Holiday Happenings

Posted 12/1/21

By MERI R. KENNEDY Gingerbread Decorating Contest This Saturday Artists' Exchange will hold its 17th annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Artists' Exchange, located at 50 Rolfe

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Holiday Happenings


Gingerbread Decorating Contest This Saturday

Artists’ Exchange will hold its 17th annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Artists’ Exchange, located at 50 Rolfe Square in Cranston.

How does it work? Participants start with a simple graham cracker construction and craft it into a work of art. There are heaping supplies of frosting, cereal, pretzels and of course, an array of colorful candy to decorate your dream candy home. And with no age limit, everyone is invited to join in on the fun!

Last year’s take home gingerbread craft kits were such a huge hit, that we are bringing them back for a second year. This year participants will have the option to compete in person or bring the contest to the comfort of their own homes. Come visit the holiday workshop and pick up a gingerbread house kit.

Registration for both in person decorating and the take home craft kit is required. Register early as supplies are limited.

If you want to enter the contest for a chance to win free classes, participants can submit their creations for judging by posting their masterpiece on Facebook and Instagram and tagging @artists_exchange. Their team of Judges, consisting of local artists and art teachers, rate all the houses based on creativity, attention to detail, imagination and most of all, thinking “outside the house!” Winners will be announced on their website and social media on Dec. 6. Prizes include Artists’ Exchange class gift certificates towards classes in our upcoming winter session.

Discounted registration for the winter session of classes is also available at the event. Be sure to check the schedule on the Artists’ Exchange website before coming because all class registrations processed on the day of the event will get 20 percent off tuition.

Also included in the weekend’s festivities there will be outdoor holiday photo ops, pre-decorated wreaths and wreath decorating kits as well as take home art survival kits for sale. Be sure to share your memories with Artists’ Exchange on Facebook and Instagram, follow them to stay up to date on all the great events and activities happening!

For reservations visit, The contest cost is $15 per house for in-person unlimited decorations.

Christmas in Pawtuxet this Sunday

Join in for Christmas in Pawtuxet on the second Sunday in December. The event begins with an ecumenical service and choir at Trinity Church at 4:00 p.m. Immediately after, the Pawtuxet Rangers lead a procession down Broad Street to Pawtuxet Park for the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Photos at Pet Supplies Plus

On Sunday, Dec.5, Pet Supplies Plus is holding their Holiday Photos Event. They will be taking your pet's pictures from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children and adults are welcome to be in the picture! The cost is $20 for two photos: your choice of two characters. And you get two 4x6 prints available for store pickup plus .jpeg emailed to you. All proceeds benefit Almost Home Rescue to help Rhode Island dogs and people in need.

Story time with Mrs. Claus at the GC Gazebo

Mrs. Claus will be at the Gazebo in Garden City Center ever Sunday beginning Dec. 5 – Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Join the one and only Mrs. Claus by the Gazebo on Sunday mornings this December while she reads some of her favorite holiday stories. Bundle up, bring a chair and sit by the Gazebo with the famous lady in red and hear holiday tales for kids of all ages.

Adopt A Family with CCAP

CCAP Adopt—Family Program. is up and running for the holidays. A $300 donation to the program will adopt an entire family for the holidays (100 percent of your donations go right to the families in need). Donations in other amounts are also appreciated.

Please make your check payable to Comprehensive Community Action and send to 311 Doric Ave. Cranston, RI 02910, Attention Holiday Giving Campaign, before Dec. 10.

For more information about CCAP’s Holiday Giving Campaign, contact Sherry Diaz, vice president of social services, (401) 562-8336, or Lee Beliveau, vice president of development at 401-562-8356,

All food and donations can be delivered during business hours: 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. at 311 Doric Ave. on the lower level.

Christmas at the Grange

The Oaklawn Grange annual Christmas tree lighting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6:15 p.m. The lighting of the tree will be held at the Wilbur Ave. Gazebo followed by horse drawn hayrides throughout the neighborhood provided by New Deal Farms.

Santa will be here as well as cookies and hot cocoa. They will be accepting canned goods and/or monetary donations to be donated to the local food bank.


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