What’s Happening: Winters in Rhode Island

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The Winter season is in full swing here in Rhode Island! Check out these fun activities you can experience with family or friends.

Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park

Address: 160 Yawgoo Valley Rd, Exeter, RI 02822
Phone: (401) 294-3802
Number of trails: 12

Spend your day at Rhode Island’s only skiing resort! Yawgoo provides adventurous winter sports and activities. Shred the hills of the ski and snowboard area, or slide down the slopes of the tubing park.

Festive Igloo Pop-Up

Address: 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840, Newport County
October 29, 2021 – March 31, 2022

Cozy up in the heated igloos of The Lounge & Firepit Deck at Gurney’s Newport Resort. Enjoy a delicate meal with up to four people per igloo. When you are done, mosey over to their rink for ice skating fun!

Book a reservation:

RISD Museum

Address: 20 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 454-6500

Bring out your creativity at the RISD Museum! Explore the exquisite exhibitions and collections, or attend our events to show off your inner artists.

Purchase your tickets:

The Providence Rink

It’s ice skating season! Skate the day away with family and friends at The Providence Rink. Ice Bumper Cars are also available for some high-speed group fun!

Address: 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 680-7390

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Rhode Island Family Events!

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Keep busy this winter season with events you and your family will not want to miss out on!

Providence Bruins

There’s nothing like the excitement of a Providence Bruin’s hockey game! The team is playing through the end of April with special fan event nights throughout.

Get your tickets quick!

Providence Children’s Film Festival

Join your family from February 18th through the 27th for the 13th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival. Whether the event will be in person is still being determined, but all programming will be fully available via their online portal.

For full information and updates, visit

S’more Than Just a Hayride!

Join the Simmons Farm family on Saturday afternoons for a winter wonderland hayride. Upon arrival, you will receive a rich cup of hot chocolate for a historic hayride through the farm. S’mores kits will also be provided to roast at our fire-pits.

Check it out:

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for the festive annual parades taking place in both Providence and Newport.

Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 19th, 2022
Smith Street, Providence
12:00 pm start time

Newport’s 66th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12th, 2022
Newport City Hall, Newport
11:00 am start time

Retro Blast – Yawgoo Valley

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When we think of skiing in Rhode Island, we immediately think of Yawgoo Valley in Exeter. As the only ski resort in RI, Yawgoo originally opened in 1965 and has been running strong ever since. The resort uses 100% snow-making through the winter to make sure conditions are just right for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. But that’s not all! They also offer a skiing lesson program for beginners. Their expert staff will have you gliding down the mountains like a pro in no time! Whether you prefer to learn with a group, or privately, they offer loads of skiing fun!

Aside from skiing, Yawgoo Valley also includes snow tubing! With up to 7 perfectly carved lanes and tow ropes, you can sit back and have fun with your friends and family! The tubing is open from December to March, so be sure to experience the fun before it is closed for the season! Remember to purchase your tickets in advance by visiting their website!

But wait, there’s more! In the summer months, take a trip down to Yawgoo to visit their awesome water parks! Have some summer fun with the family when the water parks open this June. Yawgoo Valley changes with the seasons, so why not experience all of the various events that Yawgoo has to offer!

Ring In The Holidays In Newport

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There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than spending a festive day in Newport Rhode Island. Whether you’re planning a day with a loved one, friends, or family, there is something for everyone to spread Christmas cheer in Newport!

Holidays at the Newport Mansions
November 22nd, 2021 – January 9th, 2022
Explore the extravagant Newport mansions decorated for the holidays. The Breakers, Marble House, and The Elms are hosting their homes, beautifully ornated with Christmas trees, poinsettias, evergreens, and wreaths.

Sparkling Lights at The Breakers: An Outdoor Magical Wonderland
November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022 Thursdays through Sundays
Walkthrough an outdoor magical wonderland at The Breakers mansion. Tens of thousands of lights will cover half of the 13-acre property, illuminating the grand mansion for the holiday season.

Holiday Brunch at The Chinese Tea House
Weekends November 27 – December 19, and Christmas week, December 27-31
Experience a delicious cuisine while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Chinese Tea House is providing a three-course holiday brunch to make your day and your appetite merry and bright!

Christmas in Newport
December 1 -31
Newport will be hosting a month-long holiday celebration filled with concerts, tree lightings, craft fairs, candlelight house tours, and so much more!

Celebrate the Holidays!

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Rhode Island knows how to celebrate the holidays right! Whether it be light shows, theater performances of holiday favorites, or ice skating, there is always a fun activity to experience with your loved ones. Here is a list of fun ideas happening in Rhode Island this holiday season!

