The home of the Providence Downtown Improvement District

Downtown Directions

Our blog featuring news, info, recommendations, and more!

Holiday shopping, concerts and more!

DSCN1767Catch the holiday spirit in downtown Providence this weekend! On Saturday, December 21st at 3 PM, Southern New England’s Christmas station, Lite Rock 105, is pairing with Bank RI to present a free Christmas concert at the Arcade featuring recording artist Whitney Wolanin and singer/songwriter Elizabeth Chan.

This is one of several Small Business Saturday events planned by Lite Rock 105 and Bank RI around the state, helping to promote locally owned businesses this holiday season. The Arcade reopened this fall with more than a dozen new businesses: Adirah, Arch Angels, Carmen & Ginger, DASH Bicycle, Jessica Ricci Jewelry, Luniac Glamour, New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Ntrendsic, nude., Royal Male, Southwest Passage, and That Guy.

Parking will be available on Saturday at the Arcade Garage, located at 66 Weybosset Street. The city is also offering free on-street metered parking in the downtown core for up to 2 hours from 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Saturday, until New Year’s Day.

On Saturday, you’ll also have your last chance to take free pictures with Santa in Grant’s Block from 12-4! Check the event calendar for more fun things to do downtown this weekend, including the PC Friars’ basketball game at the Dunk at 2 PM on Saturday, the last few performances of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Trinity Rep, and The Nutcracker at PPAC. And of course, for last-minute shopping, you couldn’t ask for better options!