Come December, unparalleled 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 | More events will be added on a rolling basis, please check back for updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

 

HOLIDAY AT THE HOTEL VIKING

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Hotel Viking
Admission: Free

Artisans by the Bay presents Holiday at the Hotel Viking. New England crafters will be showing and selling their one-of-a-kind items.

 

SANTA SUNDAYS AT THE MANSIONS

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: The Breakers
Admission: $35 adults (includes all three houses), $10 children ages 6-17

Santa visits to listen to children's wish lists. Great photo opp. Included in price of admission.

 

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT WHITEHALL

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Whitehall Museum House
Admission: Donations welcome

Enjoy the Christmas season with wassail, live period music and carols.

 

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.

 

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.  

 

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

 

12TH ANNUAL SINGING FOR THE SHELTER

When: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Where: Channing Church, 135 Pelham Street
Admission: $25, children with an adult are free

Many local musicians coming together to raise funds for local homeless shelters.

 

HOLIDAY SIP & SHOP

When: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: OceanCliff
Admission: $5

An evening of shopping, featuring local boutiques and designers. Complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

 

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.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

 

19TH 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.

 

ST. PAUL'S METHODIST CHURCH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

When: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Where: 12 Marlborough Street
Admission: Free

 

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.

 

49TH ANNUAL BOWEN'S WHARF TREE LIGHTING AND OPEN HOUSE

When: 4:30 - 6:00 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/ 

 

TRINITY CHURCH CHRISTMAS SILVER TEA

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

afternoon tea featuring live music, seasonal wreaths, greens, ornaments, hostess and holiday gifts.

 

HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE BREAKERS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Breakers
Admission: $38 in advance, $48 at the door

Take a leisurely self-guided evening tour through The Breakers; enjoy live holiday music and sample light refreshments, eggnog and cider.  

 

NEWPORT COUNTY ORCHESTRA IN 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.

 

A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS PRESENTED BY NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL 

When: 3:00 PM + 7:00 PM
Where: Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street
Admission: Adults $30, parishioners $10 and children $5

Concert will feature musicians from Newport Music Festival and many community arts partners. 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

 

SANTA SUNDAYS AT THE MANSIONS

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Marble House
Admission: $35 adults (includes all three houses), $10 children ages 6-17

Santa visits to listen to children's wish lists. Great photo opp. Included in price of admission.

 

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. 

 

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, $6 children under 12

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

 

A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS PRESENTED BY NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL 

When: 3:00 PM
Where: Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street
Admission: Adults $30, parishioners $10 and children $5

Concert will feature musicians from Newport Music Festival and many community arts partners. 

 

MUSIC OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

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

Music and carols reflecting the joy and wonder of Christmas.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

 

CAROLING ON BROADWAY

When: 3:00 PM
Where: Meet on the steps of Colony House, Washington Square
Admission: Free

Join the Thompson Middle School chorus, Christopher "Kari" Carbone and the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association and go caroling along Broadway up to Equality Park. 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE INNS: HOLIDAY BED AND BREAKFAST TOUR

When: 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $25 for all ten inns

Ten inns open for tour. Tickets at Francis Malbone House Inn, 392 Thames Street. All proceeds benefit Lucy's Hearth.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE INNS: HOLIDAY BED AND BREAKFAST TOUR

When: 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $25 for all ten inns

Ten inns open for tour. Tickets at Francis Malbone House Inn, 392 Thames Street. All proceeds benefit Lucy's Hearth.

 

WADK 33RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT

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 Jamestown Community Chorus.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

 

STUDENT'S IMPRESSIONS OF CHRISTMAS IN NEWPORT

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

 Students K-12 art exhibit, commemorative Christmas in Newport postmark by United States Postal Service.

 

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Free

Do your shopping right at the museum where you can find work from emerging and established artists alike. Ceramics, painting, wearable arts, ornaments and more. 

 

DECEMBER NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free

Holiday themed art shows during an evening tour of local galleries, museums, and cultural organizations in Newport and Middletown.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

 

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Free

Do your shopping right at the museum where you can find work from emerging and established artists alike. Ceramics, painting, wearable arts, ornaments and more. 

