Fes∙tive; adjective: cheerful and jovially celebratory. A word that many of us throw around at this time of year to describe our family gatherings and charming interactions. As the holidays get closer, our list of things to see and do grows. This week brings plenty of cozy, seasonal festivities here in the City by the Sea.



Christmas at the Newport Mansions


Where: The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House
When: NOW - January 2nd, 2017
Price: 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.


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
Price: FREE
Details: NEW exhibit, "Crossing the Line," is on NOW! 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.


Second Annual Mini Art Show at Blink Gallery

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WhereBlink Gallery
When: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, NOW until January 8th, 2017
Details: 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. 

Two Barretts: Irving & Julie

WhereSpring Bull Studio & Gallery
When: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Price: FREE
Details: “Two Barretts: Irving & Julie” exhibition runs from Saturday, November 5 – 31, 2016. The gallery will be open until 8 pm on Thursday, November 10th for Gallery Night. Spring Bull Gallery located at 55 Bellevue Ave. in Newport, RI, and is wheelchair friendly. It is open free to the public. Gallery hours are 12 to 5 pm. daily. For additional information on this exhibition, future gallery events or member artists
Please call the gallery at 401-849-9166 or visit the gallery on-line



November Owl Prowl

WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
When: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: $10 Members, $12 Non-members
Details: Learn how to ID owl species by sight and call before we head out on the trails. The group will listen for wild owls who are setting up their nesting territories. After our night hike, return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our captive Barred Owl up close! Don't miss this often sold-out program, which is offered only three times this season.



Fermentation Class

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WhereForty 1° North
When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Price: $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.


Thanksgiggle with The Bit Players!

WhereFirehouse Theater
When: 8:00 PM
Price: $15 per person
Details: Before you grow your annual food baby, come down to the Firehouse Theater for our special One-Night Only Thanksgiving show!



Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Where2nd Story Theatre
When: Recurring on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Price: Regular $35/Preview $20/Under $25
Details: A waitress and a short-order cook are in the middle of their first “date” having met a few weeks ago on the job. And although both have experienced their share of life’s disappointments – neither being in the bloom of youth – this lovable pair of lost souls explore the possibility of true love. At last.


Prelude to a Kiss

Where2nd Story Theatre
When: Recurring on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Price: Regular $35/Preview $20/Under $25
Details: In this modern day fairy tale, an uninvited guest turns a perfect wedding into a white-knuckled rollercoaster ride of doubt and regret. For when this elderly “wedding crasher” kisses the bride, their souls exchange, leaving the brave but bewildered groom to reverse the curse armed only with the power of love.



19th Annual Lighted Boat Parade


Where: Goat Island Marina Causeway
When: 6:00 PM
Price: FREE
Details: The Newport Illuminated Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season with boats decorated with festive holiday decor and lights. The boats motor through the harbor and compete for best decorated in various categories. The parade begins at 6:15pm and can be viewed from various spots around the harbor. After the parade, the awards are presented at the Newport Yacht Club where light refreshments will be served.


Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room

WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Price: $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!


Bowen's Wharf Block Party

Where: Bowen's Wharf
When: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Price: FREE
Details: All our locally-owned waterfront shops and restaurants will be decorated and open -- many with special offers to make shopping for your loved ones, and yourself, a joy. Beat the holiday rush! Caribbean Christmas and Holiday tunes on the steel pan with Panoramic View will be live at the North Pole. As a backdrop: the City of Newport lights up the harbor with the Illuminated Boat Parade. Stroll the brick walkways among 18th Century commercial wharf buildings. Watch the parade of lights from Bowen's Wharf or make a reservation inside the restaurants while boats compete for best decorated. Free admission. Escape to the anchor of Newport and experience New England during the holidays.


Award-Winning Improv Comedy with The Bit Players

WhereThe Bit Players
When: 8:00 PM, Recurring on Saturday
Price: $15 per person
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.


Dickens Christmas Dinner Train

WhereNewport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
When: 6:00 PM
Price: Adults and Children over 12: Tickets start at $95.95 per person. All-inclusive price includes train ticket, performance, dinner, gratuity, and tax. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are additional and can purchased on the train.
Details: 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.


Holiday Lantern Tour

WhereNewport Historical Society Walking Tours
When: 4:00 PM, Recurring on Saturday
Price: $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, and costs $15 per person. The $25 ticket includes a historic-style hurricane lantern with a flameless candle to use during the tour. Reservations encouraged, space is limited. 401-841-8770.


Nana's Naughty Knickers

WhereThe Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant
When: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price: $20 to $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!


Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event

WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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.


The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff

Nutcracker getaway

WhereRosecliff Mansion presented by Island Moving Company
When: 4:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Price: Currently Sold Out
Details: Join us for the 15th season of The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff - Rhode Island's wonderful holiday tradition!
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 Wasted Talent Show! Live Stand Up Comedy!

