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. 

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 indoor mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been temporarily reinstated, 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. 

1 Lighting of the Lighthouse at Gurney's Newport Resort

Where:
Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
When:
Friday, November 26, 5-9 PM
Cost:
Free

Make your way to Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina for a lighting of the lighthouse on the North Lawn. Enjoy holiday carolers, festive decor, spiked ciders and hot chocolate for the kids.

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2 Santa Magic at Long Wharf Mall

Where:
Long Wharf Mall
When:
Saturday, November 27, 4-6PM
Cost:
Free

Make your way to Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina for a lighting of the lighthouse on the North Lawn. Enjoy holiday carolers, festive decor, spiked ciders and hot chocolate for the kids.

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3 Official Opening of Christmas in Newport Tree Lighting

Where:
Washington Square, Newport
When:
Wednesday, December 1, 6:00 PM
Cost:
Free

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.

 

4 51st Annual Bowen's Wharf Tree Lighting

Where:
Bowen's Wharf, Newport
When:
Saturday, December 4, 5:30 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. 

 

Bowen's Wharf Christmas Tree

5 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 the Bristol County Fifes and Drums. 

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