Roger Williams Park Botanical Center Holiday In The Park

Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Holiday in the Park

Trees and poinsettas Roger Williams

What do you do on a rainy, gloomy December day?  You go find Santa, that’s what!!

A friend had posted about the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center’s 5th Annual Holiday in the Park event. It looked like a nice way to spend some time so Avery and I headed over.

There were activities for everyone! Young (and young at heart) attendees could visit with Santa,  and have their picture taken (with your own camera) There were demos by Master Gardeners and wreaths for sale, and kids could make their own holiday centerpiece and ornament to bring home! The event also boasts an incredible display of 23 varieties of poinsettia, grown by URI Master Gardeners!


There was wonderful music by Two Old Friends in the main atrium, and delicious food by La Creperie!

food and music
Admission was free with the donation of a canned good, and the donated food went to St. Charles Borromeo food pantry in Providence.  Since admission was free, you could use that cash to purchase one of the GORGEOUS handmade wreaths available for sale.

As soon as we arrived, Avery asked to see Santa, so that was our first stop.

Santa Roger Williams Botanical Center
I was really proud of Avery for not being too frightened to sit with Santa, though she was still a bit bashful. I loved that there was a volunteer there to take our photo together (I rarely get in any of the pictures since I’m always the one behind the lens!) And that I didn’t have to buy photos (Have you seen the prices for mall Santa photos?? Holy holly berries, Blitzen!)

After visiting with Santa for a bit we headed over to make our own Christmas centerpiece and ornament! This was by far, the nicest “take home” we’ve ever made at an event like this.

A volunteer sat down with us to guide us through the process, but Avery did everything by herself (I did spread the glue on her ornament though, I saw a serious mess waiting to happen!)

centerpieces Roger Williams Holiday centerpeices roger williams holiday botanical Making ornaments at Roger Williams Botanical Center
Didn’t she do a great job? She’s so excited to hang her ornament on the tree once it dries!

Next we spent some time exploring.  Avery’s favorites were the carnivorous plants and the succulents (a girl after my own heart) but I was in awe of these vibrant purple flowers

Purple flowers Roger Williams Botanical Gardens

And, of course, we spent some time with the Koi! Koi at Roger Williams Botanical
We had a great time and look forward to attending other events at the botanical center this year!

For more information and event dates click HERE or visit the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center on FACEBOOK


  1. Jen says:

    We need one of these “La Creperie” places near us. It’s one of the requirements I have on each and every Disney trip – stop in France and get a crepe. I have a family recipe (I am 1/4 French and given who gave it to me, I know it’s legit :) ), but they are super time-consuming… worth it – totally – but labor intensive. See what you could do about opening one of these down here, won’t you please? <3

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