Five Can’t-Miss Events: Nov. 16–22
Get in a holidaze (in a good way), shop 'til you drop at Blithewold, don a mask for a good cause and more things to do.
1. Holiday Shopping at Blithewold
Getting a head start on your holiday shopping? Shop ’til you drop in the holiday decorated splendor at Blithewold Mansion. Take a stroll through the first floor of Blithewold at the winter marketplace, where guests will find goods from local traders and purveyors artisans and artists. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift or something unique for a loved one this holiday season, the winter marketplace at Blithewold may hold the treasure you are looking for.
The Details: Nov. 19. 1–4 p.m. Free for members, $7 non-members, $3 non-member children under seventeen. Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Rd., Bristol, blithewold.org.
2. Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Watch astonishing acts, singers and seasonal favorites like snowmen, reindeer, toy soldiers and of course, Santa Claus at this holiday extravaganza! During this two-hour theatrical phenomenon, you’ll see soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers and illusions that will leave you mesmerized. Don’t miss out on a fun night that the whole family can enjoy, because with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket, a complimentary ticket of equal value for a child or teenager up to the age of eighteen is provided.
The Details: Nov. 18–19. Show times vary. $28–$68. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence ppacri.org.
3. Sojourner House Masquerade Ball
Walk the red carpet at this Hollywood-inspired event. A fun filled night full of entertainment by Chifferobe, music by the TropiGals and Glamorama, signature drinks, a cake competition and a large silent auction is sure to get you up and moving out of your seat. Don’t forget a mask because fanciful attire is encouraged! Proceeds support the Sojourner House’s Drop-In Resource Center and Safe House for victims of domestic violence.
The Details: Nov. 17. 7–11 p.m. Tickets start at $85. Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St., Providence, sojournerri.org.
4. Lippitt House Museum Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Step into Providence’s golden age with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Henry Lippitt House Museum, built for Rhode Island Governor Henry Lippitt in 1865. The tour of the life-size doll-like house offers visitors the chance to hear the lesser known stories of servants living and working in the Victoria-era mansion. An exclusive tour led by the museum director captures the brilliance of the Victorian design and paints an intimate portrait of the lives of the people who lived there.
The Details: Nov. 18. 10 a.m. $15. Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St., Providence, preserveri.org.
5. Last Gallery Night Providence
Explore Providence’s creative scene at nearly two dozen of the city’s hot art spots in the last Gallery Night of the season. The galleries stay open late for self-guided jaunts and group tours aboard the free Gallery Night art bus, where guests can mingle with artists, art collectors, curators and designers as they share their thoughts about Providence’s rich artistic community. Watch glass blowers at work, discover folk art from around the world, talk with painters and photographers and experience unique art from local, national and international artists.
The Details: Nov. 16. 5–9 p.m. Free. 1 Regency Plaza, Greene and Fountain Sts., Providence, gallerynight.org.
Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.
With reporting assistance by Grace Kelly.