Holiday Events in Southern Rhode Island 2023

A calendar of happy happenings all December long


It’s the holiday season and across southern Rhode Island there’s a feeling of magic in the salty air! Local shops, venues, restaurants, and more have planned all kinds of experiences to get neighbors in festive moods, from bustling parties and street fairs, to creating gifts and treats at workshops, to annual performances, and so much more. And for those little believers, we’ve called out where to spot that jolly old elf by marking listings with SANTA TRACKER so you don’t miss “one of his helpers” in the wild.

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Santa Tracker: Catch a glimpse of the jolly old elf (or “the people working for him” as Kevin McCallister says in Home Alone) around the area with these call-outs, no required.


December 1-2

Santa Tracker: Charlestown Holiday Ramble: Spot Santa, carolers, and lots of great vendors with special discounts along the route, transforming Charlestown into a veritable winter wonderland.

Walk Through the Wildwoods: Enjoy a market filled with artists, bakers, and creators as you stroll through the nursery’s magical display of lights and holiday decor with the opportunity to pick out trees, garlands, greens, and more. East Greenwich,


December 1–January 31

Starry Lights: The follow-up to last year’s inaugural event will feature starry displays on storefronts, over the river and in Donahue Park in Pawcatuck, and one sculpture in Wilcox Park. Westerly & Pawcatuck, CT,


December 2

Artisan Holiday Bazaar: A highlight of the Kingston Village Fair for 13 years, this fundraiser will have greenery and crafts for sale, plus homemade soups, a bake sale, and beverages. Don’t miss the raffle baskets, “re-gift” store, or new carol-sing at the sanctuary at 11:30am. Rain date: December 3.

Holiday Street Faire: A unique holiday shopping experience at Clarke Road Grounds, this Narragansett fair is full of talented vendors, strolling Victorian carolers, competitive bell-ringers, and more.

Holiday Bubbly Cruise: Enjoy a glass of bubbly while listening to holiday tunes and cruising along Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Jamestown,

Santa Tracker: Candy Cane Express Cruise: All aboard for a kid-friendly holiday boat ride with Mrs. Claus leading storytime, hot chocolate, and of course, a special red-and-white-striped candy treat. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive aboard the Coastal Queen and visit with children at the Conanicut Gift Shop. Jamestown,


December 2 & 10

Santa Tracker: Santa’s Christmas Party: Craft stations, treats, and a special meet-and-greet with the man in red himself at this holiday bash. Westerly, 


December 2 & 22

Cookie & Cupcake Decorating Class: It’s sugar and spice and everything nice in this sweet treat decorating workshop hosted by Ocean House’s own pastry chef! Westerly,


December 2-3

URI Symphony Orchestra & Choral Group Holiday Concert: A wintry performance featuring Mozart and Mendelssohn’s classics, contemporary works, and Tchaikovsky’s magical Symphony No. 1, nicknamed “Winter Daydreams.” Kingston,

Christmas at the Castle: Smith’s Castle is filled with the aromas of mulled cider, baked goods, and evergreens at this all-ages celebration complete with music, crafts, and gingerbread cookie decorating. North Kingstown,

Annual Holiday Sale at Bosgraaf: Browse original and enchanting stained-glass pieces for purchase from student artists, along with a complimentary hot chocolate bar and wine tasting on December 3. Peace Dale,


December 3 & 7

Seaglass Christmas Tree Workshop: Nothing says “Christmas in Rhode Island” like a seven-inch seaglass Christmas tree, complete with a seastar topper. Westerly, Facebook: Westerly Elks


December 3 & 17

Holiday Brunch and Wagon Spectacular: Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride – and brunch – together with you. Richmond,


December 6

Santa Tracker: 25th Annual Holiday Stroll & Luminaria: Bundle up for an evening of holiday magic, complete with luminaria-lined sidewalks, hayrides with Santa, strolling carolers, complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, and special shopping. Westerly,


December 7

Hanukkah: The festival of lights begins at sundown. At press time events are unconfirmed but be sure to look online for updates on the Warwick Mall Menorah Lighting celebration, and upcoming city and town hall menorah lightings.


December 8-9

Holiday Arts Market: Support local artists while finding the perfect handmade gift at the Jamestown Arts Center’s curated arts and crafts market.


December 9

Christmas Carol Sing: Participate or simply enjoy carols at this annual event hosted by New England Wireless and Steam Museum, held inside Frenchtown's historic church building. Activities include storytime for children and desserts. East Greenwich,


December 9, 15 & 16

Santa Tracker: Holiday Shows at the Courthouse: From festive themed cover bands performing country hits and Elvis to Christmas comedy, the Courthouse Center for the Arts hosts holiday antics. West Kingston,


December 10

Westerly Light Parade: Thousands of LEDs light up the night during this parade of floats, music, and holiday displays you won’t soon forget.

