The mall may be all dressed up for the holidays, but there are better places to feel festive while you shop.

There are a few Rhode Island towns within short driving distance where Christmas is simply kicked up a notch.

With this being the first Christmas my daughter is old enough to really get into it, I love getting out to places that are all dressed up for the holidays.

Taking her to see the twinkling lights at local displays, watching our favorite Christmas movies and just making the season as magical as possible are definitely my holiday goals this year.

So when I heard of all the festive fun happening in these Rhode Island towns, I thought 'I want to go there.' And maybe you will too!

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    Newport

    I have probably gone to see the Newport mansions done up for the holidays at least a half a dozen times in my life...and it never disappoints.

    The Elms, The Breakers and Marble House offer tours that are truly a must-see at least once, cause they are always awe inspiring.

    Plus there are plenty of shops decorated for the season on Thames Street and outdoor ice skating at the Newport Yachting Center.

    Preservation Society of Newport County Facebook page
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    Bristol

    Blithewold would be my first stop for seasonal festivities in Bristol.

    The mansion is all dressed up and they have their outdoor Sparkle event happening at least once more this year.

    If you are bringing your little one along for this adventure, make sure to stop off at the Beehive Cafe where kids get a toy animal to mark your order while you wait!

    Downtown there are lots of lights and giant stars everywhere as well and the colonial houses are always an amazing sight.

    Nancy Rosner Facebook page
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    Wickford

    Wickford Village is definitely a hidden treasure of Rhode Island.

    Every year they welcome Santa via boat, which is just super cute!

    And even though you may have missed the big guy this year, you can still enjoy the historic churches and homes decorated for Christmas and the many shops with holiday-themed window displays.

    You'll feel like you're in 'It's A Wonderful Life' as you walk around, shop and enjoy the Christmas magic.

    Holiday Inn South Kingstown Facebook page