As the Christmas lights go up – and the snow begins to come down – you know that the holiday season has descended upon northern Rhode Island. Here are ten things you need to know to enjoy the weekend.
See the lights, for sight
Every year, Blackstone Valley Eye Care in Woonsocket puts on an extravagant outdoor holiday light display set to music as a way to raise funds for a local child with vision disabilities.
This year’s beneficiary will be a 9-year-old girl from Burrillville, Steere Farm Elementary School student Makayla Alger. The business hopes to raise enough money to purchase a HumanWare BrailleNote Touch for Alger, to help with her education.
The display begins tonight, Friday, Nov. 29, and will continue on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6-8 p.m.
Donate on site at 385 Mendon Road or online here.
Get your oats
Courtney Ellis-Dietz will be bringing breakfast to town Saturday, Nov. 30 in her mobile cafe. Ellis-Dietz sells variations of oatmeal from the converted horse trailer, which is typically parked in Providence.
OATmiel Café will be open at Lawrence Brothers Hardware at 92 Chapel St. on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.
Read more about the business here.
Winter Coat Giveaway
Berean Baptist Church at 474 Chapel St. in Harrisville will be giving away winter coats to those in need on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. The church serves the communities of Burrillville, North Smithfield, Scituate and Foster.
Small business Saturday
Don’t forget to keep your shopping local on Saturday and visit businesses throughout northern Rhode Island.
Rustic HomeLife at 100 North Main St. in Slatersville is one local business holding an event from 11 to 4 p.m. The business sells country and rustic home decor, furniture, art, curtains, textiles, candles and more, custom made and refurbished.
The Village Barn in Mapleville also has 20 percent off all items this weekend.
Boots and Beer
Shake off your Black Friday shopping blues with a Saturday afternoon hike with the Burrillville Land Trust at the Edward D. Vock Conservation Area. Hikers will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Olney Keach Road and Jackson School House Road in Pascoag and go for a 2.4 mile trek in the woods. Good hiking shoes are required and leashed dogs are welcome.
After the hike, the group will head to Bravo Brewing Company to enjoy a cash bar. For a donation of $20 to the land trust, guests receive a ticket for either a flight of beers or an individual glass of beer.
Stick around in Pascoag after your beer because Downtown Pascoag Neighborhood Association’s Victorian Holiday kicks off at 4 p.m.
Read more about the event here.
Christmas Handbell Concert
Pascoag Community Baptist Church will host a Christmas Handbell concert on Saturday evening. The 3 octave church handbell choir, For His Glory, will be performing a short concert that is free and open to the public from 6 to 7 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops
Did you know Santa is from northern Rhode Island?
Members of the Martin family are among those donning red suits for events such as to Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops in Foxborough, Mass. Visit the location for free pictures with Saint Nick and kids holiday activities, starting at 10 a.m. on weekends in December.
Read more about the Martins here.
Holiday on the Common
The town of North Smithfield’s will host Holiday on the Common on Sunday, Dec. 1 with a performance by the North Smithfield Jazz High School Band, and caroling with local boy scout and girl scout troops. The free family-friendly event will also include the town tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and crafts for kids and adults from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Slatersville Congregational Church.
The region is expecting its first snowfall this weekend with flakes starting on Sunday before 4 p,m. then mixing with sleet.
According to the National Weather Service, accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.