There is always a lot to do here in the City By The Sea, but now that the Holiday Season has officially started there is even more! From exploring local shops to lavish cottages dressed to the nines in their holiday coverings. Here is a break down of the 45 most riveting things to do this week here in Newport and Bristol Counties:



Celebrate the Holidays with food, wine and free parking!

Forty 1 North

WhereForty 1° North
When: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Recurring Daily
Details: The Holidays at Forty 1° North, Celebrate the Holiday's with food, wine and free parking! List of events & special food pricing here!


Christmas 2016 at Linden Place Mansion


WhereLinden Place
When: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Recurring Daily
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 or call 401-253-0390. 


Christmas at the Newport Mansions

Where: The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House
When: Recurring Daily
Admission: Price of standard Mansion admission
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.


Nana's Naughty Knickers

WhereThe Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant
When: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Recurring every weekday
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!


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.


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. 



WhereSpring Bull Studio & Gallery
When: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: 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




WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Recurring Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
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!



Nutcracker getaway

WhereRosecliff Mansion presented by Island Moving Company
When: 4:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Admission: Currently Sold Out, Recurring Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
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. 




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.


Programs for Farm and Forest Landowners and Operators

Where: Portsmouth Public Library
When: 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM
Admission: FREE
Details: Join us for an open house to learn about programs for farm and forest land owners and operators from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rhode Island’s Conservation Districts! You’ll learn about federal funding opportunities, how conservation can benefit your land or business, and where you can go for help with applying for federal programs. You’ll also learn about the Conservation Client Gateway, a new way to interact with USDA NRCS online. Events will consist of a brief PowerPoint presentation followed by an opportunity to speak with representatives about needs specific to your land.


Wine Class: Old World/New World Wines

WhereNewport Wine Cellar and Gourmet
When: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Wine Class: Old World/New World Wines



8 Bells Lecture Series

Where: Seamen's Church Institute
When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: FREE
Details: “The Burning of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution,” by Steven Park. Between the Boston Massacre in 1770 and the Boston Tea Party in 1773—a period historians refer to as “the lull”—a group of prominent Rhode Islanders rowed out to His Majesty’s schooner Gaspee, which had run aground six miles south of Providence while on an anti-smuggling patrol. After threatening and shooting its commanding officer, the raiders looted the vessel and burned it to the waterline. Despite colony-wide sympathy for the June 1772 raid, neither the government in Providence nor authorities in London could let this pass without a response. This lecture proposes that what started out as a customs battle over the seizure of a prominent citizen’s rum was soon transformed into the spark that re-ignited Patriot fervor.  Steven Park is a professor and Director of Academic Services at the University of Connecticut’s marine and maritime campus, Avery Point in Groton, CT.



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When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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 parining


Christmas in Newport

Where: Various locations throughout Newport
When: Recurring for the month of December
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.



Where2nd Story Theatre
When: Recurring on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Admission: 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.


Newport Historical Society’s Holiday Open House


WhereNewport Colony House
When: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission: FREE
Details: Visit the 1739 Colony House before Christmas in Newport’s opening ceremony. Join a revival of a Newport holiday tradition, a reading of the 1957 children’s novel The Christmas Tree Hessian. This tale by Cora Cheney explores life and Christmas in Revolutionary War-era Newport thorough a child’s eyes.



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.


Vanderbilt Grace presents Date Night Thursday

WhereThe Vanderbilt Grace
When: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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


Vineyard Vinyasa Yoga: Fall Series

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WhereNewport Vineyards
When: 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: $26 per person, includes yoga class and wine tasting samples
Details: Un-wine-d with a yoga class unlike any other. Held at Newport Vineyards and presented by Thames Street Yoga & Shunya Studio, embark on a 1 hour and 15 mins yoga class, followed by a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. Dine at Brix Restaurant following the tasting to cap off the night.




WhereThe Bit Players
When: 8:00 PM, Reoccurring 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.


Barrel of Laughs Winter Comedy Series

WhereNewport Vineyards
When: 8:00 PM 
Admission: $25 in advance ($28 at the door)
Details: Join us for an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes Emily Ruskowski, special guest Mike Holmesand and headliner Orlando Baxter. Orlando has performed around the globe including The New York Comedy Contest, NBC’s ‘Stand Up for Diversity’, The Boston Comedy Festival, and The Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland. In 2012 he toured across the U.S. with national headliner Jo Koy, as the opening act in the “Lights Out” tour, before making TV appearances on AXS TV’s ‘Gotham Live’. In 2016, Orlando’s talent took him back overseas where he debut his show “Suspension, Detentions, and Summer Vacations” at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He will be on Conan October 24 so tune in to watch!



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.



WhereNewport Historical Society Walking Tours
When: 4:00 PM, Reoccurring 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.



Blithewold Christmas

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.


Wreath-Making Workshop

WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Reoccurring on Saturday
Admission: Members $45, Non-Members $55
Details: Blithewold’s Garden Manager Gail Read and Horticulturist Betsy Eckholm’s design ideas and assembly tips will guide you in creating one-of-a kind holiday wreaths. You will also be able to choose your greens from a wide variety of plant material, some of which is pre-cut from Blithewold’s collection of unique evergreens. 
Please bring pruners and gloves, if you have them!



2016 Newport Holiday Stroll

Where: Newport, Rhode Island
When: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Recurring on Sunday
Details: 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! 

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! 


Are you looking for a place to buy a Christmas tree?

WhereCoggeshall Farm
When: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Admission: FREE
Details: Add some holiday spirit to your Christmas by purchasing your tree at Coggeshall Farm. The celebration features games and warm treats around the hearth of its historic farmhouse. While picking out your tree you can also enjoy music performances, and The Coggeshall store will be selling honey and maple syrup from their own bees and trees, along with toys, books, heirloom seeds and other gifts to put under your tree. All proceeds from the sale benefit this nonprofit living history museum, which depicts the lives of Rhode Island’s farm families in the late 18th century.