Visit Trinity Rep for A Christmas Carol

Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to the stage in a glorious retelling of the classic story that has delighted and inspired millions. The show is running from December 15- January 2nd, so grab your tickets now! To do so, visit their website at! Act fast before you miss out on this opportunity!

Enjoy hours of family fun at the ALEX AND ANI City Center Ice Rink

Dust off your ice skates or rent a pair and show off your skating skills as you glide around the 14,000 square-foot rink. Is skating not your thing? Take a lesson – or better yet, try the bumper cars! You won’t be able to stop smiling as you slide, glide & bump your way across the ice in brightly colored round cars. Walk-ups are first come, first serve. Visit to make reservations!

Experience the Magical Bristol Christmas Festival Celebration

Check out the Magical Bristol Christmas Festival Celebration, running from December 11-12 12-6 pm. Celebrating their 35th year, the Bristol Christmas Festival Committee is hosting a European-style Christmas market. Enjoy holiday music by carolers and other entertainers, and watch live wood carving demonstrations. Maybe even take a photo with Santa Claus. Find that perfect gift for yourself or others at the Vendor tables or make a creative present for someone at the crafts table! Don’t miss out on this special holiday event!

Visit the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo from now until January 2nd!

Experience this event featuring festive, larger-than-life dazzling displays with 1.5 million illuminated lights! It’s a must-see event that should be on everyone’s holiday to-do list. Not only this, but take your kids to see Santa!He’s coming to town on December 9, 16, and 23 from 5-7 pm. Tickets for Holiday Lights must be purchased in advance online. To do so, visit their website

Celebrate Mansion-Style at the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol

What sounds better than taking a stroll through beautifully-lit paths on the grounds of a mansion, including custom light displays, and handmade bamboo ornaments? Sunday, December 12at 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm, experience all the beauty that Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol has to offer. Not only that, but RI Cruisin’ Cocktails will be serving non-alcoholic cider, hot chocolate, hot coffee, and some hot drinks with a kick!

Get Moving This Holiday Season!

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There’s no better time to stay active than during the holidays! Check out these fit and fun seasonal activities the whole family can enjoy.

November 25, 2021
Family Turkey Trot
Pawtucket City Hall on Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI

The Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5K and Youth Fun Run takes place in Pawtucket Rhode Island on Thanksgiving Day Morning November 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Run or walk the beautiful course through historical Pawtucket and Central Falls.

December 4, 2021
Amica Downtown Jingle 5k & Kids Elves Run
Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. Providence RI
Looking for a fun holiday season running event to do with family and friends? Then join us at annual Amica Downtown Jingle 5k and Kids Elves Run on December 4 in Downtown Providence. There will be a Santa’s village inside the RI Convention Center and live entertainment too! Parking is easy at Providence Place and cost only $2 for 5 hours parking.

December 5, 2021
Narragansett Jingle Bell Run
35 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI 02882, South County

Get your jingle on with Naragansett’s Jingle Bell Run! The race will take place on Narragansett Beach and will start promptly at 2:00 pm on Dec 5, 2021. A virtual option is available too! The course will be set up on the beach from November 30 through December 4, for those who wish to run on their own.

November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Holiday Lights Spectacular
1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907

Bring family and friends to experience Holiday Lights Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. The zoo will be featuring festive larger-than-life luminous displays and over 1.5 million illuminated lights. It’s the most wonderful way to ring in the holidays!

Find the Perfect Tree for Your Family

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The holiday season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s almost time to gather the family to make the trip to a nearby Christmas Tree Farm and pick the tree you will be decorating this Christmas!

Henry’s Christmas Tree Farms

A member of the Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers Association, take a trip to Hope, RI to browse from a selection of balsam and spruce trees of all shapes and sizes! Henry’s Christmas Trees is located at 352 Seven Mile Rd, Hope, RI. Stop by before business starts booming!

Lockwood Christmas Tree Farm

This tree farm is located in Greenville RI, and offers various types of hand-trimmed trees, as well as other items such as firewood, and tasty goodies. Browse their selection with your family, and even bring your dog! Stop by the farm, at 129 Austin Ave, Greenville, RI 02828

Nagetuck Farms

Located in Tiverton, RI, Nagetuck is a family-owned farm! What better place to purchase a Christmas tree than one centralized on family! After looking for that perfect tree, take a stroll to their gift shop and browse the various selections of wreaths and other goodies. Come by 97 South Lake Rd, Tiverton.

