Holiday Shopping, Rhody Style

Still have holiday shopping to do? Check out this statewide roundup of craft fairs and holiday strolls


Sail away on the Block Island ferry November 29-December 1 for the 24th Annual Christmas Shopping Stroll, where holiday sales will make gift buying an island breeze.

Take an art tour while you shop. Paintings, prints, ceramics, and one-of-a-kind ornaments make unique and thoughtful gifts. Find these and more while supporting local artists at The Newport Art Museum’s Faculty and Student Art Sale on November 29-30.

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” better than a unique handcrafted gift. Support the arts while you shop at the DeBlois Gallery Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Show. This free event runs December 1-24.

Wander over to Westerly on December 4 for a different “stroll,” where you can chat up Santy Claus on his hayride sleigh and shop for unique gifts with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate in (mittened) hand. Keep your bargain hunting eyes peeled, as many stores will be offering special holiday promotions and coupons.

Do some early shopping at the Holiday Open Studio Sale and the Foundry Artists Holiday Show December 5-15 a t Mad Dog Artist Studios and the adjacent Pawtucket Armory. Enjoy light refreshments and wine.

Take those feet (dressed up in your finest snowman socks) over to Main Street in East Greenwich Sundays in December for a “Holiday Stroll,” with each Sunday offering a different Christmas-centric event. Feel a warm glow December 5 at the lighting of the tree in East Greenwich’s Town Hall, or try your best Kris Kringle impersonation December 8 at the Santa Look-a-like contest, all while perusing a wide range of potential gifts in East Greenwich’s many stores.

Hope Street’s Holiday Stroll returns December 5. This free, family-friendly event will feature hayrides, a petting zoo, free refreshments, live music, fire jugglers, glass blowers and many more surprises. The street will be closed for the event and of course the great bearded one himself will be there for photos.

Come pick out your fresh cut tree at the Annual Christmas Tree Sale and Photos with Santa at the Audubon Environmental Education Center on December 7. After finding your tree, have your child’s pic taken with the jolly fella and the Mrs. Seasonal crafts and activities will be available as well. Food donations accepted.

On December 7 The Audubon Society’s Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Center presents its Annual Holiday Craft Fair with a variety of nature and wildlife related wares including jewelry, children’s items, ornaments, stationary and more. Snack while you shop!

Go on a holiday shopping trip that the whole family can enjoy. At Coggeshall Farm’s Christmas Sale shoppers can make your own wreath to take home, choose a Christmas tree and help with 18th century winter chores on December 7-8.

You don’t need to travel far to find beautiful masterpieces. RISD’s Annual Holiday Alumni Art Sale has plenty. Find unique handmade pieces on December 8 at the Convention Center or just enjoy a little window-shopping for the small $7 admission fee.

Let the surf at Narragansett Beach spray even more holiday happiness into your life December 8 at the Festival of Lights. Head over to the Towers for all day celebrations that include gift shopping, choral and instrumental performances, pictures with Santa (a toy for Narragansett Housing Authority gets you a free picture) and holiday trolley rides.

Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at the Providence Flea. If you missed the city’s new urban flea market this summer you still have a chance to experience it indoors. Vendors will be setting up shop at Hope High School on December 8 and 15.

With children craft stations and an appearance from Santa Festival Fete’s Holiday Market is a family affair. Shoppers have the chances to browse over 150 local, artisan vendors at the spacious Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. With so much to see you may need to take more than one trip and lucky for you the market is open for three consecutive Sundays, December 8, 15 and 22.

Pier Marketplace will feature scenic horse-drawn wagon rides, a window display contest, a luminary stroll and a Santa meet and greet. Narragansett will also play host to a Holiday Bazaar December 14-15;the perfect opportunity to purchase unique items crafted by local artisans.