We can't quite believe 2016 is coming to a close, but that doesn't mean we're not going to help it go out in style. From walking tours filled with scenic sights to mansion tours, comedy shows and beer tastings, your options for celebrating are nearly endless. Read on for 20+ spectacular things to do this week here in Newport and Bristol Counties.

 

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 26

'TIS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS - CHILDREN'S TEA

Blithewold Christmas

When: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $22 Children, $32 Adults
Details: ‘Tis the day after Christmas, and all through the Blithewold abode there linger beautiful decorations and the fragrance of cinnamon and cloves. The hustle and bustle of the holidays may be over, but you can still share in the last of the season’s magic with your special children and family and friends. Enjoy goodies and treats one last time amongst all the delightful decorations before they all disappear for another year. After tea, sandwiches, goodies, fresh-baked scones, and a warm pot of tea, children and their families will sit around the fireplace, and enjoy one last holiday story. For this occasion, children are welcome to come dressed in their finest pajamas and nightgowns!

 

🎄 ROGUES AND SCOUNDRELS WALKING TOUR

When: 10:30 AM
Where: Departs from the Brick Market Museum, 127 Thames Street
Details: See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting

 

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

When: Recurring Daily until December 29, Check JPT Website for times.
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Details: In Manchester by the Sea, the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27

🎄 UNDECKED HALLS: BEHIND THE SCENES AT DORIS DUKE’S MANSION IN WINTER, ROUGH POINT

When: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Rough Point
Details: Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 Free

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28

FERMENTATION CLASS
 

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WhereForty 1° North
When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Fermentation Class Every Wednesday at 6:30. Featuring five wine tastings with a special theme or from a particular region accompanied by five small food pairings, Fermentation Class is held at the Oval Bar every Wednesday at 6:30. Reservations are required and this class often sells out.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29

VANDERBILT GRACE PRESENTS DATE NIGHT THURSDAY

When: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Recurring on Thursdays
WhereThe Vanderbilt Grace
Details: Indulge in a beautifully prepared 3 course prix fix menu, including a bottle of wine, as resident jazz pianist, Michael Johnson, plays the night away. Music from 7:00pm-1:00pm

 

BEERTASTING

When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Thursdays
WhereChristie's
Admission: $15 per person
Details: Every Thursday Christie's will feature a flight of local craft brews that will be accompanied with a light food pairing

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30

🎄 ROGUES AND SCOUNDRELS WALKING TOUR

When: 10:30 AM
Where: Departs from the Brick Market Museum, 127 Thames Street
Details: See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting

 

🎄 NEWPORT HOLIDAY LANTERN WALKING TOUR

When: 4:00 PM
Where: Departs from the Brick Market Museum, 127 Thames Street
Details: Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Required. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting.

 

The Debra Mann Quartet, with Dino Govoni, Marty Ballou and Marty Richards

When: 7:30 PM
Where: Sandywoods Center for the Arts
Admission: $15 advance/ $20 at the door
Details: Debra Mann returns to Sandywoods with her quartet to perform an eclectic night of jazz. For over three decades Debra has performed throughout the northeast corner of the U.S., often featuring the music of revered Brazilian composer, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and more recently, iconic singer/songwriter, Joni Mitchell.  Join us for this special night as we explore the genius of these musical giants, along with a hefty portion of rarely heard jazz gems and original music. The Debra Mann Quartet, features the world-class mega- talents of Dino Govoni (sax/flute), Marty Ballou (bass), Marty Richards (drums), and Debra Mann (vocals and piano).  “Debra Mann is a triple treat. She plays a sweet piano, writes splendidly, and has a voice that envelopes one with warmth and sensuality.”

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31

LAUGH IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE BIT PLAYERS

When: 7:00 PM to 12:00 PM
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $20 per person
Details: There is no better way to bring in the new year than with laughter! Come see RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players, as they present their annual New Years EVE night of comedy at The Firehouse Theater. THREE shows in one night (7pm, 9pm, & 11pm) each one hour long and ALL are BYOB!

The first show (7pm) will be Family Friendly this year so bring the kids, get out of the house and share of a laugh with everyone. The second show (9pm) is our most popular every year so get your tickets early. And the third show (11pm) will watch the ball drop in Times Square at midnight on our video display.

 

SATURDAY STROLLS

When: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $6 per person, in addition to regular admission
Details: Docents tell a story of the Van Wickle/Mckee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture.This tour concludes with a Q & A - complete with iced tea - served on Blithewold's Northwest Porch.

