Best Bets

7 Holiday Traditions and 1 Way to Escape the Holiday Hustle

Weekend Best Bets in and around Rhode Island: December 16-18

Providence Monthly Magazine ·


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
There might not be any creatures stirring at your house, but the Providence Ballet Theatre will be full of life when they bring the holiday classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to the McVinney Auditorium. 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence. 861-4842.

Saturday & Sunday:

The Nutcracker
Festival ballet presents their famous version of The Nutcracker. See sugarplum fairies and toy soldiers come back to the PPAC stage. Experience the magic and the music that has made this show an annual holiday tradition. 220 Weybosset Street, Providence. 353-1129.


Duke Robillard Band
The Duke Robillard Band brings three decades of blues to Tiverton. See the band rock the Sandywoods Center for the Arts and find out why Duke has been called one of blues’ best guitarists. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 816-5600.

Celebrations: An African Odyssey
Mixed Magic Theatre is known for its challenging and thought provoking programing - but at this time of year it’s all about celebrating. Back for the first time in ten years, Celebrations: An African Odyssey is an original work from the theatre’s founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence. 305-7333.


West Side Caroling
Gather with a group of spirited carolers, sometimes hundreds of them, to walk the neighborhood at West Side Caroling. Neighbors will come out with eggnog and treats for everyone involved. Meet your fellow carolers at Loie Fuller’s and sing those humbugs away. 1455 Westminster Street.

A Very Portuguese Christmas
Grab your Vovo and head to White’s of Westport. The Portuguese Kids are back with A Very Portuguese Christmas, which taps into all of the craziness of the holidays with a huge Portuguese family. It’s guaranteed to make you feel better about whatever happens at your Christmas table. 66 State Road, Westport. 508-675-7185.

Providence Holiday Flea 
Get gifts for everyone on your list at the Providence Flea’s Holiday Flea, a pop-up vintage and maker faire. The summer season may be over but the Flea heads indoors to Hope High School this to keep your gift giving a one-stop shop. 324 Hope Street, Providence.

Christmas Pops
The Chorus of Westerly’s Christmas Pops, a tradition since 1981, will feature performances of all your holiday favorites. See the choir and enjoy the enchanting sounds of the season. Singing along is encouraged. 119 High Street, Westerly. 596-8663

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