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.


Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the non-commercial 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.


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Holidays at the Newport Mansions Nov 18

Holidays at the Newport Mansions will be more spectacular than ever this year! Come see the festive decorations this season at The Breakers, Marble House & The Elms! A great Newport tradition continues with Holidays at the Newport Mansions! There’s nothing like seeing these…

UCC Holiday Bazaar Nov 18

Find something special for everyone on you holiday list! Ye Old Gift Shoppe, Jewelry, Raffles, Fabulous Florals, Handcrafted gifts, Children’s Books and Games, Framed Art and Heavenly Baked Goods. Luncheon will be available featuring savory homemade soups and warm apple crisp. We…

Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff Nov 22

Follow our young protagonist through the fabulous rooms of Rosecliff 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…

Newport Illuminated Boat Parade Nov 24

View the dazzling display of nautical holiday spirit along Newport waterfront from Perrotti Park, and Bowen’s & Bannister’s Wharves. WEATHER PERMITTING. Want to participate? Register your boat here.

Christmas at Whitehall Dec 03

Whitehall, the home of the 18th-century philosopher, George Berkeley from 1729-1731, is celebrating a colonial Christmas with Wassail, refreshment and music. This event is sponsored by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Rhode Island. The public…

53rd Annual Doorway Decorating Contest Dec 08
  • Recurring daily

Doorways judged of residential, commercial businesses, restaurants and bed and breakfast inns throughout Newport for their use of greenery and decorative enhancement. Deadline for entering 12/06/2023.

IYRS Community Holiday Party Dec 08

Kick off the holiday season at IYRS! Our students' boat restorations and all of Restoration Hall will be dressed in their holiday finery. Live music by The Naticks, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar. Free admission.

Service of Lessons & Carols Dec 08

A candlelight Christmas Service of Nine Lessons & Carols will take place in the majestic St. George’s Chapel. The readings are by students and members of the faculty and community. The St. George’s Chapel Choir leads the carols and performs anthems of the season.

113th Annual Medieval Christmas Pageant Dec 12

This service traces its origins back to Roman times when the December celebrations of Saturnalia would provide a welcome respite from the rigors of winter. This is a ceremony that heralds the Incarnation with Christmas hymns and a procession of Mary and Joseph with the Baby…

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