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Staying in RI for vacation week? Come downtown!

It may be tempting to shut off your alarm and sleep your way through winter break. But once you’re feeling well rested, start making some plans to come downtown!

  • Go ice skating at the Bank of America City Center. The rink has special holiday hours on Christmas Eve (10am -6pm), Christmas Day (4pm-10pm), New Year’s Eve (10am-1am) and New Year’s Day (10am-10pm).
  • Buy tickets for Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, with daytime and evening shows scheduled between December 27th and 30th.
  • Don’t miss your chance to see The How and the Why at Trinity Rep, playing through December 30th.
  • Grab a good book to carry you through the week. Find great reads downtown at the Providence Public Library, Cellar Stories Books, and Symposium Books.
  • Experience one of several 3-D movies at Providence Place. Eat some popcorn, put on your special glasses, and enjoy Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Life of Pi, or The Hobbit.
  • Keep shopping! Now that you’re done buying presents for others, it’s time to pamper yourself.
  • Relieve post-holiday stress at the Spa at the Providence Biltmore. Whether you choose a massage, facial, pedicure, or half-day package, you’ll leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
  • At 6pm on New Year’s Eve, check out the Coffee Cup Indoor Auto Racing at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and celebrate at Bright Night throughout the day!

Don’t forget that on-street parking is free for 2 hours from 10 am to 6 pm through January 1st. For more ideas, visit