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Christmas in Rhode Island

Rhode Island gets its sparkle on in December with Christmas and holiday light displays, events, shopping, and seasonal things to do and see. From north to south and east to west the Ocean State becomes packed with more Christmas fun than Santa's sleigh (well, almost!). Find something to do with the kids, share some grown-up time together, shop for unique gifts, or find a place to have your Christmas dinner (or brunch, lunch, or tea). Tour a charming Rhode Island village all done up in its holiday best, or explore a Newport Mansion decked in sumptuous Christmas splendor. Whether you've been naughty or nice, you'll find something to excite the senses, delight your tastebuds, or warm your heart!

FESTIVE LIGHT DISPLAYS

Rhode Island knows how to put on its holiday best, and nothing shows that off better than the light displays at our Newport Mansions, grand historic homes, Roger Williams Park Zoo, local farms, and private homes around the state. Some of these are walk-through, some are drive-thru, some require tickets, some are free, and some ask for a donation. We've also got lists of the top drive-by displays at private homes, compiled by Rhode Island Monthly and WPRI.com. Enjoy!

HOLIDAY SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

If you're looking for a fun night out with a side of Christmas spirit, check out these live performances and holiday shows featuring Nutcrackers, Scrooge, George Bailey, and more holiday favorites.

EAT, DRINK, & BE MERRY

All that holiday fun can really work up an appetite (or a thirst). Check out all of the food and drink-centric events going on for the month of December. From Holiday teas to the 12 Pies of Christmas, to hot chocolate bars and more, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the tastes of the season!

HOLIDAY TOURS

Rhode Island is home to some beautifully preserved historic homes and buildings. And there's still time to take a holiday tour in some of those mansions and historic homes while their halls are still decked.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING & ART SHOWS

There's a ton of amazing shopping events going on this December, from candlelight strolls to farms, to art shows, and more! Plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift for that special someone... and maybe a little something for yourself as well!

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

If you're feeling creative this month, here are some festive classes and workshops going on featuring ornament making, holiday origami, centerpieces, and more!