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.
Dec
7
Sat
Seal Tours @ Seal Tours
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
Seal Tours @ Seal Tours | North Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

Come aboard our fifty-foot fishing vessel, Northeastern for a memorable seal Tour!! explore beautiful Wickford Harbor as we tour one of the best seal watching locations in Rhode island. Tours depart from Wickford November thru April. Located at the Town dock, behind the pharmacy. Check our website for dates and times

Christmas Trees and Candlelight with the Butler and Lady’s Maid @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm
Christmas Trees and Candlelight with the Butler and Lady's Maid @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

We dim the lights to experience Blithewold Mansion with only the soft glow of holiday lights. You’ll be welcomed to the House by Dallison, the butler, and Katrina, the lady’s maid. Throughout the mansion, thousands of ornaments on dozens of Christmas trees reflect the flicker of candlelight and firelight. Outdoors, you’ll find another way to celebrate the season! Enjoy an illuminated stroll along the winding paths of Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden. Take in the wonder of trees and paths that twinkle, sparkle and glow.

Dec
8
Sun
Seal Tours @ Seal Tours
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
Seal Tours @ Seal Tours | North Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

Come aboard our fifty-foot fishing vessel, Northeastern for a memorable seal Tour!! explore beautiful Wickford Harbor as we tour one of the best seal watching locations in Rhode island. Tours depart from Wickford November thru April. Located at the Town dock, behind the pharmacy. Check our website for dates and times

Dec
14
Sat
The Stone Ridge Candlelight Tour @ Stone Ridge Neighborhood
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Stone Ridge Candlelight Tour @ Stone Ridge Neighborhood | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

The Stone Ridge Neighborhood Association (located in East Greenwich) will be holding its annual Luminaria on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 5-9 pm with a rain date of Sunday, December 15. This is a long-standing neighborhood tradition spanning over 30 years. Our neighborhood provides an outdoor display for the holidays which includes our traditional holiday decorations and thousands of paper bag lanterns decorating curbs, driveways and walkways. Last year the neighborhood was lined with over 3,800 lit lanterns. People from all over Rhode Island come to slowly drive through and enjoy the displays.
Directions – Follow Middle Road west of Route 2 to second right (Stone Ridge Drive)

Dec
20
Fri
Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm
Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Festive holiday fun for the entire family! Stroll through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse, adorned with hand-made bamboo ornaments created afresh each year. Be invigorated by that crisp winter air, enjoy singing with our carolers and savor hot cocoa and s’mores around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden.

Dec
21
Sat
Christmas Trees and Candlelight with the Butler and Lady’s Maid @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm
Christmas Trees and Candlelight with the Butler and Lady's Maid @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

We dim the lights to experience Blithewold Mansion with only the soft glow of holiday lights. You’ll be welcomed to the House by Dallison, the butler, and Katrina, the lady’s maid. Throughout the mansion, thousands of ornaments on dozens of Christmas trees reflect the flicker of candlelight and firelight. Outdoors, you’ll find another way to celebrate the season! Enjoy an illuminated stroll along the winding paths of Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden. Take in the wonder of trees and paths that twinkle, sparkle and glow.