While you are decking the halls and singing carols for all to hear it is important to know EVERYTHING that there is to do this month. With family and friends surrounding you it is your time to share with them all of the beautiful ways you can learn, explore and eat your way through Newport and Bristol Counties.

Here is the 4-1-1, the "in the know", the monthly guide for you to truly make December the best month of the year here in Newport and Bristol Counties.

 

DAILY:

DECEMBER 1

8 BELLS LECTURE SERIES

When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute
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.

 

BEERTASTING
 

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WhereChristie's
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

 

NEWPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

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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.

 

Opening Reception: The Variable Line

When: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
WhereRedwood Library & Athenæum
Admission: FREE
Details: Please join us for the opening reception of The Variable Line: Master Drawings, Renaissance to Contemporary. Reservations are not necessary, and all are welcome. Free.

 

THE NEWPORT NUTCRACKER AT ROSECLIFF

Nutcracker getaway

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

 

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.

 

DECEMBER 2

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!

 

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!

 

DECEMBER 3

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.

 

Bristol Christmas Festival: Grand Illumination

When: 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: Burnside Memorial Building
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 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

Greenvale Vineyards

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!

 

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.

 

TOUR NEWPORT'S COMMON BURYING GROUND

Fall Spooky

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.

 

DECEMBER 4

Bristol Christmas Festival: Breakfast with Santa

When: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Mt. Hope High School
Details: Join Santa Claus and his elves for a delicious pancake breakfast. Activities during the event include: arts and crafts, face painting, balloon animals, and a family friendly magic show.

 

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.  

 

The Hotel Viking presents Dinner With Santa

When: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: Buffet Dinner, $12 for children, $25 for adults
Details: Kick off the holidays with a festive and fun dinner with Santa, Mrs. Claus and The Grinch. 

 

DECEMBER 7

Bob Kendall Trio

When: 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
WhereNorey's, Newport
Admission: No Cover
Details: Bob Kendall Trio @ Norey's, Newport Dec.7th 8:30PM, No Cover. Bob Kendall is a singer/songwriter living on Aquidneck Island, RI. He's the founding member of the Boston based bands: Lifeboat, The Blood Oranges, and The Brothers Kendall.

 

The Great Blithewold Baking Show: Holiday Edition

When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Members $25, Non-Members $30
Details: A night you will not want to miss! Blithewold and Kathleen Seguin of Bristol House B&B invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the tastes of the season. During this “baking show” you will not only get to learn from food prep demonstrations, but you will sample delightful breads, pastries, desserts, and holiday cocktails. And, you will leave with recipes and entertaining tips for the holidays. The demonstration will take place in Blithewold’s beautifully decorated Dining Room. The event will end with a friendly competition to determine who bakes the best scones in all of Bristol!

 

Wine Class: Loire Valley

When: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
WhereNewport Wine Cellar and Gourmet
Admission: $35 per person
Details: Wine Class: Loire Valley

 

DECEMBER 8

Cookbook Club!

When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Wine Cellar and Gourmet
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Cookbook Club!

 

Holiday Sip 'n Shop at OceanCliff

When: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WhereOceanCliff
Admission: FREE
Details: Join us for a fun evening of cocktails & shopping at OceanCliff while supporting small businesses and shopping local for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Complimentary passed champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is FREE and this event is open to the public.

 

Making Spirits Bright: Cocktail + Truffle Making Class

When: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: $42 per person
Details: Add a little Newport Vineyards to your holiday season and make your spirits bright. Join us for an evening with Willa from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails and our Executive Chef Andy Teixeira as they take guests on a cocktail-creating and truffle-making journey. PLUS! Receive $5 OFF a purchase of $25 or more in the Marketplace that evening only.* Dine at Brix following the class to cap off the night in front of their fireplace.

