Rhode Island December 18, 2017
It’s Not Christmas In Rhode Island Until You Do These 7 Enchanting Things
Rhode Island gets even more adorable at Christmastime. There are so many ways to catch the Christmas spirit if you’re feeling Grinchy! Check out these seven enchanting things to do before the Big Man arrives. Make sure you don’t miss anything on this list and you’ll have the best Rhode Island Christmas ever!
1. Be awed by The Breakers yuletide decorations.
There is nothing like the glitter and sparkle of The Breakers in Newport at Christmastime. Get a Winter Passport and you can also tour Marble House and The Elms at their Christmas best. The decorated mansions are open mid-November through early January.
2. Cut your own Christmas tree.
It's a Rhody tradition to grab the family, head out to a farm, and cut down your own Christmas tree. There are many picturesque farms dotted across Rhode Island that are glad to provide you with the perfect tree and Christmas adventure. They may even throw in a mug of hot apple cider!
3. Take a drive by The Big Blue Bug in all his Christmas finery.
Let's face it, there's nowhere else in the country you're going to see a giant cockroach looming over the highway, complete with reindeer antlers, glittering lights, and Rudolph's nose. But this is Rhode Island! Be sure to check him out as you're driving down 95 this season.
4. See Trinity Rep's "A Chritsmas Carol."
Trinity Rep, the world-renowned Providence theatre company, has been putting on versions of "A Christmas Carol" for more than 40 years. Don't miss your chance at this time-honored Rhode Island holiday tradition.
5. Catch The Festival Ballet's yearly presentation of "The Nutcracker."
Speaking of great performances, Providence's Festival Ballet puts on this traditional ballet every season. It's a warm, family-friendly extravaganza that captures the magic of the holiday season. Best of all, it's performed in the incredible Providence Performing Arts Center.
6. Take a ride on the real Polar Express!!
That's right, the real inspiration for the actual novel "The Polar Express" is right here in Rhode Island! Children's author Chris Van Allsburg lived in Providence for many years and that's where he wrote his most famous work. The Blackstone Valley Polar Express departs from the Woonsocket, Rhode Island train depot throughout November and December.
7. Stroll the historic downtown and admire the lights.
Historic seaside towns in Rhode Island like Bristol, Wickford, Newport, and Westerly light up every year with beautiful holiday displays. Take time to tour some of the scenic downtowns and their festive decorations.
There are so many fun and festive things to do here during the holiday season. This list just scratches the surface of why Rhode Island is the ultimate state to spend Christmas in! Did we miss any of your holiday favorites? Let us know in the comments.