 

CHRISTMAS AT MOUNT ZION

When: 7:00 PM
Where: 101 VanZandt Avenue
Admission: Free will offering

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

 

CHRISTMAS IN SONG BY THE NEWPORT NAVY CHORISTERS

When: 7:30 PM
Where: St. Lucy's Church, 909 W Main Road
Admission: $15, $10 seniors and students, $30 families

Concert to benefit Lingkod Timog charitable missions in the Phillipines. 

 

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 14

 

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Free

Do your shopping right at the museum where you can find work from emerging and established artists alike. Ceramics, painting, wearable arts, ornaments and more. 

 

GINGERBREAD STORY TIME

When: 10:00 AM
Where: John Clarke Children's Program Room, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street
Admission: Free

Children ages 1 - 5 years old and a caregiver. A special gingerbread themed story time and craft. No registration required. 

 

SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY CHRISTMAS CHORAL CONCERT

When: 7:30 PM
Where: Great Hall of Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Avenue
Admission: $10, $8 students and seniors, SRU students Free with ID

Featured groups will include University Chorus, Madrigals Chorus, and a cappella groups.

 

FAMILY MOVIE: THE GRINCH (2018)

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

Families with children ages 6 - 12 years old. Join the Newport Public Library for a re-telling of the classic Dr. Seuss tale about a grumpy old creature living on Mt. Crumpet who can't stand to see his neighbors in Whoville enjoying themselves. No registration required. 

 

CAROLING + CRAFTING AT EMMANUEL CHURCH

When: 2:30 - 5:00 PM
Where: Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street
Admission: Free

Enjoy a festive afternoon with free popcorn and hot chocolate. Families and all ages welcome.

 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT THE IRISH MUSEUM

When: 12:00 - 4:30 PM
Where: Museum of Newport Irish History
Admission: Free

View the exhibits while enjoying Celtic holiday music, eggnog and cookies.

 

HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE BREAKERS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Breakers
Admission: $38 in advance, $48 at the door

Take a leisurely self-guided evening tour through The Breakers; enjoy live holiday music and sample light refreshments, eggnog and cider.  

 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

 

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 spanng centuries. Free parking in the lot across from the church.

 

SANTA SUNDAYS AT THE MANSIONS

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: The Elms
Admission: $35 adults (includes all three houses), $10 children ages 6-17

Santa visits to listen to children's wish lists. Great photo opp. Included in price of admission.

 

SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY CHRISTMAS CHORAL CONCERT

When: 7:30 PM
Where: Great Hall of Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Avenue
Admission: $10, $8 students and seniors, SRU students Free with ID

Featured groups will include University Chorus, Madrigals Chorus, and a cappella groups.

 

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.

 

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, at 5:45 PM sing your favorite carols with the angels. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held inside. 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

 

108TH 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 18

WEDNESDAY FAMILY FUN: WINTER TREE CRAFT

When: 4:00 PM
Where: John Clarke Children's Program Room, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street
Admission: Free

Children ages 5 - 12 years old and an adult. Join the Newport Public Library to make a 3D foam tree decoration with a wintry look. Registration is required and will begin on Tuesday, December 3. 

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

REINDEER PARTY 

When: 10:30 AM
Where: John Clarke Children's Program Room, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street
Admission: Free

Children ages 2 - 4 years old and a caregiver. Enjoy reindeer crafts, activities, and a reindeer snack. No registration required.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

 

HOLIDAY EVENING DUET AT THE ELMS AND MARBLE HOUSE

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: The Elms and Marble House
Admission: $38 in advance, $48 at the door

Take a leisurely self-guided evening tour through The Elms and Marble House; enjoy both houses for the price of one as you enjoy live holiday music and sample light refreshments, eggnog and cider.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28

 

CHRISTMAS IN NEWPORT CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HISTORIC PRIVATE HOMES

When: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $3 per home, payable at the door of each residence

Listing of homes and addresses will be available after December 15 at christmasinnewport.org and at the Newport Visitor Information Center. Note: No children under 10 years old and no high heel shoes.

 

HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE BREAKERS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Breakers
Admission: $38 in advance, $48 at the door

Take a leisurely self-guided evening tour through The Breakers; enjoy live holiday music and sample light refreshments, eggnog and cider.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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