From white lights that adorn our seaside sights to historic Gilded Age Mansions bedecked in yuletide charm and a month-long line up of heartwarming festive events, there's nothing like Christmas in the City by the Sea. That might be why Coastal Living Magazine named Newport among the 10 Best American Beach Towns for Christmas. Read the Coastal Living excerpt below, or click here for the full story.

Why we love it: Historic, maritime, and full of great food and drinkI adore this New England city year-round, and its month-long embrace of the holidays is peerless. Whether youre skating on the outdoor ice rink and pausing for hot chocolate, touring one of therenowned Gilded Age mansions in holiday finery, or attendingholiday puppet shows, teas, and concerts, its Currier and Ives brought to lifein the City By The Sea. (Note that the city uses only clear bulbs in the waterfront gorgeous!)