It seems like just yesterday we were sailing on an America's Cup 12 Meter yacht and sinking our toes into the warm sand at Second Beach, and here we are looking forward to "Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels / Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles!" We're just 7 weekends away from Christmas and as anyone who has experienced Newport and Bristol during the holidays will tell you, there's a certain magic in the air during this treasured time of year. White lights illuminate homes, shops, bustling wharves and restaurants throughout the city as fireplaces glow and comfort foods are dished up. Santa visits extraordinary locations, from the Newport Mansion to arriving by boat at the Bowen's Wharf Tree Lighting.
Now in it's 44th year, Christmas in Newport returns with daily events that celebrate the non-commercial traditions of the holidays. There's a lot more to come, but here's a sneak peek at some yuletide happenings:
Christmas in Newport Watch as the spirit of Christmas comes alive in our City by the Sea. The mansions are sparkling, cozy shops are filled with holiday gifts and restaurants are serving comfort foods and specialty drinks. There is no greater feeling than the holidays in New England, and Newport is the perfect place to have Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Visit www.christmasinnewport.org
Holidays at the Mansions The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will be shining this Christmas season, filled with poinsettias, Christmas trees and yuletide splendor to create a storybook aura for visitors. The mansions are decorated from November 22, 2014 until January 4, 2015. They are all open daily for tours. (The Breakers opens at 9 a.m.; The Elms and Marble House at 10 a.m. The last tour is at 4 p.m. and all houses and grounds close at 5 p.m.) Visit www.newportmansions.org/events/christmas-at-the-newport-mansions or call 401-847-1000
Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes & More For over 40 years Newport has featured incredible holiday events to boost spirit of the city. Join the festival and see sparkling white lights while exploring the colonial homes in the Point and Historic Hill neighborhoods and the Victorians on Bellevue Avenue. Visit www.christmasinnewport.org
Newport Nutcracker at the Rosecliff Spend your night as a part of one of ballets most influential shows- The Nutcracker. Island Moving Co. performs this beautiful piece that moves throughout the Rosecliffs rooms, allowing the audience to be extremely close to the dancers. The Nutcracker is showing on November 28-30 and December 2-5, 2014. Visit www.islandmovingco.org
Holiday Histories Tour The Newport Historical Society invites guests to participate in an evening walk full of interesting facts about how Newport celebrated the holidays through the centuries. Tour dates range from November 14 to December 27, 2014. Reservations encouraged, $15/person. Visit www.newporthistorytours.org or call 401-841-8770.
Childrens Holiday Story Time at Blithewold Mansion On Wednesdays this holiday season, bring your children to listen to classic stories told throughout the years at Christmastime. This program is best suited for children 4-8 years old and will take place in the mansions living room. Event runs from December 3 until December 17, 2014, 4-6 p.m. Cookies and crafts are also offered after the story. Visit www.blithewold.org/event/show/770
Sparkle at Blithewold Friday Listen to carolers as they sing tunes around the bonfire, explore the illuminated gardens, and enjoy roasted marshmallows and cocoa in the warmth of the enclosed greenhouse. Friday nights from November 28 to January 2, 2014, 6-8 p.m. Tickets are available with any regular mansion admission. Visit www.blithewold.org/event/show/784
Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions Enjoy live holiday music and refreshments while walking through an illumined Breakers. November 29, December 6, 13 and 27, 2014, 6-8 p.m. The Elms and Marble House offer an evening on Saturday, December 20. Adult tickets $35 in advance; $45 on the day of, Children: $10 in advance; $15 day of. Visit www.newportmansions.org/events/christmas-at-the-newport-mansions or call 401-847-1000.
Un-decked Halls at Doris Dukes Rough Point Ever wonder how the staff in the Gilded Age celebrated Christmastime? Come to Rough Point to receive a tour of Doris Dukes estate, which she left every holiday season to spend in Hawaii, but still was decorated by her staff. See their decorated wing, hear about Ms. Dukes holiday adventures, learn about the winter upkeep of the mansion and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, which is not normally open to the public. December 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2014, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tours run every half hour. Visit www.newportrestoration.org/learning_programs/
Bowen's Wharf Tree Lighting On December 6, 2014, witness the beautiful tree in Bowens Wharf lit for the first time of the season. Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30p.m. City official lights the tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat (weather permitting) at 5:45p.m. Live Music. Free. Visit www.bowenswharf.com/events or call 401-849-2120
Santa Claus at the Newport Mansions Santa Claus will be stopping at the mansions for photo ops and fun! The Breakers will feature Santa on December 7; Marble House on December 14 and The Elms on December 21. Visits will be from noon - 3 p.m. Enjoy eggnog and cookies. Visit www.newportmansions.org/events/christmas-at-the-newport-mansions or call 401-847-1000.
Christmas Carols at Armory Antiques Visit the Armory on December 21, 2014 to enjoy holiday tunes being sung and the brisk winter air around you. Visit www.christmasinnewport.org