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
12
Thu
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.

Dec
13
Fri
Seventh Annual Whiskey Wonderland Holiday Bazaar @ Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co.
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Seventh Annual Whiskey Wonderland Holiday Bazaar @ Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. | South Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

Throw the holiday stress away, skip the traffic and long lines at the mall and join Sons of Liberty for a great night of awesome local vendors, craft drinks, live music and delicious food. The air will be full of holiday cheer and the tasting room will have everything you possibly need for a fun-filled night.

Friday, 12/13 from 5-10 p.m.
– Twenty-one and older only
– More than thirty of the best local artisans (curated by Field of Artisans)
– Live music from Brian James Jazz from 6-9 p.m.
– Food trucks from PVD Food Truck Events
– Famous barrel tree lighting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, 12/14 from 1-10 p.m.
– Twenty-one and older after 5 p.m.
– More than thirty of the best local artisans (curted by Field of Artisans)
– Live music from James DeSalvo III from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
– Live music from Spumante from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
– Food vendors inside from PVD Food Truck Events

Sons of Liberty will be serving their award-winning whiskies, a variety of draft beers and the best craft cocktails found in South County (no tours or flights). They’ll also be releasing limited two limited edition whiskies that are an absolute must-have for any whiskey lover.

Dec
14
Sat
Seventh Annual Whiskey Wonderland Holiday Bazaar @ Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co.
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Seventh Annual Whiskey Wonderland Holiday Bazaar @ Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. | South Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

Throw the holiday stress away, skip the traffic and long lines at the mall and join Sons of Liberty for a great night of awesome local vendors, craft drinks, live music and delicious food. The air will be full of holiday cheer and the tasting room will have everything you possibly need for a fun-filled night.

Friday, 12/13 from 5-10 p.m.
– Twenty-one and older only
– More than thirty of the best local artisans (curated by Field of Artisans)
– Live music from Brian James Jazz from 6-9 p.m.
– Food trucks from PVD Food Truck Events
– Famous barrel tree lighting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, 12/14 from 1-10 p.m.
– Twenty-one and older after 5 p.m.
– More than thirty of the best local artisans (curted by Field of Artisans)
– Live music from James DeSalvo III from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
– Live music from Spumante from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
– Food vendors inside from PVD Food Truck Events

Sons of Liberty will be serving their award-winning whiskies, a variety of draft beers and the best craft cocktails found in South County (no tours or flights). They’ll also be releasing limited two limited edition whiskies that are an absolute must-have for any whiskey lover.

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band @ Courthouse Center for the Arts
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band @ Courthouse Center for the Arts | South Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

We are thrilled to welcome back John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band!
After forty years, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band is unquestionably one of the greatest and most successful acts in Rhode Island music history. Today they continue to tour and bring their exciting live shows to fans around the world. In 2012 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.

Dec
15
Sun
WSO Holiday Pops- Seasonal Favorites for All #2 @ St. Francis Church Hall
Dec 15 all-day
WSO Holiday Pops- Seasonal Favorites for All #2 @ St. Francis Church Hall | South Kingstown | 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.

Music in the Living Room: Ivy Leaf @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm
Music in the Living Room: Ivy Leaf @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Initially formed by Lindsay Straw (bouzouki, guitar, vocals) as a way to explore her own interest in the interconnected streams of folk music in Ireland, Britain, and America, the Ivy Leaf is a young stalwart of traditional Irish music in Boston, featuring Armand Aromin (fiddle, concertina, vocals, whistle), Dan Accardi (fiddle, concertina, accordion), Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, harmonica, vocals), and former member Caroline O’Shea (flute, whistle, vocals). The members’ diverse backgrounds in the rich Irish culture of Boston, Berklee College of Music and All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions combine to produce a sound that is “vibrant and sure-footed, and tailored to fully reveal each tune’s character and personality” (Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter). The Ivy Leaf has been featured at prestigious local venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, the Irish Ceilidh Club of Rhode Island, and the New England Folk Festival. The group also teaches for the Boston Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann music school, as well as private lessons in the area.

