The 10 Best Holiday Shopping Destinations in Rhode Island!
Stressing out to find last-minute gifts for the holidays? Thankfully, Rhode Island is full of great shopping destinations, from weekend craft festivals to charming city streets and even large shopping malls with varied stories. Whether you’re looking for something unique and quirky or want something simple, you’ll find yourself with more than enough options for your holiday shopping in the Ocean State.
1. Newport, RI
Newport—already bursting with charm no matter the season—is especially festive during the holidays. They line their shopping district with lights and tinsel, providing a fun atmosphere as you shop. You’ll be sure to find great gifts at the galleries of local artists or souvenir shops with nautical themes.
This indoor shopping mall—the largest in Rhode Island—decorates its interior with Christmas decorations galore. Take a break from the cold and enjoy shopping without a bulky coat holding you down. Stores range from Macy’s to Nordstrom.
Westminster Street is always decorated with twinkling lights no matter the season, but during the holidays they suddenly seem so much more festive. Browse through several arts and crafts stores, influenced by the nearby Rhode Island School of Design, as well as Symposium Books, one of Providence’s last independent bookstores.
Join crafters, fashion designers, and chefs for this unique holiday shopping experience. With so many vendors, you’ll have no problem finding a gift for a loved one that is like no other.
5. Wickenden Street, Providence, RI
This area is another cute street in the state capital, lined by charming boutiques and cozy cafés. Take a break from the cold and dip into Coffee Exchange for a latte to warm you up and provide additional energy for the day of shopping ahead!
Home to so many artists, it’s no wonder that Rhode Island boasts an extensive calendar of craft fairs. Enjoy special deals on crafters’ work, and meet with the very artists who made your special creation!
The Arcade is an old shopping mall on Weybosset Street recently renovated into micro-lofts, with a shopping space still intact on the ground floor. Their small, unique boutiques are the perfect place to browse for fits for your loved ones!
Explore the best arts and crafts vendors of Pawtucket at the annual Pawtucket Holiday Show. This festival unites a cooperative of more than 50 artists who share their ceramics, body products, jewelry and more with shoppers.
Visitors come from all over the country to buy paintings, ceramics, and sculptures from the talented artists who have studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Purchasers of fine art will appreciate the variety in the collections of different artists.
The Crossing is a well-maintained shopping center with all that you need for your shopping needs. After Thanksgiving, you’ll find stores packed with holiday decorations and, of course, lots of great holiday gifts! Stores range from Target to Yankee Candle to Barnes and Nobles.