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Blackstone Valley Polar Express
Welcome aboard a 90-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. Claus, a holiday sing-a-long, and a special holiday remembrance, while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Woonsocket Station, One Depot Square, Woonsocket. For more information call (401) 724-2200 or visit blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com.
Christmas Eve Luminaria
Each Christmas Eve the walkways of the Village Green are illuminated in real candlelight, adding a traditional 19th century ambience, surrounded by historic homes and sites. Presented by Slatersville Congregational Church. Saturday, Dec. 24, at dusk. Slatersville Village Green, North Smithfield. For more information call (401) 769-2773.
An Old Fashioned Christmas
By candlelight, tour Lincoln’s magnificent, lavishly decorated, ten-room 1810 stone mansion, considered to be one of Rhode Island’s finest examples of Federal-style architecture. Tours on the half-hour. Friday, Dec. 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hearthside House, 677 Great Rd., Lincoln. For more information call (401) 726-0597 or visit hearthsidehouse.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, Newport. For more information call (401) 847-1000 or visit newportmansions.org.
Step Into the Holidays
Join family, guests, and staff as they celebrate the holiday season. Decorations change every year; plus music, cider, and cookies! Exhibit runs Dec. 5 to 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, 4157 Post Rd., Warwick.. Admission charged. (401) 884-9490; www.cloudshill.org.