If you're of a mind to get out and about this winter, Providence has many activities going on, from museum exhibits to craft shows and the popular WaterFire installation.
Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art's newest exhibition, "America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now," showcases the expansive photography of the nation's landscape over the past 150 years. The exhibit runs through Jan. 13, with admission prices starting at $3. Check it out at www.risdmuseum.org, or call 401-454-6500.
Craftland, a once-annual holiday sale is now a full-out store in downtown, promoting handmade jewelry, crafts and home good. Its holiday showcase runs through Dec. 31, featuring collectables from more than 160 New England and American artists. For information, visit www.craftland.myshopify.com/index or call 401-272-4285.
Winter WaterFire is a special holiday lighting of 41 braziers on the downtown rivers Dec. 14, burning from Waterplace Park to Steeple Street. There will also be a Christmas tree lighting in the basin and a visit from Santa, caroling and refreshment. The event is free and for information, visit www.waterfire.org or call 401-273-1155.
The city rings in the new year Dec. 31, an event hosted by Providence's arts community, dubbed "Bright Night." It features art exhibits and family programming around the city, including storytelling and poetry readings, puppet shows, an antique fire truck exhibit, live shows, and food trucks. It kicks off at noon, and evening ceremonies include the midnight countdown to 2013 and features live shows by Big Nazo, Extraordinary Rendition Band and the Banished Fools. Tickets range from $10-$20. For information and schedules, visit www.brightnight.org or call 401-864-5973.
For more information on all the city has going on, check out www.goprovidence.com