Music in the Living Room: Nancy Hood and Faye Maris @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm
Music in the Living Room: Nancy Hood and Faye Maris @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Enhance your visit to Blithewold and enjoy the holiday decorations in the Mansion by attending our Music in the Living Room Series! Blithewold extends a sincere thanks to these generous performers who bring the gift of music into our Living Room during this Holiday Season.

Dec
27
Fri
MATISYAHU @ Greenwich Odeum
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm
MATISYAHU @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Singer-songwriter Matisyahu has been on journey inward for more than a decade. The journey has been private and public. The journey has at times been explicitly external, even while being driven by internal change. Now nearly thirteen years after the release of his first studio record, Matisyahu and his band have done something unmatched in his past repertoire; they have crafted that journey into a musically thematic eight song movement.

The band features longtime guitarist Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist and drummer Stu Brooks and Joe Tomino, and keyboard virtuoso BigYuki — and the journey starts with them. The band improvised for hours in the studio with Matisyahu watching on as an admirer without singing a single lyric. Out of the improvisations grew melodic themes, rhythmic peaks and valleys, blissful and proto-song guitar passages, deep dub meditations and ultimately an inspired instrumental record until itself. Only once the band had crafted this musical narrative, did Matisyahu begin to work on a lyrical narrative of his own — a lyrical narrative that is simultaneously informed and integrated with the music yet driven by Matisyahu’s own personal journey. The result is “Undercurrent”, Matisyahu’s sixth studio album.

The record is musically Matisyahu’s most courageous release to date and lyrically his most vulnerable.

Tickets to this event include an additional $5 Historic Restoration Fee which assists in restorations and repairs of the Greenwich Odeum. When purchasing tickets online, an additional $2 convenience fee per transaction will be applied. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Dec
28
Sat
Music in the Living Room: Holiday Flute Quartet @ Blithewold Mansion, Garden, and Arboretum
Dec 28 @ 3:00 pm
Music in the Living Room: Holiday Flute Quartet @ Blithewold Mansion, Garden, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Four Friends With Flutes have been performing together and separately for decades in Rhode Island. The members are Deborah James, Diana Sykes, Karen Toy, and Emma Hookway. All of the women are current or former members of The American Band. Deborah, Emma, and Diana are also current members of the Salve Regina Concert Band. Deborah, Karen, and Diana were also part of the former Pipe Dream Flute Choir which performed annually at Blithewold during their fifteen-year existence. We have joined together for this year’s Christmas season to perform a program of wonderful sacred and secular holiday/winter flute quartets.

Jan
16
Thu
Everclear @ Greenwich Odeum
Jan 16 @ 8:00 pm
Everclear @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Art Alexakis – Vocals, Guitar
Dave French – Guitar
Freddy Herrera – Bass
Brian Nolan – Drums

Considering Everclear has written and recorded some truly iconic ’90s alt-rock hits, it would be all too easy these days for the band to be a victim of its past successes, relegated to performing as a glorified jukebox, existing to satisfy the nostalgic cravings of Gen Xers everywhere. But singer-guitarist Art Alexakis isn’t about to start phoning it in now.

Although the band hasn’t released a new studio album since 2015’s triumphant Black Is The New Black, Everclear continues to tour actively. And while it’s a virtual surety that no Everclear gig is complete without a rendition of “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine,” lately the band has found that exploring the full range of past material—especially the “deep cuts”—not only gives fans a rare treat, it also injects new life into the band’s live dynamic.

“By mixing it up and digging into the catalogue, it still makes it fun and relevant for us, and I think for the fans as well,” says Alexakis. “It’s still important to play the hits, but by playing those other songs as well, it makes it all seem more vibrant and real. Even though I recorded some of those songs 20 years ago, I haven’t played them in a long time, so it’s like reinventing the wheel. I’m having more fun now than I have in years. I think all of us are.”

Tickets to this event include an additional $5 Historic Restoration Fee which assists in restorations and repairs of the Greenwich Odeum. When purchasing tickets online, an additional $2 convenience fee per transaction will be applied. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.