Annie

“Annie,” with from left, Jane Mandes, Keith Brayne, and Erin Sousa Stanley, runs through Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Granite Theatre in Westerly.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Francis Carter Memorial Preserve, 400 Old Mill Road, Charlestown.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Francis Carter Memorial Preserve. The Nature Conservancy Property has hilly wooded trails for easy walking and beautiful scenery. Hikers should wear solid daylight fluorescent orange as it is hunting season. Visit westerlylandtrust.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 theater. Tickets are $40 and are available at contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Dec. 20 - 23

“Annie”

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

The Granite Theatre of Westerly will present the musical “Annie,” based on the book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Performances will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit granitetheatre.com or call 401-596-2341.

“Futurity”

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

The Wilbury Theatre Group will present the Rhode Island premiere of “Futurity,” an avant-americana musical by César Alvarez and The Lisps. For tickets or more information, call 401-400-7100 or thewilburygroup.org/Futurity.

Dec. 20 - 30

“A Christmas Carol”

Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence

Trinity Rep will present “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, directed by Mark Valdez with original music by Richard Cumming. For tickets or more information call 401-351-4242 or visit TrinityRep.com.

Dec 20 - 22

“A Christmas Carol”

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

Contemporary Theater Company will present “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Matthew Fraza from the novel by Charles Dickens. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets or more information, call 401-218-0282 or visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Dec. 20 - Jan. 1

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

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

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

Friday, Dec. 21

The Collective

9 p.m.; Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

The Collective, featuring Natalia Mortrude of Sugar, Will Evans of Barefoot Truth and Glenn Kendzia of Wild Sun, will present a tribute to the 90’s. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, visit knickmusic.com.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club

8 to 10:30 p.m.; Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., Westerly.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club will hold a dance with caller Jim Schell and cuer Mike Alexander. There is a $8 donation for dancers, free for observers.

Christmas in Song

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

Carolers and Christmas bell ringers will perform Christmas hymns and songs. The event is free with a request for new, unwrapped toys for the Jonnycake Center of Westerly. For more information, visit oceanhouseevents.com.

Colleen Rogers and Jeff Ceasrine

7 p.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Cross Mills Library’s Three Songs of the Season series will host a performance of classic swing, jazz and blues music and seasonal favorites with Colleen Rogers and Jeff Ceasrine. The concert is free. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.

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 cider available. Visit dpnc.org for more information.

Cherish the Ladies - A Celtic Christmas

8 p.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.

Garde Arts Center will host the Celtic group, Cherish the Ladies. The holiday performance will include vocal and instrumental music and step dancing. For tickets or more information, visit gardearts.com or call 860-444-7373.

Jon Pousette-Dart Band

8 p.m.; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center will host a concert with soft rock artists Jon Pousette-Dart Band. Tickets are $35. For tickets or more information, visit katharinehepburntheater.org or call 877-503-1286.

Dec. 21 - 23

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. For tickets or more information, visit mysticseaport.org or call 860-572-0711.

The Nutcracker

Various times; Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence.

The Festival Ballet of Providence will present Tchaikovsky ’s “The Nutcracker.” Performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For tickets, visit ppacri. org or call 401-421- 2787.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Mystic Contra Dance

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

The contra dance will feature caller Billy Fischer and music by Wry Bred, with Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Mickey Koth on fiddle and guitarist Robert Messore. Partners are not required. A beginners’ workshop will be held at 7:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students. Visit mysticdance.webs.com for more information.

NRBQ

8 p.m.; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center will host a concert with American Rock Band, NRBQ. Tickets are $38 to $41. For tickets or more information, visit katharinehepburntheater.org or call 877-503-1286.

Sunday, Dec. 23

A Magical Cirque Christmas

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

A Magical Cirque Christmas features international talent including magic, circus acts, comedy and singing of Christmas carols. For more information or for tickets, visit ppacri.org or call 401-421-2787.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Christmas Dinner

2 to 4 p.m.; Union Baptist Church, 119 High St., Mystic.

Union Baptist Church will host its 27th 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. Call 860-572-7158 for more information.

Dec. 26 -29

Holiday Basketball Tournament

2:15 to 8 p.m.; Westerly High School, 23 Ward Ave., Westerly.

Boys and girls basketball teams from Westerly, Chariho, Stonington and South Kingstown will compete with games at 2:15, 4, 6:15 and 8 p.m. The cost of admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults. All gate proceeds will be donated to participating schools’ sports boosters. For rosters and more tournament details, visit westerlyccu.com.

