Santa Claus is Coming to These 8 Spots

From Garden City Center to Wickford and Newport, Santa will arrive in style by boat, fire truck and horsedrawn carriage.
This time of year, it’s hard to miss Santa’s jolly laughter and ho-ho-hos at most holiday events, like tree lightings, winter festivals and craft fairs. Mr. Claus is officially coming to town with his list (checked twice) in hand. Here are some of the best places where you can pay him a visit to kick off the holiday season with the kids, who have hopefully been good, for goodness sake.

Westerly: Fri., Nov. 29: Santa Claus is headed to downtown Westerly to greet any children before he heads back to the North Pole. Ring in the holiday season as Santa, “Winter Lady” and other holiday characters make their debut on firetrucks. Free coloring books and lollipops will be given to all children in attendance. Come to this family-friendly event to visit with Santa and his friends from 6–7 p.m. and get into the holiday spirit with the kids. Dixon Square, Downtown Westerly, 4 High St., Westerly, 401-596-7761,

Warren: Fri., Nov. 29 and Sat., Nov. 30: The thirty-first annual Warren Holiday Festival will take place over the course of two days, and will include a parade, visits with Santa, music, dancing, a tree lighting and Mt. Hope High School’s marching band to top off the evening. Santa will arrive atop a fire truck at 5 p.m. on Friday, but returns on Saturday at noon via the same transportation. Shop around town for deals, treats and merriment in honor of Small Business Saturday. To view the schedule of both days’ events, click here. Downtown Warren, 401-245-1972,

Providence: Fri., Nov. 29 to Sun., Dec. 1: Celebrate the holiday season at Roger Williams Park Zoo by visiting with Santa and hop on the Carousel Express train or ride the historic Carousel. Munroe Dairy will be handing out cups of milk to enjoy, while supplies last. Spend the rest of the day playing in the outdoor Hasbro Boundless Playground. Admission is $5 and activity prices vary. For more information on schedule hours and prices, click here. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, 401-785-3510,

Cranston: Sat., Nov. 30: Santa will be arriving via a horse drawn carriage to Garden City Center in Cranston and will convert the gazebo into his very own magical cabin. Visits are free and professional photos are available for purchase. There will also be face painting, crafts and treats at the event. Santa’s Arrival will be held from 11 a.m. –1 p.m., rain, snow or shine. Skip the line and book your fast pass here. Garden City Center, 100 Midway Rd., Cranston, 401-942-2800,

Newport: Sun., Dec. 1 through Sun., Dec. 15: Have Santa listen to your children’s wish lists at the Newport Mansions for a perfect photo op! Various historic mansions will be hosting Santa Sundays from noon–3 p.m. Each are beautifully decorated for the holidays in true Newport style. Strollers and carriages are not permitted inside the houses. For a full schedule of Santa’s stops at the different mansions, click here. Newport Mansions, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 401-847-1000,

Wickford: Thurs., Dec. 5 through Sun., Dec. 8: The thirty-fourth annual Festival of Lights in Wickford will have Santa arriving in style: he’ll be coming to town aboard the Sea Princess boat led by kayaks all weekend. On Dec. 5, there will be a tree lighting and visits from Santa to kick off the festivities. Take a hayride throughout Wickford Village with Santa for $3 per person. Each day of the festival will have unique events, including an Elf Parade, live nativity, an ice sculpting demonstration and Christmas at the Castle. There will be musical entertainment, shopping and plenty of opportunities to greet Santa. For a full schedule, click here. Historic Wickford Village, Wickford, 1-877-295-7200,

Newport: Sat., Dec. 7: Bowen Wharf’s forty-ninth annual Christmas Tree Lighting will dazzle you, and not just with lights. Frosty the Snowman will be arriving at 4:30 p.m. for a Christmas carol sing-along at 5 p.m. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be sailing into the evening by boat immediately following the tree lighting at 6 p.m. The Pilot House is offering a free glass with a purchase of $10 or more. Local shops will be open both before and after the event with in-store deals to check off you holiday shopping list. For more information, click here. Bowen’s Wharf, 13 Bowens Wharf, Newport, 401-849-2243,

Providence: Sun., Dec. 8: Hope Street in Providence is gearing up for the annual Winter Stroll from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hope Street will be closed to traffic so people can freely walk about and enjoy eats from food trucks, live performances, crafts for kids, ice sculpting demos and more. Local shops are offering specials, treats and promotions, Santa and his elves will be on site, and there will be performances by Big Nazo, Project 401, Extraordinary Marching Band and more. Food trucks include Crepe Corner, Poco Loco Tacos, Flip N Roll, Friskie Fries, Matunuck Oyster Bar, HG80Food and more, and Hope Street restaurants Hope Street Pizza, Ivy Tavern, Not Just Snacks and KG Kitchen Bar will serve specials all day long. Narragansett Beer will have a tent and all proceeds benefit the Festival Ballet Providence and The Hope Street Merchants. Dress warmly and get ready to ring in the holiday season. Hope Street between 5th and Rochambeau, Providence, 401-432-7995,



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