean House -- Watch HIll RI

Nov 23, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 Ocean House, 1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI

Come to this beautiful seaside inn and get instruction and guidance from experts in preparing these traditional holiday treats.
December 16 -- In the Kitchen Series: Thanksgiving Dinner. The Ocean House Food Forager will help you navigate through Thanksgiving dinner and create an elegant meal that can be prepared with some simple techniques. 3-5 p.m. $65 per person.
November 23 -- In the Cellar Series: Holiday Appetizers & Beverages. Explore the world of holiday appetizers and beverage; learn what foods and beverages complement each other and use our tricks this holiday season. 5-6:30 p.m. $65
December 21 -- Feast of Fishes Workshop.Learn how to make a traditional Feast of Fishes from Chef Tim Meyers, Ocean House director of culinary education. 5-7 p.m. $75


Warwick Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert – Warwick RI

Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 12, 2019 Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Pkwy, Warwick, RI

Come enjoy a Carol Festival sing along, “Cantique de Noel/O Holy Night,” “The Christmas Song,” “The First Noel,” “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland,” “People Look East- A Christmas Fantasy,” “Sleigh Ride,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Variations” and Concert finale. Tickets are available at the door, through orchestra members, and online. Learn more about Warwick RI.

RI Philharmonic Orchestra and the Providence Singers perform the Messiah -- Providence RI

Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Conductor Bramwell Tovey conducts Messiah, the perennial favorite featuring the Providence Singers, Christine Noel, Artistic Director.

Billy Gilman: Home for the Holidays -- Providence RI

Dec 15, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Famous from “The Voice,” Billy Gilman will bring his favorite holiday classicsGilman became the youngest person to ever have a top 5 debut album and a number one single on the Country Music Singles Chart.

Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship – Providence RI

Dec 19, 2019 - Dec 19, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Chris Tomlin intimately brings to the audience in music a message of what the season is all about.

Christmas in Song – Watch Hill RI

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019 Watch Hill Chapel at Ocean House, Watch Hill, RI

Traditional Christmas songs, bell ringers, readings and an appearance by Santa Claus in a classic chapel. Street parking only for this event.

Music in the Living Room: Holiday Flute Quartet -- Bristol RI

Dec 28, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019 Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Four Friends With Flutes have been performing together and separately for decades in Rhode Island. They have joined for this year’s Christmas season to perform a program of wonderful sacred and secular holiday/winter flute quartets.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

The Hip Hop Nutcracker – Providence RI

Dec 28, 2019 - Dec 28, 2019 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s music. A hip-hop of expert dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of Hip Hop’s founding fathers, make up the cast.