Recently, I have learned that presents and gifts are not the same. A gift is something given from the heart that is filled with joy. A gift is something we give away and most often it is of ourselves. The best gifts of Christmas are the memories made, the laughter and the cheer. The hope, joy and peace we bring into others’ lives is the light. Those are gifts that you cannot buy in a store and they have no price tag.
These are the gifts that I want to bring into other people’s lives this Christmas, most importantly my own family. I hope that if I bring these gifts into my own family’s life then they can also give that gift away.
The lights of Christmas, literal or figuratively, brings joy to everyone. Christmas through a childs eye is pure magic. Not much else can beat when a child's face light up during the holidays. The memories made in the Christmas season are a gift. It’s a gift that we take with us in our hearts.
My family has made countless memories having lots of fun at many holiday events. I have put a small list together of some our favorite family holiday fun! I hope that you and your family will take the time to experience some of these and make your own memories.
Bass Pro Shops Winter Wonderland
Each holiday season Bass Pro Shop hosts Santa’s Wonderland. It really is a WONDERLAND. When you first walk into the store you are greeted by enormous Christmas trees. Then you continue to walk down the stairs to a whimsical, nostalgic, snowy filled wonderland where there is lots of fun for kids and the kid at heart. You are treated to try toys, race slot cars, a soft gun arcade, crafts and moving trains. There is a special mailbox there for kids to send their letters to Santa. It is all FREE, even a picture of the kids with Santa.
My FAVORITE holiday attraction is the holiday display, The Enchanted Village, at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. In 1958 when it was originally created it was called the Enchanted Village of St. Nicholas. The surviving 59 mechanical figurines and 18 vignettes are gorgeous. My kids’ favorite part is when the snow falls from the ceiling.
Along with the Enchanted Village at the Avon location is the tons-of-fun 4D Polar Express motion ride. It is a MUST-DO. You can also enjoy the laser lite show that is set to Christmas music, Enchanted Ice and a game and a meet and greet with Santa.
Edaville USA's Festival of Lights
Edaville’s Christmas Festival of Lights is a tradition for many of the families I know. It has been around since I was a young child. It is one of my favorite holiday traditions.
Not only is there an explosion of Christmas lights but the kids can still enjoy classic amusement rides in the winter. Climb aboard the train at night and watch the children’s eyes light up in awe of the lights. Don’t worry it’s a warm ride inside the cabin.
Polar Express Train Experiences
There are lots of Polar Express experiences to enjoy this time of year to choose from. Our favorite of course is Edaville USA's.
Pawtucket's Winter Wonderland
Two weekends in December Pawtucket hosts its Winter Wonderland inside Slater Park. Each night families can enjoy the sight of 426 decorated trees and Victorian houses, a carousel ride, a miniature train ride and hay ride, free activities and face painting. Last year the kids really loved talking to the 18 foot talking Frosty the Snowman! While you are there grab a cup of hot chocolate and a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Cape Codder Resort & Spa Enchanted Village
We're putting the warmth and sparkle back into the holidays with our Cape Cod Enchanted Village. Guests staying at the resort, as well as the Cape Cod Community, are treated to a magnificent display of lights, animation plus a special opportunity to help others!
Especially for little girls and their mothers and grandmothers for the holidays The Hearthside House hosts an American Girl Christmas. Wearing their Sunday finery and toting their favorite doll, the party participants will gather in this lovely setting for a very delightful afternoon of tea, lemonade, elegant prepared miniature sandwiches and sweets, as well as a crash course in proper Victorian etiquette.
Celebrate the season with a step back in time during a visit to one of Rhode Island’s unique, historic places this year. More than a dozen participants in the Rhody Ramble, a family adventure to explore Rhode Island, are hosting holiday programs and seasonal tours during December. Families can visit handsomely decorated mansions, enjoy music.
Blue Man Group Boston Celebrating Holiday Season All December Long
Blue Man Group Boston is getting into the holiday spirit in December with an expanded schedule, added seasonal content in the show, festive photo opportunities including a holiday backdrop with photo props and custom seasonal libations.
