While events, exhibits and overall travel still look different in 2022 as of right now, there's still plenty to explore in and around Newport. If you missed the chance to experience the city's holiday lights displays before the new year, worry not. Sparkling lights at The Breakers, an outdoor lights display is on display through January 9, along with Night Lights at Blithewold Mansion, while A Rough Point Holiday remains open through January 2. Take advantage of month-long discounted hotel rates (up to 40% off) with RI Hotel Month, alongside complimentary amenities including spa treatments, dining credits, room upgrades, and special activities. For a dose of fresh air, head over to the Igloo Pop-Up and Ice Skating Rink at Gurney's Newport Resort, or bundle up and make your way to Simmons Farm for a goat hike. For more ideas, check out our picks for the month below. 

COVID-19 NOTE:

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. 

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing. 

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1 NIGHT LIGHTS OUTDOOR ILLUMINATED EXPERIENCE

Where:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When:
Through January 9, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost:
Adults: $10, Children: $5

Beautifully lit paths throughout the grounds 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. Plus, enjoy an interactive all-ages illuminated scavenger hunt. RI Cruisin' Cocktails will be serving non-alcoholic cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and some hot drinks with a kick.

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2 SPARKLING LIGHTS AT THE BREAKERS

Where:
The Breakers
When:
Through January 9, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost:
Adults: $30, Children: $10

This is the second year for Sparkling Lights at The Breakers and it will be greatly expanded to cover approximately half of the 13-acre property. The Breakers façade will be bathed in color and its landscape will be aglow with tens of thousands of festive colored lights illuminating the paths and trees. The gardens will be decorated in different themes as holiday music fills the air. Keep an eye out for some fantastical sights along the way!

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3 Newport Polar Bear Plunge

Where:
Easton's Beach
When:
January 1, Starting at 12:00 PM

Every New Year's Day the Newport Polar Bears Club invite anyone crazy enough to join them for a swim in the Frosty North Atlantic Ocean for charity. All proceeds from the swim go to A Wish Come True, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Rhode Island.

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4 Blithewold’s Jazz Brunches

Where:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When:
January 2, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost:
$65 Member | $75 Non-Member*

Mimosas, tea, coffee, and a delectable plated brunch served in Blithewold’s beautifully decorated Mansion. Enjoy a glimpse of what it was like to be a guest of the Van Wickle family over the holidays. Featuring live jazz musicians! The price for the Jazz Brunch includes admission to tour the mansion and grounds, so be sure to leave time for strolling.

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5 36th Annual Hangover Classic

Where:
Colt State Park
When:
January 1, 10:30 AM

Join us for the 36th annual classic-style road race and start the year off right! Enjoy picturesque Bristol RI with a stunning course through Colt State Park and beautiful Poppasquash Rd.

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6 Afternoon Tea

Where:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
When:
Tuesday - Friday, Through January 7, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Cost:
Members: $35, Non-Members: $50

The Dining Room at Blithewold has always been a place where fine meals have been served to cherished guests. Today friends gather and exchange stories while delighting in cups of tea, freshly baked scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats. Come out, sit down, relax, and enjoy the moment. The price for Tea includes admission to tour the mansion and grounds, so be sure to leave time for strolling!

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7 Christmas on Historic Hill

Where:
Trinity Church
When:
January 2, 3:00 PM

3:00 PM Service, A Joint Service of Lessons and Carols with Newport Choirs Music of Palestrina, Willcocks, Joubert & Rutter

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8 Goat Hikes at Simmons Farm

Where:
Simmons Farm
When:
Saturdays & Sundays, Starting at 11:00 AM + 1:00 PM
Cost:
General Admission is $25.00, $10 Hike only, no goat, $40 Family Ticket (one goat per family)

Whatever the season, the goats of Simmons Farm welcome You to join them for a stroll through our bucolic pastures. Enjoy the company of your Caprine friend as they escort you through our scenic farm. Enjoy the simple pleasures in time spent outside in nature. The goats will meander along, stopping often to snack and nibble on whatever is still sweet and green all around them. During a global pandemic it is important to get outside and enjoy the company of others, human and goat and this is a perfect adventure to cover it all!

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Goat Hikes Simmons Farm

 

9 Afternoon Tea Service at Hotel Viking

Where:
The Garden Room at Hotel Viking
When:
Saturdays & Sundays, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Cost:
$49 per person, tax and gratuity not included

Experience a winter tradition at Hotel Viking, join us in One Bellevue for an iconic tea experience that includes quintessential tea pairing and is accompanied by a champagne and cocktail cart. We may be 95 years old, but this Tea Service is anything but stuffy! Prepare for an elegant experience in smart casual attire.

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10 A Rough Point Holiday

Where:
Rough Point
When:
January 1 & 2, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
$12 adults; $8 students; 12 and under FREE

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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11 Shuck Yeah | New Year's Day

Where:
The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection
When:
January 1, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
$2 per oyster, cocktail menu available à la carte

In New England, we pride ourselves on the art of the oyster. Guests are invited to join us for Happy Hour to learn how to shuck oysters like a local with purveyors from Matunuck Oyster Farm. After mastering the art, enjoy oysters grilled or raw with inspired mignonettes full of rich coastal flavors in The Dining Room.

Available from 2pm - 5pm | January 1st, 2021
Celebrate the New Year amongst the glow of The Dining Room
$2 per oyster, cocktail menu available à la carte

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12 Sailor's Tea Hour | Afternoon Delight

Where:
The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection
When:
Through January 3, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
$40 per guest for tea service

Head to the reimagined sun-dappled Conservatory for an exciting coastal take on afternoon tea. Take in the hotel’s lush gardens from classic rattan armchairs within gleaming glass walls while sipping a selection of delicious teas. Enjoy a light bites menu of savory and sweet selections and add a bespoke cocktail to your experience, dreamed up by our expert Cocktail Curators.

