Experience some of the best Christmas Events:
With Rhode Island’s temperatures in the 50’s (and forecasted to be in the high 60’s for Christmas!), it may be difficult to feel the magic of the Christmas Season. If you are not in the holiday spirit yet, here are some fun and festive local Christmas events that should have you decking the halls in no time.
La Salette Shrine, Attleboro MA
For over 60 years, La Salette has been illuminating the night with their amazing Christmas light display. If you haven’t been to La Salette during the holiday season, you are missing one of the most magical Christmas exhibits in New England. La Salette uses more than 300,000 lights and stretches over 10 acres. The lights turned on Thanksgiving Eve and are now lit every night from 5 pm- 9pm until January 3rd. Admission and Parking are free at La Salette. However, they do accept donations to cover the cost of their electricity bill. For more information visit: http://lasalette-shrine.org/index.php/christmas
Slater Park Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket RI
In 1999, two women had the idea to create a Christmas event in Slater Park. They created a committee with city approval and the festivities have grown every year. The entire park is decorated for the holidays, complete with Christmas music playing. They have over 500 decorated trees. The trees are purchased by families and decorated in memory of their departed loved ones. There are also cute little cottages that are sponsored by local businesses. Slater Park is lit every evening until Christmas from 5 to 9pm. For more information visit: http://www.winterwonderlandpawtucket.com/
Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Newport RI
Take a step back in time and visit a Christmas from the past. Three of the national historic landmark mansions, The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House are decorated for the holiday season. The mansions are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens, white candles and wreaths. They also contain over 24 Christmas trees, each decorated to reflect the décor of the room. Dining rooms are set with elegant china. There are also gingerbread replicas of some of the Newport Mansions, a working scale of the Vanderbilt New York City Railroad and mannequins dressed in period costumes.
All three houses will be decorated and open daily for tours until Sunday, January 3, 2016. The Breakers and The Elms open daily at 9 am; Marble House opens at 10 a.m. The last tour admission at all three houses is at 4 pm with the grounds closing at 5 pm. A Winter ticket allows admission to all 3 houses and is $29.49 for adults, $9 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are admitted free. All other Newport Mansions daytime tour tickets remain valid through the Christmas season as well. For more information visit: 3http://www.newportmansions.org/events/christmas-at-the-newport-mansions
So enjoy some of these holiday events or create your own New England Traditions!
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