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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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Sunday Dec 21, 2014

Barefoot in the Park

  • December 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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.

Holiday Gala

  • December 21, 2014
  • Location: Rhodes on the Pawtuxet
  • Address: 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 02905
  • Venue: Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Appetizers from local restaurants Catered dinner provided by Russell Morin Catering Open wine bar and craft beer by Rapscallion Brewery Fancy desserts and coffee and tea station Entertainment by the Throttles and jazz pianist Mark Taber Silent auction VIP seating at Park Theatre for A Christmas Carol

Music in the Galleries

  • December 21, 2014
  • Location: Newport Art Museum
  • Address: 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Join us for a live Christmas concert in the Ilgenfritz Gallery, featuring St. Mary's Choir.

The Nutcracker Ballet

  • December 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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!

Brunch & Bubbly

  • December 21, 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.

Free Keychain when you see DRACULA in IMAX!

  • December 21, 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

Christmas Pops

  • December 21, 2014
  • Location: George Kent Performance Hall
  • Address: 119 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891

The Chorus of Westerly, under the direction of Andrew Howell, will present two performances of its annual Christmas Pops concert on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Festival Ballet Providence presents The Nutcracker

Don't miss out on the magic of Festival Ballet Providence's timeless production of The Nutcracker. With beautiful sets, elegant choreography, and world class dancers, FBP's production is a magical performance perfect for audiences of all ages. It is a classic staging of the familiar tale of Clara and her prince. The Nutcracker ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" by E.T.A. Hoffman. First performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1892, the ballet has since beco... festivalballet.com/nutcracker_story.php

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.

Strolling Carolers

Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while listening to the beautiful holiday music by our strolling carolers at the Hyatt Regency Newport. Saturdays & Sundays in December - 6&7, 13&14, 20&21 10:30-11:30am Free

The Nutcracker

Don't miss out on the magic of Festival Ballet Providence's timeless production of The Nutcracker. With beautiful sets, elegant choreography, and world class dancers, FBP's production is a magical performance perfect for audiences of all ages. It is a classic staging of the familiar tale of Clara and her prince. The Nutcracker ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" by E.T.A. Hoffman. First performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1892, the ballet has since beco...

The Trip to Bountiful

  • December 21, 2014
  • Location: 2nd Story Theatre
  • Address: 28 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" is the story of the frail but feisty Carrie Watts, who lives with her hen-pecked son and domineering daughter-in-law in a cramped Houston apartment. Against the wishes of her family, the elderly Carrie sets out on a journey to Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth, which she still calls “home”. A masterpiece of memory, mortality, and the universal yearning for the warmth of home.

West Side Caroling 2014

  • December 21, 2014
  • Location: Loie Fuller's
  • Address: 1455 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909

Spread joy & warmth during the coldest time of the year. Join us as we go caroling through the streets of Providence's Historic Armory District neighborhood. Annually, the Sunday before Christmas! Meet up at Loie Fuller's restaurant from 5-6 p.m. and head out at 6 p.m. to bring cheer to the neighborhood through festive holiday songs. There are stops with neighbors along the way for warm drinks and bathroom breaks, and we finish at 8 p.m. for milk & cookies at Fertile Underground Grocery,... https://www.facebook.com/events/681975791918397/

Winter Solstice Concert with Zefiro Vocal Ensemble

  • December 21, 2014
  • Location: Bay Spring Community Center
  • Address: 170 Narragansett Avenue, Barrington, RI 02806
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The Fantastic Zefiro Vocal Ensemble is returning to the BSCC as part of our Sunday Music Series to help celebrate the winter solstice and the holiday season. They’ll be presenting a concert of a Capella Advent and Christmas music to get us all in the spirit. Together with our Light Up the Night for Barrington celebration that same night. It makes a perfect Sunday evening.

All-Inclusive Brewery Tour - Newport RI

  • December 21, 2014
  • Location: Park and Ride Lot
  • Address: Fleetwood Dr., Saunderstown, RI 02874
  • Venue: Rhode Island Brew Bus LLC, The
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

Its Sunday in beautiful Rhode Island and we have just the thing for you! Meet us just before the Jamestown Bridge and hop on board the Brew Bus as we cruise over the Pell Bridge to Newport! Our first stop is a doozy! We will visit the folks at Newport Storm Brewery and try not only their great beer but also their Thomas Tew Rum! That’s right, we will taste everything Storm while touring their awesome brewery. Now that we have tried some Newport beer and rum, we have to try some wine!! We w... https://booking.attractionsuite.com/Attraction/ec/selectTourDate.action?sid=113#date4

Christmas at Blithewold

Blithewold's Christmas theme for 2014 is, "You are Invited" it celebrates the Van Wickle family's love of entertaining. Each room will interpret a festive occasion at Blithewold in the early 1900s. One room will be set for tea, for example; another for a games evening; or a garden party; and still another for a sailing party. The fantasy created in the exhibit area on the second floor will be “The Pleasure of Your Company…” featuring two of Bessie’s recently co... www.blithewold.org/event/show/785

What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present

  • December 21, 2014
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

What Nerve! proposes an alternate history of figurative painting, sculpture, and vernacular image-making from 1960 to the present that has been largely overlooked and undervalued. At the heart of What Nerve! are four miniexhibitions based on crucial shows, spaces, and groups in Chicago (the Hairy Who), San Francisco (Funk), Ann Arbor (Destroy All Monsters), and Providence (Forcefield)—places outside the artistic focal point of New York. These moments are linked together by six influential ...

Holiday Art and Boutique Show

  • December 21, 2014
  • Location: Fine Art at Chapel View
  • Address: 4 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, RI 02920
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Fine Art at Chapel View’s first annual Boutique Show will feature fine paintings and photography as well as artisan-made apparel, jewelry, pottery, glass, textiles, furniture, home accents and accessories. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list! We are open Black Friday (11/28) from 8:00am - 9:00pm Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary wine, food, and music at our reception on November 29th from 5:00 - 9:00pm. Free admission! December Gallery Hours: Monday - Wednesday 5:00p... www.fineartatchapelview.com

Circus

  • December 21, 2014
  • Address: 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • Venue: RISD Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The spectacle of the American and European circus takes center stage in this glimpse into the visual world of this phenomenon during the height of its popularity, 1850 to 1960. Approximately 40 circus-themed paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and posters by artists such as Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, JamesJacques-Joseph Tissot, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec delve into life under the big top and its wider connections to culture and society. During its heyday, the circus ...

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