We have visions of sugar plums and all things holly & jolly dancing in our heads as we make our way into the week. From sing alongs with Santa and craft fairs to cookie decorating and wreath making, our inner holiday elves are rejoicing. Needless to say, December has our holiday spirit maxed out.

 

Not quite ready for holly and jolly? Not to worry, enjoy plenty of other activities this week including a winter wine pairing at Jo's American Bistro, afternoon tea at Blithewold, and the reopening of the Newport Skating Center at the end of the week. 

 

Our picks for the week below. 

 

ONGOING

🎄 CHRISTMAS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

When: Through January 1, 2018
WhereThe BreakersThe Elms and Marble House
Admission: Price of admission
Details: The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. 

 

 

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CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD MANSION

When: Through January 1, 2018
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 
Admission: Price of mansion admission
Details: Each room in Blithewold Mansion, along with 32 acres of award winning gardens, transforms into an elaborate display of glimmering holiday finery for the season.

 

 
CHRISTMAS AT LINDEN PLACE MANSION

When: Through January 7, 2018. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereLinden Place Mansion
Admission: Price of admission
Details: A towering Christmas tree framed by a four-story spiral staircase, elegant decorations on every mantle and in every nook and cranny, and Christmas tablescapes by top designers and florists; these are just a few of the many delights that await you this Christmas season at Linden Place Mansion.

 

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AFTERNOON TEA AT BLITHEWOLD

When: Tuesdays - Fridays, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $24 Members, $32 Non-Members
Details: 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 a cup of tea, freshly baked scones with sweet cream, and a 3-tiered tray filled with sweet and savory treats.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4

CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY TEA

When: 4:00 - 6:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Monday
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $37 Adults, $29 Children
Details: Tour the beautifully decorated mansion and pose for photos with Santa in front of the elegant eighteen-foot Christmas tree. Then gather at a private table in the Dining Room to enjoy tea, hot chocolate, finger sandwiches, and dessert, all served in the style of yesteryear, including elegant china tableware.

 

WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOP

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Members $55, Non-Members $65
Details: Blithewold’s Garden Manager Gail Read and Horticulturist Betsy Eckholm’s design ideas and assembly tips will guide you in creating one-of-a-kind holiday wreaths. You will also be able to choose your greens from a wide variety of plant material, much of which is pre-cut from Blithewold’s collection of unique evergreens.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5

CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY STORY TIME

When: 4:00 - 5:00 PM; Recurring weekly on Tuesday
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Free with regular mansion admission
Details: Children’s librarians from Rogers Free Library will present classic holiday stories that have been told during Christmas throughout the years. Drop in for one story time or come to all three! After the story, join us for a cookie and a 1920s-inspired children’s craft.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6

FLIGHT NIGHT AT BRIX RESTAURANT

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Recurring weekly on Wednesdays
WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $10
Details: Book your wine or beer flight each Wednesday and enjoy your own personal tasting of 4 wines or 4 draft beers for $10. Sip and savor your stay-cation when you pair with Chef’s Selection Bite Board, changing weekly.

 

 
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🎄 GINGERBREAD LIGHTHOUSE: SUGAR SPICE AND EVERYTHING GINGERBREAD

When: December 6 - January 1, Saturday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WhereNewport Visitor Center
Admission: Free
Details: The 16 foot tall lighthouse made of 350 pounds of gingerbread and over 2,400 pieces of candy was created by the culinary staff at the Newport Marriott in conjunction with discover Newport. Free to view, but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to fill the sleigh for local community food pantries.

 

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7

HOLIDAY SIP 'N SHOP

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereOceanCliff
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy a fun evening of cocktails & shopping at OceanCliff while supporting small businesses and shopping local for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

 

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8 BELLS LECTURE SERIES

When: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Square
Admission: Free
Details: “World War II Rhode Island” by By Christian McBurney, Brian L. Wallin, Patrick T. Conley, John W. Kennedy and Maureen A. Taylor. Lecture by Christian McBurney. More details.

 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: BIRDS OF ROSE ISLAND

When: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
WhereJamestown Philomenian Library
Admission: Free
Details: Wildlife filmmaker Gerry Krausse has documented New England’s wildlife for many decades, producing short documentaries for National Wildlife Refuges, local land trusts and the Discovery Channel. From 2003 to 2006, he filmed the nesting colonies of wading birds on Rose Island. Despite their isolation on islands, these birds are subject to numerous disturbances and their numbers have fluctuated greatly over time and location throughout Narragansett Bay. Join us as we discuss these and other issues and watch a 20-minute video on how these birds raised their young on Rose Island and have since moved on to other islands.

 

WINTER WINE PAIRING

When: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
WhereJo's American Bistro
Admission: $65 + tax & gratuity
Details: Enjoy a special four-course dinner created by Chef Brian Ruffner of Jo's American Bistro with wine pairings by Vicker's Liquors on December 7, 2017. A collection of seasonal beers will be served with seasonal hors-d'oeuvres from 6:30 - 7:15 PM, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM. Call (401) 847-5506 for reservations

 

NOREY'S WORLD CLASS JAZZ NIGHT

When: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
WhereNorey's
Admission: Free
Details: Newport has a long history of live music. It is also a place where many members of the Navy Band retire. Many musicians teach in the public schools as well. You will see them on stage and in the audience Thursdays at Norey's Jazz Night. 

