Let's face it, the holidays are magical no matter where you may be. But when you add nearly 400 years of cozy, historic charm, cobblestone streets lined with twinkling white lights, Gilded Age mansions bedecked with 30 Christmas trees and thousands of poinsettias, and small, toasty shops with candlelit windows, magical becomes truly enchanting.

 

The holiday season officially kicks off November 18 with the return of Christmas at the Newport Mansions followed by a robust roster of festive happenings, from Christmas tree lightings and holiday strolls to visits with Santa and mesmerizing performances. 

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

When: November 18 - January 1, 2018
WhereThe BreakersThe Elms and Marble House
Admission: Price of mansion admission
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. Details.

Breakers Christmas 2016

 

CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION

When: November 23 - January 1, 2018
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 
Admission: Price of mansion admission
Details: Each room in Blithewold Mansion, along with 32 acres of award winning gardens, transforms into an elaborate display of glimmering holiday finery for the season. Details.

Featured events include:
  • Starlit Strolls: Enjoy an illuminated stroll along the winding paths of Blithewold’s enclosed garden followed by a scavenger hunt with the opportunity to take a closer look at the handcrafted lanterns and ornaments that light your way.
  • Children's Holiday Story Time: Children’s librarians from Rogers Free Library will present classic holiday stories. Enjoy a cookie and a 1920's-inspired children’s craft following the story.
  • Sparkle! An Outdoor Family Event: Take in the beautifully illuminated gardens and decorated mansion with free hot cocoa, s'mores kits, carol singing and more. 
  • Sing-Along with Santa: Sing along to your favorite songs of the season, followed by a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” from Santa. Once the show has ended, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa.

Blithewold Christmas 2016

 

Bowen's Wharf Holiday Block Party

When: Friday, November 24; 4:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: Free
Details: Start your Holidays by the sea at the Bowen's Wharf Block Party. Enjoy the illuminated boat parade through the harbor along with Caribbean Christmas and holiday tunes on the steel pan with Aaron Abrahamson Cote & Panoramic View. Meander through locally-owned shops and restaurants, many of which offer special deals to kick off the holiday season. Details.

 

Holiday Lantern Tour

When: Recurring weekly Friday and Saturday November 24 - December 30
Where: Departs Brick Market Museum & Shop
Admission: $15 per person, $10 for Society members and active duty military with ID
Details: Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk and learn how colonial Newporters recognized the holidays. Details.

 

The Newport Nutcracker

When: Friday, November 24 - 26; November 28 - Friday, December 1
WhereRosecliff Mansion
Admission: Gold $110, Silver $90, Pillow $55 children ages 6-10 only
Details: The 16th season of the Newport Nutcracker presented by Island Moving Company returns to Rosecliff. Follow the young protagonist through 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. The first act is an experiential journey as guests are guided from room to room of the historic mansion. For the second act, guests will be seated at tables in the ballroom. Details.

Newport Nutcracker

 

NEWPORT HARBOR ILLUMINATED BOAT PARADE

When: Friday, November 24; 6:15 PM
Where: Along the harbor
Admission: Free
Details: The Newport Illuminated Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season as boats decorated with festive holiday decor and lights motor through the harbor competing for best decorated in various categories. Enjoy from various spots along the harbor. Awards presented at Newport Yacht Club with light refreshments following the parade. Details.

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Christmas at Linden Place Mansion

When: November 24 - January 7, 2018. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereLinden Place Mansion
Admission: Price of admission
Details: A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, and Christmas tablescapes by top designers and florists; these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion. Details.

 
HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

When: Saturdays, November 25 - December 30; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Newport Mansions
Admission: Adults, $35; Youth, $10
Details: Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambiance of a Gilded Age holiday. Details and schedule.

 

Dickens Christmas Dinner Train

When: Fridays, December 8 - 22, Saturdays, December 2 - 23; 6:30 PM
Where: Departs Portsmouth Junction Station, One Alexander Road, Portsmouth
Admission: 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 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. Details.

 

Christmas in Newport

When: Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 31
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Varies
Details: Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 47th year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar. Enjoy a series of concerts, tree lighting, craft fairs, candlelight house tours and much. Details.

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Newport Holiday Stroll 

When: Schedule below
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free
Details: Stroll through Newport for an array of holiday events and entertainment including busking and caroling, ice skating downtown, the Bowen’s Wharf Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa Claus, dozens of local restaurants serving seasonal delights (hint hint: hot apple cider and hot cocoa), and unique shops offering special holiday deals. Details.

THE SCHEDULE
  • Friday, December 1 + December 8: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 2 + December 9 : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 3 + December 10: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Saturday, December 2; 4:30 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: Free
Details: Thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the tree at historic Bowen's Wharf during as the towering evergreen tree is lit for the first time. Enjoy caroling along with a visit from Frosty the Snowman, Santa and Mrs. Claus at ‘The North Pole’. Restaurants & shops are open before and after the event. Some businesses will offer free refreshments, early afternoon caroling, and shopping specials. Details.

 
SCHEDULE:
  • 4:30 PM: Meet with Frosty the Snowman
  • 5:00 PM: The Christmas Carol Sing-a-long
  • 6:00 PM: the Mayor lights the tree, immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting).

 

Undecked Halls at Doris Duke's Rough Point

When: Fridays, December 2 - 16; Wednesday, December 27
Where: Rough Point Mansion
Details: Enjoy an authentic view inside Heiress Doris Duke's untouched mansion during the holiday season. Duke spent Christmas in sunny Hawaii far away from Rough Point. Experience her quiet house as she left it, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about her 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 half hour 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Details.

 

Bristol's Grand Illumination

When: Saturday, December 2; 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Bristol
Admission: Free
Details: Join in the fun as downtown Bristol transforms into a winter wonderland alongside music and entertainment, Christmas sing-a-long, grand illumination of the town tree and more. Details.

 

SANTA SUNDAYS

When: Sundays, December 3 - 17; 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: The Newport Mansions
Admission: Price of admission
Details: Santa Claus himself will visit each of the three houses on successive Sunday afternoons in December to listen to your children's wish lists. Bring the kids and your camera for a great photo op.

The Schedule:

 

Newport Skating Center Grand Opening & Tree Lighting

When: Friday, December 8; 5:00 PM
Where: Newport Waterfront
Details: The Winter Wonderland returns to the Newport Skating Center in downtown Newport. Details.

Newport Skating Center

OceanCliff Holiday Gala

When: Friday, December 15; 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Where: OceanCliff
Admission: $70 per person
Details: Enjoy an evening of fine food, cocktails and holiday cheer at OceanCliff's holiday gala featuring cocktail hour and hors d'eouvres upon arrival followed by a three-course dinner and live entertainment. Details