The holiday joy infiltrates our Classic Coast this week with the return of some of our favorite seasonal events. Christmas at the Newport Mansions returns with a bounty of yuletide finery (hint hint: 25 Christmas trees, hundreds of fresh flowers and thousands of decadent ornaments) along with holiday markets and bazaars, cozy cocktails by the fire, Christmas tree lightings and so much more throughout the week.

Our picks for the week below.

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

DAFFODILLION DAY

When: 10:30 - 11:00 AM
Where: Newport City Hall, Broadway
Admission: Free

City leaders will join with organizers of Daffodillion to officially plant Newport’s 1 millionth daffodil bulb outside of City Hall.

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

FALL FLORAL + GATHERING WORKSHOP

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Styled by Jenna
Admission: $85

Join Jenna for this hands on flower workshop to create a centerpiece for your holiday tablescape using all locally sourced flowers, foliage and berries. Price of this workshop includes everything you will need to create your arrangement (container, florals, snips and more), instruction and refreshments from local partners in Washington Square.
 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

LIVE MUSIC: LITTLE COMPTON BAND AT NOREY'S

When: 8:00 - 11:00 PM
Where: Norey's
Admission: Free

Since grammar school, this troop of five RhodeIsland farmhands has been making music together. The LCB serves up a hot plate of Farm Fresh, soul-infused, psychedelic country( think Allman brothers, Little feet, Neil Young). Smooth refreshing gulps of funk, wash down this ripened classic sound (John Cleary, Donny Hathaway).

 
TAPROOT + TUNES

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereTaproot Brewing Co.
Admission: Free

Enjoy extended Taproot Brewing Co. taproom hours alongside live music and $10 beer or wine flights. Light nosh from the Taproom kitchen and wine/beer by the glass also available.

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION

When: Through January 1
WhereBlithewold 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.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT SPARKLE

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
AdmissionPrices vary

Stroll through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse and enjoy singing with the carolers alongside free hot cocoa and s’mores around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden. S’mores kits are 1 for $2, and 3 for $5 (a part of the proceeds benefits the Boy Scouts).

 

BOWEN'S WHARF HOLIDAY BLOCK PARTY

When: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Bowen's Wharf
Admission: Free

Conjure the spirit of the holidays at the annual Bowen's Wharf Block Party with live music, special deals at local shops and boats decorated in their yuletide's finest dotting the harbor for the Illuminated Boat Parade.

 

NEWPORT HARBOR ILLUMINATED BOAT PARADE

When: 6:15 PM
Where: Along the harbor
Admission: Free

Bundle up and head to the harbor for the Illuminated Boat Parade as boats deck the hulls and festive music heralds the arrival of the holiday season. Watch the parade of lights are boats compete for best decorated.

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

LIGHTING OF THE LIGHTHOUSE

When: 5:30 - 8:30 PM
WhereGurney's Newport Resort + Marina
Admission: Free

Head over to Gurney's as they light the historic Goat Island Lighthouse alongside carolers, spiked cider, live music at the resort’s Regent Cocktail Club and of course, undisturbed views of the famed Newport Bridge. 

 

FOURTH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING AT DURIS STUDIOS

When: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Duris Studios, 480 Thames Street
Admission: Free

Join Duris Studios on Small Business Saturday for their fourth annual tree lighting. Enjoy treats and hot mulled cider to keep things toasty. Browse the collections and get a jump on your holiday shopping. Tree lighting begins at dusk.

 

FREE DAY OF YOGA

When: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Rhode Island Hot Yoga, 36 Gooding Avenue
Admission: Free

Try a hot yoga class and sweat out those post-turkey blues! RI Hot Yoga is celebrating Small Business Saturday with a day of free classes, plus discounts on class packages, retail, and new student offers.

 

CHRISTMAS AT LINDEN PLACE

When: Through January 6
Where: Linden Place Mansion
Admission: $12, $5 children 

A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, original artwork by top local artists…these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion. 

 

WEEKEND MUSIC SERIES

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: Free

Enjoy a wine tasting, lunch or wine by the glass while enjoying live music from The Bucks Band. No tickets required.

 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

When: 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Local galleries
Admission: Free

The Newport Gallery Organization is hosting Small Business Saturday throughout local galleries to encourage shoppers to shop at small, local businesses. Exhibitions on display during Small Business Saturday include Atelier Newport’s “Dark Matter” a two-person exhibition featuring Jemison Faust and Jason Chase. Sheldon Fine Art is showcasing their Holiday Small Works Show. Our newest gallery, D. Chatowsky Gallery, will be showcasing local artists’ work on Small Business Saturday. Shoppers are encouraged to visit JW Reilly, where shoppers can purchase handcrafted sterling silver jewelry. 

 

BIRD HOUSE BUILDING

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center
Admission: $20

Build your very own birdhouse for your backyard feathered friends. A birdhouse also makes a wonderful holiday gift. Learn how birds build their nests and how bird boxes help our environment. There will also be a visit from our resident owl. Adult supervision is required for children participating in this program. For ages 7 . Please indicate how many birdhouses you would like to make at time of registration, all materials and tools will be provided.

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25

WEEKEND MUSIC SERIES

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: Free

 Enjoy a wine tasting, lunch or wine by the glass while enjoying live music from ZanRicky. No tickets required.

 

11TH ANNUAL PHOTOS WITH SANTA

When: 1:00 - 4:30 PM
Where: Bristol Theatre Company
Admission: One print free per family, $12 purchase

The 11th Annual Photos with Santa event will take place at the Bristol Theatre Company this year. Photo packages start at $12.00, and offer ornaments, greeting cards, and more! Choose your favorite photo for your package, and pick up your orders in approximately 2 weeks at A Moment In Time Photography. 

 

AQUIDNECK GROWERS WINTER MARKET

When: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: Free

The Aquidneck Growers Market returns to Newport Vineyards for its winter edition featuring local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers and more.

 

 

 

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