Come December, things are merry and bright here in Newport.
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A visit to The Classic Coast—nine vibrant and historic towns all sharing some seriously prime New England coastline—is both everything you expect and enjoyably unpredictable. This is a place and a people made of surf and soul; raised by the ocean and built by eccentric and outspoken rebels some 300-plus years ago. If you're looking for classic Colonial architecture and breathtaking New England landscapes, we've got 'em. Trust us. But it's a feeling you get here of being switched off yet inspired; engaged yet refreshed. There's no word for it, but it happens everyday on The Classic Coast.
Now who's hungry for some chowder?
Tag your own and go back to pick it up later or cut it down, take it home and deck it in yuletide glory.
We told you, spirits: bright.
We rounded up some of the most classic holiday events in and around Newport this season.
A city-wide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the Holiday season.
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Holidays at the Newport Mansions will be more spectacular than ever this year! Come see the festive…
The name say's it all— Santa Magic. On November 26th, head to Long Wharf Mall for a FREE outdoor…
Sparkling Lights: An Outdoor Magical Wonderland The third season of Sparkling Lights at The Breakers…
Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, 6:00 p.m., Washington Sq. Features proclamation from the…
Newport Winter Foodies Stroll offers a 1-mile guided walking food tour through Newport's historic…
Newport Burger Bender, the “best burger” contest is back through 2/26/23. Local restaurants are…
33rd Annual Newport Winter Festival, more details to come!
The Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade is currently scheduled for March 11th, 2023, pending state…
Newport Daffodil Days will take place throughout April, in accordance with state and local health…
Conjure the spirit of the holidays at the annual Newport Illuminated Boat Parade with live music and boats decorated in their yuletide's finest dotting the harbor on Friday, November 25.
The opulence of Newport's Gilded Age mansions meets the sparkle and magic of Christmas during the return of Holidays at the Newport Mansions on Saturday, November 19, 2022 - January 1, 2023.
Each year, the historic estate transforms into a sparkling display of Christmas magic to celebrate the season.
Make your way to Bowen's Wharf for an enchanting evening of caroling, holiday shopping, and family fun on Saturday, December 3 for the 52nd Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting.
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The Classic Coast is made up of nine connected coastal towns. They all share a rich and well-preserved New England history along with an indelible spirit of artistry, hard work, and ambition that's simply, classic.
Founded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island is considered to be the shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. A haven for religious dissenters, a critical Colonial Era port city, a thriving artists’ colony, a summer playground for America’s barons of industry during the Gilded Age, home to the U.S. Naval War College and known as America’s First Resort, Newport is a destination like none other.Discover More
Jamestown was incorporated in 1678 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and transferred to Rhode Island in 1746. Today, Jamestown is a peaceful coastal gem with historic farms, stunning parks, award-winning restaurants, and locally owned shops and art galleries offering a serene atmosphere.Discover More
Created in 1685, Bristol embraces its three centuries of rich history which includes being the site of a landmark battle, as a sailing and shipbuilding hub, a critical Colonial Era port and all the while continuing to have the distinction of hosting the oldest, continuous Fourth of July Celebration in America.Discover More
By our destination’s standards, Middletown was a late bloomer, incorporated in 1743. Just as its name suggests, Middletown is in the “middle” of Aquidneck Island in Newport County, bookended by Portsmouth to the north and Newport to the south.Discover More
Founded in 1638 by Anne Hutchinson and two other dissenters of the original Boston Colony, Portsmouth is home to many historic sites, public golf courses, marinas, antique shops and more. Portsmouth also encompasses four islands: Prudence Island, Patience Island, Hope Island, and Hog Island.Discover More
Tiverton was incorporated in 1694 and today, this coastal community seamlessly blends outdoor beauty with cultural pleasures. The town is home to one-of-a-kind quaint locally owned boutiques and eateries, many nestled in historic Tiverton Four Corners, a quaint New England village of 18th century buildings.Discover More
In 1682, the town of Little Compton was incorporated by the Plymouth Colony, which was the first permanent European settlement in New England founded by English Pilgrims. It became part of Rhode Island in 1747 and today is home to the Ocean State’s only official “town common,” listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Discover More
Settled in 1653 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Warren's working waterfront is one of the oldest in New England with more than 16 miles of shoreline, multiple marine-based industries, and a thriving downtown offering a host of local art and antique shops, waterfront restaurants and more.Discover More
Barrington boasts a long, rich history as members of the Mayflower party once called the coastal town home. More than half of the town’s square miles is water, so picturesque waterfront vistas are plenty.Discover More
Think: the salt of the sea on your skin after a day chasing the swell. Think: the perfect amount of sunshine and crisp sea breeze. Classic.
As temperatures drop, Newport Harbor Island Resort transforms their North Lawn into a wintry wonderland complete with an ice skating rink as part of the property's Winter Wonderland pop-up.
This cold-weather dining experience will keep you warm, and somewhat outside, until Spring.
From light and leisurely scenic walks along the coastline to moderately intense trails in picturesque New England forests, here are our favorite spots to get outdoors.