Thursday, Dec. 6
9:45 a.m.; Avalonia Land Conservancy, Park and RIde Route 95, North Stonington.
The Westerly Land Trust will lead a free, guided trail walk through Avalonia Land Conservancy’s Don Henne Preserve, Babcock Ridge and Erisman Woodlands. Due to limited parking, the group will meet at the Park and Ride at the junction of Route 2 and 95, and carpool from to the trails from there. Hikers are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org.
Dec. 6 – 8
Holiday Book Sale
Various times; Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.
The Friends of the Westerly Library Holiday Book sale will continue Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, a bag of books will cost $10. For more information, call 401-596-2877 or visit westerlylibrary.org/friends-library.
Dec. 6 - 23
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.
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. 6 - 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. 6 - 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.
Dec. 6 - 16
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.
Various times; Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick.
Gamm Theatre will present the Pulitzer Prize finalist, “Gloria,” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Rachel Walshe. Performances will be held Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit gammtheatre.org or call 401-723-4266
“A Sinatra Holiday Bash!”
Various times; Chestnut Street Playhouse, 24 Chestnut St., Norwich.
Chestnut Street Playhouse will present “Christmas My Way, A Sinatra Holiday Bash,” conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson and directed by Lisa Foss. The show will feature Frank Sinatra hits, including “Fly Me To The Moon” and “New York, New York,” as well as
Dec 6 - 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.
Friday, Dec. 7
7 p.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.
Brazilian Bossonova Ron Murray will perform seasonal music. The concert is free. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.
Nora Fox & Co.
7 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.
La Grua Center will host a performance by Nora Fox & Co. Tickets are $15, free for children age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit lagruacenter.org or call 860-535-2300.
Festival of Lights
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.
The Olde Mistick Village 34th annual Festival of Lights will feature the walkways lit by over 6,000 luminaria, entertainment and complimentary treats in the Meeting House. The Festive Brass Ensemble will play holiday favorites in the gazebo from 6 to 9 p.m. and strolling carolers from Stonington High School and Tyl Middle School will sing holiday classics. Outdoor entertainment will include Fly-by-Night Comedy Jugglers. The event is free. For more information, visit oldemistickvillage.com.
Forensic Science Seminar Series
3:30 p.m.; Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, University of Rhode Island, 140 Flagg Road, Kingston.
The University of Rhode Island Department Forensic Science Partnership will host Dr. Henry Lee, founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven, who will discuss “The Forensic Cases of Dr. Henry C. Lee,” as part of the university’s 20th annual Forensic Science Partnership Seminar Series. The talk is free. For more information, visit chm.uri.edu/forensics/seminars.
7 p.m.; Thomas M. Ryan Center, One Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston.
The Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island will host a performance by American rapper and songwriter Sheck Wes. For tickets visit theryancenter.com or call 855-387-4849.
Dec. 7 – 9
Various times; Babcock Hall Auditorium, Highland Avenue, Westerly.
Westerly Drama will present “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Dec. 7, 8
“Sound of Music”
Various times; Westerly Middle School Auditorium, 10 Sandy Hill Road, Westerly.
Theatre Scrapbook will present the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical, “The Sound of Music,” featuring local Westerly Middle School students. Performances will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 students, free for children under age 5. For tickets or more information, visit theatrescrapbook.com. Donations of canned goods will be accepted at the Saturday 3 p.m. performance.
Saturday, Dec. 8
“A Christmas Carol” reading
2 p.m.; Babcock Hall Auditorium, Highland Avenue, Westerly.
The Colonial Theatre will present a theatrical reading of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” with music. There is a requested donation of $10 for the benefit of Westerly High School Drama. For reservations, email colonialtheatreRI@gmail.com.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Babcock Smith House Museum, 124 Granite St., Westerly.
The Babcock Smith House Museum will host a holiday marketplace featuring cookie platters, assorted baked goods, handmade decorative greens, artisan-crafted soaps, hearty soups to go as well as raffle baskets. Joshuas’s Store will be open during the sale. For more information, visit babcocksmithhouse.org.
3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.
Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an appearance by Alex Graudins, illustrator of “Science Comics: The Brain,” as part Savoy’s Holiday Gift Guide series. For more information, call 401-213-3901 or visit banksquarebooks.com.
Ashaway Holiday Stroll
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Various locations, Ashaway Village.
The 20th annual Holiday Stroll in the Village of Ashaway will begin with breakfast at the fire station at 213 Main St., with Santa and end with fireworks at Crandall Field at 7 p.m. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, house tours, worship services, food, raffles, sales, carolers and more. For more information, visit hopkintonri.org/recreation.
7 p.m.; First Baptist Church of Charlestown at Quonochontaug, 5073 Old Post Road, Charlestown.
The First Baptist Church of Charlestown will present a Christmas Musical, “Sing Christmas,” composed and arranged by Joel Raney & Mary McDonald. The “Quonnie Choir” will perform the Christmas Cantata under the direction of music director, Dianne Dubendorf, and organist, James Larson. Refreshments will be served following the concert. Call 401-322-0477 for more information.
Merrill Fellow reading
5 p.m.; The Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington.
Merrill Fellow Jordan Jacks will read from his work. A reception will follow the reading. Call 860-535-0658 or visit jamesmerrillhouse.org for more information.
