Festive Winter Experiences in the Ocean State

This holiday season, consider traveling to Rhode Island for one of these festive events.

The Breakers



It may not seem like it, but the holiday season is just around the corner and you most likely haven’t planned anything for you and your family. Well, look no further than the state of Rhode Island, which has several events for everyone to enjoy.


The Polar Express in Blackstone Valley

Weekends from November 17-December 23

Have you ever read the classic Chris Van Allsburg book, Polar Express, as a child and wanted that train to show up on your front door for a night of fun and magic? The people at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council share that dream and want to make it a reality. A fun for the whole family event where passengers will be taken on a 90-minute train ride through the hills of the National Park site. While on the train you will be treated to storytelling, sing-a-longs, scrumptious cookies, games and of course hot cocoa served in a collectible souvenir mug. Children will also be able to meet Santa Claus when he personally gives out the “first gift of Christmas” to every child. blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com


Mansion Tours

Dates varying depending on tour.

Take a nice tour of one of the luxurious mansions of Rhode Island. From the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol from November 24 to December 29, to the Marble House, the Elms, and the iconic Vanderbilt summer home, The Breakers, which are  filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths, held from November 18 to January 1.  newportmansions.org/events/christmas-at-the-newport-mansions


Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade

December 13-17

Newport Harbor hopes to kick off this holiday season with a truly breathtaking light show parade. Visitors will be entertained with a wide variety of yachts, boats, canoes, and more decorated in festive holiday lights as they move down the harbor while you dine from the shore. Head over to the website for maps for the parade and options for dining while you watch the show. christmasboatparade.com


A Christmas Carol

November 5-December 31

If you plan to head into Rhode Island for any of the events above or are just passing through, why not stop by the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence for the classic tale of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. An annual show that Trinity Rep puts together for all to come and savor. Head over to their website to plan your stay as well as purchase tickets. While you’re in the city, have an intimate dinner at Capriccio’s or Gracie’s and cozy up at the historic Hotel Providence for a night or two.


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