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
6
Fri
Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 6 @ 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
7
Sat
Music in the Living Room: Community String Project @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm
Music in the Living Room: Community String Project @ 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.

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
Music in the Living Room: Silver Bells @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm
Music in the Living Room: Silver Bells @ 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
11
Wed
Children’s Holiday Story Time @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm
Children's Holiday Story Time @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

During Christmas at Blithewold, join us for a traditional holiday story time to celebrate the season! Drop-in for one story time or come to both! After the story, join us for a cookie and a nature-inspired children’s craft.

Holiday Celebrations: Add a Little Sparkle! @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm
Holiday Celebrations: Add a Little Sparkle! @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Really want your holiday to shine this year? Learn how to add that extra sparkle by offering a selection of paired sparkling wines and hors d’oeuvres. Hosted in Blithewold’s beautifully decorated dining room, Maria from Newport Wine Cellar and Le Petit Gourmet has prepared a special holiday tasting and sampling that will be sure to wow your guests this holiday season. Bring some friends and enjoy a festive evening of food and fun!

Creative Swags and Garlands @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm
Creative Swags and Garlands @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

There are few things more satisfying that working with your hands to create something beautiful, especially around the holidays. These simple techniques can be used year after year to create timeless, natural swags or garlands that are so much more meaningful when you’ve made them yourself. The smell of fresh evergreens will fill your home with holiday cheer.

Dec
12
Thu
Beginner Botanical Drawing Series: Winter @ Blithewold Mansion, Garden, and Arboretum
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am
Beginner Botanical Drawing Series: Winter @ Blithewold Mansion, Garden, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

Winter brings beautiful seasonal inspiration to the landscape at Blithewold. This drawing class will focus on winter trees and limited neutrals to create drawings of Blithewold. Some architectural elements will be included to enhance the work.

Dec
13
Fri
Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 13 @ 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
14
Sat
Holiday Crafting for Kids! @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am
Holiday Crafting for Kids! @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

This December session will present different projects from session I. Art and crafts will include a variety of materials and two- and three-dimensional experiences. A quick visit to the main tree inside the mansion is included.