Picks of the week: Dec. 21 to Jan. 1

Picks of the week: Dec. 21 to Jan. 1



Thursday, Dec. 21 Thursday Hike

9:40 a.m.; Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, Westerly, Tom Harvey Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park. Hikers should wear solid daylight fluorescent orange as it is hunting season. Holly Nieman will lead a warm-up session before the hike. Visit westerlylandtrust.org for more information.

Winter Solstice Luminaria Walk

7 p.m.; Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic.

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center trails will be lit with luminaria for guided walks at 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. There will be a campfire and hot cocoa and coffee available. Visit dpnc.org for more information.

Christmas Cocktail Cabaret

7 p.m.; The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett.

Contemporary Theater Company will host an evening featuring cocktails, carols and music. Tickets are $30 and are available at contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Dec. 21 - 23 “A Christmas Survival Guide”

Various times; The Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St., Westerly.

Granite Theatre will present the musical comedy, “A Christmas Survival Guide.” Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday 2 p.m. Visit granitetheatre.com or call 401-596-2341 for tickets or more information.

Lantern Light Tours

5 p.m.; Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic.

Mystic Seaport’s Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 1876 in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the museum. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at mysticseaport.org/lanternlighttours, or by calling 860-572-5331.

“Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”

Various times; The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

The Contemporary Theater Company will present the comedy “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge,” by Christopher Durang. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 401-218-0282 or visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

“Church”

7:30 p.m.; The Wilbury Theatre, 40 Sonoma Court, Providence.

The Wilbury Theatre will present the drama “Church” by Young Jean Lee and directed by Brien Lang. For tickets or more information, call 401-400-7100 or visit thewilburygroup.org.

“The Santaland Diaries”

Various times; Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket.

Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre will present the comedy “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello and directed by Tony Estrella. The production contains mature language and themes that may not be suitable for young children. Performances will be held on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit gammtheatre.org or call 401-723-4266.

Dec. 21 – 31 Westerly Nature Seal Cruises

Various times; Viking Marina, 19 Margin St., Westerly.

Save the Bay will run 90-minute Seal Watch and Nature Cruise down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay. Cruises leave from Viking Marina. For more information or to make reservations, call 401-203-7325 or visit savebay.org/seals.

“A Christmas Carol”

Various times; Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Repertory Company 40th annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne will feature Joe Wilson, Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge. For tickets call 401-351-4242 or visit TrinityRep.com.

Dec. 21 – Jan. 1 Christmas at the Newport Mansions

10 a.m. Newport Mansions, Bellevue Ave. Newport.

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will be open for tours decorated with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths and decorated Christmas trees. Visit newportmansions.org for tickets and more information.

Dec. 21, 22 Christmas of Carols

7 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

The Cornerstone Playhouse will present A Christmas of Carols, a Christmas family musical theater event written, directed and produced by JonPaul Rainville. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org.

Friday, Dec. 22 Christmas in Song

5 p.m.; Watch Hill Chapel, 5 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill.

Carolers and Christmas bells ringers will perform Christmas hymns and songs. The event is free with a request for new, unwrapped toys for the Johnnycake Center of Westerly.

Lainey Dionne with Tayla Lombari

7:30 p.m.; Pump House, 1464 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale

Pump House Music Works will host a performance by Lainey Dionne with Tayla Lombari. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit pumphousemusicworks.com or call 401-824-9971.

Holidays Pops

8 p.m.; Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence.

The Providence Performing Arts Center will host a Holiday Pops concert with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart. For tickets or more information, visit ppacri.org or call 401-421-2787.

Dec. 22, 23 Judy Collins

Various times; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center will host a concert with Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins. Performances will be held on Friday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit katharinehepburntheater.org or call 877-503-1286.

Saturday, Dec. 23 Mystic Contra Dance

8 to 11 p.m.; Frohsinn Hall, 54 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic.

A contra dance with live music and a dance caller will be held. Partners are not required. A beginners’ workshop will be held at 7:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Visit mysticdance.webs.com for more information.

Tish Adams & Santa’s Workshop

1 to 5 p.m.; Pump House, 1464 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale

Pump House Music Works will host Santa Claus and the elves of Shady Lea Guitars a Christmas celebration. There will be crafts and ornaments to make, food, music by Tish Adams and hot drinks. A donation of $5 is requested, along with canned goods for the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale food drive. For more information, visit pumphousemusicworks.com or call 401-824-9971.

