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Providence For The Holidays

Looking for some holiday cheer this season? Head to Providence, RI and experience the warmth and charm of timeless New England holiday traditions, along with the city's sophisticated arts, culinary and shopping scenes. From carolers, festivals and strolls, to rock concert extravaganzas, there are scores of holiday happenings for all to enjoy.

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GETAWAY PACKAGES



New Year's Eve Exclusive Party Package
Providence Marriott Downtown
Providence, RI
Price: $359
Phone: 401-272-2400
Includes: Deluxe overnight accommodations on Dec. 31, 2014; a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; live music and dancing in the Grand Ballroom; dinner and a champagne toast at midnight; DJ and dancing in the Marquis Ballroom; and late check out.

Romance Package

Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport/Warwick
Warwick, RI
Dates: Anytime
Price: Prices vary
Phone: 401-734-9600
Includes: In-room sparkling wine (where permitted by law) or cider upon arrival; as always, access to hotel fitness center, pool and whirlpool; full breakfast for two in the hotel's designated restaurant; and late check-out available upon request. 

Spa Escape Package
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Providence, RI
Price: $399
Phone: 401-421-0700
Includes: Escape to The Spa at the Providence Biltmore. The 50-minute signature couples body massage is the perfect way to ease mind and body. Then relax with a glass of champagne in one of the spacious Junior Suites. Booking must be made a minimum of 72 hours in advance of arrival and a valid major credit card is due at the time of booking. Cancellation must be made 48 hours prior to arrival.

Couples Getaway in Providence
Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
Providence, RI
Price: Starting at $159
Phone: 401-455-3100
Includes: Escape to Providence this winter for a couples getaway. Package includes a deluxe room, breakfast for two in the Public Restaurant, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, and a late check out of 2 p.m.

Click here for a full list of getaway packages.

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HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

Benefit Street: A Mile of History Walking Tour

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: John Brown House Museum
  • Address: 52 Power Street, Providence, RI 02906
  • Venue: John Brown House Museum

Created in the mid-18th century "for the benefit of all," this colonial thoroughfare shows off an enviable collection of 18th and 19th century wood-frame houses. Although the street gives the appearance of being a museum mile, it is actually a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by on-going preservation efforts since the 1950s.

Benefit Night at the Flatbread Company

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Flathbread Company
  • Address: 161 Cushing Street, Providence, RI 02906
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

Every Tuesday night the Flatbread Company donates $3.50 from every large and $1.75 from every flatbread sold from 5 - 9 p.m. to a different local group or community organization each week. Check our Facebook page to see this week's benefit.

From Pop to Punk: Highlights of 20th Century Music in Providence

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Providence Public Library
  • Address: 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Public Library
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

To celebrate the musical legacy of 20th Century popular music in Providence, we are exhibiting items from the Providence Public Library's Rhode Island Collection along with items on loan from various organizations and personal collections. Items on display will include photographs, scrapbooks, concert programs and posters, stage costumes, instruments, albums and more. Part of the Library's DON'T STOP THE MUSIC exhibition & program series this spring, this exhibit is made possible through... read more

Learn to dance - International Tango

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Studion One RI
  • Address: 85 Industrial Circle, Suite 4102, Lincoln, RI 02865
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

This 5 week beginner dance class series introduces the basics of International Tango.

Learn to Dance - Paso Doble

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Studio One RI
  • Address: 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln, RI 02865
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

This 5 week beginner dance class series introduces the basics of Paso Doble.

Piano Lounge featuring JPA Falzone

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Aurora
  • Address: 276 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903

Ambient Music for a Mellow Mood Aurora’s most low-key night! Catch up with a friend, bring some homework, sketch in your notebook, sit and listen as a pianist tickles the ivory keys of Aurora’s in-house Baby Grand Piano. Lounge with us at Aurora. This night features the impeccable JPA Falzone.

Rough Point Landscape History and Garden Tour

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Rough Point
  • Address: 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. Experience the creation of Frederick Law Olmsted who initially designed the grounds. The tour covers 250 years of this beautiful property’s history from farmland to premier vacation spot. Weather dependent, registration available online.

Seafood on the Barbie - Cooking CLass

  • June 30, 2015
  • Address: 41 Lookout Ave, North Providence, RI 02911
  • Venue: Professor Chef

It's not just shrimp on the barbie, mate. Most types of seafood benefit from the quick cooking and smoky flavor of grilling. Come see how creative you can get with cooking quick and flavorful seafood dishes in the grill. Depending on the weather we may be outside for this class. Menu BBQ Shrimp, Seafood Kabobs, Grilled Mussels, Grilled catch of the day

Slater Mill Tours

  • June 30, 2015
  • Address: 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860
  • Venue: Slater Mill Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Visit the birthplace of the American industrial revolution! Take a guided tour through our country's first successful cotton spinning mill. See spinning frames and power looms, the machine shop, an industrial waterwheel, and much more. Standard museum tour admission includes a tour of all three historic structures on campus. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Camp: Freedom Week

There is no better place for your child to spend his/her summer, exploring Blithewold’s gorgeous 33 acres of shorefront, gardens and grounds. Each fun-filled week has a unique theme and is packed full of arts and crafts, science, games, beach exploration, hiking through the gardens & grounds, nature exploration, music and dancing, Family Fun Friday performances, and visits from special guests!