 

Newport Gallery Night

Newport Gallery Night

When: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Gallery Night
Admission: FREE
Details: Newport Gallery Night is the 2nd Thursday from February - December 5pm-8pm. It is easy, fun and is encouraging those people who might not regularly go to an art gallery, museum or cultural institution to participate in the monthly shows in the numerous member galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Last Gallery Night of the Year!

 

The Launch of Rhode Island’s Revolutionary Artillery: A Newport Historical Society Lecture

When: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
WhereNewport Historical Society Resource Center
Admission: $5 per person
Details: In December 1774, the Rhode Island Assembly voted to move almost all of the cannons in Newport’s Fort George to Providence in order to, as the governor stated, “prevent their falling into the hands of the King.” The Assembly also formed a new “Train of Artillery,” a military company assigned to use those cannon to defend the colony. Oddly, however, the train’s commanders were from Boston. Within a few months, Rhode Island’s artillerists became one of the most respected units of the new Continental Army. 

 

DECEMBER 9

Grand Opening and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Skating Center

Newport Skating Center

When: Time of Event, TBD
Where: Newport Skating Center Presented by ALEX AND ANI
Details: Newport Waterfront Events, a division of Waterfront Productions LLC, announces that the Newport Skating Center presented by ALEX AND ANI is once again on schedule to open at its downtown Newport Yachting Center location for the winter season. In fact, the Grand Opening of the rink and its popular Tree Lighting Ceremony is slated for Friday evening, December 9th. However, Newport Waterfront Events relies on corporate sponsorships and community support to finance the rink's operation and maintenance throughout each season and this year is no exception. Those companies, organizations or individuals who are interested in rink partnerships, including dasher board signage, or contributing in some way to this year's skating season, are encouraged to call 888-900-8640 or email info@newportskatingcenter.com.

 

Newport Navy Choristers “Christmas In Song”

When: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: Saint Lucy’s Church, Middletown, Rhode Island
Admission: $12 Adults $8 Children/Seniors
Details: To Benefit Dare to Dream Ranch (Alternative Therapy Programs for Service Members, Veterans and their families) www.DareToDreamRanch.org

 

DECEMBER 10

Boxwood Holiday Topiary

When: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
WhereGreen Animals Topiary Garden
Admission: $25 Materials Fee - (Advance Registration Required - Limited to 24 Participants)
Details: Some of the topiaries at Green Animals are more than a century old! Luckily there’s a quicker way to create a fully decorated, mini Christmas tree centerpiece from boxwood cuttings - and holiday decorator extraordinaire Liza Chung will show you how. Please bring your garden clippers and/or a sharp pair of scissors. Mulled cider included.

 

Christmas Craft Fair

When: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus, Middletown, Rhode Island
Admission: FREE
Details: Join us for our 11th Annual Christmas Craft Fair. See our talented Crafters & Vendors with their holiday creations & products. This is a fundraiser for Hasbro Children's Hospital. Proceeds of all of our raffles will go to them.

 

Christmas with the Whitehornes

When: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WhereThe Whitehorne House presented by Rough Point
Admission: Adults $8; $5 NHS members and military; 18 and under FREE.
Details: Step back in time and experience the traditional Christmas festivities of early 1800s Newport at the Whitehorne House. Interact with costumed interpreters portraying life in the Whitehorne House as they prepare for Christmas. Learn about the differences between holiday celebrations past and present from decorations to dining and even Christmas trees. Receive a booklet of authentic recipes from Mrs. Whitehorne's own Sugar House Book. This interactive family program is presented by the Newport Restoration Foundation and the Newport Historical Society. 

 

Holiday Open House

When: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WhereRedwood Library & Athenæum
Admission: FREE
Details: Holiday Open House will feature music from a live choir, special tours, seasonal exhibition of vintage Christmas volumes, a children's craft, refreshments...even a special appearance by Santa Claus. Special raffle prizes! Open to public. Check out our website for more information.

