Come December, unmatched Christmas charm practically envelops this coast. Snow-kissed treetops, Gilded Age architecture dressed in twinkling white lights, cozy boutique shops and bustling wharves boasting decadent Christmas trees make this coastal enclave like something straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. 

 

Each year since 1971, December 1 has marked the kick off of Christmas in Newport, a month-long celebration complete with festive events and happenings to honor the season and give back to charities throughout the community. Experience events for nearly each day throughout December as part of the celebration.

 

ABOUT

Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Today, it comprises 31 days of celebration hosted by residents, shopkeepers and local do-gooders who raise thousands of dollars to give back to charities throughout the community. Luckily for us, that means multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.

 

The schedule below is courtesy of christmasinnewport.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

OFFICIAL OPENING OF CHRISTMAS IN NEWPORT

When: 5:00 PM
Where: Washington Square
Admission: Free

Features proclamation from the Mayor, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute, music by the Newport Public Schools music program.

 

Santa's Workshop

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereEaston's Beach Rotunda
Admission: $5 per child

Includes: goody bag, crafts, cookie decorating, a ride on the carousel, and a visit with Santa.

 

Newport Historical Society Open House

When: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Newport Colony House
Admission: Free, donations welcome

Tour the Newport Colony House before the Christmas in Newport Official Opening Ceremony and enjoy the sounds of 18th century caroling performed by costumed interpreters from the Second Massachusetts Regiment. Learn the origins of the songs and where they would have been sung.  

 

Annual Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale

When: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Easton’s Beach Rotunda
Admission: Free

Christmas wreaths and table top decorations created by designers, artists, gardeners and florists from the community. Also gourmet sweets bake sale. All proceeds go to Lucy’s Hearth.

 

Trinity Christmas Silver Tea

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square
Admission: $12

Holiday high tea.

 

Christmas Cards for Mariners

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where:  Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Square
Admission: Free

Drop in to warm up with hot chocolate and write a Christmas card to men and women serving on the seas this Christmas.

 

Newport Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Shopping Event

When: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Middletown Knights of Columbus Hall, 7 Valley Rd
Admission: Free

Local Artisans and scrumptious baked goods.

 

Newport County Orchestra Concert

When: 3:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street
Admission: $10 admission, $8 seniors, students.

Classical and holiday music sponsored by the Salve Regina University Music Department.

 

Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting

When: 4:30 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: Free

Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30 PM. Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live music and tree lighting at 6:00 PM.

 

HOLIDAY CRAFTS AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

When: 2:30 PM
Where: Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street
Admission: Free, registration required, newportlibraryri

Children ages 5-12 years old are invited to create holiday crafts perfect for gift giving in the John Clarke Children's Program Rm. All materials provided for this free program.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

TOURO SYNAGOGUE 255TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Touro Synagogue
Admission: Free

See the magnificent interior of the synagogue, explore the exhibits at the visitors center and enjoy cookies and cider on the patio.

 

Touro Synagogue Chanukah Party

When: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
WhereTouro Synagogue
Admission: Free, reservations required

Enjoy a family concert and candle lighting in the Synagogue at 4:00 pm and stay after to enjoy latkes with all the trimmings and more holiday fun at the Levi Gale House. Email cji@tourosynagogue.org.

 

Advent Lessons and Carols

When: 5:00 PM
Where: St. John the Evangelist, 61 Washington Street at Willow Street
Admission: Free

Atmospheric sequence of traditional readings; journey from twilight to light with music.

 

Newport Community Band/ Salve Regina Jazz Ensemble Concert

When: 3:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street
Admission: $10, $8 seniors & students

SRU Newport Community Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Flute Ensemble performing holiday favorites. 

 

Christmas at Whitehall

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
WhereWhitehall Museum House
Admission: Free

Enjoy wassail and Christmas treats while viewing 18th century Whitehall by candlelight.

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

St. George’s School Service of Lessons & Carols

When: 7:30 PM
Where: 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown
Admission: Free

The birth of Jesus is told by lesson and song. Congregational singing and carols by the school choir and hand bell choir.

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT REDWOOD LIBRARY & ATHENAEUM

When: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Admission: Free

Chariho High School Choir, a pop-up exhibition of selected treasures from the vault, Christmas book display, scavenger hunt, children's crafts and refreshments.

 

SEAMEN'S CHURCH INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE

When: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Square
Admission: Free

Open House tours with music featuring the Emmanuel Church woodwind trio. 

 

NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS

When: 7:30 PM
Where: St. Mary's Church
Admission: $25, $5 children

This heartwarming Christmas concert will delight young and old. Performers include Trevor Neal. Enjoy harp, piano, organ, and percussion accompanied by the children's choirs from St. Mary's and St. John's churches.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall

When: Seatings at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Where: 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown
Admission: $12 adults, $5 children under 12

Bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season.

