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RIHS to Celebrate Holidays With Open House, Santa’s Workshop at MoWC

The Rhode Island Historical Society invites the community to visit the Museum of Work & Culture on Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-5pm, for the organization’s annual Holiday Open House, offered as part of Woonsocket’s Main Street Holiday Stroll. The day will feature a variety of holiday-themed activities for adults and families alike.

At 10:30am, the public is welcome to join Anne Jalette as she leads a tabletop boxwood tree decorating activity. Pre-registration is required for this activity. Trees and all decorations will be provided for an advanced fee of $25. Space is limited to 20 participants. Individuals can register here.

Beginning at 1pm, visitors are invited for an afternoon of free activities. This includes Child’s Play: A Brief History of the Children of New England at 1pm & 3pm by Geralyn Ducady, Goff Center of Education Director, who will lead guests through the history of children’s play from colonial New England through the present day with her talk.  She will also have some toys on hand for attendees to try. There will also be a performance by the The Wheeler School Concert Handbell Ringers at 2pm.

Visitors are also encouraged to decorate cookies from Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery, help Santa’s elves build and test toys in their workshop, write letters to Santa, and participate in holiday storytime. Children who help the elves in any of their activities will be entered in a raffle to win dances classes with Heritage Ballet  or a birthday package from Snapology.

In addition, guests may tour the MoWC, which will be decked in its holiday finest, while enjoying cookies provided by Seven Stars Bakery and hot cider and hot chocolate from B&M Catering.

Please note: All cookies may contain peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens.

The MoWC gift shop will also offer a 20% discount throughout the day.

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