Treat yourself to a taste of Christmas in New England


You better watch out

Better not cry

Better not pout

I’m telling you why…

Does that sound familiar?

They should…and as the days go by, they should ring louder and louder…

Because it’s that time of the year again.

The Countdown to Christmas Has Begun!


With Christmassy snowfall, dozens of Christmas events and a general warm and merry vibe, Christmas in Rhode Island is really something to be excited about.

To help you with your Rhode Island Christmas plans, Ocean State Escape, Rhode Island’s very own escape room, presents to you the definitive list of the top 5 Christmas things to do in Rhode Island.


Christmas at the Blithewold – The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Built in the 1890s by the Van Wickle family from Pennsylvania, the Blithewold Mansion and Garden has been celebrating Christmas for a number of years now.

Staff and volunteers work together to deck the halls and rooms of the mansion with holiday decorations, taking a lot of inspiration from plants and wildlife, transforming the mansion into a Christmas wonderland.

You can wander through the mansion and the grounds as much as you want, breathing in the Rhode Island Christmas spirit.

Date: November 29th, 2019 – January 1st, 2020.

Entry: Tickets need to be booked in advance.

How to get there: It’s a half hour drive from Johnston and Providence. If you can’t locate it for some reason, you can try to get to Roger Williams University, which is a few minutes away.

The #60 RIPTA bus makes a stop on Ferry Road, where the Mansion is located.


Holiday Open House in Johnston – Elijah Angell House

If you’re specifically looking for a Christmas event in Johnston, have I got news for you!

The Johnston Historical Society hosts a number of events throughout the year and this year, they’ll be hosting an ‘open house’ at the Elijah Angell House featuring ‘yuletide music, local history and light refreshments’.

Fact: The Elijah Angell House is a farmhouse built in 1824 by a stonecutter called …. (I’ll let you guess his name).

The Johnston Historical Society restored it and it has earned a place in the National Register of Historic Places.

If you’re looking to get a feel of Christmas in Johnston in the years gone by, turn up at Eijah Angell House on December 8th.

Date: December 8, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Entry: Free

How to get there: It’s on Putnam Pike, near Graniteville Baptist Church.


Find out what happened to Nonna – Ocean State Escape

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a detective and solving a mystery?

Well, here’s your chance!

Team up with your friends and family and head over to Johnston’s very own escape room.

Something has happened to Nonna. Maybe it has to do with her gambling habit or maybe not.

You need to find her.

Work with your team, unearth clues, accomplish tasks and uncover the mystery of what happened to Nonna.

Fact: Not only do escape rooms make for a perfect Christmas event for yourself, you can gift an escape experience to someone you care about as well!

Entry: Tickets need to be booked in advance.

How to get there: It’s close to Johnston Memorial Park and opposite X1 Gaming Lounge.


A Christmas Carol – Trinity Repertory

What would Christmas be without A Christmas Carol?

Mr Dickens’ novel remains as popular today as it was 150 years ago, when he first wrote it and then performed it in front of wildly cheering crowds.

And it is going to be staged at Trinity Repertory in Providence till December 7th, 2019, featuring original music by Richard Bergman and directed by Kate Bergstrom.

Fact: The Repertory has been staging the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge for over 4 decades now.

Entry: Tickets need to be booked in advance.


Rhode Island Christmas Festival – West Warwick Civic Center

Getting together and partaking of shared activities, joy and merriment. That’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it?

And that’s exactly what you’re going to find at the Rhode Island Christmas Festival at the West Warwick Civic Center.

From face painting to a gingerbread house contest, it’ll all be happening at the Rhode Island Christmas Festival!

And the Man of the Moment – Santa – will be there, leading the Annual Family Parade on November 24th.

Entry: Free. You may need to register for some of the events, though.

How to get there: The #13 RIPTA bus stops at 1125 Main near a CVS Pharmacy. The Civic Center is 10 minutes from the bus stop.


I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating Christmas in Rhode Island. Whether you’ll be in Johnston, Cranston, Newport or Providence, this will be the Christmas you will never forget.

Have a very merry Christmas!

Or, as Tiny Tim would have said – ‘God Bless Us, Everyone!’