Bowen's Wharf 46th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree

Where: Bowen's Wharf
When: 4:30 PM
Admission: FREE
Details: We invite you to bring the whole family to see Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus for an evening of Christmas cheer! Make a day of it and check off that holiday gift list at our retail shops open 10-8 Fridays and Saturdays with in-store promotions, gift wrapping and other perks! 

Festivities begin at 4:30 with Frosty the Snowman! The Christmas Carol Sing-a-long begins at 5 pm, the Mayor lights the tree at 6 pm immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Join us for a magical evening of charm, fun, and good cheer! Restaurants & shops are open before and after the event.


Breakfast With Santa

WhereNewport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
When: 10:00 AM, Reoccurring on Sunday
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.


Bristol Christmas Festival: Grand Illumination

Where: Burnside Memorial Building
When: 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM
Admission: FREE
Details: Join in the fun as downtown Bristol becomes magically transformed into a winter wonderland. Local entertainment program starts at 4:15pm and the Grand Illumination is at 6pm


Holiday Evening at The Breakers


WhereThe Breakers
When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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 ambience of a Gilded Age holiday.


Holiday Spectacular Artisan Craft Fair

Where: Newport Elks Lodge
When: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Admission: FREE, Admission & Parking
Details: Join us for our Holiday Spectacular Artisan Craft Fair. With our Crafters & Vendors with their unique creations & products. Jump start your holiday shopping early: Show Specials & Discounts & More, Something for everyone on your list!


Jazz Tasting

WhereGreenvale Vineyards
When: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Admission: $15 per person
Details: On December 3rd, Greenvale Vineyards will be hosting its second-to-last Jazz Tasting for the 2016 season. Come out for a wonderful afternoon of sampling 7 estate grown wines, fantastic live jazz, and some cozy fire pits.

Greenvale Vineyards' welcomes you to pack a picnic and bring the whole family - even your furry, leashed family members!



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. 


Lunch With Santa

WhereNewport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
When: 12:00 PM, Reoccurring on Sunday
Admission: $29.50 all ages. Adult with lap child (under age 2): $39.50
Details: Bring the children for a fun and unique lunch on the train as you take a ride with Santa. During the trip children will have the opportunity to go to another car and sit with Santa. On board adults and children can choose from our lunch menu:

For kids: Chicken Nuggets, All Natural Hot Dog, PB&J, Mac n’ Cheese, or Yogurt Sticks
For adults: Turkey Club Wrap with Bacon, Chicken or Tuna Salad Sandwiches, BLT, or Mac n’ Cheese
Beverages include water, soda, coffee, tea, and milk and juice (for the kids)
The all table car train is limited to only 60 seats. The Breakfast with Santa train ride is approximately one hour and 30 minutes in length. The train departs from downtown Newport.




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.


Photos with Santa

Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center
When: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Admission: FREE
Details: Celebrate the season with Santa! Join St. Nick at the 18th Annual Photos with Santa Sponsored by Gil's Appliances at the Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol. Be a part of this annual holiday tradition when the Audubon Environmental Education Center is transformed into a winter wonderland. Families from across the East Bay are invited to join us, meet Santa and have your picture taken! In addition to Photos with Santa enjoy seasonal crafts, activities, exhibits, Christmas Tree sale and the Audubon Gift Shop. Photos will appear in your home-town newspaper during the week of Christmas. 


St Mark Church Jamestown Christmas Festival

Where: St Mark Church, Jamestown, Rhode Island
When: 9:00 AM
Admission: FREE
Details: St Mark Church Christmas Festival.....enjoy a day of shopping and food prepared at the St Mark Cafe. Raffle prizes include cash prizes and a Sony Play Station 4. Featured tables include hand crafted, greenery, gift, bake, religious and kids items A great family fun filled event.



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.


The Train to Santa’s Workshop

WhereNewport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
When: 4:00 PM, Reoccurring on Sunday
Admission: $39.50 all ages. Adult with lap child (under age 2): $39.50
Details: Hop on board the Express Train for a magical journey to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. Upon arrival you’ll be able to get off and visit with Santa in a special old-fashioned parlor car, where children can visit and tell him what they want for Christmas. While you are waiting there will be sing-a-longs and other attractions going on in the workshop. Each group of passengers will have about 45 minutes to spend with Santa and his elves in the workshop before catching the next train back. Trains are limited to 80 people.


Tour Newport's Common Burying Ground

WhereBrick Market: Musuem & Shop
When: 11:00 AM
Admission: $15 per person
Details: Explore the Common Burying Ground. Learn about the stone carvers, their art and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Newport’s history. Presented by Newport History Tours.


UnDecked Halls

Rough Point

WhereRough Point
When: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Price of Rough Point admission
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.



A Jubilant Bach Christmas

Where:  St. Joseph’s Church, Newport, Rhode Island
When: 3:00 PM 
Admission: $30; Advance: $27: Seniors $24; Students $10
Details: The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, conducted by Edward Markward, will present J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (sung in English), featuring soprano Dana Varga, mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz, tenor Jesse Darden, and bass-baritone Colin Levin. The Chorale will be joined by the CCRI Chamber Singers, Dr. Joseph Amante y Zapata, Director.


Perfect Holiday Entertaining

WhereSpiced Pear Restaurant at The Chanler
When: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Admission: $135 per person plus tax and gratuity 
Details: Be the envy of your friends and family when you learn how to plan the perfect holiday party this season. Discover what pairs perfectly with Still, Sparkling and Spirits of Moët Hennessy. Presentation by Megan Libby, Moët Hennessy.