Santa Tracker: Brunch with Santa: Join the big guy for brunch! After photos and cookies, take a wonderful wintry wagon ride, perfect for all ages. Richmond,


December 13

The Geminid Meteor Shower: Bring your binoculars and join Frosty Drew in watching the best and brightest meteor shower take over the sky, a dazzling display that rivals any holiday lights. Charlestown,


December 14

Gingerbread House Workshop: Put your architecture and design skills to the test in this workshop that has you building the perfect sweet structure. Westerly,

Winter Wildlife Wreath Making: For the birders in your life, join the Audubon Society in making edible (bird-friendly) holiday wreaths. Exeter,


December 15-16

Whiskey Wonderland: Baby it’s cold outside, so join Sons of Liberty and Field of Artisans in shopping small and toasting the winter holidays with a dash of whiskey. South Kingstown,


December 16-17

Christmas Pops Concert: The Chorus of Westerly puts on a fun, festive evening of music for the whole family. Westerly,


December 20

Truffle Tree-Making Workshop: Make the tree the centerpiece of your home and table with this class on crafting a delicious and elegant chocolate truffle tree. Westerly,


December 21

Christmas Cocktail Cabaret: Get into the Christmas spirit with the three C’s: cocktails, carols, and the Contemporary Theater Company! South Kingstown,


December 22

Holiday Stargazing Spectacular: Take in views of the night sky over Ninigret Park at the Frosty Drew Observatory, which will be dressed up in holiday decor, with festive seasonal music and much cheer to go around. Charlestown,

Christmas with the Celts: Originally a successful show airing on PBS, this Irish music and dance experience unites timeless tradition with contemporary Christmas classics. East Greenwich,


December 26

Kwanzaa: At press time events are unconfirmed but be sure to check for updates on 2023 events.


December 31

Annual New Year’s Eve Bonfire: Ring in the new year with good company, refreshments, and a spectacular bonfire in Ninigret Park.


Through December 17

Miracle on 34th Street: When Kris Kringle gets into some trouble with the New York City law, the very spirit of Christmas falls in jeopardy. Westerly,

SCAA Holiday Pottery and Art Sale: Peruse the artful assortment of pottery, ornaments, jewelry, paintings, drawings, and photography all made by South County Art Association members. Kingston,


Thursdays Through December 21

Field of Artisans x Whalers Brewing Company Holiday Series: Experience the magic of sipping and shopping during this special tradition. Peace Dale,


Through December 22

Small Works Holiday Art Show: Browse and buy artful holiday gifts created by members of the Wickford Art Association.


Through December 23

Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge: It’s a mega bash when everyone from A Christmas Carol, plus George Bailey, Oliver Twist, disco dancers, and more are invited to the Cratchits. Select dates, Wakefield,


December 8-23

Santa Tracker: Before Old Saint Nick goes to bed, children are welcome to visit, take a photo, and receive their first gift of Christmas. Westerly,


Through December 24

Santa Tracker: Brunch with Santa: On select Sundays, Santa makes a special stop at the seaside resort for a family-friendly brunch with live music, unlimited sparkling wine and mimosas, and plenty of photo ops. Westerly,

The AiR Holiday Show: The exhibit continues with work by new and current member-artists including Theresa Girard, Sarah Short, Margit Burmeister, Diana Sartor, Tracy Stilwell, Shari Weschler, Annie Wildey and Michael Fanelli. Westerly,

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree: Get your Clark Griswold on by cutting your own tree at The Farmer’s Daughter’s own Christmas tree farm at 1650 Broad Rock Road. Tools and complimentary tree shaking and baling are provided. Wakefield,


Through December 31

Holiday Hobbit House: Take your holiday photos in front of this fantasy house before adventuring off to breakfast. Or second breakfast. Elevensies, maybe? Richmond,

Holiday Escape on Block Island: Looking to add a new activity to your holiday fun? Assemble a team and travel to locations around the Block solving puzzles at iconic locations using your phone in a game described as equal parts scavenger hunt, ghost story, and escape room! Search for the “Adventure Block Island” app and be on your way; must be played in real-time on the island.


Through March

Gondola Village: Enjoy a fabulous meal inside a cozy ski gondola outfitted with blankets and surrounded by fire pits, in this fourth annual unique dining experience at Ocean House, offering lunch, afternoon crepes, and dinner service; children’s menu available. Westerly, 


Tree Farms Near Me

Whether you’re looking to start a new tradition or shake up an old one, there are many Christmas tree growers, and an easy way to find them is through the agricultural cooperative, Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers. There is a website ( but the Facebook page is the best bet for updates.



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