Five Can’t-Miss Events: Dec.21–Dec. 27

See Love Never Dies at PPAC, attend a children's tea at Blithewold, watch the Polar Express for free and more fun things to do.

1. Love Never Dies

The Phantom is back. Andrew Lloyd Webber is an award-winning English composer whose Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful musicals of all time. Now, Providence Performing Arts Center presents the spellbinding sequel: Love Never Dies. The Phantom returns in this dramatic musical determined to win back Christine’s love, going to great lengths to do so. Audiences will be dazzled by the new production filled with intrigue, mystery and romance. The haunting production’s music will seduce you with its poetic, joyful and occasionally melancholic sounds. Webber has called Love Never Dies a stand-alone piece and says he does not believe you need to have seen Phantom of the Opera to understand and appreciate it. Catch the ultimate love story as it makes its premiere in Providence.
The Details: Dec. 26–31. See website for times. $42–$89. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 421-2787,

2. ‘Tis the Day After Christmas Children’s Tea at Blithewold

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Before you can say “Santa Claus is coming to town,” Christmas will be over. Yes, it sounds depressing but fear not: The holiday decorations and fragrance of cinnamon and cloves will still linger throughout Blithewold Mansion. Take some time to relax post-Christmas and pre-New Year,  and share the last bit of the season’s magic with your family and friends at this charming children’s tea. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite pajamas and nightgowns as they enjoy treats and a warm pot of tea. After munching on some fresh-baked scones, children will sit around the fireplace and listen to one last holiday story. Space is limited, so hurry and reserve your table.
The Details: Dec. 26. 5–6:30 p.m. $29 for children, $37 for adults. Blithewold, 101 Ferry Rd., Newport,


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Get ready for a different kind of religious experience with CHURCH. The New York Times calls Young Jean Lee “the most adventurous playwright of her generation.” She has written and directed nine shows in New York with her company. In CHURCH, Lee transforms her life-long struggles with Christianity into a lively church service. A church of celebration, the play is designed to test the expectations of religious and non-religious folk alike, exploring the mysteries of spiritual devotion. It is uplifting, joyous and inspirational, and many are saying is Lee’s most provocative experiment yet.
The Details: Dec. 7–Dec. 23. 7:30 p.m. $15–$35. The Wilbury Theatre Group, 40 Sonoma Ct., Providence, 400-7100,

4. Providence Place Holiday Market

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If you haven’t made it into Providence Place to check out their holiday market, now is the time to do so before it’s too late. The holiday market has been at the mall every day since Nov. 20, allowing you to indulge in the taste and talents New England has to offer. Retailers include Earth and Anchor Soap Co., Jordan’s Jungle, Lamplighter Company, Bowties: Greeting Cards and Other Gifts, and the Chocolate Boutique. Pick up some last-minute holiday gifts for yourself, family and friends at the market.
The Details: Nov. 20–Dec. 31. 10 a.m. –9 p.m. Providence Place Mall, Level 1 Wintergarden, 1 Providence Pl., Providence,

5. Polar Express Free Movie Night

All aboard the Polar Express! The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre is having a free showing of the classic Christmas film featuring Tom Hanks as Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, a boy lies in his bed waiting to hear the patter of reindeer hooves on his roof. Instead, he encounters the roar of the Polar Express’s steam engine. That same train will take him on a magical adventure of a lifetime. This family-friendly event will have kids and adults smiling as they share their holiday spirit with each other. No ticket is required for admission.
The Details: Dec. 21. 7 p.m. Free. Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre, 28 Monument Sq., Woonsocket, 762-4545,

Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.

Reporting assistance by Grace Kelly. 

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