Things are merry and bright in Newport as we make our way into December. From classic holiday happenings and a festive igloo pop-up, to virtual tree lightings (safety first) and plenty of family-friendly events, our holiday spirit is officially at an all-time high.

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

NOVEMBER 21, 2020 - JANUARY 2021
 

WhereThe Breakers and The Elms
Admission: Price of mansion admission

The opulence of Newport's Gilded Age mansions meets the sparkle and magic of Christmas during the return of Christmas at the Newport Mansions on Saturday, November 21, 2020 through January 2021. Wander two mansions, the The Breakers 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. 

 

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CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 - JANUARY 1, 2020


WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Price of mansion admission

Each year, the historic estate 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. Your self-guided visit includes unlimited strolling through the Gardens and Grounds. Interpretive panels throughout the property tell the story of the Van Wickle family and the estate they loved.

Please note: Capacity this year will be limited to 25 people inside the mansion. Reservations are required.

 

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THE BOWEN'S WHARF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING REIMAGINED

DECEMBER 5, 6:00 PM

Where: Virtual Event

In light of COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings and to ensure the safety of all, the 50th Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting will be reimagined this year. The ceremony and countdown will be live streamed on Bowen's Wharf social media channels for all to enjoy from the comforts of home. The program will be available to watch on the Bowen’s Wharf Facebook and Instagram, where a city official will light the tree at 6:00 PM to mark the official beginning of the holiday season at Bowen’s Wharf. The 30-foot Norway spruce will come from Pachet Brook Tree Farm in Tiverton and remain lit until early February.

 

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BRISTOL CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL GRAND ILLUMINATION

DECEMBER 5, 6:30 PM
 

Where: Virtual Event

Bristol’s Grand Illumination will take place on Saturday, December 5 at 6:30 PM. Due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of all, the event will be live streamed on the Bristol Christmas Festival's Facebook page. There will be no choruses or dance troupes performing this year, but all are invited to join the live Facebook viewing to catch this year's tree lighting and grand illumination.

 

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JINGLE ON THE RAILS HOLIDAY DINNER TRAIN

SATURDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 19
 

Where: Departs Portsmouth Junction Station, One Alexander Road, Portsmouth
Admission: $67.95

Take time out during the hectic holiday season with a festive and musical holiday rail dining experience. Enjoy a classic dining car setting for your 2.5-hour trip. Your experience features a dinner that includes an appetizer, warm rolls, salad, entree, and dessert. You may also choose from several entree additions when making your reservations. The train features a full bar with beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Trains will be run at reduced capacity to ensure social distancing. Guests will be encouraged to wear masks when boarding, and staff will be performing screening and contact tracing.

 

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure the safety of all, the dinner trail will be using recorded music this year instead of a live performance.

 

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A ROUGH POINT HOLIDAY

NOVEMBER 27 - JANUARY 3; DATES VARY

Experience the holiday traditions and winter caretaking practices at Rough Point. Every season at Rough Point offers a certain kind of magic — come experience Doris Duke’s Newport home during the darkest 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 Doris’s holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport’s summer cottages.

 

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HOLIDAY BRIGHT NIGHT

DECEMBER 4; 4:00 - 7:00 PM
 

Where: Tiverton Four Corners, 3879 Main Road

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. You might catch a glimpse of Santa in the village! Have your camera ready to capture a special moment courtesy of Fearless Artists. Luminaries will light the way with an array of shops to visit as well as a special holiday feature presented by the Four Corners Arts Center. The 7th Annual re-Tree, an outdoor showcase of home-made trees of recycled material created by community members, will be a fun and joyful event sponsored by The Tiverton Farmers Market.

 

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

SATURDAYS + SUNDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 20

Where: Departs Portsmouth Junction Station, One Alexander Road, Portsmouth
Admission: $39.95

Bring the children in their favorite Christmas pajamas for a fun and unique holiday breakfast as you take a 1-hour train ride with Santa. Breakfast includes pancakes or scrambled eggs with a side of sausage. There will be milk and juice for the kids and coffee and tea for the adults. During the trip, Santa will enter and pass by each table, making his way to the middle of the car where he will read the children a story and look over their letters to Santa.

Trains will be run at reduced capacity to ensure social distancing. Guests will be encouraged to wear masks when boarding, and staff will be performing screening and contact tracing.

 

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SANTA'S WORKSHOP

DATES VARY

Where: Hope Before State, Bristol
Admission: Free

Delight in the magic of the holiday season as Santa’s workshop comes to life in historic Bristol Rhode Island. Children of all ages will enjoy the magical and up-close experience of peeping in the windows of Santa’s magical workshop as he gets ready for Christmas Eve. Santa’s Christmas wish is to join you in a FREE of charge keepsake photo. Head to the corner of Hope Street and State Street in downtown Bristol for an unforgettable North Pole experience.

 

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DEAD AS A DOORNAIL: A HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY

SATURDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 26

Where: Departs Portsmouth Junction Station, One Alexander Road, Portsmouth
Admission: $99.95

With 1939 coming to an end, a local charity has decided to spread Christmas joy with a production of A Christmas Carol and you are the invited guests. But, not everyone is filled with the spirit of the season and when a cast member ends up dead, it will be up to you to solve the mystery. Will the night end with “God bless us, everyone” or someone being buried with a stake of holly though their heart?

This interactive experience features a multi-course dinner that includes your choice of soup or salad, bread plate, entree, and dessert. You may also choose from several meal additions when making your reservations.

 

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS STORY TIME

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12; 6:00 PM

Where: Virtual Event

Enjoy an online story time event via Facebook Live when members of the Bristol Fire Department and Police Department and a few surprise guests will read from their favorite Christmas classics. Join other families online for an hour of holiday cheer and thank the brave first responders and their loved ones for all they do to keep the town safe all year long.

 

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MEET YOUR MAKER HOLIDAY MARKET

DECEMBER 13 + DECEMBER 20

Where: Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren
Admission: Free

The annual indoor holiday market at Hope & Main has been designed this year with social distancing in mind. Shop local handmade goods from a variety of vendors including Basil & Bunny, Newport Chowder Company, Just Like Nana's and more. Marks and reservations are required.

 

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