Five Can't-Miss Events of the Week: Dec. 22–28

Watch the Polar Express, hit the ice, listen to music and more.
'Tis the Day After Christmas
Tis the day after Christmas and all through the house, the children are stirring, wanting to get out. Take it all in before it’s all put away — the Blithewold Mansion is hosting one last Christmas hoorah, the " 'tis the day after Christmas" Children’s Tea. The children are welcome to come in their best pajamas and enjoy tea and a snack. Adults are welcome to come along for the occasion and view the decorations before they are gone for a year. Sandwiches, freshly baked scones and treats are on the menu in addition to tea and holiday fun. The event has limited spots so registration for this event is mandatory. You may be tired after the long holiday and want to relax with some nice tea and a place for the children to play and learn; the fireplace at the Blithewold is the ideal spot to unwind, post-holiday.


The Details: Dec. 26. 4–6 p.m. Adults, $32; children, $22. Blithewold Mansion, 101 Ferry Rd., Bristol.

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Disney on Ice

They can sing, dance and skate — they are the characters of Disney on Ice.  As if singing and dancing simultaneously weren't hard enough, add ice skating to the mix and treat yourself to the stunning visual that is the "Passport to Adventure" performance. From Timon and Pumbaa to Olaf and Elsa, there is a character for every Disney-lover in the audience, and you'll get to see them as you've never seen them before. Watch as Peter Pan flies high and Ariel swims deep down under the sea, all on ice if you can believe it! Performing in Providence from the last week of December to the first of January, Disney on Ice gives you the chance to ring in 2017 with your favorite classic characters of all time. 

The Details: The Details: Dec. 28. 7 p.m. $15–$62. The Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 La Salle Sq., Providence.



Therefore I Am Reunion at the Met

 Sick of Christmas music? Check out the post-hardcore, indie rock band, Therefore I Am, who are back together for a reunion performance at the Met in Pawtucket. Alongside them in the lineup are bands Alcoa, Little Tomb and Que Sera. Therefore I Am took off by being passionate about music, touring where they could and introducing their music with a message. In 2010, the band broke up but this reunion tour will show you what Therefore I Am was about back in the early 2000s. This Boston based band is ready to bring their music back to the Ocean State. Buy a ticket, pull up a chair, order a drink and lose yourself in their music. 

The Details: Dec. 23. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $20. The Met, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket.


Ice Skating at the Alex and Ani Center

Whether you are skilled at it or not, ice skating is a wintry event that cannot be passed up. Lucky for Rhode Islanders and visitors, we have our very own outdoor skating rink at the Alex and Ani City Center. There’s something about ice skating (i.e. being absolutely freezing, nearly falling and breaking a bone and getting blisters on our heels) that we love and that makes it the perfect romantic winter date night (grabbing your date's hand to break your fall is so cute, that is, until they fall down too). The Alex and Ani skating rink is open daily from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. and even open on the holidays. On Christmas Eve, you can skate from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 4–10 p.m. Lace up those skates and try not to fall too hard. Skate rentals are available and the rates can be found here. 

The Details: Dec. 22–28. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily and from 10 a.m.–6p.m. on Christmas Eve and 4–10 p.m. on Christmas Day. Adults, $7; children younger than 12, seniors ages 65 plus and military personal, $4. Alex and Ani City Center, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence.


Polar Express Free Movie Night at Stadium Theatre

All aboard free movie night — this is something not to miss! Take a different approach to the way you view Christmas movies this year and instead of staying in, venture out  to the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre to see the Polar Express. The Polar Express is a magical animated movie with lifelike animation and a charming tale of believing. One of the most fun scenes of the movie has to be the hot chocolate number on the train — who wouldn’t want to see that on the big screen? The movie is about a boy who questions his beliefs in Santa Claus and because of that, the Polar Express arrives at his home on the Eve of Christmas to convince him of the magic of the season. The boy hits a series of high and low points in the film and the Stadium Theatre gives you prime (and free!) seats for you to travel along on the journey. 

The Details: Dec. 23. 7 p.m. Free admission. Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Sq., Woonsocket.


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