Five Can’t-Miss Events: Dec. 28–Jan. 3
Let it go with Frozen on Ice, cure your New Year's hangover with a race, stargaze and more fun things to do.
1. Frozen on Ice
Do you want to build a snowman? What about watching Anna, Elsa and the talking snowman Olaf come to life with dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music that will magically take you right to the winter land of Arendelle? Become a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister Queen Elsa and bring back summer to their trapped kingdom of an eternal winter. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, sing along to some of your favorite Frozen songs and create memories with your family at a show worth melting for.
The Details: Dec. 27–31. Show times vary. $15–$105. Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 La Salle Sq., Providence, dunkindonutscenter.com.
2. 2018 Hangover Classic Five-Miler
Start the New Year off right with a classic five-mile road race through picturesque Bristol. The flat and fast course winds through Colt State Park and beautiful Poppasquash Road. One-of-a-kind trophies will be presented to the top two men and women overall, as well as a male and female in each age category. Race to the finish line to cure that hangover from the night before in hopes of getting off on the right foot for the start of 2018. All proceeds will benefit the Healthy Huskies program at the local middle school.
The Details: Jan 1. 10:30–11:45 a.m. $25. Bristol, runsignup.com.
3. Salute to Vienna at PPAC
This holiday season, the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance and the delicate beauty of ballet will waltz you into a triumphant New Year. Inspired by Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with exceptional local symphonies for a rich cultural experience that will leave your toes tapping. Escape to the Golden Age with this New Year’s extravaganza as this romantic yet humorous adventure plays out before you.
The Details: Dec. 30. 2 p.m. $69–$89. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, ppacri.org.
4. New Year’s Eve Stargazing at Frosty Drew Observatory
Stargaze into the window of the beautiful night sky of Ninigret Park to ring in the New Year. Using the observatory telescope, adventurers can seek out Albireo, Uranus, the Orion Nebula and more. The evening will be cold and the observatory is not heated, so dress in a warm, well-insulated jacket, pop on a winter hat and mittens and wear thick-soled shoes to keep your feet warm. Before you catch a glimpse of the starlit sky’s beautiful celestial views, make your way to the Town of Charlestown’s annual New Year’s Eve bonfire located in Ninigret Park by the Observatory.
The Details: Dec. 31. 7–9 p.m. Free. Frosty Drew Observatory, Ninigret Park, 61 Park Ln., Charlestown, frostydrew.org
5. Polar Plunge
While the idea of jumping in ice cold water on New Year’s day (after, let’s be real, a wild night-induced hangover) might not sound appealing, it will be when you know it’s for a good cause. Take the plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics, an organization that encourages and helps people with disabilities take part in sports.
The Details: Jan. 1. Noon. Free; Pledgers encouraged to raise a minimum of $50. Roger Wheeler State Beach, 100 Sand Hill Cove Rd., Narragansett, specialolympicsri.org.
Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.
Reporting assistance by Grace Kelly.