Thursday, Dec. 27

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Crandall Family Preserve, Pound Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a free guided trail walk through the land trust’s Crandall Family Preserve. The walk is flat and through a variety of woods, surrounded by an extensive Atlantic White cedar swamp and open peatlands. Hikers should wear solid daylight fluorescent orange as it is hunting season. Visit westerlylandtrust.org for more information.

Henry the Juggler

11 a.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library. 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Cross’ Mills Library will host a family program with Henry the Juggler. The event is free. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.

Merrill Fellow meet and greet

5 to 7 p.m.; Water Street Café, 143 Water St., Stonington.

The James Merrill House will host a meet and greet with Sigrid Nunez, the December/January Merrill Fellow. For more information, visit jamesmerrillhouse.org.

North American Birds of Prey

10 a.m.; Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton.

Groton Public Library will host an indoor presentation by Wingmasters about different types of raptors, including eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. The presentation includes six live birds and is designed for children ages 6 and up. Registration is not required. For more information, call 860-441-6750 or visit grotonpl.org.

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.

Dec. 27 - 30

Disney On Ice

Various times; Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 La Salle Square, Providence.

Disney On Ice will present Worlds of Enchantment featuring characters from Disney’s “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” For tickets or more information, visit dunkindonuts.center-ri.com.

Dec. 27 - 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. Cost is $22 or $17 for members, seniors and children. For more information, or to make reservations, call 401-203-7325 or visit savebay.org/seals.

Friday, Dec. 28

Animal Detective

11 a.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will give a presentation for children age 4 and older on becoming an animal detective and learning how to read the clues animals leave behind. Participants will create an animal track to bring home. For more information, call 401-596-2877 or visit westerlylibrary.org.

Saturday, Dec. 29

New Year’s Eve-ish 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’s Wellness Team will host a New Year’s Eve-ish dance with the music of the Patterson-Smith Trio. Tickets are $10, with additional donations appreciated. Snow date is Dec. 30. For more information, visit musicatlilypads.org.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas

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

Christ Church Westerly will present 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.org for more information.

All Ages Hike

2 p.m.; Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, Tom Harvey Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead an All Ages Hike at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park. The landscape overlooks the land once carved by enormous glaciers during the last ice age. The glaciers left behind kettle holes and huge boulders. The hike is moderate level due to hills and uneven, rocky footing. Interested hikers should contact guide Donna Anderson at 203-470-4566. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.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.

Dar Williams

7 p.m.; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center will host a concert with singer/songwriter Dar Williams. Tickets are $42. For tickets or more information, visit katharinehepburntheater.org or call 877-503-1286.

Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Magic Show

11 a.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The Westerly Public Library will present a magic show with Magician Russ DeSimone for children age 5 and older. The performance will be followed by a countdown to noon to celebrate the new year. For more information, call 401-596-2877 or visit westerlylibrary.org.

Roger Ceresi’s All Starz: New Year’s Eve

8 p.m.; Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

The Knickerbocker Music Center will host a performance by Roger Ceresi’s All Starz for New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

11 a.m.; Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton.

The Groton Public Library will celebrate New Year’s at noon with a ball drop, music, activities, and crafts for children of all ages. Registration is not required.

Countdown to Noon

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Road, Niantic.

The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut and East Lyme Parks & Recreation will host a New Year’s event for children and families, featuring a balloon drop at noon, food trucks, a photo booth and children’s activities, including arts & crafts, science demonstrations and StarLab. Cost is $8 or $6 for museum members in advance or $10 and $8 for museum members at the door. To register, visit childrensmuseumsect. org or call 860-691-1111.

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 or call 401-782-1018.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Penguin Plunge

1 p.m.; The Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Ave., Westerly.

The WARM Center will hold their annual Penguin Plunge fundraiser with a hot lunch served immediately after. Registration will being at 11:30 am. Registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children age 12 years and under and military. For more information, visit warmcenter.org or call 401-596-9276.

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 a.m. and the plunge is at noon. Immediately after the plunge, Breach Way Grill, 1 Charlestown Beach Road, will offer warm food and drinks with music by BoatCake. To register or for more information, visit rhodeislandcan.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Exhibit opening

5 to 7:45 p.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

An opening reception will be held for the January exhibit in the Hoxie Gallery featuring works by Paul Crimi. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 4

Opening Reception

5 to 8 p.m.; Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 14 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

An opening reception will be held for the January exhibit, “Exploration - New Perspectives.” The exhibit will be on display through the month of January. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com.

Saturday, Jan. 5

All Ages Hike & Park Rx

10 a.m.; Browning Woods Trail, Shannock Road, South Kingstown.

The South Kingstown Land Trust will lead an All Ages Hike on the trust’s Browning Woods Trail. The three mile hike passes by stone walls and through pine and oak forest For more information, visit sklt.org.

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