 

Magnolia Cajun Band

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Sandywood Center for the Arts
Admission: $12 in advance/$15 at the door
Details: Playing high energy two steps and sultry waltzes, the band's twin fiddles, accordion, guitar, bass and of course, rich vocals keep the audience on its feet long into the night.  Come join us for a fun filled, easy dance along, and some wonderful, energetic happy music, I bet you you wont be able to sit still...

 

Warm up for the Holidays!

When: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WhereGreenvale Vineyards
Details: This year's Warm Up for the Holidays features live jazz everyone can sing along to. The day also includes vineyard tours, tastings of Greenvale Vineyards delicious wines, and local food samples from various vendors. Tastings are $15 per person and include a sample of seven (7) varieties of our award winning estate-grown wine and a logo wine glass souvenir. Along with local food we will be serving mulled wine, and selling local gift baskets!

 

Winter Hike

When: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Rain Date (December 11)
WhereBallard Park
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation
Details: Explore Ballard Park and learn the winter dwellers that call it home during the winter months.  Rain date: December 11th.

 

DECEMBER 11

2016 NEWPORT HOLIDAY STROLL

Holiday Downtown

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! 

 

Horse-Drawn Holiday Carriage Ride & Holiday Photo Shoot

When: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $75 for a group of 4, each additional person $10.
Details: "Oh, what fun it is to ride”… Come enjoy some old-fashioned holiday fun at Blithewold’s winter wonderland on a horse-drawn carriage ride, perfect for a snuggle-up-in-warm-blankets romantic rendezvous or fun for the whole family. Our bow- and garland-festooned carriage, which holds up to 8 people, will take a trip down our wooded Lover’s Lane, then cross Blithewold’s Great Lawn. Families will be photographed in the sleigh before the ride begins. The photos could be used for holiday greeting cards or to frame and cherish for years to come! Allan Millora Photography will provide each family with a digital image to keep, or offer your choice of a selected photo package. 

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the Dining Room, where you will wait for your ride. Upon registration, you will be given your time slot for the approximately 15-minute ride.

 

Michael DiMucci’s Fireside Christmas Concerts

Linden Place Holiday

When: 7:30 PM
WhereLinden Place Mansion
Admission: $20 for non-members, $16 for Linden Place members and $12 for Colt Circle members
Details: Linden Place’s Museum will celebrate the holiday season with two fundraiser concerts and sing-a-longs with Josh Groban style pianist and singer, Michael DiMucci. DiMucci will be performing on Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm. For those who prefer an afternoon concert, DiMucci will do an encore performance on Sunday, December 1311 at 2:00pm. These fireside concerts in the carriage house style ballroom are a perennial sellout with a mix of classical numbers, Christmas standards, and the hugely popular audience sing-a-long.

 

Newport Art House Brunch, Art, & Flea Market

When: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where200 Broadway
Admission: FREE
Details: Newport Art House is holding Brunch, Art & Flea Market in Newport, December 11th from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Parlor Bar & Kitchen across from the Post Office on Broadway.

 

St. Columba's Annual Christmas Tea

When: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WhereSaint Columba's Chapel
Admission: $12 Adults; $6 children under 12
Details: Annual Christmas Tea. There are two seatings at 2:00PM and 3:00PM. Be sure to reserve early. After the tea, visit the sale table to purchase Holiday goodies, ornaments, flowers, and much more.

 

DECEMBER 13

Christmas at the Inns Tour

INN

When: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Recurring on Wednesday
Where: Various Inns throughout Newport
Admission: $20 per person
Details: Seven Luxurious Newport Inns open their do ors for you to tour.

Francis Malbone House
Cliffside Inn
Hilltop Inn
Samuel Durfee House
Ivy Lodge
Hydrangea House Inn
Sarah Kendall House

 

Cooking Class: Easy Holiday Entertaining

When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Wine Cellar and Gourmet
Admission: $55 per person
Details: Cooking Class: Easy Holiday Entertaining

 

DECEMBER 14

Home School Class: Animal Tracking

When: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
WhereBallard Park
Details: Who lives in Ballard Park, and how can we tell they were there?  We'll take to the trails in search of evidence and learn to identify the tracks, scat, and other clues wild life has left behind.

