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
5
Thu
Lippitt House Christmas Scotch Party @ Lippitt House Museum
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lippitt House Christmas Scotch Party @ Lippitt House Museum | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Kick off the holiday season with our annual party featuring a variety of whiskys. Sip, savor and pair them with passed artisan hors d’oeuvres while you stroll through one of the best preserved Victorian houses in America. Join friends and neighbors to celebrate the holiday season in style!

Event sponsored by Campus Fine Wines

Advance purchase closes Wednesday, December 4

Dec
6
Fri
Tenor, Michael DiMucci’s Fireside Christmas Concerts at Linden Place Mansion @ Linden Place Mansion
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm
Tenor, Michael DiMucci’s Fireside Christmas Concerts at Linden Place Mansion @ Linden Place Mansion | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Linden Place’s Museum will celebrate the holiday season with two fundraiser concerts and sing-a-longs with pianist and singer, Michael DiMucci. DiMucci will be performing on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. For those who prefer an afternoon concert, DiMucci will do an encore performance on Sunday, December 8 at 2 pm. These fireside concerts in the carriage house style ballroom are a perennial sellout with a mix of classical numbers, Christmas standards, and the hugely popular audience sing-a-long.

DiMucci has performed in opera, musical theatre, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and with popular jazz bands such as Avenue A. Tickets are $20, $15 for Linden Place members and $10 for Colt Circle Members and must be reserved in advance by calling the museum.
This concert is part of Linden Place Mansion’s month long holiday celebration and the historic house, decked for Christmas, and museum store will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. from Nov 27 through Jan 5. Admission during the holiday season is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $5 for children under twelve. (Children under six are admitted free).

Dec
7
Sat
Fourth Annual Holiday Art Sale and Hot Chocolate Happening @ Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am
Fourth Annual  Holiday Art Sale and Hot Chocolate Happening @ Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio | South Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

Original glass art pieces by over 30 student artists will feature holiday, nature, whimsical, and enchanting themes, and are available for purchase in every price range.

The public will be able to view hundreds of unique creative stained glass and fused glass pieces, including bowls, dressing table dishes, clocks, kitchen wares and window hangings. Handcrafted holiday ornaments will abound as always— this is the perfect stop for hostess gifts and holiday presents.

Students and artisans will be available to answer questions about their work and discuss stained glass-making and classes. Come see what Bosgraaf Studio students have created this past year, and enjoy a Hot Chocolate as you take in the holiday spirit in the village of Peace Dale. Raffle & prizes too!

A special wine tasting from Gooseneck Vineyards will take place from 1-3 p.m.

A portion of all proceeds go to benefit the Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield.

Fourth Annual Holiday Art Sale and Hot Chocolate Happening
Saturday, December 7
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bosgraaf Stained Glass Studio
“on the rotary” in Peace Dale

1214 Kingstown Road
Peace Dale
(401) 782-1288

Marché de Noël–French Outdoor Winter Market @ French American School of Rhode Island
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Marché de Noël–French Outdoor Winter Market @ French American School of Rhode Island | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The French American School on the East Side of Providence is partnering with The Providence Flea to host a traditional European Winter Market on Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The market will be held outdoors in the alcove between the school at 75 John Street and the neighboring Saint Joseph Church, and will include delicious food trucks, face painting, and activities for children of all ages. Market vendors will feature an array of holiday gifts, such as vintage ornaments; puzzles; scarves and mittens; and luxury apothecary items to name a few.

The outdoor winter market is free and open to all.

WCFA Winter Art Sale @ Warwick Center for the Arts
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
WCFA Winter Art Sale @ Warwick Center for the Arts | Warwick | Rhode Island | United States

Jump start your holiday shopping at our 2019 Warwick Center for the Arts Winter Art Sale! Choose from a variety of hand-made items such as jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics, crafts, ornaments, prints, cards and more! Browse these unique treasures in our beautiful gallery and bring home one or several for that luck person or for yourself!

Christmas at the Castle @ Smith's Castle
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Christmas at the Castle @ Smith's Castle | North Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

Smith’s Castle transforms into a lovely traditional display celebrating the magic of Christmas. We have planned an entertainment schedule to please both young and old. On Saturday this will feature the Wheeler School Concert Handbell Ringers and you will be able to hear the always-popular Brown University Madrigal Singers on Sunday. Nancy Carroll of Rhody Voices will be on hand both days to share her musical tales and true Rhode Island stories. Mrs. Claus (Anne-Marie Forer) will entertain on Saturday with holiday music and stories for children of all ages and will be joined on Sunday by guitarist Sheila Reynolds.
To add to the fun there will be numerous children’s craft activities, cookie decorating, photo ops, and hand painting, all at no additional cost, as well as complimentary mulled cider and cookies.
For the shoppers, we have vendors, a Bake Sale featuring home-made treats and a Holiday White Elephant Sale featuring gently-used and new holiday decorations.
As always, Smith’s Castle docents in period dress will be on hand to share the history of the house and answer your questions. Exhibits throughout the house will also highlight the often-ignored influence of early
Dutch settlement on our form of government, our lives and holiday customs. Did you know, for example, that our Santa Claus owes his red suit, white beard, and jolly demeanor to the Dutch St. Nicholas, also known as Sinterklaas or that many words we use on a daily basis have Dutch origin?

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.

Handel Messiah @ McVinney Auditorium
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm
Handel Messiah @ McVinney Auditorium | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah under the direction of its new music director, Dr. Joshua Rohde.

Dec
8
Sun
Providence Flea Holiday Markets @ WaterFire Arts Center
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Providence Flea Holiday Markets @ WaterFire Arts Center | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The Providence Flea, downtown’s outdoor vintage and artisan/maker market, presents its Holiday Markets at a new time and location–Sundays, December 8 and December 15 from 11 am – 5 pm indoors at Waterfire Arts Center, 475 Valley St. in Providence. The Holiday Markets offer a juried selection of handmade art and design, craft and clothing, jewelry, accessories, vintage wares and small-batch gift and food items from more than sixty-five vendors at each market!

Grab a campfire cocoa and make it a vintage and handmade holiday at the greenest, most unique and affordable shopping experience of the season!

Plenty of free, off-street parking. Admission is free.

For more information, directions, featured vendors and daily updates, follow The Providence Flea on Instagram (instagram.com/providenceflea) Facebook (facebook.com/providenceflea) and Twitter (twitter.com/providenceflea), with e-news signup at www.providenceflea.com.

Field of Artisans x Whalers Brewing Company @ Whalers Brewing Company
Dec 8 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Field of Artisans x Whalers Brewing Company @ Whalers Brewing Company | South Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

It’s time for the Field of Artisans annual holiday collaboration with Whalers Brewing Company!

Field of Artisans will be in the taproom every Sunday December leading up to Christmas. Sip a rise while hanging out with artists. Different artists every Sunday!

Field of Artisans was established in the summer of 2015. A collaboration of local artists, photographers, designers, builders and musicians, these creative minds come together to showcase their work, network and get exposure.

Positive People + Creative Brews + Unique Artists