The Weekly Round-up: Five Can't-Miss Events

December 4–11.
Blithewold Sparkle!

Stroll Blithewold’s enchanted grounds on Friday nights and you just might spot some dancing snowflakes. Each week, different carolers — including the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus, Coastline Show Chorus, First Congregational Church Chorus and the Very Merry Dickens Carolers — will entertain visitors with songs of the season. Grab a free hot cocoa as you meander with the family and satisfy your sweet tooth with a s’mores kit, available for $1. Don’t forget to visit the Shop at Blithewold and pick out traditional ornaments, handmade jewelry and more. Since the event is held outside, guests are encouraged to call in advance.

The Details: Dec. 5, and every Friday through Jan. 2. 6–8 p.m. Adults $11, seniors $10, youth $3. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Rd., Bristol, 401-253-2707,


Holiday in the Park

Did you forget to book that tropical holiday escape? The Botanical Center is a warm backup. Bask in the toasty heat of New England’s largest public indoor display gardens, which will be decked out with holiday spirit. The University of Rhode Island’s Master Gardeners, a community that provides knowledge on sustainability and healthy gardening, and the City of Providence Parks Department have planned a family-friendly day packed with centerpiece demos, poinsettia displays, visits with Santa and more. Warm up inside the music-filled glass structure and enjoy treats from La Creperie, including the signature Nutella crepe.

The Details: Dec. 6. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Free with a canned good donation for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-785-9450,


Bowen's Wharf Tree Lighting

Frosty, Santa, Mrs. Claus: They’re all headed to Bowen’s Wharf in Newport for cocoa and caroling. The forty-fourth annual festivities begin just before the sun sets at 4:30 p.m. with an appearance by Frosty the Snowman. The evening continues with a merry round Christmas carols, so bundle up so you can participate cozily in the hour-long musical session. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via boat just before the tree’s lighting at 6 p.m. Grab a warm hot chocolate and continue the fun with a stroll through some great seaside stores.

The Details: Dec. 6. 4:30–6 p.m. Free admission. Bowen’s Wharf, 53 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, 401-849-3478,


Music at Lily Pads

Kick back for an intimate night of regional indie and folk music in South County. Tallahassee, a Boston-based band led by former New England Patriot Brian Barthelmes, headlines the night with tunes from its 2013 release, Old Ways. Opening for Tallahassee is Dr. Jones and the Shiner, a Providence-based foursome, and the Sugar Honey Iced Tea, a popular all-female quartet that released a new album this summer. Lily Pads planned a similar show last year but it was canceled due to a snowstorm, so for this go-around, expect even more merriment from this music-minded crowd.

The Details: Dec. 6. Doors at 7 p.m. Music at 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Music at Lily Pads, 27 North Rd., Peace Dale,


"Don't Play With Me"

At Machines With Magnets, see a collection of dolls not suited for children. Fifteen artists explore varied forms of caricature through textiles, paintings, screenprints, dioramas and sculptures. Check out unusual illustrations by Emmanuel Tavares, stitched dolls and objects by Misako Mimoko and Mimi Kirchner and animations by J. Shea 9. The decorated Machines With Magnets gallery will also host the Church of Tchotchke craft fair, stocked with lots of locally made objects and prints for sale. Grab a snack outside from Rocket Fine Street Food, then head back in for more peculiar fun, including performances by Big Nazo, Wind and Ghost and DJ Yann Weiner.

The Details: Opening night Dec. 7. 4–9 p.m. Free. Exhibition runs through Jan. 7. Machines With Magnets, 400 Main St., Pawtucket, 401-475-2655,


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