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No matter when you plan your visit, you will find something fun to do. From historic tours to WaterFire, performing arts to food festivals, and everything in between, there are events for every season.

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Saturday Dec 20, 2014

A Christmas Carol at the Historic Park Theatre

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Park Theater, The
  • Address: 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910
  • Venue: Park Theater, The

An ensemble-based community show, filled with holiday music, family tradition, and a fresh, exciting adaptation of Dickens's classic tale of redemption.

PC Friars Men's Basketball vs. Massachusetts

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Dunkin' Donuts Center
  • Address: One LaSalle Square, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Dunkin' Donuts Center

Barefoot in the Park

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Trinity Repertory Company
  • Address: 201 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Trinity Repertory Company

This fast-paced, witty and romantic Neil Simon play makes its Trinity Rep debut! Barefoot in the Park follows the lives of two newlyweds, Paul and Corie (played by two of Trinity Rep’s newest company members Charlie Thurston & Rebecca Gibel), as they start their lives in a 5th floor walkup in New York City. What results is a shimmering tale of two people coming to terms with loving each other for who they are, and accepting each other for who they are not. Directed by Brown/Trini... www.trinityrep.com/

Heritage Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Stadium Theatre
  • Address: 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Heritage Ballet presents the “Nutcracker”, a full-length classical ballet about a little girl named Clara who receives a Nutcracker from her godfather for Christmas. She dreams that her Nutcracker comes to life and battles the mischievous Mouse Queen. Clara then goes on a magical adventure as the Snow Queen and King and their sparkling Snowflakes dance all around her in the forest and send her to the Land of the Sweets where she meets the majestic Sugar Plum Fairy. But was it ... www.stadiumtheatre.com/Event/77

Holiday Collage

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Providence Children's Museum
  • Address: 100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Children's Museum

Children create festive holiday cards and collages from an array of colorful fabrics, shiny papers and a variety of other art materials.

The Nutcracker Ballet

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre
  • Address: 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Heritage Ballet presents The Nutcracker Ballet at the beautiful Stadium Theatre on Main Street in Woonsocket, RI. Heritage Ballet presents the "Nutcracker", a full-length classical ballet about a little girl named Clara who receives a Nutcracker from her godfather for Christmas. She dreams that her Nutcracker comes to life and battles the mischievous Mouse Queen. Clara then goes on a magical adventure as the Snow Queen and King and their sparkling Snow... www.stadiumtheatre.com

Music in the Living Room

Come join us in the living room to experience outstanding performances this holiday season. Seating in on a first come, first served basis. Reserved seats can be held for an additional $2.

Meet Me in St. Louis

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Ocean State Theatre Company
  • Address: 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02889
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Based on the heartwarming 1944 MGM classic, which starred Judy Garland, Meet Me in St. Louis is a wonderful classic from the golden age of musical comedy. Join the Smith family at the 1904 World's Fair and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a close family. Memorable musical numbers include "The Boy Next Door, "The Trolley Song," "Under the Bamboo Tree," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little... www.oceanstatetheatre.org

44th Annual Christmas in Newport

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Various Locations in Newport
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 44th year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar. In a community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue. The li... www.christmasinnewport.org

A Christmas Carol

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Trinity Repertory Company
  • Address: 201 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Trinity Repertory Company

Appealing to young and old, this timeless tale of the power of forgiveness shows us that anything is possible--and hope is always just around the corner. With Fred Sullivan, Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge!

Born Casual - Free Hip Hop Dance Party

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Fete Music
  • Address: 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI 02909
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Providence Phoenix winner as voted by thousands of Phoenix readers: Fete “Best Dance Night 2013” Casual Saturdays! Born Casual playing the best and newest hip hop, trap and R&B every Saturday night at the Fête Lounge. No Cover // 21+

Brunch & Bubbly

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Papa Razzi
  • Address: 1 Papa Razzi Way, Cranston, RI 02920
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday

BRUNCH & BUBBLY Join us all weekend long and Monday holidays for our classic Papa Razzi brunch offerings. With purchase of a brunch entree, your first drink is on us, with your choice of a Bellini or Mimosa.

Elisha Project Saturdays

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: The Elisha Project
  • Address: 65 Newport Avenue, Suite 6, Rumford, RI 02916
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Bring your entire family...all ages are welcome to: - Make and prepare 250+ lunch meals - Decorate Lunch Bags - Take the lunches to people in need Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and one you will not soon forget. You can view our videos on our site above. 

Free Keychain when you see DRACULA in IMAX!

