Things To Do in December

Discover the best things to do in Rhode Island this month, including family-friendly activities, festivals, performances, food events and shows. Here are our top picks:

  • All aboard! We rode the Blackstone Valley Polar Express and, yes, it’s just as magical as you’d think. Read more here.
  • Get your shopping done (and indulge in a little complimentary wine), plus other events in your December Bucket List.
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Toys for Tots and Teens with Jaycees @ Arctic Village & Business District - West Warwick, RI
Dec 12 all-day

The JCS Alumni Club would like to welcome you to be a part of this years’ Toys for Tots and Teens Program.

Volunteers can help set-up Toys for Tots and Teens boxes / bins during the month of November as they need to designate stores, offices, gyms, dealerships, retail outlets, schools, etc, early in the process since a traditional 1st appearance as a Presentation will be made in Decembe. We do this at the Warwick Mall in conjunction with U.S. Marines Foundation.

These new, unwrapped (required protective items) gifts – Toys for Tots and Teens – are collected by the JCS up to December 18 – they are then loaded in U.S. Marine vehicles and Volunteers and then distributed by a pre-determined list (statewide) to youth & teens as wonderful Christmas and Holiday gifts.

For more information, call (401) 828-9191 or e-mail.

WSO Holiday Pops- Seasonal Favorites for All Number One @ Pilgrim Senior Center
Dec 12 all-day
WSO Holiday Pops- Seasonal Favorites for All Number One @ Pilgrim Senior Center | Warwick | Rhode Island | United States

WSO continues our 2019-2020 Season with a program of seasonal favorites for all! With our diverse membership ages of thirteen-years-old to eighty-years-old, WSO will present a holiday pops event in two communities this December, with interactive opportunities for our audience. That’s right…get your voice pipes tuned up and ready to sing-a-long!

Concert Number One
Thursday- December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Pilgrim Senior Center: 27 Pilgrim Parkway, Warwick

Second Concert:

Sunday- December 15 at  3 p.m.
St. Francis Church Hall: 128 High Street, Wakefield

A Carol Festival (Sing-A-Long)- Traditional/Ades, arranger
Cantique de Noel/O Holy Night- Adam/Custer, arranger
The Christmas Song- Torme and Wells/Lowden, arranger
The First Noel- Traditional/Flauding, arranger
March of the Toys from “Babes in Toyland”- Herbert/McAlister, arranger
People, Look East- A Christmas Fantasy based on the Besancon Tradition- Myers
Sleigh Ride- Anderson
Winter Wonderland- Bernard/Rosenhaus, arranger
We Wish You a Merry Christmas: Variations and Concert Finale- Traditional/Brubaker, arranger

Tickets for WSO performances are always available at-the-door, through WSO members, and online. To purchase E-Tickets, visit WSOri.org to view current programs and follow links to buy your tickets. Cost: $15 General Admission, $12 Seniors, and Free for Children twelve and under.

HealthSource RI December Enrollment Fair @ Rhode Island Shriners Imperial Room
Dec 12 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
HealthSource RI December Enrollment Fair @ Rhode Island Shriners Imperial Room | Cranston | Rhode Island | United States

Join us at the Rhode Island Shriners’ Imperial Room to get help signing up for coverage or renewing your insurance for 2020. Enrollment Specialists will help you find, compare, and enroll in a health plan that meets your needs and budget.

2019 Plan options available from – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Blue Cross Dental, Delta Dental and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island will be there to answer any of your questions.

Call 401-709-8982 for more information.

To enroll or renew please bring for all members of your family:

– Last four weeks of pay stubs
– Social Security numbers
– Immigration documents
– Most recent tax return

Primary applicants should have:

– Photo ID (driver’s license or passport)
– Your HealthSource RI username and password if you’ve already created an account
– Any recent HealthSource RI or Medicaid notices that you have received

Wellness Screenings at the Fair:

– Bone density from noon-4 pm
– Blood Pressure from 2-6 pm
– Body Fat Analysis from 2-6 pm

Holidays Come Alive in Newport for December Newport Gallery Night @ Various galleries around Newport & Middletown
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Holidays Come Alive in Newport for December Newport Gallery Night @ Various galleries around Newport & Middletown | Belvedere | California | United States

The sea breeze in Newport is even more chilling this time of year, but that won’t stop the streets downtown from buzzing with warmth and excitement for the holiday season. The Newport Gallery Organization is proud to contribute to this buzz as galleries around Newport and Middletown prepare for December Newport Gallery Night on Thursday, December 12 from 5 to 8 pm! From fine art, sculpture, and decorative glass work, to handmade jewelry, and winter accessories, the last Gallery Night of 2019 brings opportunities to see everything that Newport’s local artisans have on display. These unique art pieces are affordable and perfectly giftable!

