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
14
Sat
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
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
21
Sat
Music in the Living Room: Barry Brown @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Dec 21 @ 3:00 pm
Music in the Living Room: Barry Brown @ 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
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
26
Sun
Singing the Dream 2020 @ Temple Emanu-El
Jan 26 all-day
Singing the Dream 2020 @ Temple Emanu-El | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

On Sunday, January 26, from 3 to 5 p.m., Temple Emanu-El presents “Singing the Dream 2020.” The event will be held at the Temple located at 99 Taft Avenue in Providence. Singers of all ages, races and faiths will perform in a chorus with featured guests from the award-winning Sing Harlem Choir of Harlem, New York. The special musical tribute will commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets for this musical event are $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Purchase tickets at Temple Emanu-El or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/singing-the-dream-2020-honoring-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-tickets-52329140869. For more information on “Singing the Dream 2020,” contact Miriam Ross, Esq. at 401-331-1616.