WhereStudio 3 Nightclub
When: 7:30 PM
Price: $15 in advance / $20 at the door
Details: Newport's HOTTEST monthly standup comedy show, The Wasted Talent Show, returns on Black(out) Friday November 25th! We've had comics from Comedy Central, America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, Conan, and more! This month will be our 4 year anniversary show so it's going to be a real doozy of a good time! The night after Thanksgiving, we are graced with the Wasted Talents of...



A Farewell to Abbey Rhode - Final Concert

Where: Sandywoods Center for the Arts
When: 7:30 PM 
Price: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door
Details: Abbey Rhode will be remembered as Rhode Islands' favorite Beatles tribute band.  Their genuine sound and 12 years of performances have made them local cultural icons and their concerts were always full with enthusiastic fans who have been following the band for many years. This is your last chance to see them perform and to sing and dance along to the  Beatles sounds . Come and say goodbye to Kevin, Mike, John and Ray and wish them well in their future endeavors.


Dick Lupino Trio

WhereGreenvale Vineyards
When: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Details: Dick Lupino Trio at Greenvale Vineyards.


Holiday Fest at Made in Warren

WhereMade in Warren Artist Cooperative
When: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Price: FREE
Details: Celebrate the holidays with Made in Warren at Warren’s Holidayfest! Friday & Saturday, November 25th & 26th, 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. Check out our November featured artists, Cae Gilbert, painter, Sara Crocker, quilter, Ruth Billings, metal artist, Christine Tanson, pottery, and Deb DeMarco, ceramicist. Plus paintings, prints, elegant bags, jewelry, glass, fiber, metal and wood - just some of the treasures you’ll find at MIW. Open late for the holidays. All proceeds go to the artists and are tax free!


Hop on Board the East Bay Shopping Express

Where: Bristol, Warren and Barrington, Rhode Island
When: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Details: The East Bay Chamber, in collaboration with the Barrington Business Association, Discover Warren, and the Bristol Merchants Association, has coordinated a tri-town shop local campaign, which kicks off on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, with the East Bay Holiday Shopping Express. Two festive trolleys will circulate the downtown hubs of Bristol, Warren and Barrington, taking shoppers to the hottest retailers and restaurants in the East Bay.


Music in the Living Room


WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Price: Included with regular admission
Details: Enhance your visit to Blithewold and enjoy the holiday decorations in the Mansion by attending our Music in the Living Room Series!

Concerts are included with regular admission. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Reserved seats can be held for an additional $2 fee. To reserve your seat, click the date below.


Newport Seal Tour with Save The Bay

Where: Bowen's Ferry Landing
When: Check tour times & purchase tickets here!
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. 


The Colony House Tour

WhereTours depart from the Brick Market Museum and Shop
When: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Recurring on Sunday
Price: $15 per person, free for Newport Historical Society members, $5 for children ages 5-12
Details: This historic site, built in 1739, was a center for RI's colonial government. Explore its significant history, including the surrounding square, and view an original Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington.


Saturday Strolls

WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Price: $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.



Christmas 2016 at Linden Place Mansion


WhereLinden Place
When: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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. The understated, elegant décor throughout the mansion rooms that you will marvel at is the work of professional designers whose work has received high praise during past Christmas seasons. The mansion’s parlors, bedrooms, and magnificent chapel-like Gothic room will be magnificently transformed for your enjoyment. Tablescapes which celebrate the warmth and hospitality of the season grace the mansion rooms offering inspiration for your own holiday decorating. The work of talented professionals, these scapes range from the classical to whimsical. 


Free Teen Green Guided Hikes

WhereNorman Bird Sanctuary
When: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Price: FREE
Details: Come hit the trails and explore the largest protected open space on Aquidneck Island with the Teen Green trail guides. Our young hiking masters, accompanied by a NBS Education staff member, will fully immerse you in the sanctuary, highlighting the extensive natural history and pointing out signs of wildlife along the way. These free Sunday hikes are perfect for families, just register online before it fills up!


Horse-Drawn Holiday Carriage Ride & Holiday Photo Shoot

WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Price: $75 per group of 4, each additional person $10
Details: "Oh, what fun it is to ride”… Come enjoy some old-fashioned holiday fun at Blithewold’s winter wonderland on a horse-drawn carriage ride, perfect for a snuggle-up-in-warm-blankets romantic rendezvous or fun for the whole family. Our bow- and garland-festooned carriage, which holds up to 8 people, will take a trip down our wooded Lover’s Lane, then cross Blithewold’s Great Lawn. Families will be photographed in the sleigh before the ride begins. The photos could be used for holiday greeting cards or to frame and cherish for years to come! Allan Millora Photography will provide each family with a digital image to keep, or offer your choice of a selected photo package.