December Newport Gallery Night is a featured event on the forty-ninth Annual Christmas in Newport calendar! Christmas in Newport is an initiative that enables Newport businesses and organizations to cooperate in creating a joyful holiday experience for community members and visitors!

At Jessica Hagen Fine Art and Design, member artists will display beautiful contemporary works for the fourteenth Annual Holiday Show! A reception will be held on Saturday, December 12 from 5 to 7 pm where guests can meet the artists whose talents and visions make it all possible.

Those looking for unique gifts that may not be traditional fine art should check out Thames Glass. Glass ornaments, snowmen, fish, fruits and vegetables, and tableware line the shelves and are sure to delight. Everything is handblown and shaped by master craftsman Matthew Buechner and his passionate team, ensuring that years of time and practice go into everything they make!

The Redwood Library and Athenaeum has long stood as a cultural center in Newport, as exemplified by their newest exhibit featuring the rare private photographs of Great Depression Era documentarian Russel Lee. History-buffs and photography-nerds alike would absolutely appreciate a membership to the Redwood’s treasures, just waiting to be discovered with friends and family.

Afterward, grab a bite at one of the seven participating restaurants that work with the Newport Gallery Organization. Free parking is always available at the Gateway Visitors Center and uptown at the Newport Art Museum. For more information about Newport Gallery Night and the Newport Gallery Organization, visit www.newportgalleries.org.

Paws For A Cause @ Linden Place
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Paws For A Cause @ Linden Place | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Join the Pets in Need Veterinary Clinic on December 12, from 6 until 8 in the evening for ‘Paws for a Cause‘ at Linden Place in Bristol. The evening will include a wine and beer tasting, appetizers, and a silent auction. Tickets are $50.

The Pets In Need Clinic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and full-service veterinary clinic that offers high quality medical and surgical services for pets of eligible elderly, disabled, and low-income pet owners at discounted prices in Rhode Island.

The Man Who Came to Dinner @ Attleboro Community Theatre
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Man Who Came to Dinner @ Attleboro Community Theatre | Attleboro | Massachusetts | United States

Set in the small town of Mesalia, Ohio, in the weeks leading up to Christmas in the late 1930s. The famously outlandish New York City radio personality Sheridan Whiteside (‘Sherry’) is invited to a well-to-do factory owner’s home for dinner with his family. But before Whiteside can enter the house, he slips on a patch of ice outside the Stanleys’ front door and injures his hip. Now confined to the Stanleys’ home for weeks, Sherry drives his hosts mad due to his erratic and ridiculous behavior, leaving the family – and those who become involved – looking for any way that they can drive him out.

Rooftop Rock with Drummer Timmy J @ Rooftop at the Providence G
Dec 12 @ 9:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Rooftop Rock with Drummer Timmy J @ Rooftop at the Providence G | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Come enjoy the sounds of one of the Rooftop’s best and most unique performers, Drummer Timmy J! With his electric drum kit, Timmy J’s beats are irresistible. Performing every Thursday from 9 p.m. – Midnight.

Dec
13
Fri
Toys for Tots and Teens with Jaycees @ Arctic Village & Business District - West Warwick, RI
Dec 13 all-day

The JCS Alumni Club would like to welcome you to be a part of this years’ Toys for Tots and Teens Program.

Volunteers can help set-up Toys for Tots and Teens boxes / bins during the month of November as they need to designate stores, offices, gyms, dealerships, retail outlets, schools, etc, early in the process since a traditional 1st appearance as a Presentation will be made in Decembe. We do this at the Warwick Mall in conjunction with U.S. Marines Foundation.

These new, unwrapped (required protective items) gifts – Toys for Tots and Teens – are collected by the JCS up to December 18 – they are then loaded in U.S. Marine vehicles and Volunteers and then distributed by a pre-determined list (statewide) to youth & teens as wonderful Christmas and Holiday gifts.

For more information, call (401) 828-9191 or e-mail.

Create Wire Art with Artist Thea Ernest @ Blithewold Mansion
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Create Wire Art with Artist Thea Ernest @ Blithewold Mansion | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Create wire art holiday ornaments and decorations! Tools and supplies will be provided, but if you have any favorite beads or found objects like broken jewelry, old keys, or other sparkly stuff, bring them along to incorporate into your creation.

We will get to know the tools and materials, practice basic skills and copy some simple designs. When your imagination grows wings, it’s time for you to create your own wire art with Thea’s guidance and feedback. We provide tools for each student to borrow during class, wire art materials and a selection of found objects. We also encourage students to bring found objects of their own. Students take home their finished artwork.

Office Space Fridays with Drummer Timmy J at GPub @ Providence GPub
Dec 13 @ 11:30 am – 11:45 am
Office Space Fridays with Drummer Timmy J at GPub @ Providence GPub | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Join us to celebrate reaching the weekend! We have half priced apps in the bar area from 2-6 p.m. and feature Drummer Timmy J starting at 9:30 p.m.