Festive elements that include the group's unique musical instrument creations will be added to the show for the month of December to get fans into the holiday spirit. From December 14th through January 1st there will be 44 performances, including added matinees December 22nd -January 1st, that are perfect for families and people visiting Boston from out of town.
The post-show Meet & Greet with the Blue Men has received a merry makeover with a holiday-themed backdrop and fun seasonal props to enhance your selfies. Anyone can get a photo with Santa, but a holiday photo with the Blue Men is something special! And custom seasonal libations will keep you jolly during the show.
“We wanted to make the holiday tradition of seeing Blue Man Group in Boston even more festive this year with added seasonal elements,” said Jonathan Screnci, Blue Man Group Boston Resident General Manager. “With more shows this holiday season than ever before, we’re excited to provide a unique holiday experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.”
More information about the show and to buy tickets this holiday season can be found at https://www.blueman.com/boston.
Winter Festival at the Roger Williams Park Carousel
Celebrate the holiday season! Roger Williams Park Zoo is hosting a Winter Festival at the historic Carousel Village on Saturday, December 2nd. Afternoon hours are noon – 3:00 pm for kids and families and feature a visit with Santa, ice carving demonstrations, holiday treats and an opportunity to hop aboard the Carousel Express train or ride the historic Carousel.
During the evening, 4:00 – 8:00 pm, join with friends and family take a horse drawn hayride through the park, visit Santa, see a dazzling holiday light display, enjoy a variety of food carts, sip some hot cocoa and get into the festive mood on the historic Carousel! All ages welcome.
Date: Saturday, December 2
Times: Noon - 3:00 pm & 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Price: FREE entrance*
The Governor Lippit House
Dec 16, 2017
Christmas at Lippitt House
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lippitt House Museum
The holiday season is filled with fun traditions--many of which originated in the Victorian era. Come join the festivities at Lippitt House’s Holiday celebration! Explore Victorian Christmas traditions and make decorations for your own tree out of paper and aluminum. Create candy-filled Christmas crackers to delight your guests. Relax in a cozy nook while you read a book full of Victorian Christmas tales. Enjoy a classic holiday treat of milk and cookies. During the celebration, you can also take a holiday-themed tour of Lippitt House Museum.
Visit the Museum
$10 Adults, $5 Students, Free Children 12 and under, Free
RUDOLPH MUSICAL SOARS INTO BOSTON’S SHUBERT THEATRE DEC. 14-17 THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL will play the Boch Center Shubert Theatre for eleven performances on December 14 – 17, 2017. Please note, the Sunday, Dec. 17, 7 pmperformance will be ASL (American Sign Language) and Open Caption interpreted.
Ticket prices start at $38.00 and are available at the Boch Center Box Office, bochcenter.org, or by calling (866) 348-9738.
Christmas Magic In NYC
I have always wanted to visit NYC for the well known Christmas Window displays. A couple years ago I finally put together a small trip for the family. After visiting NYC three times this year for the blog I can say that I am completely confident to go back to NYC and I just might go back! Christmastime in NYC is Magic.
A Christmas Carol at The Trinity Rep
Another one of our favorite family traditions during the Christmas Season is "A Christmas Carol" at the Trinity Rep. Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition returns this year! Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy, sour businessman, is infamous for his lack of Christmas cheer. When three ghosts pay him a visit, Scrooge is given the chance to examine his life. He is inspired to change his ways and is wholly transformed by the spirit of Christmas. A heartwarming tale perfect for the whole family! Join us for this classic story that will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit.
Drive Through Christmas Light Shows
Looking for the best houses decorated for Christmas?
We love to drive around in our pajamas snuggled up with blankies and popcorn to be entertained by beautiful houses decorated for Christmas!
The Crazy Christmas House Coventry, RI
Conway Christmas Lights Extravaganza Coventry, RI
Giroux Family Christmas Display East Providence, RI
Frisina Family Christmas Lights, East Providence RI
Head Family Christmas East Providence, RI
Rowland Family Christmas Display Warwick, RI
Picozzi Family Christmas, Warwick RI