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13 Farmers Market at Mount Hope Farm

Where:
Mount Hope Farm
When:
Saturdays in January, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for our weekly farmer's market every Saturday for a full line-up of local farmers, food producers, and artisans. We will begin our season outside and then move to the barn. SNAP, EBT dollars are doubled. *masks required indoors* During the months of January and February the market runs on a shorter winter schedule from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

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14 Tiverton Farmers Market

Where:
Sandywoods Farmers Market
When:
Sundays, January 2 - 30, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

A Local Farmers Market situated right smack in the middle of this cozy town of Tiverton, RI. Connecting the community to fresh & local produce, agriculture, makers, products and art. Located in the main hall & main lawn of the Sandywoods Center for the Arts.

Starting January 2nd, 2022, The Tiverton Farmers Market will be moving to SUNDAYS, from 10am - 2pm. at the Sandywoods Center for the Arts Venue.

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15 Aquidneck Growers Market

Where:
Stoneacre Garden
When:
Saturday, January 8 - 29, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Aquidneck Community Table’s Growers Markets provide easy access to seasonal, regionally-grown food and greater awareness of the benefits of eating fresh local foods for our health, the strength of our local economy, the viability of agricultural life, and the future of our earth.

Our marketplaces feature both organic and conventionally-grown products that include fresh vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, fruit, plants, eggs, breads, baked goods, meats, seafood, cheese, salsa and prepared foods such as soups, vegan foods, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine.

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16 Bake Shop Weekends

Where:
Newport Vineyards
When:
Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00 AM

Fresh baked breads, pies, and treats are available each weekend in our Marketplace! Prepared onsite by our Bakery Team.  Saturdays & Sundays 11am – close (or while they last).

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Newport Vineyards Bakeshop

 

17 Daniel del Pino - Newport Classical Chamber Series

Where:
Emmanuel Church
When:
January 21, 7:30 PM
Cost:
$58 / $45

Daniel del Pino has established himself as one of the leading Spanish concert pianists in the international scene and has performed in all five continents. A recurring favorite at Newport Classical, del Pino will perform the beautiful yet challenging Suite Iberia composed by Isaac Albéniz. 

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18 Winter Speaker Series 2022: Darrell West

Where:
Newport Art Museum & Virtual on Zoom
When:
January 29, 2:00 PM
Cost:
Museum members: $15, Non-members: $20

The 94th Annual Winter Speaker Series launches with the ever-engaging Darrell West, whose position at the Brookings Institute affords him access to the National political scene from the inside. He will discuss the current political climate with an eye towards the 2022 midterm elections. What are the issues, candidates, and prospects? How will Trump’s influence impact the campaigns? How will the Biden administration’s record with regards to the many domestic and international challenges hold up under scrutiny, and how should voters prepare themselves for the coming year?

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19 FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

Where:
Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium
When:
January 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost:
Free

Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Join us for nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register!

The Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM:  Take-home craft bags
  • 10:30 AM: Nature Story
  • 11:00 AM + 2:00 PM: Animal Interview
  • 1:00 PM: Winter Nature Hike
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20 The Cocktail Club: Mixology Class

Where:
One Bellevue at Hotel Viking
When:
Thursdays, 6:00 PM
Cost:
$55/person (taxes and gratuities additional)

Cheers to you, Newport

Craft the perfect cocktail with expert mixology guidance from our One Bellevue team! Perfectly curated to showcase the notes, profile and distillation of a selection of tasting spirits, you’re sure to come away with a few new favorites. Stay afterwards for dinner and make a night of it!

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Cocktail Club Hotel Viking

 

21 Saltwash Seascapes Workshop

Where:
Blanc & Bleu Home Decor
When:
January 15, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Cost:
$85 per person

Join Jenna for this fun, hands-on art class where you will create an original work of art for your home using Saltwash & paint. Price of this workshop includes instruction, refreshments and all materials.

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22 Loyalist Women in 18th Century Newport

When:
January 20, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost:
$5, $1 NHS Members

MaryKate Smolenski’s lecture will draw on primary source research from her time as a Buchanan Burnham fellow at the Newport Historical Society in 2019. From archival research, she has documented over seventy women and girls who could be considered Loyalists in Newport. She will focus on the experiences of four women with deep ties to Newport whose purported Loyalism during the Revolutionary War had a profound effect on the rest of their lives. The talk will focus on lived experiences and explore the aftermath of Loyalism through the examples of four women: Penelope Honyman Bisset, Elizabeth Malbone Breese, Sarah Brenton Wanton Atherton, and Jemima Bull. Each woman’s path differed, reflecting the variety of the female Loyalist experience in Newport.

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23 Furniture 101 Workshop

Where:
Blanc & Bleu Home Decor
When:
January 29, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
$125 per person

January 29th 12-4 Join us in learning all the basics in furniture painting. We'll share all our tips and tricks along with our favorite products & tools to help you with your own projects. This class is designed to have you leave feeling comfortable and confident to tackle future projects yourself.

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24 RI Hotel Month

Where:
Across Newport & Bristol Counties
When:
January 1 - 31

Rhode Island's Hotel Month 2022 returns January 1-31, 2022 with big savings on overnight stays at Rhode Island's top hotels, historic inns and quaint B&Bs. The month-long event features rates up to 40% off alongside complimentary amenities including spa treatments, dining credits, room upgrades, and special activities.

From luxury properties with captivating water views to one-of-a-kind, perfectly fluffed boutique hotels—take your pick. Suite dreams start here. 

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25 $5 Flight Night

Where:
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company
When:
Thursdays, Through January 27, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost:
$5 Flights

Join us every Thursday from 6-8pm for $5 Flight Night!

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