– December TO-DO List
– Community Giving: Make a family plan
– Top 10 Things To Do During Winter Vacation (2011)
– Top 10 Things To Do During Winter Vacation (2009 & 2010)
– Top 10 Things To Do During Winter Vacation (2008)
books, crafts, and activities
– Shopping for Christmas Trees
– The Nutcracker
– Make a pomander ball
– Winter Walking: Snowshoeing Family Fun
– Let it Snow…
– Wishing for Snow
– Making Snowflakes
– Hack a Snowflake
– Winter Books
– Make a Snowman without Snow
ice skating + sledding
– List of indoor and outdoor skating rinks: (click here)
– Places to go sledding: (click here)
Yawgoo Valley Ski Area
Location: Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter, RI
Directions from Providence: Route 95 South to Route 4 (Exit 9). Take Exit 5B for Route 102 North. After one mile, turn left onto Route 2 South. At four miles, Yawgoo Valley Road is on the left.
Phone: (401) 294-3802 for ski information; (401) 295-2276 for tubing
Blue Hills Ski Area
Location: 4001 Washington St. (Route 138), Canton, Mass.
Directions from Providence: Route 95 North to Route 128/93 split. Turn right onto 93 North and take Exit 2B onto Route 138 North. Blue Hills is about 1 mile on the right.
Phone: (781) 828-5070
Kids programs: www.ski-bluehills.com/kids-and-junior-programs
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Location: 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, Mass.
Directions from Providence: Route 146 North to Worcester, then Route 290 East to Exit 19 (Route 190 North) to Exit 5 (Route 140 North). Wachusett’s access road is 12 miles north on the left.
phone: (978) 464-2300, snow reports: (800) SKI-1234
Kids Programs: http://www.wachusett.com/Default.aspx?TabId=160
annual holiday events
Downtown Providence Tree Lighting (early December)
Enjoy the Providence Preservation Society’s Benefit Street & Downtown Stroll and then join Mayor Cicilline to light the tree at City Hall.
location: Providence City Hall
Cutural Holiday Celebrations (December)
Rhode Island State House offers festive ethnic Holiday displays and noontime Holiday concert performances in the rotunda.
location: Captial Center- 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI.
Festival of Lights (First weekend in December)
The charm of this historic village comes alive as thousands of beautiful white lights transform it into a winter wonderland. Tree lighting, window decorating contest, hayrides, music, and entertainment are included in the festivities as well as Breakfast with Santa.
location: Wickford Village – Brown & Main Streets, Wickford, RI
Christmas in Newport (December)
Month-long festival of more than seventy-five events featuring concerts, dance, house-tours, inn tours, tree lighting ceremonies and children’s events all to highlight the Christmas season in historic Newport.
location; Newport, RI
Pawtucket’s Winter Wonderland in Slater Park (December)
400 decorated and lit cut christmas trees. Trees are lit every evening from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM through Dec. 31. Twenty victorian buildings for kids to explore. Special events on December weekends leading up to Christmas – including Frosty the talking snowman, free visits w/santa, photos w/santa, train rides, hay rides, carousel rides, a tented food court serves hot dogs and hot chocolate, and free entertainment. Check website for details. Free admission & parking.
location: Slater Memorial Park – Armistice Blvd/Newport Ave., Pawtucket, RI
Holidays at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center (December)
Come visit New England’s newest attraction, enjoy poinsettia displays among our lovely gardens of palms, orchids, water features, and carnivorous plants. Adults – $3, Children (6-12) $1, Under 6 are free. Open Tuesday through Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm. Special events include Frosty the Snowman (Tuesday through Sundays 12 to 4 pm) and weekend storytelling. Check website for details.
location: Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island