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December 1-31

Discover Newport Presents:
Christmas in Newport

Various Venues
Newport, Rhode Island
401-849-6454
ChristmasInNewport.org

Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 46th year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar with city-wide events and activities. PIctured: The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff.




December 1

ICCNE Presents:
Tree Lighting & Carol Singing

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30 pm | 781-821-8291
irishculture.org

Join the ICC for a very special Holiday evening as they light the Christmas tree and sing Christmas carols. Stay and enjoy the festivities with FREE mulled wine and mince pies. This event is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit, so bring along your family and friends for a wonderful Christmas tradition at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.




December TBD

The Messiah

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester
4:00 pm | 508 752-0888
mechanicshall.org

Under the direction of Chris Shepard, The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester continues its great holiday tradition: a complete performance of Handel's greatest choral work, The Messiah. Apart from The Worcester Chorus, this performance features a full orchestra, acclaimed vocal soloists, and The Festival Singers: a group of Worcester-area vocal students coached by members of The Worcester Chorus leading up to the performance.




December 1

Discover Newport Presents:
Bristol's Grand Illumination

The Burnside Building
400 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 
401-849-6454 | explorebristolri.com

A holiday tradition in Bristol that includes, caroling, music ensembles, dancing and the annual reading of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. Gather downtown at the Burnside Building for an evening of fabulous entertainment and holiday cheer. Entertainment begins at 4pm and features amazing local talent. Santa arrives @ 5:45PM and introduces 2 lucky children that he has selected to help him flip the switch and illuminate the Town Tree at 6pm. 




December TBD

Discover Newport Presents:
UnDecked Halls at Rough Point Mansion

Rough Point Mansion
680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
401-847-8344 | NewportRestoration.org

Heiress Doris Duke spent Christmas in sunny Hawaii far away from Rough Point, her Newport estate. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point's winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every half-hour.




December

Blackstone River Theatre Presents:
11th annual Holiday Craft Fair and Festival

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Free Admission
riverfolk.org

The 11th annual BRT Holiday Fair includes 26 vendors on site to allow plenty of Holiday shopping. The event features continuous live music by members of Pendragon, The Broad Street Fiddlers, and The Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers. Plus raffle prizes, a bake sale table, refreshments and more. Door prizes will be raffled off from each vendor with the raffle proceeds to benefit BRT's programming. 




December

BRT Presents: 5th annual Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular
Featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance

Greenwich Odeum
East Greenwich, RI
1:00 p.m. | $13
riverfolk.org

Two shows of Irish dance, and live Celtic and Christmas music. All dances have been choreographed and taught by instructor Erika Damiani and will be performed by dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, based out of Blackstone River Theatre. The shows will be filled with Christmas cheer, beautiful traditional and modern Irish dancing, live Celtic music, and will conclude with a visit from our friend from the North Pole!  




December 3, 10, 17

ICCNE Presents:
Set Dancing with Cait Bracken

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:30-9:30 pm | $5 donation at the door | Adults (16 & up)
781 821-8291
irishculture.org

Every Monday throughout the year (except Holidays), the ICC presents set dancing with Cait Bracken from 7:30-9:30pm. Set dancing is a form of social dancing which has been popular in Ireland for over 150 years. Sets are danced by four couples in a square.  No previous dancing experience or partner required! No registration required for this class.




December 4-24

The Boston Pops Presents:
Holiday Pops 2017

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
617-266-1200 | bso.org

Under the direction of Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, the 44th annual Holiday Pops season presents some of the most-loved holiday music including selections from the orchestra’s most recent recording A Boston Pops Christmas – Live From Symphony Hall. Enjoy a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus. Continuing one of Boston's most beloved holiday traditions, the Boston Pops opens the 2018 Boston Pops Holiday Series on Tuesday, December 4 through December 24, when Symphony Hall is transformed into a magical place for all ages as the Boston Pops perform the most beloved holiday music alongside the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. A perfect holiday tradition!




