The season is in full swing, the festive parties are roaring and the streets and houses are glimmering with holiday cheer. Amid all of the bustle of cooking, shopping and entertaining, we're aiming to make your life easier by providing you with a list of all the happenings here in the City by the Sea.
 

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🎄 Denotes a Christmas in Newport event. 

 

DAILY

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19

🎄 ROGUES AND SCOUNDRELS WALKING TOUR

When: 10:30 AM, Recurring Friday
Where: Departs from the Brick Market Museum
Details: Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. 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

 

🎄 A LIVING NATIVITY PRESENTED BY CLUNY SCHOOL

When: 6:00 PM
Where: Cluny School
Details: 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. Please bring a blanket and flashlight. Free Rain date is Dec. 21st.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20

AFTERNOON TEA IN THE DINING ROOM

When: Recurring on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
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!

 

CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY STORY TIME AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION

Blithewold Christmas 2016

When: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Details: Come gather around the piano in Blithewold’s beautifully decorating Living Room for a reading of a selection of favorite holiday stories accompanied by soft piano music. We might even sing a few songs! After story time, join us for a cookie, cocoa, and a craft.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21

SPIRITS CLASS: 3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CUP, SCOTLAND VS FRANCE

When: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
WhereNewport Wine Cellar and Gourmet
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Spirits Class: 3rd Annual Christmas cup, Scotland vs France

 

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.

 

Rain Date for A Living Nativity presented by Cluny School, See December 19th listing.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22

NATIONAL LAMPOON CHRISTMAS VACATION PARTY

When: 8:00 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $10 per person
Details: What's Up Newp and the Jane Pickens Theater & Events Center presents National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Party! 

Enjoy a very special holiday screening of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) and the biggest and best ugliest holiday sweater party of the season! 

 

BEERTASTING
 

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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

 

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 7:00 PM - 1:00 PM

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23

SPARKLE! AN OUTDOOR FAMILY EVENT

Blithewold Christmas

WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring on Fridays
Price: $2 for members, $14 for non-member
Details: Friday Nights Sparkle! A marshmallow-roasting-Christmas-carol-singing-coca-sipping-strolling-through-the-twinkling-garden-paths-fun-for-the-whole-family event! Each Friday night a different group will present two performances of carol singing, from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. around the bonfire.

 

Award-Winning Improv Comedy with The Bit Players

When: 8:00 PM, Recurring Saturday
WhereThe Bit Players
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe hits the stage with their hilarious improv show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, & the quickest wit you'll ever see EVERY Fri & Sat night at 8pm. If you are coming for a special occasion & would like a person(s) of honor to be part of the show let us know in advance. We will create a customized game just for your group! We encourage ALL guests to buy tickets online, shows often sell out. All shows are BYOB! Laugh More.

 

HOLIDAY EVENING AT THE BREAKERS

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WhereThe Breakers
When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring on Saturdays
Admission: Preservation Society members $30 in advance, $35 day of event; Non-members $35 in advance, $45 day of event; Children 6-17 $10 in advance, $15 day of event - Children under 6 are admitted free
Details: Don't miss Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions for an extra special and unique experience. Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambiance of a Gilded Age holiday.

 

🎄 NEWPORT HOLIDAY LANTERN WALKING TOUR

When: 4:00PM
Where: Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 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. Reservations: 401-846-0813.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24

HAPPY HANUKKAH!

 

SATURDAY STROLLS

When: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturday 
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.

 

🎄 COLONY HOUSE SITE TOUR

When: 10:00 AM
Where: Departs from the Brick Market Museum
Details: Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. 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
Details: Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. 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

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Marble House Winter Christmas Tree

 

🎄 WADK RADIO 29TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT

When: 9:00 AM
Where: WADK
Details:  featuring the Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra and the Marley Bridges Theater Company Choral Ensemble. Tune to WADK AM 1540

 

🎄 A CHRISTMAS MORNING CELEBRATION WITH CAROLS AT CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST

When: 9:00 AM
Where: St. John the Evangelist
Details: Incense free service

 

🎄 CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES ST. COLUMBA'S CHAPEL

When: 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Where: St. Columba's Chapel
Details: 8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist and 10:00 AM, Holy Eucharist with Music

 

🎄 CHRISTMAS DAY, ST. PETERS LUTHERAN CHURCH

When: 9:30 AM
Where: St. Peters Lutheran Church
Details: All are welcome!

 

🎄 CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE WITH HOLY EUCHARIST AND MUSIC

When: 9:00 AM
Where: St. Mary's Episcopal

 

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
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.

 

Manchester by the Sea

When: Recurring Daily, 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.

 

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!

 

SECOND ANNUAL MINI ART SHOW AT BLINK GALLERY
 

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WhereBlink Gallery
When: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Recurring Daily
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. 

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

Where: U.S. Naval War College Museum
When: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Recurring Daily
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.

 

HOLIDAY BEERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD FESTIVAL

When: 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM
WhereNorey's, Newport
Details: Holiday Beers from Around the World Festival @ Norey's, Newport December 9th 4PM. Taps stay up until they are gone, generally about 2 weeks.