5 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.
La Grua Center and the Stonington Portuguese Holy Ghost Society will host a performance by Sonia Bettencourt and Guitarras do Atlantico. Tickets are $15, free for children age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit lagruacenter.org or call 860-535-2300.
New London Community Orchestra
7:30 p.m.; Evans Hall, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.
The New London Community Orchestra will host a benefit concert for Music City Strings, free violin lessons program at the Public Library of New London. The program, directed by Hilarie Clark Moore will include a performance by the Music City Strings Youth Players. There is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit nlcommunityorchestra.org.
Dec. 8, 9
Various times; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.
Eastern Connecticut Ballet will present “The Nutcracker.” Performances will be held on Saturday at 1:30 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For tickets, call 860-444-7373, ext. 1 or visit gardearts.org.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Westerly Band Christmas Concert
2 p.m.; Westerly Armory, Railroad Avenue, Westerly.
The Westerly Band will present its annual Christmas Concert, directed by Alison Patton. The band will play a variety of familiar holiday selections that appeal to all ages. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $5, free for children age 5 and under, and will benefit the Westerly Armory Restoration.
4 p.m.; Central Baptist Church, 16 Elm St., Westerly.
Choirs from area churches, accompanied by an orchestra, will perform A Christmas Cantata, “Agnus Dei.” The concert is free. For more information, call 401-596-4929.
3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.
Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an appearance by Mike Stanton, author of “Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World,” as part Savoy’s Holiday Gift Guide series. For more information, call 401-213-3901 or visit banksquarebooks.com.
Narragansett Bay Symphony Orchestra
3 p.m.; St. Peter’s By the Sea Episcopal Church, 72 Central Street, Narragansett.
Narragansett Bay Symphony Orchestra will perform W. A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major K. 551 “The Jupiter”, and the Overture to Cosi fan Tutte, K. 588. Also on the program is the Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, featuring David McLellan on classical guitar. Adnission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for St. Peter’s Food Pantry. For more informtion, visit nabsco.org or call 401-274-4578.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Mystic River Chorale
9:15 a.m.; Mystic Congregational Church, 43 East Main St., Mystic.
The December Mystic Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship Meeting will host a performance by the Mystic River Chorale. The Chorale will showcase some new arrangements of jazzy Christmas music as well as lead the audience in a carol sing. Tea will be served at 9:15 a.m. followed by the program at 9:45 a.m. The event is free. For more information, call the church office at 860-536-4259.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
5 to 7 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.
Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book signing with Katie Haegle author of “Cats I’ve Known: On Love, Loss, and Being Graciously Ignored,” as part of their Holiday Gift Guide series. The signing is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.
Thursday, Dec. 13
5 to 7 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.
Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a book signing with Nicole Cannella author of “The Good Book’s Guide to Animal Tails,” as part of their Holiday Gift Guide series. The signing is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.
8 p.m.; Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence.
The electronic music impresario, violinist, dancer, and artist Lindsay Stirling will perform. For tickets or more information, visit ppacri.org or call 401-421-2787.
Friday, Dec. 14
Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen
8 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.
The rock/blues/folk band, Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen, will perform. The band includes Dylan Sevey, lead vocals; David Ponte, guitar; Brendan Moore keyboards; Rich Domings bassist; and Keaton Albro drummer. Tickets are $12.50 in advance. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.
Art For The Holidays opening reception
6 to 8 p.m.; Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank St., New London.
Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit, “Art For The Holidays.” The exhibit features five local, award winning artists including abstract expressionists Diane Brown and Mark Patnode; and landscape painters Robert J. Hauschild, Ralph Acosta, and Liz McGee. For more information, visit studio33gallery.com.
Saturday, Dec. 15
11 a.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street, New London.
Garde Arts Center will host a holiday performance by best-selling children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner. For tickets or more information, visit gardearts.org or call 860-444-7373.
7:30 p.m.; Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah, featuring choruses and arias from parts 1, 2, 3, and ending with the Halleluiah Chorus. Tickets are $25 and free for children age 17 and under. For tickets or more information, call 860-443-2876 or visit ectsymphony.com.
7 p.m.; Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence singers, with conductor Christine, Noel, will present Handel’s Messiah. The concert will feature Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano; Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano; Marc Molomot, tenor and Nicholas Laroche, bass. For tickets or more information, visit tickets.riphil.org or call 401-248-7000.
Sunday, Dec. 16
Rock and Roll Christmas Benefit
6 p.m.; Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly.
John Speziale & The Friends will host the sixth annual Rock and Roll Christmas Benefit for Stand Up For Animals with opening act, The Carleans. Tickets are $12. For tickets or more information, visit knickmusic.com/events or call 401-315-5070.
U.S. Coast Guard Band Holiday Concert
2 and 7 p.m.; Leamy Concert Hall, 15 Mohegan Ave., New London.
The United States Coast Guard Band and Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson will present its annual holiday concerts. The matinee performance at 2 p.m. will offer renditions of holiday favorites, while the evening program at 7 p.m. will include both introspective works and up-beat Yuletide hits featuring soprano soloist, Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget. The event is free. To enter the Coast Guard Academy, drivers are required to present a valid photo ID. For more information, visit uscg.mil/band or call 860-701-6826.