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:

Dec
5
Thu
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play @ The Gamm Theatre
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play @ The Gamm Theatre | Warwick | Rhode Island | United States

George, Clarence, and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey, and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you’ve never seen it before. This captivating, life-affirming story is a holiday treat for the entire family!

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?

Dec
14
Sat
Christmas at Lippitt House @ Lippitt House Museum
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Christmas at Lippitt House @ Lippitt House Museum | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The holiday season is filled with fun traditions–many of which originated in the Victorian era. Take a holiday-themed tour, explore Victorian Christmas traditions, make tree decorations and candy-filled Christmas crackers, and enjoy treats to celebrate the season.

The Stone Ridge Candlelight Tour @ Stone Ridge Neighborhood
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Stone Ridge Candlelight Tour @ Stone Ridge Neighborhood | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

The Stone Ridge Neighborhood Association (located in East Greenwich) will be holding its annual Luminaria on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 5-9 pm with a rain date of Sunday, December 15. This is a long-standing neighborhood tradition spanning over 30 years. Our neighborhood provides an outdoor display for the holidays which includes our traditional holiday decorations and thousands of paper bag lanterns decorating curbs, driveways and walkways. Last year the neighborhood was lined with over 3,800 lit lanterns. People from all over Rhode Island come to slowly drive through and enjoy the displays.
Directions – Follow Middle Road west of Route 2 to second right (Stone Ridge Drive)

Dec
20
Fri
Rhode Island mOnthly Presents Odeum Classic Films: It’s a Wonderful Life @ Greenwich Odeum
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Rhode Island mOnthly Presents Odeum Classic Films: It's a Wonderful Life @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Join us for an annual Odeum tradition – It’s a Wonderful Life!

George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls, as we see in flashback. But in the present, on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8,000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family, and friends would have turned out if he had never been born. George meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away?

Tickets to this event include an additional $2 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
21
Sat
The Polar Express @ Greenwich Odeum
Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm
The Polar Express @ Greenwich Odeum | East Greenwich | Rhode Island | United States

Come join us for a magical holiday matinee screening of the Polar Express!

Santa Claus does not exist. Or does he? For one doubting boy, an astonishing event occurs. Late on Christmas Eve night, he lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa’s sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engine’s roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to the North Pole with many other pajama-clad children. There, he receives an extraordinary gift only those who still believe in Santa can experience.

Tickets to this event include an additional $2 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.