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5 Weekend Musts: Blackstone Valley Polar Express + More

Thursday, November 22, 2012

 

He's back! Santa's in town this weekend paying special calls to the Blackstone Valley Polar Express as well as the Roger Williams Zoo.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we've got 5 weekend events that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Blackstone Valley Polar Express

Sunday  Welcome aboard the Polar Express, departing from Woonsocket and arriving at the North Pole! This magical train ride will include a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express, a holiday sing-a-long, hot chocolate and cookies, and a special holiday remembrance. Last but not least, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance, personally gifting coloring books, crayons, and a very special present to each and every child. 1pm & 4pm. 1 Depot Square. Tickets $37-41. Visit the Blackstone Valley Polar Express website for more information.

A Stadium Theatre Christmas

Saturday  This 7th annual family-friendly holiday spectacular and variety show celebrates the Christmas season with music, dance, and drama. The two-act show will feature big band music by the Swing City Orchestra, a performance by Heritage Ballet of a scene from The Nutcracker, New England's Got Talent winners John McWilliams and Mount Rush 4, Starline Dancers as "The Rockettes", Alyssa Surrette, Charlene Soucy, Michael Harrison, and more. 7:30 pm. Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. Tickets $16 balcony seats, $19 orchestra seats. For tickets and more information, click here.

15th Annual Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade

Newport Harbor will be lit up across its waters on Friday, as the annual Holiday Harbor Lights Boat Parade takes to the waters. Photo: Emilio Labrador

Friday  The Newport holiday season kicks off with the annual Holiday Harbor Lights Boat Parade, which can be seen from the Newport Yacht Club, Bowen's Wharf, and Bannister's Wharf, among other waterfront points around Newport Harbor. Brightly lit boats will circle the harbor in competition for best holiday decoration prizes, awarded by the Newport Harbormaster and community judges. 6:15pm. Newport Waterfront. Call (401) 845-5815 or visit Discover Newport for more info.

Lori Shulkin Designs Holiday Jewelry Event

Sunday  Designer Lori Shulkin has been hard at work creating fantastic new pieces for her jewelry line, made from 14 karat gold, vermeil, sterling silver, semi-precious stones, and cultured fresh water pearls. All of her new designs will be for sale, including the popular silk necklaces and bracelets, wire-wrapped jewelry, and beautiful cuffs. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, which donates brand new footwear to children in homeless shelters across the country. 11am-4pm. 39 East Bel Air Road, Cranston. Call (401) 944-8779 or go here for more information.

Santa's Arrival and Holiday Parade

Saturday  Old St. Nick will arrive at the Roger Williams Zoo by way of stylish horse-drawn carriage, greeted by the sounds of The Very Merry Dickens Carolers. Santa, his elves, the Carolers, characters from Ten31 Productions, costumed characters from classic children's stories, and others will then proceed on a holiday parade through the zoo, concluding at Jambo Junction. See the animals receive some gifts of their own, and later have a personal visit with Santa at the new Greenhouse. Roger Williams Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. Arrival & Holiday Parade 9:30am, Visit with Santa 10am-12pm & 1-3pm. Admission to Santa's Arrival free, Holiday Parade free with zoo admission.Visit with Santa $5 for ages 0-3, $10 for ages 3-12, adults free. Visit the Zoo's website for more info.

 

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