Things are merry and bright in Newport as we make our way into December. From classic holiday happenings and festive igloo pop-ups, to tree lightings around town and plenty of family-friendly events, our holiday spirit is officially at an all-time high.
1 Holidays at The Newport Mansions
- The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms
- November 19, 2022 - January 1, 2023
- Open daily 10:00am – 4:00pm
The opulence of Newport's Gilded Age mansions meets the sparkle and magic of Christmas during the return of Holidays at the Newport Mansions on Saturday, November 19, 2022 through January 1, 2023. Wander three mansions, The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms bedecked in ornamented evergreens, wreaths, fresh flowers, dining tables set with period silver and china, decorations on all mantelpieces and many other festive touches.
Returning this year: For the third year, the exterior of The Breakers and its landscape will be awash in thousands of festive colored lights illuminating the grounds' paths and trees. The gardens will be decorated in different themes as holiday music fills the air. Walk through a dazzling 50-foot-long tunnel of light, see illuminated snowmen, reindeer and many more sparkling surprises. Afterwards, don't forget to make your way to the Children’s Cottage outlined in lights to take a peek through the windows at Santa’s Workshop.
2 Christmas in Newport
- Throughout Newport
- December 1 - 31
Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the non-commercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 52nd 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.
3 Christmas at Blithewold Mansion
- BLITHEWOLD MANSION, 101 FERRY RD, BRISTOL, RI
- NOVEMBER 23RD - JANUARY 1, 2023
Each year, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum transforms into a sparkling display of Christmas magic to celebrate the season. Wander the elaborately decorated rooms and enjoy a glimpse into the family's Christmas and New Years traditions.
New this year: Stroll the grounds at night to catch Blithewold's newest holiday display, Night Lights. Beautifully lit paths throughout the grounds will reveal stunning custom light displays, handmade bamboo ornaments, virtual-reality stops, “selfie” photo opportunities, and all the beauty that Blithewold’s gardens and arboretum have to offer.
4 Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting
Make your way to Bowen's Wharf for an enchanting day of caroling, holiday shopping, and family fun on Sunday, December 4 for the 52nd Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting.
Festivities begin at 12:30 with a visit from Santa, followed by an afternoon of live music and a carol sing-along. At 6:00 PM, head to the center of the wharf to watch as the mayor of Newport lights the tree, followed by the cheerful arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by boat, weather permitting.
5 A Rough Point Holiday
- ROUGH POINT, 680 BELLEVUE AVENUE, NEWPORT
- December 2 - 5, 9 - 11, 16 - 18, 23, 30 and 31
Experience the holiday traditions and winter caretaking practices at Rough Point. Experience Doris Duke’s Newport home during the coziest and merriest days of the year. Rooms of the museum will be spruced up for the Christmas holiday, while other rooms will be cloaked in their winter coverings. Together, these spaces tell the story of Rough Point’s holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport’s summer cottages.
6 Bristol's Tree Lighting + Grand Illumination
Bristol's Tree Lighting and Grand Illumination heralds the arrival of the holidays in downtown Bristol with live music and entertainment, a Christmas sing-a-long, a visit from Santa, the Grand Illumination of the town tree and more. This year will feature a parade in celebration of the 36th Grand Illumination beginning at 5:30 PM, with live music from the local school choruses and a talented soloist.
7 Newport Nutcracker
Island Moving Company invites you to enjoy their Rhode Island ballet tradition, A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Follow the young protagonist through the rooms of Rosecliff 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.
8 Holiday Sip & Shop
Head to OceanCliff for a fun evening of cocktails and shopping, featuring local designers and boutique owners. Shop clothing, jewelry, home decor and more for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Complimentary champagne, lite bites and live music will be provided. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Newport Mental Health.
9 Newport Harbor Island Resort Ice Skating Rink
- Newport Harbor Island Resort
- All Month
- Adults: $15 Children, 12 and under/Seniors/Military: $8
As temperatures drop, Newport Harbor Island Resort transforms their North Lawn into a wintry wonderland complete with an ice skating rink and pop-up igloos. Glide across the ice with unobstructed views of the Newport Bridge, Goat Island Lighthouse and Newport Harbor as your backdrop from November 24th through February 26th, 2023.
10 Holiday Bright Night at Tiverton Four Corners
Visit Tiverton Four Corners for an evening of energy-filled holiday shopping. Frolic through a festive, brightly lit neighborhood of galleries & shops as you enjoy holiday décor & special offers to complete your list. Luminaries will light the way with an array of shops to visit as well as an annual community exhibition presented by the Four Corners Arts Center, the 9th Annual re-Tree, an outdoor showcase of home-made trees of recycled materials created by community members.
11 Bristol Christmas Festival
- Downtown BRISTOL
- December 10: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, December 11: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Head to Bristol for a Magical European-Style Christmas Festival. This two-day event will take place on Saturday, December 10 from at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 11 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM in front of the Burnside Building at 400 Hope Street.
Enjoy sweet and savory fares such as apple cakes, German pretzels, bratwurst, cheese, and specialty meats along with other delectable treats in the European style huts. Decorate your own Balsam Christmas Wreath, stop for a photo-op with Santa and his reindeer flying off a rooftop, wander through a Winter Wonderland, and be in awe as you enter a whimsical candy land.
Take a short walk down to the historic Bristol Maritime Center on the waterfront and enjoy holiday shopping for unique last-minute gifts, or even treat yourself to something special in the large indoor vending area.
12 Holiday Artisan Fair
- MOUNT HOPE FARM, BRISTOL
- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2022 FROM 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Shop local, support the community, and do all your last minute holiday shopping at the Holiday Artisan Market at Mount Hope Farm, on Saturday, December 17th from 9:00am - 1:00pm.
13 Game, Set, Lights
- International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport
- Daily in December
Stop by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and enjoy the spectacular holiday light display on the historic Horseshoe court!
14 Newport Winter Foodies Stroll
- Downtown Newport
- December 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th
Newport Winter Foodies Stroll offers a 1-mile guided walking food tour through Newport's historic Thames Street. Learn about the city's rich history while savoring classic cuisine from three local restaurants. You'll receive a three-course meal accompanied by selected wine pairings. Tasting locations include Vieste, Midtown Oyster Bar, and Bar and Board Bistro. Tasting locations subject to change.
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