Golden Glamour: The Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry Collection

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

An intimate peek into the wardrobe of an extraordinary woman, Golden Glamour features dazzling gilded garments given to the RISD Museum from the estate of American philanthropist and Rhode Island native Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry (1873-1958). This luminous installation includes early 1920s-1930s fashions from the premier design houses of Europe—Elsa Schiaparelli, Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo of the Fortuny label, the House of Worth, Callot Soeurs, Paul Poiret, and Edward H. Molyneux&md... read more

My Fair Lady

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Theatre by the Sea
  • Address: 364 Cards Pond Road, Matunuck, MA 02879
  • Venue: Theatre by the Sea
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Hailed as one of the greatest musicals of all time, My Fair Lady plays from June 24 thru July 18. This classic musical is the timeless story of Professor Henry Higgins (played by Charles Shaughnessy), the crotchety, middle-aged bachelor and phoneticist and Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl, who becomes part of his experiment in order to transform herself into a “lady.” The story, based upon George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, features a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner an... read more

Early Exposures: 19th-century Photography from the Collection

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

More than 20 images from the RISD Museum’s collection of rare and seldom seen 19th-century photographs investigate a range of themes—from majestic natural wonders to documents of the urban poor—all captured before the invention of hand-held cameras. Photography emerged almost simultaneously in France and England in the late 1830s, and its first century saw intensive experimentation with image capture, printing techniques, and camera design. A boom in photographic portraiture pr... read more

Landscape and Leisure: 19th-century American Drawings from the Collection

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

From precise survey drawing to the broad strokes of European Impressionism, American artists of the 19th century worked in a variety of styles—as seen in the more than 30 watercolors and drawings featured in Landscape and Leisure. Selected from the RISD Museum’s strong collection of works on paper are those by American artists James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Childe Hassam, and Eastman Johnson, among others, who captured landscape, leisure pursuits, and country life. A group of watercol... read more

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: RISD Museum
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association highlights the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London, from 1971 until his death in 1990. During his time leading the school, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool, but as a form of architecture in its own right. Drawing Ambience feat... read more

Fitness in the Parks Summer 2015 - June 22 to August 28

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Providence Public Parks
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Fitness in the Parks (FITP) program coordinates FREE fitness classes across the city of Providence during the summer working with the Park+Recreation Department, the Healthy Communities Office, the YMCA of Greater Providence, and many other partners. This summer is the 3rd Annual Season of the program, which will run from June 22nd until the end of August with some fitness classes still running through September. Schedule can be found on our website, Facebook (Facebook.com/fitnessintheparksprov... read more

"Rhode Island Masters" Exhibition

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum
  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum is excited to announce that four original Stuart portraits are coming to the museum on permanent loan from The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston. The artwork will be the anchor for the upcoming exhibition “Rhode Island Masters” beginning on June 6th. The exhibition will be shown June 6-August 31, 2015 and consists of original works of art by 18th and 19th century Rhode Island artists. The show will provide the public with a rare glimpse at e... read more

Dinner & Adventure

  • June 30, 2015
  • Address: 202 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 02035
  • Venue: 5 Wits Patriot Place
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

5 Wits has teamed up with three Patriot Place Restaurants to bring you Dinner & Adventure! Show your 5 Wits receipt at these restaurants, and receive: Red Robin: Free appetizer with a $20 purchase Tavolino: Free appetizer with purchase of an entree CBS Scene: 1/2 price off an entree with purchase of a second entree. Limit one per table or... Show your restaurant receipt to 5 Wits, and receive: 5 Wits: Free admission with purchase of a 2nd admission. Limit 2/receipt, within 30 days

Visit Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum
  • Address: 815 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Discover art, history, and nature at the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum! The Museum, set in the woods on a beautiful millpond and stream, has the working Stuart snuff mill, an operating gristmill, fish ladder, and colonial herb garden. Visitors enjoy our nature trails with scenic overlooks of the pristine Carr Pond and stunning flora and fauna. Artists find inspiration on our beautiful grounds. Art exhibits and period works are on display in our Welcome Center and Gallery. Guided tours of ... read more

Yoga in the Garden

Blithewold and Bristol Yoga Studio invite you to outdoor yoga in Blithewold's beautiful gardens. All experience levels welcome. Price: Drop-in Session: $10 member, $15 non-member Pre-paid 1-month unlimited pass: $60 member, $100 non-member

Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom (FINAL SEASON)

  • June 30, 2015
  • Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
  • Venue: Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

This summer-long special exhibit that thrilled tens of thousands is back at Roger Williams Park Zoo for its second and final year! Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom provides an immersive experience inside the Zoo’s beautifully landscaped greenhouse filled with hundreds of free-flying native North American butterflies. A delight for butterfly and gardening enthusiasts alike, this enchanting experience invites visitors to discover a deeper appreciation for some of our earth’s most imperi... read more

My Sky: an exhibit exploring the universe at Providence Children's Museum

This summer, Providence Children’s Museum hosts My Sky, a traveling exhibit that encourages families to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe. My Sky invites children and adults to investigate the sun, moon and stars together in an immersive environment as they: • Explore close-up images of the sun • Discover the phases of the moon • Gaze through a telescope to study the stars and planets • Find familiar constellations and invent new ones • Meet ... read more

Providence River & Harbor Tours

  • June 30, 2015
  • Location: Providence River Boat Company
  • Address: 575 South Water Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence River Boat Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Enjoy the Renaissance City from a whole new perspective! Climb aboard and enjoy a unique water tour of the Providence River and Industrial Harbor. Admire the diverse architecture and rich history of our capital city as Captain Tom highlights historical landmarks and nautical points of interest.