Three Nights of Lights

Three Nights of Lights in Providence, RI

December 1–3, 2023

Make the season bright during Providence’s Three Nights of Lights, presented by Dunkin'. This three-day festival of lights includes fun for the whole family, with free citywide events, all incorporating the theme of light.

Head downtown on Friday, Dec. 1 for the Providence tree lighting in front of City Hall, with live entertainment including the International Soul Brothers, Ballet RI, Santa and more.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, don't miss WaterFire's basin lighting, holiday market and a visit by Santa. Throughout the weekend, experience a new multimedia installation and live ensemble performance presented by Firstworks. Stroll through downtown and enjoy illuminated and activated art experiences by The Avenue Concept..

The weekend also features holiday shopping events, an ice sculpture garden and so much more holiday cheer. Browse below to start planning.



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Snapshot of the Weekend

Friday, December 1

Here's a look at some of the festivities on schedule for night one.

Stroll through a winter wonderland of ice sculptures at the BankNewport City Center.

Saturday, December 2

The fun continues on Saturday with the following events.

Stroll through a winter wonderland of ice sculptures at the BankNewport City Center.

Sunday, December 3

The weekend wraps up with more family-friendly fun.

Stroll through a winter wonderland of ice sculptures at the BankNewport City Center.

Dunkin' Fun

Friday, Dec. 1
Visit the Dunkin’ truck at the Trinity Beer Garden for some tasty samples. Dunkin' will also have an area for curling and an igloo with an ice bar offering samples as well. Dunkin’ mascot Cuppy Claus will be making an appearance.

Saturday, Dec. 2
During WaterFire, don't miss Dunkin’ on the IGT Patio (10 Memorial Blvd.) with a fun selfie station, an ice bar, Cuppy Claus, a prize wheel and donut samples.

The Dunkin’ team will also be outside of the URI vs. PC men's basketball game at The AMP PVD passing out gift cards and fun swag from 6–7:30 p.m.

Other Festive Events in Providence

Holiday Markets! Dec 08

Holiday Markets!

    Farm Fresh RI Market Hall

Make it a Weekend Getaway in Providence

More Holiday Fun

Shop local for everyone on your holiday list, head to the theater for a festive show, check out neighborhood holiday markets and much more. There are scores of holiday happenings for all to enjoy.

Buy Local

This holiday season, keep it local and support Rhode Island’s renowned restaurants, eclectic shops, stellar arts organizations and fun family attractions. Find great ideas for shopping, dining and things to do throughout the state.


Illuminate PVD

Downtown Providence will be bright and full of cheer, courtesy of the city's Illuminate PVD program, which includes snowflakes projected onto City Hall, 5-foot illuminated snowflakes throughout the city, life-sized holiday ornaments and other colorful lighting installations.



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