 

Wine Class: Understanding Nebbiolo

When: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
WhereNewport Wine Cellar and Gourmet
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Wine Class: Understanding Nebbiolo

 

DECEMBER 15

An Evening of Holiday Food and Drink

Blithewold

When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where:  Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Members $25, Non-members $30
Details: A night you will not want to miss! The Kitchen staff at Blithewold, responsible for all of our high tea and group tour dining, and several other creative staff members invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the tastes of the season. It is Blithewold’s mission to host and entertain, so please allow us to offer you, your family, and friends a special evening. Along the way, you will obtain a few tips for your own holiday soirees. The venue is Blithewold’s Living Room, where you will enjoy food prep demonstrations, then sample hors d’oeuvres, tapas, desserts, and holiday cocktails. You will also leave with some holiday party recipes and entertaining tips. Tell your friends and reserve a table early, as seating is limited. 

 

No Man's Land

When: 2:00 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $17 per person
Details: Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.
 
One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby.  As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

 

DECEMBER 16

OceanCliff Holiday Gala

When: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
WhereOceanCliff
Admission: $70 per person
Details: Join us at OceanCliff's 7th Annual Holiday Gala for an evening of fine food, cocktails, and holiday cheer! Cocktail Hour + Hors D'oeuvres, 3-course Dinner, and Live Entertainment!

 

The Robbie O’Connell Celtic Christmas Concert

Linden Place

When: 7:30 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: Tickets are $20, $16 for Linden Place members and $12 for Colt Circle Members
Details: This concert is a celebration of the holiday season in the Celtic tradition!  Rose Clancy on the fiddle and Robbie O’Connell on guitar and vocals – together they create a delightful musical tapestry to celebrate the season.

In this fireside performance in the carriage house style  ballroom, Clancy & O’Connell will perform Celtic-flavored pieces, ranging from little-known Kilmore carols of Wexford to the Irish-American vaudeville stage. They will also explore both the Christian and Pagan traditions surrounding the winter solstice in a mix of songs and instrumental pieces.

 

DECEMBER 18

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

When: 12:55 PM 
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Details: Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the enchanting tale of 2h15 young Marie and her handsome Nutcracker prince, and of course Tchaikovsky’s timeless score! 

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll transforms into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. Before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King whose army is threatening Marie...

Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa).
Cast Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer), Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King), and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

 

Meet Your Maker

When: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Hope & Main, Warren, Rhode Island
Details: The nonprofit food incubator Hope & Main announces its lineup of monthly indoor specialty food markets where the community can eat, drink and shop local in a lively, food-centric marketplace showcasing dozens of local companies crafting specialty food products, prepared foods and handcrafted beverages. Taste and tour through Hope & Main’s facility, catch cooking demonstrations throughout the day, enjoy live music and enter to win door prizes like holiday gift baskets, cooking classes, and more. 

 

DECEMBER 21

Spirits Class: 3rd Annual Christmas Cup, Scotland vs France

When: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
WhereNewport Wine Cellar and Gourmet
Admission: $50 per person
Details: Spirits Class: 3rd Annual Christmas cup, Scotland vs France

 

DECEMBER 22

National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Party

When: 8:00 PM
WhereJane Pickens Theater
Admission: $10 per person
Details: What's Up Newp and the Jane Pickens Theater & Events Center presents National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Party! 

Enjoy a very special holiday screening of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) and the biggest and best ugliest holiday sweater party of the season! 

 

DECEMBER 25

HAPPY HANUKKAH!