December

Holiday Pops
7 Special Matinees for Kids

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
11:00 a.m. | 1-888-266-1200
bso.org

Seven special Christmas matinee performances for kids. These special family concerts feature a shorter program without intermission, and include family-friendly music, a children's sing-along and post-concert photos with Santa. For those seated at the floor tables, there are kid-friendly menu options along with holiday treats. Children younger than 2 are admitted free. Dates coming soon, please check back.




December (2 shows)

BRT Presents: Christmas Celebration

Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI
2:00 pm & 7:00 pm (Show on Dec 9 is cancelled due to weather concerns)
$22.00 advance / $25.00 day of show | riverfolk.org

The 11th annual Christmas Celebration features Aubrey Atwater, Erika Damiani and members of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Elwood Donnelly, Bob Drouin, Benedict Gagliardi, Russell Gusetti, Mary Lee Partington, Torrin Ryan, and Ed Sweeney. Expect the unexpected with songs, high energy clogging and step dancing, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more - as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces.




December

Holiday Pops Concert

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester
8:00 pm | 508 752-0888
mechanicshall.org

A beloved Worcester holiday event, the Holiday Pops Concert is an ideal celebration for friends and family and company holiday parties! Features traditional favorites of the season, light classics, dance theatre, chorus, and the Best of Broadway! Purchase your tickets now so you don't miss out. Holiday Pops has been a sell-out for 36 consecutive years!




December TBD

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
219 Tremont Street, Boston
617-824-8000 | details to come.

Now in its 16th year, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn returns to Boston and other venues.
Full details to come. Please check back.
Music director Seamus Egan and assistant music director Maeve Gilchrist lead a cast of virtuosic musicians. Host Brian O’Donovan with his team of Dance director Kevin Doyle, choreographer Maureen Berry and artistically directed by Paula Plum for the 16th straight year.

Full line-up to come.




December

ICCNE Presents:
Children's Christmas
Breakfast with Santa

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
10:00am - 2:00pm | 781-821-8291 | irishculture.org

Join the ICC for a traditional Irish breakfast, a visit with Santa, and an opportunity for you to take family photo's so bring along your camera! Mrs Claus will be reading stories and there will also be plenty of arts and crafts, including ornament-making, and fun for the whole family. Breakfast includes a full hot buffet with kid friendly items like chocolate chip pancakes, whipped cream, fresh fruit & hot chocolate! 




December

ICCNE Presents:
2018 Annual Drawing & Holiday Open House

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
5:00 - 11:00 pm | 781 821-8291
irishculture.org

All are welcome to join in the festivities of an Irish Christmas at the Irish Cultural Centre during Open House at the ICC. You can expect lively Irish music, dancing, singing, food, cash bar and good Christmas cheer! The $30,000 raffle drawing will be held at the centre on the 16th! Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Grand prize: $30,000, 2nd prize: $5,000 and five additional chances to win $1,000.




December

Worcester Youth Orchestras Annual Family Holiday Concert

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester
4:00 pm | 508 752-0888 | mechanicshall.org

WYO's most popular concert of the year! Celebrate with family & friends the festive sounds of the season. Featuring the WY Symphony Orchestra, WY Philharmonic & String Orchestra, WY Wind Ensemble & WY Jazz Band with special guest The Shepherd Hill Regional High School Choirs. New and familiar favorites will get you singing along with these talented students.




December 31

ICCNE Presents:
New Year's Eve Gala

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton
7:00 pm -12:30 am
781 821-8291 | irishculture.org

Don't miss this sell-out event. Evening includes: Hors D'oeuvres, Buffet Dinner, Dancing, Coffee & Desert, Champagne Toast at Midnight. Entertainment by Margaret Dalton and Erins Melody. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the ICC. Call 781 821 8291.




December 31

Ring in the New Year with Bo Winiker
And the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra

Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
10:10 pm | 617-266-1200
bso.org

Ring in the New Year with the Boston Pops on December 31 at 10:00 pm. Dance the night away with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and legendary bandleader extraordinaire Bo Winiker! There will be a cash bar and several dining options will be available. Doors open at 8:00 pm.





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