All is merry and bright as we make our way into December here on the Classic Coast. From holiday markets and specialty pop-up shops to classic holiday happenings and sights decorated to the nines, our inner holiday elves are rejoicing. Our holiday spirit is officially at an all-time high.
Our picks for the week below.
🎄 Denotes a Christmas in Newport event
CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS
THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2019
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.
CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION
THROUGH JANUARY 1, 2019
Where: Blithewold 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.
ANNUAL BOWEN'S WHARF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
DECEMBER 1, 4:30 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
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.
BRISTOL'S TREE LIGHTING + GRAND ILLUMINATION
DECEMBER 1, 4:45 - 6:00 PM
Where: 400 Hope Street, Bristol
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, grand illumination of the town tree and more.
DECK THE TRUNKS WITH FOOD TRUCK FOLLIES
DECEMBER 8, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Frerichs Farm & Greenhouses
Enjoy a Trees and Trucks and Holiday Trunk Trimming contest at Frerichs Farm. Ten or more food trucks will be on site from 12:00 - 4:00 PM serving you up holiday cheer.
🎄 NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 8, 7:30 PM
Where: St. Mary's Church
Admission: $25, $5 children
This heartwarming Christmas concert will delight young and old. Performers include Trevor Neal. Enjoy harp, piano, organ, and percussion accompanied by the children's choirs from St. Mary's and St. John's churches.
PORTSMOUTH PIE OFF
DECEMBER 9, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Ragged Island Brewing
The first ever Portsmouth Pie Off invites amateur and professional bakers to submit their best pies before a panel of three judges for a chance to win a prize and receive a Ragged Island beer. Submissions must be made between 4:00 - 5:00 PM, followed by judging between 5:00 - 6:00 PM. Entry is free and open to the public. Bakers, please write your name and phone number on bottom of your pie tray.
BROADWAY HOLIDAY WALK-ABOUT
DECEMBER 9, 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Enjoy carolers, jingle bikes & more to help get you in the spirit all while strolling along Broadway and enjoying the local restaurants & merchants. There will be local & regional makers and merchants lining the sidewalk from Corner Cafe to Farewell for your shopping pleasure! All will culminate with the Newport City Hall Tree Lighting that will happen at 4:00 PM.
🎄CAROLING ON BROADWAY
DECEMBER 13, 3:30 PM
Where: Starting at the Colony House
Join local musician Christopher Carbone, Thompson Middle School chorus and OBNA in a caroling along Broadway. All are welcome to participate.
AFTERNOON TEA WITH SANTA
DECEMBER 16, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Join Santa as he prepares for Christmas Day, while sipping loose leaf tea and dining on delicate finger sandwiches. Santa will be taking wish lists and available for photos. Tea will be served in the main dining room off of a lavish buffet. Hot Chocolate will be available for the non-tea drinker, along with a bounty and petite fours. Reservations are required as space is limited.
SANTA CLAUS MEET & GREET
DECEMBER 15, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: The Kings Lens and Friends
Head to The Kings Lens and Friends gallery for a meet and greet with Santa. Kids can enjoy a photo with Santa while Harvest Market and The Coffee Guy offer treats and hot beverage. Tree lighting will be happening at 1:00 PM.
HOLIDAY DRAG BRUNCH
DECEMBER 16, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Parlor Bar
Holiday Drag Brunch with the Trailer Park Girls. Tickets include all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet & complimentary mimosa.