Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Dec. 15–21

The Nutcracker fends off some particularly nasty rats, the PVD Bruins hit the ice and more.
Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Every year, my favorite Christmas decoration is the Nutcracker doll gifted to me by my aunt when I was little; I like it because it is different and its festivity is subtle. Maybe I am also a bit wishful, dreaming of having an evening like Clara in the Nutcracker where I get whisked away to a land of dancing snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a vigorous battle between the evil rats and the toy soldiers. Though that may not happen to me, it can happen to you when you visit the Providence Performing Arts Center and witness the impressive backgrounds, the ballerinas and the musical score they dance to. Find out what happens when Clara’s Nutcracker turns into a life sized prince, what becomes of the nefarious Mouse Queen and how the grand finale is choreographed to end the show. 

The Details: Dec. 16–18. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m. Prices range from $23–85 depending on seat choice. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence.


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Providence Bruins vs. Bridgeport Tigers

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and take a seat to watch a thrilling game of hockey. The Providence Bruins are the primary development team in the American Hockey League for the Boston Bruins and, like any sports team, enjoy a good crowd. You can experience the same thrill of a professional hockey game for a price that is easier on your wallet — seats at the primary level go for less than $35. Also, for the month of December the Providence Bruins are offering some great family-friendly specials. The Family Combo ticket starts at $99 and includes: four tickets to the game, four hot dogs and four twelve-ounce drinks or draft beers. This offer is valid for the two last games of the month, when the Bruins take on the the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Syracuse Crunch, and continues on through January. Also in December is the $10 off special. See either of the two games listed above and have the chance to take a seat for less than $25. Enjoy a thrilling game of hockey that's just as exciting as it is in the big leagues. Oh, and don’t forget your winter gear!

The Details: Dec. 16 and Dec. 18. Fri., 7:05 p.m. against the Bridgeport Tigers; Sun., 5:05 p.m. against the Syracuse Crunch. 1 La Salle Square, Providence. providencebruins.comImage: Wikimedia Commons, Sarah Connors 



'Twas the Night Before Christmas 

 Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, was published anonymously In 1823, and it wasn’t until years later that he claimed the work as his own. Today, the poem is well known and represented, even right here in Rhode Island. This Christmas, the Providence Ballet Theatre produces its annual show inspired by Moore's immortal words. The performance includes various scenes from the poem; sugar-plum fairies dancing in children’s dreams, St. Nick’s reindeer prancing on the roof and finally the plump vision of Santa Claus himself shimmying down the chimney. The choreography of the ballerinas will transport you into the classic Christmastime story and end in wishing a happy Christmas and good night to all who attend.

The Details: Dec. 16 and Dec. 18. Fri. at 7 p.m., Sun at 4 p.m. Adult admission is $30, senior admission is $20 and child and student admission is $15; for a family four package, the price is $75, cash or check only. Friday night performance  at McVinney Auditorium, 43 David Garrit Way, Providence. Sunday performance at the Prout School, 4640 Tower Hill Rd., Wakefield. Image: Kelly Colucci


Blithewold Archives and Collections Tour 

What better way to spend the chilly season than indoors at a stunning and impressive mansion? Blithewold Mansion, home to the Van Wickle family for years, has a grand wintertime view of the Narragansett Bay and inside the mansion, years of history and archives. On the regular tour, you can access the rooms of the mansion on the first and second floors as well as the outdoor gardens. But should you feel the urge to know more about the home and the families who lived there and the items they possessed over the years, well, now is your chance for a behind the scene peek. Take a tour of the archives and collections of the Pardee, Van Wickle, McKee and Lyon families. This event takes place on the third floor, a floor that is usually closed off to most guests. You will have the chance to see more than 100 dresses, accessories, books and paintings in addition to family letters, diaries and pictures. This event can only hold eight people so reserve your spot soon.

The Details: Dec. 15. 11–12:30 p.m., $6 plus regular admission. Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Rd., Bristol.


Wickenden Wonderland 

When you think of snuggling up, you most likely think of doing it in the cozy confines of your own home, but why not try snuggling in an actual snuggery a.k.a The Duck and Bunny? The Providence specialty café describes itself as a snuggery, a place to go to feel warm and cozy — perfect for this time of year. They host the annual Wickenden Wonderland, a holiday sale and fundraiser that is sure to spark your holiday spirit and channel your inner snuggle bug. In addition to numerous opportunities to snuggle up to your friends and loved ones, there will be music, art, local vendors, sweets from Duck and Bunny, smoky dishes from Great Northern Barbeque and a pop up sale, including clothing by local designer Joseph Aaron Segal of Project Runway. Segal is known for his crazy cat sweaters and he has holiday themed clothes too. The winter wonderland garden will be open outside and for $10, you can have your picture taken underneath a canopy of twinkling lights. Bring your pets and your family and be ready to snuggle up at the Duck and Bunny. 

The Details: Dec. 19. 5–10 p.m. Free admission. The Duck and Bunny, 312 Wickenden St., Providence.


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