Butterfly Farm

Butterfly Farm in Lincoln is home to 50 Acres of Christmas Trees. With this large selection, you are bound to find the perfect tree for your family! Ranging from Douglas Fir to White Spruce, they have it all! Visit this farm located at 679 Great Rd, Lincoln.

Shop in a Festive Fashion

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As the temperature continues to fall, and the twinkle lights begin decorating the bare trees, it becomes apparent that the shopping season is on its way. Rhode Island is a travel destination during all seasons, but there is something special about the Ocean State come winter. Maybe it is the appeal of shopping while listening to Christmas music and gazing at beautiful, festive sights.

Shop in the heart of RI

Providence Place Mall is the perfect place to start your Black Friday shopping. With three total floors, it would be a surprise if you didn’t leave the mall with your arms full of purchases! Tired of shopping and need a refresher? The food court of the mall has a variety of restaurant chains to quickly satisfy your hunger. If that isn’t appealing, take a step outside the mall into the beautiful city and browse the various restaurants surrounding it. The Cheesecake Factory is a family favorite, making your shopping experience even sweeter!

Waterfront Shopping

Newport is a hot tourist attraction in the summer, but have you seen it in the winter? Decorated beautifully and festively, take a stroll through the streets of Newport and all the shops that it has to offer. Some of the famous boutiques that are a hit to tourists are at Shops at Long Wharf! Holding some famous brands such as Athleta, Gap, Sephora, Francesca’s, and J.Crew, shop your favorite brands while being surrounded by holiday cheer.

Shop in Wickford

Another tourist attraction is the Historical Wickford Village. The small boutiques hold items that you can’t find online or in a basic mall. The handcrafted items offer a heartfelt sentiment to the receiver, which you can’t find just anywhere! Gold Lady is one of the shops in the Village, offering beautiful pieces of jewelry that you can gift a loved one. Green Ink is just another example of a shop at Wickford that has unique women’s clothing that cannot be found at your average mall. When shopping this season, it is worth it to check out the unique experience of Wickford!

5 Spots To Get Outside & Get Moving In RI

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The beautiful fall weather has arrived! Get outside and get moving around the Ocean State.

  1. Stroll the Newport Cliff Walk

Enjoy the beautiful, scenic views of Newport along a 3.5-mile walkway. The cliff walk borders the Newport coast and displays the historic, grand mansions.

  1. Bike the Easy Bay Path

Stretching from Providence to Bristol, the East Bay Bike Path is a 14-mile route that is a great way to get in your exercise while taking in the striking views of RI.

  1. Explore the Trails of Lincoln Woods

Take in the breathtaking fall sights at Lincoln Woods! This park has several trails to choose from – whether you want to go for a hike, run, or bike ride.

  1. Feel the Burn at Beavertail

Whether you’re looking to walk around and sightsee the beautiful historic landscape or overlook the water while completing your own workout, Beavertail State Park is the place for you!

  1. Long Pond Woods Trail

If you’re looking for a challenging workout, Long Pond Woods is for you! This moderate-level trail provides naturistic views across a 2-mile rocky and steep terrain.

Create Your Fall Bucket List

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The weather is changing, which means it’s the season of corn mazes, football, and pumpkin-spiced everything! To make the most of the coming season, take a look at some of the ways that you can embrace this September!

Scary Acres:
It’s never too early to start getting into the Halloween spirit. Take a ride to Confreda Farms for a spooky experience as the haunted hayride and maze begin to open up. Tickets can be purchased on their website

Salisbury Farm (apple picking and corn maze):
Salisbury Farm in Johnston is in its prime apple picking season! Take a peaceful stroll and pick your very own tasty apples, then walk through the huge maze in their fields! How fast can you make it out?

Pumpkin Flavored Everything:
Whether it is going to Brewed Awakenings, Dunkin or your favorite local coffee shop, the pumpkin flavor has finally returned! Maybe add some pumpkin spice to your favorite coffee, or in the form of a muffin or donut to compliment your drink.

Football Season starting up:
Grab your lucky jersey, and support your local school teams as the season starts! Check out the RIIL website to stay up to date with game schedules. Aside from your local teams, be sure to watch your favorite football stars on the big screen, or maybe even watch them in person!

The Avery:
Take a ride down to Providence to The Avery for a taste of your favorite drink after a long day! This five-star bar opens at 4 pm

Scary Acres: 2150 Scituate Ave, Hope, RI
Salisbury Farm: Entrance on Plainfield Pike across from Pippin Orchard Road, Johnston, RI
The Avery: 18 Luongo Memorial Sq. Providence, RI