There’s no such thing as winter blues when you’re in a city as red hot as Providence. Did you know that the New York Times dubbed the city “One of the 52 Places (in the World) to Visit in 2016?” That means you still have a few weeks to explore the Creative Capital and what better time than the holiday season? Providence shines all year but here’s a few ways to add a little holiday sparkle.

Presents! We love getting them and we love giving them. Shop Providence for presents that are perfect for that special someone – even if it’s for yourself. Savvy shoppers know there is no tax on clothing in Rhode Island, which makes bargains extra special. For truly tailored menswear, visit Marc Allen Fine Clothiers on South Main Street. Then, cross the street to Shoppe Pioneer for carefully cultivated women’s wear. Providence’s booming vintage scene offers lots of creative and cool options for presents. Head to Carmen & Ginger in the Arcade for great vintage scores and pick up a map of other vintage stores in the area.

Holiday Hot Tip:
Taste the local pride by stopping by Stock Culinary Goods in Wayland Square and picking up cookie cutters with a local flair. I got the anchor, the Rhode Island Red, and the outline of Little Rhody.

Whether it’s a small dinner with friends or a big blowout with your office, there are lots of options for holiday gatherings. As one of the best dining cities in the country, Providence offers plenty of world-class restaurant choices. Why not pick a neighborhood and plan a dine-around, stopping at different places for different courses? It’s easy to navigate neighborhoods like Federal Hill, Thayer Street and Washington Street one forkful at a time.

Holiday Hot Tip:
You don’t have to make conversation if you plan your workplace holiday gathering around a special event. Check out group rates for performances at venues like the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the VETS, Trinity Rep or the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Plenty of Participation!
No one likes a Scrooge. Providence has plenty of ways to participate in holiday activities. The big weekend is December 2-4, when the city really decks the halls. On Friday, December 2, Mayor Elorza kicks things off by lighting the tree at City Hall and the downtown merchants offer plenty of deals for holiday shopping. Saturday, December 3 is the Tree Lighting at the Alex & Ani Center, featuring a free skate with some Olympic-level pros. On Sunday, burn off those holiday cookies with the Downtown Jingle 5K then head to Wayland Square for their Holiday Stroll.

Holiday Hot Tip:
Why not make a weekend out of it and book a hotel room? Many Providence hotels have developed affordable holiday getaway packages for the weekend.

Popping Corks!
Ring in the New Year in Providence with plenty of parties to choose from. The One Providence celebration returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center, with live entertainment and plenty of fun. The Providence G has not one but FOUR New Year’s Eve celebrations happening: a glamorous evening at the Ballroom with a red-carpet and performance by the New Providence Big Band with Miss Katie Kleyla; a Southern-style celebration at the GPub; a celestial celebration under the starts on the Rooftop, featuring DJ Naughty; and a pre-fixe culinary extravaganza at Garde.

Holiday Hot Tip:
You don’t have to choose a designated driver when you stay at the Providence Marriott for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. Different hotel packages at different price points make it a perfect choice for any budget.

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