Five Can’t-Miss Events: Dec. 20–26

See the Newport Mansions bedecked in Yuletide finery, catch the annual Christmas Celtic Sojourn, join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a magical journey and more fun things to do.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

See the Breakers, the Elms and Marble House bedecked in Yuletide finery. Each mansion is filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens, wreaths and several decorated Christmas trees that reflect each individual room’s decor in the magnificent mansions. Dining tables set with period silver and fine China complete the elegant scenery and the windows in each mansion are lit with candles, in keeping with Colonial tradition. See Santa Claus on Sundays or spend a holiday evening at the Breakers while listening to live music and snacking on light refreshments.

The Details: Through Jan. 1. See website for times and admission prices. Bellevue Avenue, Newport, 401-847-1000,


Christmas Cocktail Cabaret

With the spectacular historic Towers of Narragansett as backdrop, celebrating the sights and sounds of Christmas has never been so cheery and bright. Sip a cocktail and spend a splendid evening with family and friends full of carols, festive cheer and fun. Proceeds support the Contemporary Theater Company’s work throughout the year.

The Details: Dec. 20. 7 p.m. $40. Narragansett Towers, 35 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 401-218-0282,


 Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Get in the holiday spirit with the sixteenth annual Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan. Pleasing crowds since 1986, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the music if the season — a show in which reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly and national radio programs.

The Details: Dec. 20. 7:30 p.m. $54–$74. The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401-421-2787,

Festival Ballet

Photo provided by Ruth Davis.

Your tree is up, your gifts are wrapped and the stocking are hung by the chimney with care… now it’s time to relax with a festive holiday production before the the man in the big red suit arrives. Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a magical journey complete with beautiful sets and elegant choreography in the Nutcracker. The show is brought to life by world-class dancers from Festival Ballet Providence.

The Details: Dec. 21-23. See website for show times. $25-$85. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 401-353-1129,


A Magical Cirque Christmas

Photo by Lou Baldenza from A Magical Cirque Christmas Facebook Page.

Be transported to the golden age of entertrainment by mind-blowing talents, stunning costumes, comedy and more at a show set to dazzle audiences of all ages. See jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts and listen to popular Christmas carols at a Magical Cirque Christmas. Start a new tradtion that the whole family can enjoy!  

The Details: Dec. 23. 7 p.m. $44–$84. The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, 401-421-2787,



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

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