MoWC will host open house and Santa’s workshop

MoWC will host open house and Santa’s workshop

WOONSOCKET – The Rhode Island Historical Society invites the community to visit the Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main St., on Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-5 p.m., 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 children alike.

At 10:30 a.m., visitors can join Anne Jalette as she leads a tabletop boxwood tree decorating activity. Pre-registration is required for this activity, and trees and all decorations will be provided for an advance fee of $25. Space is limited to 20 participants. Individuals can register at

Beginning at 1 p.m., the public is welcome to take part in an afternoon of free activities, including Child’s Play: A Brief History of the Children of New England at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by Geralyn Ducady, director of the Newell D. Goff Center for Education & Public Programs, 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 be a performance by the The Wheeler School Concert Handbell Ringers at 2 p.m.

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 dance 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. All cookies may contain peanuts, tree nuts or other allergens.