Artist Academy Jr.

11 a.m.; Hygienic Art, 79 Bank St, New London.

Georgia O’Neil, with help from other artists, will lead a program, Artist Academy Jr., for children and families with story-telling and creative activities. Visit https://www.hygienic.org/ for more information.

Monday, Dec. 25 Christmas Dinner

2 p.m.; Union Baptist Church, 119 High Street, Mystic.

Union Baptist Church will host its 26th Annual Christmas Dinner in the lower Fellowship Hall. Families, singles, seniors, military personnel are invited to a traditional Christmas Dinner followed by dessert. There is no charge and reservations are not required. Rides are available for those without transportation. Delivery is available for those who are homebound. Call 860-572-7158 to arrange for transportation or meal delivery by Thursday, Dec. 21.

Wednesday, Dec. 27 Miss Florence’s Birthday Party

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

The museum will hold a celebration of Florence Griswold’s Christmas Day birthday with cake and activities, including balloon sculptures by April Balloon Creations. The event is included with museum admission. Visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 28 Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Grills Preserve, Bowling Lane, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Grills Preserve. There will be a warm up session with Holly Nieman at 9:40 a.m. The 500-acre preserve is over primarily flat terrain often along the Pawcatuck River on clear, wide trails. Due to hunting in the area, there are fluorescent orange requirements this time of year. Hikers are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org.

Friday, Dec. 29 Windharp

7:30 p.m.; Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope St., Bristol.

The Rhode Island folk group Windharp will perform seasonal carols, sacred songs and joyful wassail tunes. Tickets $20 and includes admission to Linden Place Mansion.

Saturday, Dec. 30 New Year’s Eve-Eve Dance

7 to 9:30 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, 27 North Road, Peace Dale.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County will celebrate the night before New Year’s Eve with an evening of dancing to the music of the Patterson-Smith Trio. Tickets are $10, with additional donations appreciated.

Salute to Vienna

2 p.m.; Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

Strauss Symphony of America, featuring the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, with Michael Zehetner, conductor, will perform a Salute to Vienna. The performance will feature Jennifer Davison, soprano; Matjaž Stopinšek, tenor and dancers from Europaballett St.Pölten. For more information or tickets, visit thevetsri.com or call 401-421-2787.

Sunday, Dec. 31 Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas

5 p.m., Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly.

Christ Church Westerly will the Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas featuring choral music by the Christ Church Choir, under the direction of George Kent, organist and choirmaster; congregational singing of Christmas carols and the readings by parish members of the Christmas lessons. The event is free. Visit christchurchwesterly.com for more information.

New Year’s Eve Bonfire

4:30 to 7 p.m.; Ninigret Park 4540 South County Trail, Charlestown.

The Charlestown Parks and Recreation Department will hold their annual New Year’s Eve Bonfire.

Neal and the Vipers

7:30 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts New Year’s Eve Bash will feature Neal and the Vipers, food, prizes and raffles. Tickets are $40. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org.

Music in the Galleries

1 to 4 p.m.; Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

The Florence Griswold Museum will host a concert with harpist Faith Leitner in the gallery. The concert is free with museum admission. Visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org for more information.

Midnight at the Hygienic

7 p.m.; Hygienic Art, 79 Bank St., New London.

Hygienic Art will hold a Midnight at the Hygienic celebration to ring in the New Year. The night will include dinner, music from the Post Traumatic Jazz Disorder band, dancing to the Chris Leigh Blues Band, a silent auction and a raffle of original artwork. For tickets or more information, visit hygienic.org.

Monday, Jan. 1 Penguin Plunge

Noon; The Andrea, 89 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly.

The WARM Center will hold their annual Penguin Plunge. A hot lunch will be served immediately after. Registration will being at 10:30 am. Registration fee is $25 for adults, $20 for children 18 years and under. For more information, visit warmcenter.org.

Polar Plunge

Noon; Charlestown Town Beach, 557 Charlestown Beach Road, Charlestown.

The annual RI-CAN/Ocean House Marina Polar Plunge will be held to raise funds for Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the plunge is at noon. Immediately after the plunge, Breach Way Grill will offer warm food and drinks with music by BoatCake. To register or for more information, visit rhodeislandcan.org.


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