Five Can’t-Miss Events: Nov. 30–Dec. 6
Deck gingerbread halls, put some jingle in your jog, attend Bristol's grand illumination and more fun things to do.
1. Gingerbread House Contest
If you want to build a prize-winning gingerbread house, you’ll have your chance to think outside the graham cracker box at the Artists’ Exchange thirteenth annual gingerbread house decorating contest. Create an edible masterpiece using graham crackers, frosting and candy for a chance to win a prize. Artisan’s goods, raffles and holiday grab bags will also be available for purchase to make this holiday treat as sweet as it can get. Space per time slot is limited so advance registration is strongly recommended. Winners will be announced online by Dec. 4.
The Details: Dec. 2. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Sq., Cranston, artists-exchange.org.
2. Carousel Village Winter Festival
Visit Santa, ride the carousel, listen to festive music (and sing along) or enjoy a horse drawn hayride around the park — the options for a day full of wintertime fun activities are endless. Enjoy warm winter comfort food at one of the several food trucks, hop on the carousel express train, watch an ice carving demonstration and see the Providence Mounted Police with horses donning festive attire. Still looking for more? Hop on the trolley to the Botanical Gardens to see the space adorned in poinsettias, make a pinecone bird feeder or join the special holiday themed docent tour. The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium is also offering a winter sky’s planetarium show and a School of Rock live acoustic performance.
The Details: Dec. 2. Noon– 8 p.m. Free, although fees may apply to certain activities. Roger Williams Park Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, rwpzoo.org.
3. Bristol Grand Illumination
Kick off the Christmas season in style with the man in the big red suit as he lights up the town! Friends, family and neighbors are invited to the lighting of Bristol’s town tree and giant snowflake over Hope Street, where glistening strings of lights will light up the evening sky. Guests can enjoy holiday festivities as local talented singers and dancers entertain and excite the crowd for Santa’s big arrival.
The Details: Dec. 2. Festivities begin at 4:15 p.m., tree lighting at 6 p.m. Free. Burnside Building, 400 Hope St., Bristol, explorebristolri.com.
4. Amica Downtown Jingle Five-K
Dash through the streets of Providence, jingle bells jangling, in one of the best holiday runs around. From start to finish, hundreds of runners swarm the streets dressed in costume for a chance to cross the finish line and win a prize for their age division. Before and after the three-mile run, participants can enjoy live music entertainment at the Rhode Island Convention Center, where Santa will give goodies to the kids. Younger children can also take part in the Kids Elves Run for a morning of fun too.
The Details: Dec. 3. Kids run at 10:30 a.m., five-k at 11 a.m. Registration fees vary. Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, downtownjingle5k.com.
5. Providence Flea Holiday Market
The Providence Flea is your place to find eccentric one-of-a-kind pieces not only during the summer months, but during the holidays too. If you’re looking for a gift for that special someone, meander through the vendor’s treasure troves to find just what you are looking for at the fifth annual holiday market. Sip hot cocoa and fill your belly with delicious food from a local food truck to fuel your day of shopping ’til you drop!
The Details: Dec. 3, 10 and 17. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Hope High School, 324 Hope St., Providence, providenceflea.com.
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