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

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!

RetroBlast: Wickford Art Festival

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Historical Wickford is located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and it was settled in 1637 by Roger Williams. Its name originates from Wickford in Essex, England. Remaining one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rhode Island, it is now home to various restaurants and boutiques. Notable restaurants in Wickford are Wickford on the Water, Tavern by the Sea, and Shayna’s Place. Although the food and shopping are a hit, the Wickford Art Festival is the pinnacle event of the summer that unites all Rhode Island residents.

The Wickford Art Festival is an annual event that began in 1962 by the Wickford Art Association. Various artists set up throughout the streets of Wickford, showcasing their work for potential buyers. This year, the festival was held on July 10-11 in a different location, Wilson Park. 180 different artists are showcased, their work varying from ceramics, to jewelry, glass, painting, photography, and so much more! This variety of artwork is a prime example of the artistic community within Rhode Island, as well as the diverse collection of work that meets in Wickford each year.

If you weren’t able to visit the festival this year, there’s always next year! Whether it is for the festival or for the shops, restaurants, and beautiful scenery, Wickford is a destination that you must write on your bucket list!

Fourth of July Fireworks in RI

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Celebrate your Fourth of July watching spectacular firework shows throughout Rhode Island! Don’t forget to stay safe, have fun, and create great memories this holiday.

Block Island 4th of July Parade & Fireworks!
1 Water Street, Block Island, Rhode Island 02807
Time: 9:15pm – 9:45pm

Warwick’s Annual Fireworks Display
Oakland Beach Seawall: 869 Oakland Beach Ave
Time: 5:00 PM

Cumberland’s Annual Fireworks Display
Tucker Field Athletic Complex: 2600 Mendon Road
Time: 9:00 PM

Bristol’s Fourth of July Celebration
Time: 10:30 AM
Bristol County, Downtown Bristol 02809

Narragansett 4th of July Family Beach Day & Fireworks!
Narragansett Town Beach: 39 Boston Neck Road
Time: 5:00 PM

4th of July Fireworks Cruise in North Kingstown!
Quonset Point: 1347 Roger Williams Way
Time: 7:00 PM

Christmas Eve Dinner

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When Ilanna Ball decided to help others during the holidays, she decided to devote her time to individuals and families in need, to specifically choose to aid those without a home and those without enough food to eat. These factors can make for tough times, especially when children are involved.

Ball, who owns Total Asset Solutions and Finest Real Estate and Property Management in North Smithfield, will be hosting the Third annual Christmas Eve Dinner for the Homeless to assist homeless and “working poor” families because Ball said she also wants them to enjoy the holiday season.

This free event happens on Tuesday, December 24, at The Millrace Kitchen, 40 S. Main St., Woonsocket, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Attendees will receive a hot meal, presents and family photos with Santa as well as other exciting activities.

“Hunger and homelessness don’t take holidays off,” she said. “I was raised to help others and this is my passion and cause—helping those in need. My husband (Charles Coulbourn) and I also deliver hot meals to people who need it most, whether they are living in their cars, a shelter or somewhere else. I feel fortunate to be in the position that I am in, and want to pay it forward.”

Adeline’s, A Speakeasy Kitchen Bar, located on 2352 Mendon Road in Cumberland, will provide 200 meals for the event. Owner Philip Giguere said the holidays are a good time to give to those who are less fortunate. Like Ball, Giguere also works with the homeless and provides meals to an area family whose son has physical challenges.

Ball stressed that the Christmas Eve Dinner is not limited to just the homeless. She said many families routinely make tough choices like paying the rent or buying food. These are luxuries some people take for granted. Ball said several people attended the event last year who would have otherwise spent the holidays alone.

“Not everyone is fortunate to live near friends and family. Nobody should be left out or be alone for the holidays,” Ball said.

Ball said the outpouring of support from the community over the last two years has helped to make this event successful. She added her goal this year of reaching more people. Ball said she is also focusing extra resources in order to ensure that there are gifts appropriate for teenagers—sadly that age group often gets overlooked.

The Christmas Eve Dinner is open to anyone interested in attending. Donations are needed to help make this event successful. Donations of gift cards to fast- food restaurants and gas stations are most needed. Other needs include toys for young children and gifts for teens. All items must be new and unused.

Please contact Ilanna Ball at 401-419-7116 or by email at for more details.