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
Holiday Sip and Shop @ OceanCliff Hotel
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Holiday Sip and Shop @ OceanCliff Hotel | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

Join us for a fun evening of cocktails and shopping, featuring local boutiques and designers. Shop jewelry, clothing, home decor and more for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

$5 admission (cash only)
100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County.

Dec
7
Sat
Seventh Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo @ Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
Dec 7 all-day
Seventh Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo @ Rhodes on the Pawtuxet | Cranston | Rhode Island | United States

The Seventh Annual Rhode Island Author Expo
Saturday, December 7
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Arias’s annual expo–book signings from over 135 authors, writing panels, presentations, special guests, raffles, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself.
Free admission
Food trucks during lunch time
SciFi/Fantasy Character Development; SciFi/Fantasy World Development; How to Publish; Sports Writing; Writing Self-Help; Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books

John Barylick—Killer Show: America’s Deadliest Rock Concert and more

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

Hoppy Holidays @ The Guild
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hoppy Holidays @ The Guild | Pawtucket | Rhode Island | United States

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is shopping small and drinking beer!

Join us at The Guild for Hoppy Holidays, a festive pop-up village filled with artisans, beer, food trucks and music.

On December 7 and 8, this gorgeous historic feeling campus will house 60+ artisans curated by Field of Artisans. You can shop their work in the beer hall, brewery, bottling and barn spaces, each with its own bar. Saturday and Sunday will feature a different mix of artisans. Hoppy Holidays will be a joyful and inspirational place to explore.

The Guild is a craft cooperative brewery and beer hall. It serves a collection of brews from multiple New England based beer companies (such as Wash Ashore Beer, Devil’s Purse Brewing Co, Night Shift Brewing, Sons of Liberty and more) who have come together in this space to innovate.

Dec
8
Sun
Christmas at Central – Annual Holiday Bazaar @ Central Congregational Church
Dec 8 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Christmas at Central - Annual Holiday Bazaar @ Central Congregational Church | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

“Christmas At Central” is a one-stop-holiday-shopping Mecca for all ages and tastes – at fabulous prices! You’ll find Fair Trade and sustainable gifts, home-baked goods, crafts, jewelry, collectibles, antiques, artwork, gently used books and CDs, and gift baskets. Admission is free. Accessible.

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 our annual holiday collaboration with Whalers Brewing Company!

Field of Artisans will be in the taproom Sundays in December before Christmas. We can’t wait to be sipping a Rise while hanging with artists! Together we create a contagious energy.

Positive People and Creative Brews and Unique Artists

www.fieldofartisans.com
Artisan spots are filled.

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

Hoppy Holidays @ The Guild
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hoppy Holidays @ The Guild | Pawtucket | Rhode Island | United States

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is shopping small and drinking beer!

Join us at The Guild for Hoppy Holidays, a festive pop-up village filled with artisans, beer, food trucks and music.

On December 7 and 8, this gorgeous historic feeling campus will house 60+ artisans curated by Field of Artisans. You can shop their work in the beer hall, brewery, bottling and barn spaces, each with its own bar. Saturday and Sunday will feature a different mix of artisans. Hoppy Holidays will be a joyful and inspirational place to explore.

The Guild is a craft cooperative brewery and beer hall. It serves a collection of brews from multiple New England based beer companies (such as Wash Ashore Beer, Devil’s Purse Brewing Co, Night Shift Brewing, Sons of Liberty and more) who have come together in this space to innovate.

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
Holiday Open House @ Downtown Designs
Dec 14 all-day
Holiday Open House @ Downtown Designs

Shop handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, paintings and gifts created by local artists as well as artists with disabilities supported by Looking Upwards Inc.