Northern, RI – It’s the first day of December, so it’s only fitting that across northern Rhode Island, holiday festivities have begun.
Welcome to The Weekend, northern Rhode Island, our weekly guide to all the events and venues you can find in a three-town radius, started a day early so you don’t miss any of the fun.
This week, all three of our northern Rhode Island towns will kick off the holiday season with tree-lighting ceremonies, visits from Santa, shopping events and of course – holiday bazaars. We’ve got seven listed for Saturday… can you hit them all?
Catch a Christmas parade on Sunday, or get in the holiday spirt with a free concert.
It’s all close to home, saving you time and money, while helping our small businesses and organizations get the attention they deserve.
As always, however you spend your time, we hope you enjoy it – and your holiday season – and that you make your way to these great, local events and venues.
Thursday, Dec. 1
Chepachet Village, Glocester, Candlelight Shopping, 5-9 p.m. Visitors are invited to the village to enjoy a unique holiday shopping, dining, and entertainment excursion. Thursdays through December.
Harmony Products, 474 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Holiday Lights train rides & visits with Santa, 5-7 p.m. $7 per person, free for kids under 3.
The Pavilion at Kent Field, 1111 Putnam Pike, Glocester, Christmas Tree Lighting with the Glocester Recreation Department, 6 p.m.
Big Bear Hunting & Fishing, 401 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Free situational awareness class, 6-9 p.m.
Bravo Brewing Company, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, Trivia night, 6:30 p.m.
North Smithfield High School, 412 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, Inauguration ceremonies, 7 p.m. Swearing in of Town Council and School Committee members performed by Gov. Dan McKee, with a performance by the high school band.
Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Patriots vs Bills game with prizes every time the Patriots score a touchdown, 8:15 p.m.
Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Nolan Leite, 7-10 p.m.
Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St., Pascoag, Karaoke, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Gator’s Pub, 1402 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2
St. Theresa’s Church, 35 Dion Drive, Burrillville, Wonder of Christmas Bazaar & Crafts Fair, noon-7 p.m. Penny social, holiday gifts and handmade crafts for sale, along with treats, sweets, raffles and more. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Good Help and St. Theresa’s Shrine Parish.
Saint Patrick’s Church, 42 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, Christmas Bazaar, 4-7 p.m. Raffles, gifts baskets, baked goods, crafts, holiday decorations, penny social and more.
Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, live music, 8 p.m.
Dev’s Cafe, 341 Chapel St. Harrisville, Friday Meat Raffle, 8 p.m.
Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Karaoke with DJ Sergio, 8:30 p.m.
Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St. Pascoag, DJ Don, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3
St. Theresa’s Church, 35 Dion Drive, Burrillville, Wonder of Christmas Bazaar & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Penny social, holiday gifts and handmade crafts for sale, along with treats, sweets, raffles and more. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Good Help and St. Theresa’s Shrine Parish. Saturday’s event will also include wine & cheese from 3 to 6 p.m.
First Universalist Church, 134 Main St., Harrisville, Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas decor, gifts, books, antiques & collectibles, glassware, local honey, penny social, yard sale items, baked goods. View the Harrisville Historic display & old maps and pick up a copy of Burrillville Revisited. Donations welcome with all proceeds to benefit the preservation of the church building.
The Chepachet Grange, 28 Chopmist Hill Road, Glocester, Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors, raffles, snack bar & free photos with Santa
Heritage Hall, 101 Green St., North Smithfield, Holiday Fair, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Oatmeil Cafe
Saint Patrick’s Church, 42 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Raffles, gifts baskets, baked goods, crafts, holiday decorations, penny social and more.
Ponaganset High School, 137 Anan Wade Road, Glocester, Class of 2025 Holiday Bazaar, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Custom made items with more than 20 local vendors. Guests are also invited to visit with Santa between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a picture.
Burrillville High School, 425 East Ave., Harrisville, Jingle Mingle Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Burrillville High School Music Boosters will have items for sale from dozens of local vendors, along with baked goods and treats, with all proceeds to benefit the BHS music program.
The Farm, 463 Tourtellot Hill Road, Chepachet, Holiday Shopping in the Barn, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Food trucks, live music & holiday cheer
Art Box Studio, 180 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Build a Reindeer Kids’ Paint Workshop, noon-1 p.m. $15 per child. Call (401) 568-5000 or register online at www.artboxstudiori.com
Stillwater Mill Pavilion, 75 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Santa at Stillwater, 1-3 p.m. Burrillville Parks & Recreation’s event will include holiday music performed by the Burrillville Middle School Chorus, cookie decorating at Jesse Smith Library, raffles, donuts, hot cocoa and Santa arriving by fire truck. Each child attending will receive a small gift, and food treat and pet products will be collected for the Burrillville Animal Shelter.
Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, Kidd Katy, 2-6 p.m. Wicked West, 8-midnight
Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St. Pascoag, Dirty Old Men, 2-6 p.m.
Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Nasonville, Music Bingo, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4
Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club, 200 Brook Road, Burrillville, Holiday Walls of Steel Charity Match, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entry fee is $20 and an unwrapped toy, or you can donate an unwrapped toy without registering. All proceeds will go to a local organization to help families in need this Christmas. Go to practiscore.com to register.
St. Theresa’s Church, 35 Dion Drive, Burrillville, Wonder of Christmas Bazaar & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Penny social, holiday gifts and handmade crafts for sale, along with treats, sweets, raffles and more. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Good Help and St. Theresa’s Shrine Parish. .
Saint Patrick’s Church, 42 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Raffles, gifts baskets, baked goods, crafts, holiday decorations, penny social and more.
Dino’s Park & Shop, 1020 Putnam Pike, Glocester, Glocester Police Department Fill-a-Cruiser, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Police will be collecting items to benefit the Glocester Food Pantry including pasta sauce, dry goods such as sugar and flour, soups and condiments.
Dragonfly Apothecary, 15 Money Hill Road, Chepachet, Private shopping event & one year anniversary celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available here.
Chepachet Meeting House, 1213 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, An American Christmas, 2:30 p.m. Featuring carols & hymns, and a reading of the Christmas Story. Open to the public with a free will offering, followed by refreshments
Hill’s Tavern & Grill, 417 Putnam Pike Chepachet, The Rat Pack Tribute, 2-5 p.m..
Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Roadhouse Blues Jam, 3 p.m.
Town Hall Gazebo, 83 Green St., North Smithfield, Holiday at the Gazebo, 4:30- 6:30 p.m. North Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department’s event will include a tree lighting, caroling, music, crafts, cookies, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa. The town will also be collecting donations for food pantry and animal shelter.
West Glocester Fire Department, 2410 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, Glocester First Responders Responders’ annual Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. The route will begin at the station and travel along Route 44 to Main Street, turning right on West Greenville Road. The parade will then turn right on Snake Hill Road before ending at Ponaganset High School. Residents are invited to park along the route and wave to Santa.