Holiday Guide

Oh Come All Ye Faithful... and Belt Out Some Christmas Carols

Not just for your kids' school pageant

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You know how everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day? Well, during West Side Caroling, everyone is a West Sider, too. On the Sunday night before Christmas, gather at Loie Fuller on Westminster Street with your singing brethren in all of your holiday finery, get a lyric sheet and embark on a mostly-family friendly adventure. We’ve seen a man wearing a whiskey-filled keg barrel around his neck (definitely not us) and a woman wearing Christmas lights in her hair (definitely us) while caroling. Friendly neighbors hand out eggnog both spiked and not. This is definitely not your grandmother’s singalong. More info...

Get in the holiday groove at Getting Merry Like Christmas on December 6. This concert, hosted by the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, is a mix of jazz, gospel and holiday spirit. Robb Dimmick directs the show, which features local and regional talent, at the RISD Museum. More info...

Head to Bristol’s Blithewold Mansion for all the fa la la-ing you can handle. On December 14, Silver Belles, an a capella group, performs a holiday concert. Or, bring the kids to a Singalong with Santa on December 4 and 11. Better yet, make an afternoon of it and treat yourself to afternoon tea at the mansion. More info...


If you prefer your carols with a side of rock, check out the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Dunk on December 19. The orchestra will perform their album The Christmas Attic live for the first time. They’re performing two shows full of holiday enchantment and mischief that day. More info...

If all that Christmas shopping puts you in a singing mood, join Christopher Carbone and the Thompson Middle School Chorus for Christmas Caroling on Broadway in Newport. Meet in Washington Square and carol your way up Broadway, stopping at local businesses and City Hall along the way. 481-5135

Head to the Aldrich House on December 6 for the Rhode Island Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House. The event features musical performers VoX (Voices of Christmas) and the Ocean State Songbirds. In between concerts, Elyssa Tardif, Director of the Goff Center at the RIHS will present a short talk (with samples) entitled, “‘Here We Come A-Wassailing!’: The ‘Rude Reveling’ and ‘Mad Mirth’ of Holidays Past.” More info...

Doo wop your little heart out at The Jersey Four Holiday Show at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich. Hitting the stage on December 13, the show is a tribute to Frankie Valli that covers all the tiny troubador’s hits and some holiday classics. More info...

Infuse your holidays with some luck o’the Irish at A Celtic Twilight Christmas. Phil Coulter and Andy Cooney croon traditional songs with the Irish Pops Orchestra on December 5 at the Park Theatre in Cranston. More info...

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