 

Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: 3 Frank Coelho Drive, Portsmouth
Admission: Free

401-683-4177 for details.

 

NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS

When: 7:30 PM
Where: St. Mary's Church
Admission: $25, $5 children

This heartwarming Christmas concert will delight young and old. Performers include Trevor Neal. Enjoy harp, piano, organ, and percussion accompanied by the children's choirs from St. Mary's and St. John's churches.

 

Music of the Season

When: 7:00 PM
Where: First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at Everett Street
Admission: Free

An opportunity to sing some favorite carols. In the event of inclement weather the re-schedule date is December 16.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT JESUS SAVIOR CHURCH

When: 6:30 PM
Where: 509 Broadway
Admission: $10

To benefit Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Wakefield Concert Band.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11

107th Annual Medieval Christmas Pageant

When: 7:30 PM
Where: St. George's School Chapel
Admission: Free

Candlelit service of the portrayal of the Christmas story.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Annual WADK Christmas Concert at The Newport Marriott

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Newport Marriott
Admission: Free, donations of non-perishable food items for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center welcome

Larry Brown's Swinglane Orchestra and a local choral group

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13

Student’s Impressions of Christmas in Newport

When: 5:30 PM
Where: Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf
Admission: Free

Student K-12 art exhibit, commemorative Christmas in Newport postmark, United States Postal Service. Light refreshments. 401-846-9410.

 

CAROLING ON BROADWAY

When: 3:30 PM
Where: Starting at the Colony House
Admission: Free

Join local musician Christopher Carbone, Thompson Middle School chorus and OBNA in a caroling along Broadway. All are welcome to participate.

 
Christmas on the Point

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow Street
Admission: Suggested donation $15, seniors/students $10

Merry organ music, professional choristers of the Choir School of Newport County and the adult choir of St. John's Church, instrumental selections with the reading of "The Christmas Story."

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

Christmas at Mount Zion: The Reason for the Season

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, 101 Van Zandt Ave.
Admission: Free will offering

An evening of sacred and secular Christmas music by the Voices of Unity/RPM Voices of Rhode Island.

 

Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers

When: 7:30 PM
Where: St. Barnabus Church, 1697 East Main Road
Admission: $15, $10 students

Concert to benefit Kate Grana Music and Arts Assoc. Portsmouth High School.

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

Community Tree Decorating at Seaman's Church Institute

When: 12:30 - 1:00 PM
Where: Seaman's Church Institute, 18 Market Square
Admission: Free

Bring an ornament and help decorate the tree before a visit from Santa Claus.

 

Christmas in Sign Presented by James L. Maher Center

When: 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street
Admission: Free

Christmas songs done in sign language.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

St. Petersburg (Russian) Men’s Ensemble In Concert

When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street
Admission: Free, $20 suggested donation

This male quartet will present a dazzling concert of Russian choral music, folk songs, and popular music spanning centuries.

 

Rhode Island Ballet Theater Presents "Newport Holiday"

When: 4:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street
Admission: $25 per person

Includes dances from The Nutcracker and Elf on the Shelf.

 

A Live Nativity at St. Peter's Lutheran Church

When: 4:00 PM
Where: 525 Broadway
Admission: Free

Dress up and be part of the live Nativity, Crafts, Refreshments, photo opportunities, 5:45 p.m. sing your favorite carols with the angels. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held inside.

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21

Winter Solstice Stories & Crafts

When: 10:30 AM
Where: Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street
Admission: Free

For children 2-6 years old + a caregiver are welcome to celebrate with stories, treats and a craft. In the John Clarke Children's Program Rm. No registration required.

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22

ANNUAL "MESSIAH AND CAROL SING: THE CHRISTMAS STORY"

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Emmanuel Church, Spring and Dearborn Streets
Admission: $13, $ children 12 and under, $30 per family

This beloved Christmas in Newport tradition will feature the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah, as well as carols, organ selections, and the telling of the Christmas Story. Bring a score to sing along or just immerse yourself in the gloious sounds of the season.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24

CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

When: 5:00 PM + 10:00 PM
Where: 61 Washington Street
Admission: Free

Professional Choristers of the Choir School of Newport County and the adult choir of St. John's Church. Incense free family service.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30

Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Trinity Church

When: 4:00 PM
Where: One Queen Anne Square
Admission: Free will offering to support Martin Luther King Cente

Join the choir of Trinity and the Newport Community Youth Choir in a festive celebration of Christmas. 

 

 

 

 

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