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2022 Rhode Island Kids Christmas Guide

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It’s that time of year again! ‘Tis the season for family festivities and good cheer. Are you looking for family-friendly Rhode Island Christmas events? From crafts to Santa visits, lights to performances, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our top picks of holiday activities to do with kids in Rhode Island in 2022. 

Pictures with Santa at Providence Place

Bring the family to Providence Place for a visit and photo session with Santa! Daily photo sessions starting November 18th through Christmas Eve 2022. Reserve your spot online and receive a free phone call from Santa. Want to bring your pet along for photos with Santa? You can! Reserve your spot for special pet nights on Mondays November 21 & 28 and Dec 5, 2022. Photo packages from $39.99-$49.99. 

The details:

November 18 – December 24, 2022

One Providence Place, Providence, RI 02903

$39.99-$49.99

Santa’s Arrival at Downtown Westerly, RI

Come to Dixon Square at downtown Westerly, RI for Santa’s arrival on November 25th at 6-7pm. Santa Claus, Winter Lady, and a host of other holiday characters will arrive via fire truck, greet children, and distribute free coloring books, crayons and lollipops. 

The details:

November 25th, 2022

Dixon Square, Downtown Westerly, RI

6-7pm

Free

Paint with Santa at Pea Poddery

Visit Pea Poddery in Cumberland, RI for a kid-friendly craft and visit with Santa Claus. Kids will make a handprint souvenir with Santa on a 10” plate to be fired in the store and picked up at a later date. Parents may take photos of their children with Santa. Book your time slot online.

The details:

November 25th, 2022

10:00am – 10:45am

11:00am – 11:45am

12:00pm – 12:45pm

2364 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland, RI        

$45 per child

Annual Tree Lighting + Toy Drive at Central Falls, RI

Visit Central Falls for their annual tree lighting ceremony and toy drive. Free refreshments, holiday carols, free pictures with Santa and a beautiful tree lighting ceremony in front of city hall.

The details:

Friday December 2, 2022

5-7pm

City Hall/Jenks Park, Central Falls, RI

Free

Grand Illumination and Parade at Bristol, RI

Visit Bristol, RI for their free Grand Illumination and Parade on Saturday, December 3, 2022 beginning at 5:30pm. Arrive early for music from the local school choruses and a talented soloist in front of the Burnside Building. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their grand entrance at 6pm to light the town Christmas tree and decorations with help from some friends. 

The program will also be livestreamed on the Bristol Christmas Festival’s Facebook page and will be available throughout the holiday season. 

The details:

Saturday, December 3, 2022 

(Rain date Sunday, December 4, 2022)

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Burnside Building, 400 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

Free

Old-Fashioned Christmas at Hearthside House

Celebrate the traditions of an Old-Fashioned Christmas at Hearthside House in Lincoln, RI. Each room and the exterior is breathtakingly decorated and ready to welcome visitors. Santa will await for children to share their Christmas wishes and parents to snap those unforgettable moments. Festive musical entertainment and refreshments will also be provided. Experience the joy of what Christmas was actually like in the one-room schoolhouse with a performance by youth docents as they present songs, dance and poetry recitals in a special event held on the two Sunday afternoons.

The details:

December 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2022

1:00 PM 4:30 PM

677 Great Road 

Lincoln, RI

General Admission is $12; $5 ages 10-17, Under 10 free

Pawtucket Winter Wonderland

Visit Rhode Island’s largest Christmas festival at Pawtucket’s 30 acre Christmas display located within Slater Park in Pawtucket, RI. The display includes:

  • 650 decorated Christmas trees 
  • Over 100 light displays
  • 20 Victorian style houses
  • multiple 40′ LED mega trees
  • A read-along “Night Before Christmas” display

…and much more!

On December 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th from 4-8PM roads will be closed to allow families to safely walk through the display to view all of the decorations, listen to Christmas music, take pictures and make memories. 

During these festival nights, the following activities take place:

  • Visit with Santa in the boathouse
  • Ride the miniature train, Hayride or the Historical Looff Carousel
  • Take a stroll among the 650 trees and 20 Victorian houses
  • Talk with 18-foot talking snowman
  • Be entertained every hour by a local dance studio, band, choral or professional entertainer
  • Walk through “Night Before Christmas” displays 

…and much more!

The details:

December 3, 4, 10, and 11th

4-8pm

Slater Memorial Park

Pawtucket, RI

Free admission and parking

Coventry’s Annual Holiday Celebration 

Visit Coventry, RI for their annual holiday celebration. View lighted CHristmas trees, sing carols, get your free photos taken with Santa Claus. Family-friendly crafts, games, and fun for all!

The details:

Friday, December 9, 2022

 6:00—7:30pm 

Guy L. Lefebvre Community Center

1277 Main St, Coventry, RI

Free

Polar Express Free Movie Night in Woonsocket

On Christmas Eve, a boy lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer but instead, he hears the roar of a steam engine and a conductor calling “All aboard for the Polar Express!” Bring your entire family to this free showing of the classic Christmas movie! Free entry, no tickets needed. General admission. 

The details:

Friday, December 23, 2022

7pm

Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre & Conservatory

28 Monument Square

Woonsocket, RI 

Free

Holiday activities to do with kids in Rhode Island 2022

The holidays are here, and there are so many magical ways to celebrate Christmas with kids in Rhode Island. Movie showings, parades, Christmas decor, and of course visits with Santa abound. Enjoy family-friendly Rhode Island Christmas activities in 2022! Merry Christmas!