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Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon
Grab a group and make plans to participate in the FIRST EVER Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon in Newport on Sunday, Nov. 20, at Easton's Beach at 7 a.m. Holiday cheer will abound as participants will don Santa hats and beards (provided with registration). Cookie and candy stations, along with holiday music and cheer, will fill the course along Newport's beautiful lake front. For more information call (312) 719-2332 or visit santahustle.com/rhode-island.
Blackstone Valley Polar Express
Welcome aboard a ninety-minute magical train journey from Woonsocket to the North Pole! Children of all ages will be delighted with the reading of the book The Polar Express, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special Holiday remembrance while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. and 4p.m. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square, Woonsocket. For more information call (401) 724-2200 or visit blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.
Christmas at the Castle
The halls of Smith Castle are decked in period fashion for a celebration of Christmas past. Nibble on home-baked treats, sip hot mulled cider, and enjoy live music from an earlier era. Both days will feature local venders selling homemade crafts, a book signing and sale by historian Robert A. Geake, and children's activities that include face painting, Christmas cookie decorating, and a craft table. Admission charged. Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 12 to 4 p.m. Smith's Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, Wickford (off Route 1). For more information call (401) 294-3521 or visit smithscastle.org.
Christmas at the Newport Mansions
The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House this holiday season. Dec. 1 to 31, at various venues in Newport. Check website for special events. For more information call (401) 847-1000 or visit newportmansions.org.