Activities to Enjoy During the Holidays in Narragansett, Rhode Island

A holiday getaway to Narragansett, Rhode Island, promises lots of fun activities in addition to top-notch Narragansett vacation rentals to make your off-season trip as magical as the season itself.

Among things to do in Narragansett for the holidays include a street fair, a 5K run, and ice-skating opportunities. These are, of course, in addition to the many Narragansett activities available year-round, such as a state park, lighthouse, campground, museum, the historic Towers at the site of the old Narragansett Pier Casino, fishing charters, and a long list of fine and casual restaurants.

Holidays are a fun time in Narragansett, from by-the-sea fireworks at the Fourth of July to various Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other events marking the fall celebrations.

This fall, for example, you can look for the Pumpkin Festival on October 15th with paint-a-pumpkin, bouncy house, kiddie obstacle course, reptile adventure, and spooky tunes, and the 9th Annual Scarecrows in the Pier, a build-it-yourself event with trophies awarded. 

Let’s take a closer look at the winter holiday events in Narragansett, conveniently situated close to many Narragansett beach rentals, so you can choose how to inject as much holiday cheer as possible into your late-season vacation to this beautiful Rhode Island destination.

Holiday Street Faire

Following an incredible 2021 event, the 2022 Holiday Street Faire, to be held on Saturday, December 3rd (with a snow date of December 4th) promises to match and even outdo the prior celebration.

There will likely be much more of the same as featured at the 2021 Faire: an Artisan Barn with more than 40 vendors selling locally made creations such as sculptures, glass figures, jewelry, and beach items for truly unique gift-giving experiences in addition to baked goods and pet treats; an outdoor Village featuring photo ops with Santa, carolers made up of Narragansett high, middle, elementary school choruses, and food trucks; and live music from area bands from late morning until early evening!

If you’re a singer, don’t miss the chance to show your skills with Christmas Karaoke. Want to create a unique gift for a loved one or make a one-of-a-kind souvenir? They’ll have holiday craft-making for you to enjoy. Kids are sure to enjoy the face painting station, and if you want to inject some holiday cheer into the beginning of your day, don’t miss the Breakfast with Santa on the morning of December 4th.

Be sure to stop by the Warming Lodge for snacks, seasonal drinks, and some Holiday Faire commemorative items.

The Faire has free parking and trolleys running from the established parking lots. It’s easy to get from your car to the fun in no time at all.

A mother and child in red sweaters under Christmas lights
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Jingle Bell Run

If you’re interested in running, you’ll love the holiday-themed Narragansett Chamber of Commerce Jingle Bell Run on Narragansett Town Beach.

Just as Santa himself cannot be deterred by the weather when making his rounds on Christmas Eve, this sanctioned, timed 5K run takes place rain or shine. Guests of all ages are welcome to join in. In addition to the 5K, there is a 1-Mile Family Fun Walk for those who want to participate but prefer something casual.

The run, occurring at low tide, is part of the town’s Festival of Lights Celebration, held the first Sunday in December (December 4th this year). The celebration includes a tree lighting and fireworks.

Running in Santa hats or a holiday-themed costume is welcome and encouraged. Dogs love the holiday, too, and can join you on this enjoyable outing.

Drinks, food, and entertainment are part of the celebration and are found at the North Beach Clubhouse before and after the Jingle Bell 5k Run. The tree lighting is followed by fireworks! This event is an all-day celebration of the holiday season and will provide unforgettable memories for all who attend. 

The 5K Run and Festival of Lights Celebration are made possible by the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce.

Plan Your Visit

The team at Durkin Cottages is here to help you plan the perfect holiday trip to Narragansett, so contact us today to start your holiday vacation!

Skating at the Community Ice Rink

You might be hesitant to get outside much during the winter, but there are plenty of activities you can enjoy in the cold. Some sports, like skiing or snowboarding, may be too intense for some, but ice skating is a hobby nearly everyone can enjoy. 

The new, synthetic community ice skating rink, introduced with 2020 state “Take It Outside” grant funds and a late push of community donations was gifted to the Narragansett community by the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce in May 2021. Now you can take advantage of the new ice rink on your vacation! 

Located at 170 Clarke Road at the Department of Parks and Recreation property, the rink offers year-round skating due to its artificial “never melts” surface—but what better time to take advantage than during the holidays?

Bring your own skates! Christmas music and food trucks are often on hand to complete your experience. 

Other holiday events in Narragansett and holiday Narragansett activities slated for the 2022/2023 season include:

  • Annual Pier Plunge: hosted by the Narragansett Lions Club, 2,000 or more participants plunge into the waters at Narragansett Town Beach at noon on New Year’s Day.
  • Holiday Dinner: take in a scrumptious holiday dinner on Christmas Day at the North Beach Clubhouse, also hosted by the Narragansett Lions Club.
  • Gazebo Park: hot chocolate, cookies, and hot cider will be served between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4th.
  • Christmas By the Sea Shopping Event: local vendors are selling one-of-a-kind gifts at North Beach Clubhouse on Saturday, December 10th, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • A Christmas Carol: an annual event in nearby Providence, Trinity Rep hosts the performance of this beloved play, typically from early November through the end of December.
A couple enjoying a Christmas street fair.
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With major holiday events happening at the beach and in town, you’ll never be far from any good times from whatever Narragansett vacation rentals you’ve chosen. Whether you’re a repeat visitor or new to Narragansett vacations, you’ll find that holiday events represent a small portion of the fun you can have when you make Rhode Island your vacation destination.

Come again in the spring, summer, and fall, and take full advantage of the spectacular seasonal Narragansett activities and attractions, from biking and hiking to kayaking, fishing, and much more. It doesn’t matter when you visit; there’s always something fun happening in and around Narragansett.

Plus, your Narragansett beach rental offers not only stunning beach and water views but a long list of convenient amenities, including full kitchens, complimentary WiFi, decks or patios, washer/dryer, vacuum cleaner, outdoor gas or charcoal grills, queen-sized beds, outdoor furniture, and central air.

Come and see for yourself what all the hype is about and discover why so many families make the trip here every year. Contact Durkin Cottages today to learn more about our available rental properties.

Durkin Cottage Realty

815 Pt. Judith Rd.
Narragansett, RI 02882

Phone: 401-789-6659
Fax: 401-789-6705

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