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 tree lightings around town and plenty of family-friendly events, our holiday spirit is officially at an all-time high.

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When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter. 

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1 Holidays at The Newport Mansions

Where:
The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms
When:
November 20, 2021 - January 9, 2022

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 20, 2021 through January 9, 2022. 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: Wander the grounds at The Breakers to experience Sparkling Lights, an Outdoor Magical Wonderland. The Breakers facade, spruce trees, historic paths and shrubbery will be illuminated in holiday lights. The Children’s Cottage will also be outlined in lights and visitors will be able to peek through the windows at Santa’s Workshop inside as holiday music fills the air.

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Christmas at The Mansions | Breakers

 

2 Christmas in Newport

Where:
Throughout Newport
When:
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 51st 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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Bowen's Wharf Christmas Downtown

 

3 Christmas at Blithewold Mansion

Where:
Rough Point Mansion, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
When:
November 26 - December 19
Cost:
Price of mansion admission

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.

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Night Lights Blithewold Mansion Christmas

 

4 Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting

Where:
Bowen's Wharf
When:
Saturday, December 4, 4:30 PM
Cost:
Free

Make your way to Bowen's Wharf for an enchanting evening of caroling, holiday shopping, and family fun on Saturday, December 4 for the 51st Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting. Festivities begin with live music and a carol sing-along at 4:30 PM. Frosty the Snowman arrives at 4:30 PM. 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. 

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Bowen's Wharf Tree Lighting

 

5 A Rough Point Holiday

Where:
Bowen's Wharf
When:
Saturday, December 4, 4:30 PM
Cost:
$15

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.

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6 Bristol's Tree Lighting + Grand Illumination

Where:
400 Hope Street, Bristol
When:
Saturday, December 4, 5:30 PM
Cost:
Free

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 35th Grand Illumination beginning at 5:30 PM, with live music from the Mt. Hope High School Band and theBristol County Fifes and Drums. 

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7 Newport Nutcracker

Where:
Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
When:
November 24; November 26 - 28; November 30 - December 30
Cost:
Prices vary

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.

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8 OceanCliff Sip & Shop

Where:
OceanCliff, 65 Ridge Road
When:
Wednesday, December 1, 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Cost:
$5 (Cash only)

Join 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. Enjoy live music with Brian Scott, lite bites, and complimentary champagne or wine (2 drink tickets with admission) and a cash bar. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Lucy's Hearth, serving homeless children and their families. The Safari Room at OceanCliff will be open during and after the event for dinner or cocktails.

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9 Gurney's Ice Skating Rink

Where:
Gurney's Newport Resort, 1 Goat Island
When:
November 19, 2021 - March 31, 2022

Join Gurney's Newport Resort for skating by the sea. The Gurney's Newport skating rink opens for the season on Friday, November 19th and is open to the public and guests.

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10 Holiday Bright Night at Tiverton Four Corners

Where:
Tiverton Four Corners, 3879 Main Road Tiverton
When:
December 3, 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Visit Tiverton Four Corners for an evening of energy-filled holiday shopping. Frolic through a festive, brightly lit neighborhood of galleries and shops as you enjoy holiday décor and special offers to complete your list. Santa will be waiting for you at the Cheese Wheel Village Market. 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 8th Annual re-Tree, an outdoor showcase of home-made trees made of recycled material created by community members, will be a fun and joyful event sponsored by The Tiverton Farmers Market.

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