During the holiday season, Rhode Island and Massachusetts offers many Christmas events, however some are exceptional and worth seeing year after year. They’re part of our tradition and what makes living here so special. If you’ve never attended these events, it’s time to discover why they endure.
The spectacular Newport Mansions glitter with gold, silver, and festive finery. Three mansions house 28 Christmas trees, thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths.
In keeping with the colonial tradition, a white candle lights each window and the dining tables glitter with period china and silver. You’ll also find model trains in the Breakers Great Hall, as well as a 15 foot tall poinsettia tree.
You can also see a Gilded Age street in The Elms complete with mannequins in period costumes, sleighs, and a topiary horse.
Bristol’s famous mansion also gets into the holiday spirit and boasts a towering Christmas tree, decorated mantles, and stylish tables laden with amazing floral arrangements.
Professional designers transform the mansion’s parlors, bedrooms, and the Gothic room into classical and whimsical holiday creations no one should miss. The mansion also features a range of entertainment on select evenings to add to your festive spirits including several performances by tenors and Celtic classics.
Slater Memorial Park teems with decorated Christmas trees, twenty Victorian buildings, and an 18-foot tall talking snowman on December 3, 4, 10, and 11. It’s an ideal family event with train, hay and carousel rides, face painting, crafts, hot chocolate and hot dogs.
Every hour features entertainment from local dance studios, bands, choral groups, and professional entertainers. Of course, Mr. & Mrs. Claus will also be there or you can walk the new “Night Before Christmas” displays.
One of Lincoln’s grandest houses celebrates an old-fashioned Christmas with trees on each floor and lush holiday décor. Costumed guides take you through the building and explain the roots of the household traditions during the yuletide season. You’ll see toys and dolls from the period and on special evenings the house features musical tributes on the antique piano or harp, traditional caroling, and a performance of The Nutcracker performed by Lincoln’s Heritage Ballet.
Many brave souls brave the icy waters in Westerly on the first day of the year to raise funds for Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM). This worthwhile charity provides shelter and meals to the homeless throughout southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut. Together with seven local churches, they operate shelters and soup kitchens seven days a week during the coldest months between November and March. Even if you cannot bring yourself to take the plunge, you can still support the cause as a sponsor.
Charles Dicken’s Christmas classic comes to life under the masterful hands of Rhode Island’s state theater troop, one of the last long-standing resident acting companies in America. You can watch this family holiday production complete with Ebenezer Scrooge, the three ghosts, and Bob Cratchit until December 31st.
The Trinity Repertory Company is a well-respected regional theater and they perform in a historic landmark; the Lederer Theater in Providence.
This is one of New England’s most famous Christmas events, and sure to get you in the holiday spirit. It celebrates the birth of Jesus and features 300,000 lights over 10 acres and displays and exhibits. Admission is by donation. You can see the lights between 5:00pm and 9:00pm in Attleboro and attend mass, if you wish.