  • December 20, 2014
  • Address: One Providence Place, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Place
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Be one of the first 400 people to see “DRACULA UNTOLD” in IMAX, and receive a custom Showcase/Dracula Untold keychain! Offer valid until supplies last. Luke Evans stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes looks to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces - without succumbing to the darkness himself. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.showcasecinemas.com/showtimes/8641/1412208000

Smokin' Saturdays at the Celtic Lounge

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Celtic Lounge
  • Address: 397 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02905
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Starting this Saturday (9/20) Hella Smoke will be hosting Smokin' Saturdays at the Celtic Lounge on Westminster and Empire! We'll have local artists in, performing some nights, mixing their music into the playlist others, and just mingling with the crowd answering your questions throughout all of them. Selling VIP tickets to the private bar at just $25 per, and cover at just $5 before midnight, ladies free before 11, and $10 after midnight! Come on down, listen to some great music, meet some ... providence.craigslist.org/eve/4667587988.html

Ace Aceto

Growing up in an Italian/Catholic household and going to Catholic school as a kid has made Ace Aceto what he is today…inquisitive and irreverent! Ace burst onto the comedy scene during the latter part of the stand-up comedy boom in 1989. His first time on stage he immediately caught attention by placing second in a local comedy contest. By 1990, Ace was chosen along with 9 other finalists to be filmed for Stand-Up Stand-Up and Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central (then known ... www.ricomedyconnection.com

Carita Smile 4th Annual Masquerade Ball - A Holiday Affair

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Rhode Island Shriners
  • Address: One Rodes Place, Cranston, RI 02905

Caritas Smile, will host the 4th Annual All White Masquerade Ball on Saturday December 20th at the lovely Rhode Island Shriners Imperial Room, One Rhode Place in Cranston RI from 5:30PM-11PM. Live Latin music, Latino art, dancing and entertinament, silent auctions, and unique raffle items from local RI businesses are some highlights of the evening. This event is to beneit families in need for the holidays. 

December Mini Camp at Norman Bird Sanctuary

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Norman Bird Sanctuary
  • Address: 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, RI 02842

Grades K-6 Drop your child off for a Saturday filled with seasonal nature exploration, games and crafts. During this action-packed program, we will explore our trails, learn about winter animal adaptations, meet education animals and much more. Registration and permission form required; please pack a lunch for your child.

Holiday Collage at Providence Children's Museum

Children create festive holiday cards and collages from an array of colorful fabrics, shiny papers and a variety of other art materials.

Narragansett Beer 124th Anniversary Party

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: The Met
  • Address: 1005 Main St, Pawtucket, RI 02860

We want to invite you to come celebrate our 124th Anniversary with us at The Met on Saturday, December 20th! There will be live music from: The Pat McGee Band Runaway Saints, The Sugar Honey Iced Tea, and The ‘Mericans Have your calendar signed by the 2015 Hi Neighbor Calendar ‘Gansett Girls! We’ll also have a top-secret surprise on-tap!  

National Amusements’ Holiday Classics

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Providence Place Cinemas 16
  • Address: One Providence Place, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: Providence Place
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

National Amusements, Inc., a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry operating approximately 950 screens in the U.S., U.K. and Latin America, announces the 16th year of Holiday Classics, a four-week program offering movie-goers free admission to a classic holiday movie with a donation of a non-perishable food item which will benefit a local food pantry. The program continues to be particularly important for local communities, as the economic downturn has caused demand for food a...

RIPO Presents: Handel's Messiah

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined once again by The Providence Singers for a spectacular performance of one of the most glorious works in the choral literature: Handel’s Messiah. The Orchestra and 100 voices perform Messiah’s huge Choruses including “For unto us a Child is born,” “Lift up your heads,” “And the Glory of the Lord” and the famous “Hallelujah" as well as gorgeous arias sung by our vocal soloists.

Save the Bay Seal Cruise - Newport

  • December 20, 2014
  • Address: 142 Long Wharf(Intersection of LW & Washington), Newport, RI 02840

Join us for our award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Free Parking!

Save the Bay Seal Cruise - Westerly

  • December 20, 2014
  • Address: 19 Margin Street (Viking Marina), Westerly, RI 02891

Join Save the Bay and the Stonington Historical Society for a 90-minute nature-cruise aboard our education vessel. We will venture down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay to learn about the history, winter wildlife, and environmental issues in our region. We provide binoculars and expert guides. Parking available.

Save The Bay Seal Cruises, Narragansett Bay

  • December 20, 2014
  • Address: 100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905
  • Venue: Save the Bay

Join us for our award winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island. We provide binoculars and expert guides. One and two hour tours available. Free parking! Weekends and school vacations, November 2014 through April 2015. Daily schedule based on time of low tide. Boat departs 142 Long Wharf Dock, Newport at the intersection of Long Wharf and Washington Streets. 

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