 

Journey Tribute - The Great Escape

When: 10:30 PM
WhereNewport Grand Casino
Admission: FREE
Details: Voted New Englands Best Tribute Band, The Great Escape is the Premier Tribute to the music of Journey!

 

🎄 COLONY HOUSE SITE TOUR

When: 10:00 AM
Where: Departs from the Brick Market Museum, 127 Thames Street
Details: Site Tour of the Historic Colony House. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID.  Subject to site and guide availability.Reservations

 

🎄 DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT WALKING TOUR

When: 10:30 AM
Where: Departs from the Brick Market Museum. 127 Thames Street
Details: Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship during Newport’s colonial era. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members. Weather permitting

 

🎄 NEW YEARS EVE SERVICE

When: 5:00 PM
Where: St. Mary's Episcopal Church

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 

 

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

CHRISTMAS 2016 AT LINDEN PLACE MANSION

When: Recurring Daily, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WhereLinden Place
Details: The Linden Place Museum Shop is stocked with wonderful hostess gifts and a broad range of Rhode Island history books as well as an extensive collection of gifts for children and babies. Join us for an unforgettable evening music concert with perennial favorites tenor, Michael DiMucci, and famed singer Robbie O’Connell. Dimucci, a hugely popular tenor in the style of Josh Groban, performs fireside on Friday evening, December 9th at 7:30 and on Sunday December 11th at 2:00 p.m. O’Connell on vocals and guitar and Rose Clancy on fiddle perform Celtic classics as well as little known carols and Irish American songs which celebrate Christian and pagan traditions and the winter solstice. O’Connell and Clancy perform fireside in Linden Place’s historic ballroom, on Friday December 16th at 6:30 For more information on these perennial sellout concerts, hours of operation for museum tours and the museum shop consult www.lindenplace.org or call 401-253-0390. 

 

🎄 CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

Holiday Mansion

When: Recurring Daily
Where: The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House
Details: The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season.

 

🎄 CHRISTMAS IN NEWPORT

When: Recurring Daily until December 31
Where: Various locations throughout Newport
Details: A month long celebration of the Holiday Season throughout Newport. Enjoy a series of concerts, tree lighting, craft fairs, candlelight house tours and much more.

 

SECOND ANNUAL MINI ART SHOW AT BLINK GALLERY
 

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When: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Recurring Daily
WhereBlink Gallery
Admission: FREE
Details: Please join us from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, November 12, 2016 at Blink Gallery for another fun and creative evening of art!
Staying true to the first Mini Show, this year’s show curates work from an all-inclusive pool of artists, with no requirements to enter. Each artist has a connection to Newport, however they all have varying styles and approaches to their work. This allows our show to exhibit a close-to-home feel while simultaneously offering a wide variety of artistic flavor. In the spirit of a ‘mini’ show, the pieces are scaled on the smaller side, and have been priced under $150. 

 

NANA'S NAUGHTY KNICKERS

When: Recurring every weekday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
WhereThe Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant
Admission: $20 - $59.95
Details: Nana’s Naughty Knickers Friday, November 25 – Saturday, December 31 Written by Katherine DiSavinoDirected by Daniel Lee WhiteBridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area!

 

AFTERNOON TEA IN THE DINING ROOM

When: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Until December 30)
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $22 Members, $30 Non-Members
Details: The Dining Room at Blithewold has always been a place where fine meals have been served to cherished guests. Food and drink continue to act as a medium for friends to gather and exchange stories while delighting in the simple pleasures; steam lazily rolling off of a cup of tea, and freshly baked scones with sweet cream are simple, yet luxurious. Visit our website to register!

 

NEW EXHIBIT “CROSSING THE LINE: UNOFFICIAL U.S. NAVY TRADITIONS”

When: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Recurring Daily until December 30
Where: U.S. Naval War College Museum
Admission: Free
Details: Commemorating the crossing of the equator, as well as other significant crossings such as the Arctic Circle, the International Date Line, and the Panama and Suez Canals, the twenty-seven certificates on display date from 1908 to the present. On view from June 13 - December 30, 2016.

 

NEWPORT SEAL TOUR WITH SAVE THE BAY

When: Check tour times & purchase tickets here! Recurring through the month of December.
Where: Bowen's Ferry Landing
Price: $22 non-members; $17 members, seniors & children ages 3-12
Details: Embark on a one hour tour aboard one of our education vessels as we cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge.