It's Christmastime in the City

Enjoy old traditions, or find a new one, in your favorite spots around the city


Providence may be small, but it packs lots of spirit – especially holiday spirit. As the temperatures drop and the first snow falls, it’s time for the city to festoon itself in lights, garland, and everything silver and gold to welcome the start of what most consider the most wonderful time of year. From Silver Lake to Wayland, and Smith Hill to Elmwood, neighborhoods all over the city feature their own holiday traditions, whether it’s an ornately decorated Christmas tree, a night of community caroling, or just a favorite joint to go grab hot cocoa. Browse through all the ways to best experience a holly, jolly Prov.

Merry & Bright

This season's must-see light displays across Providence

Festive Food & Drinks

Must-try dining and drinks this holiday

Cocoa Hot Spots

Find 6 deliciously new ways to enjoy the beloved beverage

Gather Together

Can't-miss celebrations and caroling throughout the city

See a Show

Get in the spirit with these holiday performances

Buy Handmade

Where to find handcrafted holiday gifts across the city

Meet Santa

Where to spot the season's jolliest fellow in Providence

Give Back

Awesome ways to lend a helping hand this season, and beyond