Five Can’t-Miss Events: Dec. 27–Jan. 2

See the dazzling world of Disney come to life, kick off the New Year on the right foot with the annual hangover classic road race and more fun things to do.

Worlds of Enchantment

See the dazzling world of Disney come to life. Kiddos will be thrilled to watch high-speed stunts with Lightning McQueen and Mater or dive into a fun under the sea adventure with Ariel. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the rest of the gang are back in town, too. Plus, enter the ice cold world of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf.

The Details: Dec. 27-30. See website for show times. $20-$168. Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, 1 LaSalle Square, Providence, 401-331-6700,


New Year’s Eve Weekend Concert with Windharp

Round out your holiday festivities and begin your New Year’s weekend with an intimate musical performance by Rhode Island folk group, Windharp. Relax and unwind with seasonal music, divine voices and instruments that enhance the beauty of the carols, sacred songs and joyful wassail tunes. Tickets include a wine reception to meet the performers and admission to the Linden Place Mansion. Reservations are encouraged.

The Details: Dec. 28. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20, free for Colt Circle Members. Linden Place, 500 Hope St., Bristol, 401-253-0390,


Classic Five Mile Road Race

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Kick off the New Year on the right foot with the thirty-fourth annual hangover classic five mile road race through picturesque Colt State Park and beautiful Poppasquash Road. The first 250 applicants will receive a t-shirt and trophies will be awarded to the top runners in various categories. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Beach House Restaurant. Plus, visit the race sponsor, Canned Heat, for a post race party and bring your race bib for a free gift.

The Details: Jan. 1. 10:30 a.m. $25. The Beach House Restaurant, 805 Hope St., Bristol,

Laid-back Fitness’ Frozen Clam and Obstaplunge

Join Mentor Rhode Island and Laid-back Fitness for the eighth annual Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge. Travel the half-mile obstacle course along the shore that precedes the frigid jump into Narragansett Bay. Spectators ages five and older can crush Laid-back Fitness’ obstacles like the warped wall at the children’s ninja zone. Listen to tunes from a deejay and munch on food truck fare, too.

The Details: Jan. 1. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $30-$40. Goddard Memorial State Park, 1095 Ives Rd., Warwick,


Newport Polar Bear Plunge

There’s no cooler way to enter 2019 than with Newport’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. Dress up in costumes (or if you’re crazy enough, your bathing suit) and jump in the ocean as an individual donor or as part of a team. While admittance to the event is free, donations are encouraged to support A Wish Come True, a nonprofit organization granting wishes to children who have life threatening illnesses.

The Details: Jan. 1. Noon. Free admittance. Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 401-781-9199,


Additional reporting by Samantha Labrecque. 

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

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