Family friendly events and activities fill the calendar during this year's holiday season in Newport & Bristol County. From outdoor skating to living nativities and hands-on crafting, this robust lineup is sure to keep them entertained. Children's Holiday Story Time | December 9, 16 Join Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum for a special holiday story time followed by cookies, cocoa and a craft. 7 pm. Living Nativity presented by Cluny School | Thursday, December 10 Live animals and choral music enhance this annual reenactment of the First Christmas under the stars. A gift to the community expressing the true meaning of Christmas. Hot chocolate and sweets served before and after the presentation which lasts 25-30 minutes. Bring a blanket and flashlight. Free, as part of Christmas in Newport. Grand Re-Opening of Newport Skating Center | Friday, December 11 Celebrate with good cheer, hot cocoa and cookies, carolers, visits with Santa and the elves, skating performances with the Island Skating Academy and more. 5pm. Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event | December 11, 18; January 1 Join Blithewold in their Illuminated Garden withcaroling, hot cocoa, and smores onFriday nights this season. Each Friday a different group of carolers will perform around the bonfires with performances at 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm. Christmas Movie Night at The Baptist Church | Friday, December 11 Get the Family into the Holiday Spirit at the Baptist Church in Warren with the new film The Christmas Candle. Watch the trailer for the movie, and order tickets here. Christmas Craft Fair | Saturday, December 12 The 10th Annual Craft Fair at Knights of Columbus promises talented crafters and vendors, plus arts & crafts for kids. Free admission and parking. 10am-4pm. winter festival 2015_credit Discover Newport-2262 Santa at the Brick Market Place | Saturday, December 12 12:30-3:30 pm. Thames St. Free, as part of Christmas in Newport. Sparkys Puppets present Stories from Snowy Lands | Saturday, December 12 For children ages 4-12 and their families. Watch Jack Frost bring a snowman to life, see a bear go ice fishing and visit a toy maker on a wintry day. No registration required, as part of Christmas in Newport. Newport Public Library, lower level. 2:30 pm. Cru Cafe Holiday Cookie Decorating | Sunday, December 13 Cru Cafe is hosting a holiday shortbread cookie decorating afternoon. Bring a birthday party supply item or monetary donation to benefit the Confetti Foundation, and receive free cookies to decorate and eat, plus free coffee and hot chocolate. 3-5 pm. winter festival 2015_credit Discover Newport-2209 Visit with Santa Claus at Marble House | Sunday, December 13 The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission, as part of Christmas in Newport. Noon-3 pm. Elf: Annual Christmas Film Screening | Sunday, December 13 Bring the whole family and a non-perishable food item to the screening of holiday classic comedy Elf at Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center to benefit the Martin Luther King Center. 1pm. Christmas Crafts at Homewood Suites | Tuesday, December 15 Enjoy free Christmas craft decorating of the season, for children 3 and older accompanied by an adult. 348 West Main Rd, Middletown. 5-7 pm. Skate with Santa | Tuesday, December 15 Join Santa on the ice whether you are naughty or nice! Skate with the big man himself at the Newport Skating Center between 6 pm and 7 pm. Santa will be visiting with all the kids after he skates, so bring your camera to capture the perfect holiday photo under the stars! Santa Claus Arrives at the Clock Tower Square | Saturday, December 19 Cookie decorating. Free, as part of Christmas in Newport. Rt. 114 in Portsmouth. Noon-2 pm. Community Tree Decorating and Santa Visit at Seamens Church Institute | Saturday, December 19 Bring an ornament and help decorate the tree beginning at 1 pm. Santa arrives at 2 pm and will read a classic Christmas tale. Free. Visit with Santa Claus at the Elms | Sunday, December 20 The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission, as part of Christmas in Newport. Noon 3 pm. Christmas Pageant with Live Nativity | Sunday, December 20 Come and see the Holy Family, sing with the angels and heavenly hosts, greet the wise men and pet the sheep. Community event refreshments served. 4-7 pm. Home Alone 25th Anniversary Special Screening | Tuesday, December 22 See the holiday classic Home Alone the 25th Anniversary Special Screening at the Jane Pickens Theater at 7pm. New Englands Largest Gingerbread Lighthouse | Through January 1, 2016 The culinary staff from the Marriott Hotel has constructed a 16 foot masterpiece. Free but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to fill the sleigh for local Community food pantries. Saturday-Thursday 9 am-4 pm and on Fridays from 9 am-5 pm.