As you may have gathered over the years, we love the holidays here in Newport. The charm of our 377 year old city truly comes to life as our Gilded Age Mansions become decked in yuletide finery, the historic cobblestone streets become lined with twinkling white lights and the holiday cheer flows freely. The magic begins Friday, November 25 with a lengthy list of family friendly celebrations to kick off the holiday season.
Christmas at the Newport Mansions
When: Now - January 2nd, 2017
Where: The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House
Admission: Price of Mansion Entrance
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. Details.
Bowen's Wharf Holiday Block Party and the Illuminated Boat Parade
When: Friday, November 25 at 6:15 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Details: The waterfront at Bowen’s Wharf offers exceptional views of the Illuminated Boat Parade which will begin at Goat Island and proceed towards Bowen's Wharf then make its way towards King Park. While the illuminated fleet floats by, step into locally-owned restaurants, shops and boutiques for sweet treats like hot cider, and in-store specials alongside live music in ‘The North Pole’. Explore the waterfront 4:00 - 8:00 PM, rain or snow.
Newport Holiday Lantern Tour
When: Recurring weekly Friday and Saturday starting Friday, November 25 - Saturday, December 24
Where: Departs Brick Market Museum & Shop
Admission: $15 per person, $10 for Society members and active duty military with ID
Details: Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk and learn how colonial Newporters recognized the holidays. Departs from the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport, RI. Details.
Holiday Fest at Made in Warren
When: Friday, November 25 - Saturday, November 26, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Where: Made in Warren Artist Cooperative
Details: Celebrate the holidays with Made in Warren at Warren’s Holidayfest! Bring your family and friends for cider and cookies to welcome the holiday season. We have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. Being voted Best in RI and being one of Warren’s favorite stops for creative gift giving. All proceeds go to the artists and are tax free! Details.
The Newport Nutcracker
When: Friday, November 25 - Friday, December 2
Where: Rosecliff Mansion
Admission: Gold $99, Silver $85, Pillow $55 children ages 6-10 only
Details: Island Moving Co. invites you to join us for our wonderful holiday ballet A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Follow our young protagonist throughout the mansion as she celebrates the holiday season with her family, battles with the Mouse King, dances with the Snow Queen and travels with her beloved Nutcracker to the magical Land of Sweets. The first act of this unique performance is an experiential journey as guests are guided from room to room of the historic mansion. For the second act, guests will be seated at tables in the ballroom. Details.
Dickens Christmas Dinner Train
When: Friday, November 25 - Friday, December 16
Where: Newport Station
Admission: Step back in time and immerse yourself in the classic tale of humbuggery, ghosts, and redemption. This interactive retelling of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company is an evening of music, laughter, food, and spirits which is certain to cure even the worst “Scrooge.” Join Ebenezer himself, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and all the Christmas Spirits on a dinner journey along the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad. Your night will include 5 staves, 4 courses, 3 ghosts, 2 partners, and 1 Scrooge. Details.
Christmas at Linden Place Mansion
When: November 27 - January 7, 2017. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Mansion
Admission: The cost of entrance into Linden Place
Details: A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, and Christmas tablescapes by top designers and florists…these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion. Details.
Horse-Drawn Holiday Carriage Ride
When: Sunday, November 27 & December 11, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Admission: $75 for a group of 4, each additional person $10.
Details: Enjoy old-fashioned holiday fun at Blithewold’s winter wonderland on a bow- and garland-festooned horse-drawn carriage ride. Travel down wooded Lover’s Lane, then cross Blithewold’s Great Lawn. Families will be photographed in the sleigh before the ride begins. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the Dining Room, where you will wait for your ride. Upon registration, you will be given your time slot for the approximately 15-minute ride. Details.
46th Annual Christmas in Newport
When: December 1 - December 31
Where: Throughout Newport
Details: Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 46th year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar. Enjoy a series of concerts, tree lighting, craft fairs, candlelight house tours and much
46th Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting
When: Saturday, December 3, 6:00 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Details: Thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the tree at historic Bowen's Wharf during the 46th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting. Enjoy caroling before you meet Frosty the Snowman, Santa and Mrs. Claus at ‘The North Pole’.
- 4:30 PM: Meet with Frosty the Snowman
- 5:00 PM: The Christmas Carol Sing-a-long begins
- 6:00 PM: the Mayor lights the tree, immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting).
Head to the wharf for a magical evening of charm, fun, and good cheer. Restaurants & shops are open before and after the event. Some businesses will offer free refreshments, early afternoon caroling, and shopping specials -- all are decorated for the season! Note:
The Bowen’s Wharf parking lot will be open until 4:00 PM the day of the tree lighting. Two hours of validated parking are available from participating Bowen’s Wharf merchants all season, and there is free parking at designated locations throughout the city of Newport.
Newport Holiday Stroll
When: Saturday, December 3 - Sunday, December 4; and Saturday, December 10 - Sunday, December 11
Where: Throughout Newport
Details: The 2016 Newport Holiday Stroll will feature free parking, complimentary gift wrapping, sip & shops, 15% discount at select restaurants with proof of retail purchase, Random Acts of Holiday Cheer and much more. Enjoy a stroll through Newport to find unique New England events like the Nutcracker performed by Island Moving Company at Rosecliff, live entertainment throughout the city including busking and caroling, and fun for the whole family with ice skating downtown and the Bowen’s Wharf 46th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa Claus, dozes of local restaurants serving everything up from apple cider and pumpkin spiced lattes to New England Clam Chowder to locally sourced sea-to-table cuisine, and of course, the opportunity to get all of your holiday shopping done in New England’s Premier Holiday Shopping Destination. Details.
Undecked Halls at Doris Duke's Rough Point
When: December 3, 10, 17 & Tuesday, December 27
Where: Doris Duke's Rough Point
Details: Enjoy an authentic view inside a Newport mansion in winter. Heiress Doris Duke spent Christmas in sunny Hawaii far away from Rough Point, her Newport estate. 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 1/2 hour. Details.
Breakfast With Santa
When: Saturday, December 3 - Sunday, December 18, 10:00 AM
Where: Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
Admission: $29.50 all ages. Adult with lap child (under age 2): $39.50
Details: Bring the children for a fun and unique breakfast on the train as you take a ride with Santa! Choose from pancakes, french toast, or scrambled eggs with sides of bacon, sausage, or homefries. There will be milk and juice for the kids and coffee and tea for the adults. The all table car train is limited to only 60 seats. During the trip children will have the opportunity to go to another car and sit with Santa. The Breakfast with Santa train ride is approximately one hour and 30 minutes in length. The train departs from downtown Newport. Details.
Bristol Christmas Festival: Grand Illumination
When: Saturday, December 3, 4:15 - 6:00 PM
Details: Join in the fun as downtown Bristol becomes magically transformed into a winter wonderland. Details.
Holiday Sip n' Shop
When: Thursday, December 8, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: OceanCliff Hotel & Resort
Details: An evening of cocktails & shopping at OceanCliff while supporting small businesses and shopping local for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Complimentary passed champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
Newport Skating Center Grand Opening & Treelighting
When: Friday, December 9
Where: Newport Waterfront
Details: The Winter Wonderland returns this winter at the Newport Skating Center in downtown Newport.
OceanCliff Holiday Gala
When: Sunday, December 18, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: OceanCliff Hotel 7 Resort
Admission: $70 per person
Details: Join OceanCliff for the 7th Annual Holiday Gala or an evening of fine food, cocktails and holiday cheer on Friday, December 18 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM. You'll enjoy a cocktail hour and hors d'eouvres upon arrival followed by a three-course dinner and live entertainment. Details.