Things are merry and bright in Newport as we make our way into December. From holiday markets and specialty pop-up shops to classic holiday happenings, a festive igloo pop-up, tree lightings, and plenty of family-friendly events, our inner holiday elves are rejoicing. Our holiday spirit is officially at an all-time high.

 

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CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2020
 

WhereThe BreakersThe Elms and Marble House
Admission: Price of mansion admission

Wander three mansions, the The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, dripping in 25 enchanting Christmas trees, a floor-to-ceiling poinsettia tree, hundreds of fresh flowers, evergreens and elaborate ornaments. 

 

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CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION

THROUGH 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. Volunteer decorators contrive a new theme each year that explores the interests of the Van Winkle family, the previous mansion owners, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This year's theme, “A Family Gathering” plays on previous diary entries and recreates Christmas weekend at the mansion in 1910. Wander the elaborately decorated rooms and enjoy a glimpse into the family's Christmas and New Years traditions.

 

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CAROLING ON BROADWAY

DECEMBER 9, 3:00 PM

Where: Meet on the steps of Colony House, Washington Square
Admission: Free

Join the Thompson Middle School chorus, Christopher "Kari" Carbone and the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association and go caroling along Broadway up to Equality Park. 

 

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ANNUAL BOWEN'S WHARF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

DECEMBER 7, 12:00 PM

Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: Free

Thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the tree at historic Bowen's Wharf 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.

 

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CHRISTMAS IN NEWPORT CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HISTORIC PRIVATE HOMES

DECEMBER 28, 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: $3 per home, payable at the door of each residence

Listing of homes and addresses will be available after December 15 at christmasinnewport.org and at the Newport Visitor Information Center. Note: No children under 10 years old and no high heel shoes.

 

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CHRISTMAS IN NEWPORT

DECEMBER 1 - 31


Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Varies

Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 49th 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.

 

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HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 28

WhereThe Breakers, The Elms, Marble House
Admission: $38 in advance, $48 at the door

Take a leisurely self-guided evening tour through The Breakers; enjoy live holiday music and sample light refreshments, eggnog and cider.  

 

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108TH ANNUAL MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

DECEMBER 17, 7:30 PM

Where: St. George's School Chapel
Admission: Free

Candlelit service of the portrayal of the Christmas story.

 

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DICKENS CHRISTMAS DINNER THEATRE TRAIN

SATURDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 21
 

Where: Departs Portsmouth Junction Station, One Alexander Road, Portsmouth

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. 

 

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NEWPORT HOLIDAY STROLL

DECEMBER 6 - 8


Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free

Enjoy various 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.

 

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