Spirits are officially bright on The Classic Coast as we head into the holiday season filled with enchanting sights, family-friendly fun, a handful of classic Christmas events, and holiday happenings for nearly each day of December. Not to mention, tree lightings (and a lighthouse lighting, too) all throughout town complete with sweet treats, live music, visits with Santa and more.
We told you, spirits: bright.
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. All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind and adhere to local guidelines.
1 Lighting of the Lighthouse at Newport Harbor Island Resort
Make your way to Newport Harbor Island Resort for a lighting of the lighthouse on Friday, November 25 at 5:00 PM.
Enjoy holiday carolers, festive decor, ice-skating, spiked ciders and hot chocolate for the kids, all with panoramic views of the iconic Newport Bridge. Guests and locals alike are welcome to join us in kicking off Newport’s holiday festivities!
2 Santa Magic—The Shops at Long Wharf Mall
The name say's it all—Santa Magic.
On November 26th, head to Long Wharf Mall for a FREE outdoor movie, a visit with Santa, a tree lighting ceremony, live carol music, crafts for kids, and complimentary candy canes and hot cocoa. The award-winning, PG rated "The Nightmare Before Christmas" will screen at 4:45pm followed by the tree lighting and a visit by Santa. The night will conclude at 6:00 PM with late night shopping available until 7:00 PM. Bring chairs and blankets for the movie.
This event is sponsored by the Shops at Long Wharf, Newport in Bloom, Discover Newport, and Cutie Curls.
3 Bellevue Gardens Christmas Tree Lighthing
- Bellevue Gardens Shopping Center
- Saturday, November 26th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Make your way to the Bellevue Gardens Shopping Center for the inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting on Small Business Saturday. Enjoy live holiday music, photo-ops with Santa in an authentic Audrain classic car, children's activities, prizes and raffles, treats for your pets, and so much more.
4 Official Opening of Christmas in Newport Tree Lighting
Head to Washington Square for the official opening of Christmas in Newport with a proclamation from the Mayor, lighting of the Washington Square tree, cannon salute from Newport Artillery and live music.
5 52nd Annual Bowen's Wharf Tree Lighting
Make your way to Bowen's Wharf for an enchanting day of caroling, holiday shopping, and family fun on Sunday, December 4 for the 52nd Annual Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting. Festivities begin at 12:30 with a visit from Santa, followed by an afternoon of live music and a carol sing-along. 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.
6 Bristol's Tree Lighting & Grand Illumination
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 36th Grand Illumination beginning at 5:30 PM, with live music from from the local school choruses and a talented soloist.
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