As the days on our calendar continue to fly by and the holidays quickly sneak up on us, were gearing up for the festive events and activities that mark the calendar of our extraordinary holiday destination. This year marks the third year of the Holidays By The Sea initiative (formerly known as Cities by the Sea Holiday Shop and Stroll), established by The Newport County Chamber of Commerce along with members of their board and its Retail Committee. The program was created in an effort to encourage locals and visitors alike to Think Local throughout Newport by shopping in the citys eclectic shops, staying at our extraordinary hotels and B&Bs, eating in our exceptional restaurants and finally, exploring all that our historic city has to offer. This years initiative will feature a number of enticements including in-store promotions, restaurant specials, tree lightings, decorations throughout town, music and more beginning on November 27 through December 31. The concept is quite simple: shop local and reap the rewards. In addition to special promotions and deals, participating retailers will offer shoppers the opportunity to enter a weekly shopping raffle with the chance to win gift certificates to a number of participating retail shops. Two winners will be selected each Friday beginning December 4. Hint hint: the more you shop, the more chances to win. Keep an eye out for the following logo displayed in the window of participating retail shops.