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The holidays are here! ‘Tis the season for magic, wonder, and quality family time. In Rhode Island, there are lots of opportunities to experience the festivities with kids of all ages. Read on for family-friendly holiday activities in Rhode Island.
Family-Friendly Holiday Activities in Rhode Island
December 4, 2021
It’s time to light the most amazing Christmas tree on historic Bowen’s Wharf! The enormous tree will be lit at 6:00 p.m., but arrive early for festivities beginning by 4:30 p.m. Local music with a caroling sing-a-long, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat into Bowen’s Basin, restaurants and shops open along the wharf for holiday meals and sweet treats.
All ages; FREE
In-Person: November 4, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Streaming: December 6 – January 16, 2022
Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition returns! Reimagined anew every year, this glorious telling of the classic story evokes the magic and hope of the season and its contemporary relevance. Guided by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and ultimately inspired by his community, Ebenezer Scrooge embarks on a heartwarming journey toward redemption.
This year, both in-person and streaming options are available. Purchase tickets online in advance.
Tickets: $25 – $87
December 4, 2021 – December 12, 2021
Visit the largest Christmas display in all of Rhode Island, a 30 acre display located within Slater Park in Pawtucket. View 650 decorated Christmas trees, more than 100 light displays, 20 Victorian style houses, several 40’ LED mega trees, a read-along of “Night Before Christmas” display, visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, hay rides, miniature train rides, free face painting, local dance performances, and lots more!
Roads will be closed on December 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. to allow amfilies to safely walk through the display, listen to Christmas music, take photographs and make memories.
All ages; FREE
December 18, 2021
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Come and enjoy a festive celebration created just for children in the Ocean House Ballroom. Kids will delight in numerous arts & crafts stations, storytelling and photos with Santa himself. Light refreshments available.
Enjoy the fresh air at the Washington Trust Ice Rink in Westerly! Private rentals, skate rentals, group and private lessons, curling, and more available. Visit the website for schedule.
Adults: $8 Non-Member / $7 YMCA Member
Child: $5 Non-Member / $4 YMCA Member
Senior: $5 Non-Member / $4 YMCA Member
November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Holidays at the Newport Mansions will be more spectacular than ever this year! View a total of 28 Christmas trees, the 15-foot poinsettia tree in the Great Hall of The Breakers – made up of 150 poinsettia plants, and decorations abound around these Gilded Age mansions. Separate ticket required for Sparking Lights, an outdoor magical wonderland, Thursdays through Sundays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Magic Returns this holiday season for a three-hour experience at the Blackstone Valley Polar Express! Enjoy a 90-minute train ride to view the North Pole that’s filled with singing, games, a reading of the classic children’s story “The Polar Express”, and a visit from Santa! The Conductor will be there to punch your special golden ticket, and you’ll all enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie during your trip. Plus, every child will receive a silver bell – the first gift of Christmas!
Purchase tickets online in advance:
Adults: $54 – $97
Children (12 years and younger): $52 – $97
Lap children (0-12 months): $10