 

DECEMBER 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

DECEMBER 26

'Tis The Day After Christmas - Children's Tea

Blithewold Christmas

When: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $22 Children, $32 Adults
Details: ‘Tis the day after Christmas, and all through the Blithewold abode there linger beautiful decorations and the fragrance of cinnamon and cloves. The hustle and bustle of the holidays may be over, but you can still share in the last of the season’s magic with your special children and family and friends. Enjoy goodies and treats one last time amongst all the delightful decorations before they all disappear for another year. After tea, sandwiches, goodies, fresh-baked scones, and a warm pot of tea, children and their families will sit around the fireplace, and enjoy one last holiday story. For this occasion, children are welcome to come dressed in their finest pajamas and nightgowns!

 

DECEMBER 31

Laugh In the New Year with the Bit Players

When: 7:00 PM to 12:00 PM
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $20 per person
Details: There is no better way to bring in the new year than with laughter! Come see RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players, as they present their annual New Years EVE night of comedy at The Firehouse Theater. THREE shows in one night (7pm, 9pm, & 11pm) each one hour long and ALL are BYOB!

The first show (7pm) will be Family Friendly this year so bring the kids, get out of the house and share of a laugh with everyone. The second show (9pm) is our most popular every year so get your tickets early. And the third show (11pm) will watch the ball drop in Times Square at midnight on our video display.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

ON GOING:

Christmas 2016 at Linden Place Mansion

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

 

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

When: Entire Month Recurring Daily
Where: The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House
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.

 

Christmas in Newport

When: Entire Month, Recurring Daily
Where: Various locations throughout Newport
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.

 

UNDECKED HALLS

Rough Point

WhereRough Point
When: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Recurring through the month of December
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.

 

Nana's Naughty Knickers

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

 

NEWPORT SEAL TOUR WITH SAVE THE BAY

Where: Bowen's Ferry Landing
When: Check tour times & purchase tickets here! Recurring through the month of December.
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. 

 

Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room

When: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Until December 30)
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
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!

 

Children's Holiday Story Time at Blithewold Mansion

When: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesday (Starting December 7)
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Details: Come gather around the piano in Blithewold’s beautifully decorating Living Room for a reading of a selection of favorite holiday stories accompanied by soft piano music. We might even sing a few songs! After story time, join us for a cookie, cocoa, and a craft.

 

FERMENTATION CLASS
 

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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.

 

Vanderbilt Grace presents Date Night Thursday

When: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Recurring on Thursdays
WhereThe Vanderbilt Grace
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

 

BeerTasting

When: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Thursdays
WhereChristie's
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 pairing

 

Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

When: Entire Month, Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Where2nd Story Theatre
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.

 

DICKENS CHRISTMAS DINNER TRAIN

WhereNewport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
When: 6:00 PM, Recurring on Fridays until December 16
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.

 

Holiday Beers from Around the World Festival

When: 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Changing every 6 days (December 9th - December 21)
WhereNorey's, Newport
Details: Holiday Beers from Around the World Festival @ Norey's, Newport December 9th 4PM. Taps stay up until they are gone, generally about 2 weeks.

 

SPARKLE! AN OUTDOOR FAMILY EVENT

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WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring on Fridays
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.

 

THE TRAIN TO SANTA’S WORKSHOP

WhereNewport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
When: 4:00 PM, Recurring on Friday, Saturday & Sunday (December 3 - December 18)
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.

 

PRELUDE TO A KISS

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.

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

WhereNewport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
When: 10:00 AM, Recurring weekly on Saturday & Sunday until December 18
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.

 

LUNCH WITH SANTA

WhereNewport and Narragansett Bay Railroad Co
When: 12:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturday & Sunday until December 18
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.

 

MUSIC IN THE LIVING ROOM

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WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Recurring Weekly on Saturday
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.

 

Saturday Strolls

When: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturday 
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $6 per person, in addition to regular admission
Details: Docents tell a story of the Van Wickle/Mckee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold's prominence in horticulture.This tour concludes with a Q & A - complete with iced tea - served on Blithewold's Northwest Porch.

 

HOLIDAY EVENING AT THE BREAKERS

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WhereThe Breakers
When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Recurring on Saturdays
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.

 

THE COLONY HOUSE TOUR

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.