Things To Do in November

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:

Nov
30
Sat
Christmas Trees and Candlelight with the Butler and Lady’s Maid @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Nov 30 @ 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
7
Sat
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?

Dec
8
Sun
Christmas at the Castle @ Smith's Castle
Dec 8 @ 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?