 

SING-ALONG WITH SANTA

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $15 Adult Members, $17 Adult Nonmembers, $8 Member Children , $10 Nonmember Children
Details: Bring the whole family to Blithewold for this special holiday musical performance and sing-along. After enjoying your favorite songs of the season, Santa Claus himself will make a special appearance to visit and to read “The Night Before Christmas”. Once the show has ended, savor cookies and hot cocoa.

 

STARLIT STROLLS

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 
Admission: Free with regular mansion admission
Details: Enjoy an illuminated stroll along the winding paths of Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden. Take in the wonder of trees and paths that twinkle, sparkle and glow. The scavenger hunt will offer you the opportunity to take a closer look at the handcrafted lanterns and ornaments that light your way through this delightful garden promenade. All ages welcome.

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8

HOLIDAY BEERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TAP TAKEOVER

When: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
WhereNorey's
Admission:Pay as you go
Details: Taps stay up until they are gone, generally about 2 weeks.

 

🎄 NEWPORT HOLIDAY STROLL

When: December 1 - 3 and 8 - 10, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport's shopping and dining districts
Admission: Free
Details: Stroll Newport's shopping and dining districts for unique holiday gifts, locally sourced dining, entertainment and events.

 

DICKENS CHRISTMAS TRAIN

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Portsmouth Junction Station, 1 Alexander Road
Admission: Tickets start at $95.95 per person. All-inclusive price includes train ticket, performance, dinner, gratuity, and tax.
Details: Step back in time and immerse yourself in the classic tale of humbuggery, ghosts, and redemption. This interactive retelling of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company is an evening of music, laughter, food, and spirits which is certain to cure even the worst “Scrooge.” 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT SPARKLE

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Prices vary
Details: Enjoy Blithewold’s marshmallow-roasting-Christmas-carol-singing-cocoa-sipping-strolling-through-the-twinkling-garden-paths-fun-for-the-whole-family event. Savor hot cocoa, s’mores kits are 1 for $2, and 3 for $5 (a part of the proceeds benefits the Boy Scouts), carol-singing around the fire performances at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

 

 

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🎄 HOLIDAY LANTERN TOUR

When: Recurring weekly Friday and Saturday through December 30
Where: Departs Brick Market Museum & Shop
Admission: $15 per person, $10 for Society members and active duty military with ID
Details: Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk and learn how colonial Newporters recognized the holidays.

 

THE BIT PLAYERS AWARD WINNING IMPROV COMEDY

When: 8:00 - 9:45 PM, recurring every Friday and Saturday
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18 per person
Details: RI's most award-winning comedy troupe, The Bit Players hit the stage ever Friday and Saturday night all year long with their fast paced, high energy hilarity. These improvisation masterminds present hilarious scenes, side-splitting musical numbers, and larger than life characters all inspired by the suggestions of the audience. Every show is BYOB.

 

🎄 NEWPORT SKATING CENTER GRAND RE-OPENING AND TREE LIGHTING

When: 5:00 PM
Where: Newport Skating Center, 4 Commercial Wharf
Admission: Free
Details: Celebration with a sprinkle of holiday magic. Santa and The Elves, carolers & treats.

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

MIDDLETOWN AQUIDNECK GROWERS MARKET

When: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Recurring weekly
WhereNewport Vineyards
Admission: Free
Details: Now in its 22nd season, Aquidneck Growers Market has 20 regular vendors, guest artisans and live music every week. Pick up your groceries and head inside for a wine tasting.

 

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Road, Middletown
Admission: Free
Details: undraiser for Hasbro Children's Hospital. Meet crafters and vendors with their holiday creations and products.

 

COCOA, COOKIES & CRAFTS

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereChanning Memorial Church
Admission: Free
Details: All ages are invited to stop by Channing Memorial Church for a break during your holiday activities! Enjoy homemade cookies, hot cocoa, and an opportunity to make a holiday ornament. The Holiday Re-gifting and Fair Trade Item Sale will be open for business.

 

🎄 A VISIT WITH SAINT NICK

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Newport Visitor Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue
Admission: Free but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to fill the sleigh for local community food pantries
Details: Bring your Christmas wish list and visit with Santa at the Largest Gingerbread Lighthouse in New England

 

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SATURDAY STROLLS: A GUIDED TOUR OF BLITHEWOLD

When: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $6 per person in addition to regular admission
Details: Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings and elegant holiday scenes. The guided tour continues outdoors with a short walk to Blithewold’s newly expanded Greenhouse Complex that will be decked out for the Holidays too!

 

HOLIDAY ARTS MARKET

When: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WhereJamestown Art Center
Admission: Free
Details: Shop holiday items from a variety of vendors including painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, clothing designers, photographers, wood workers, glass artists, etc.

 

NEWPORT SEAL & LIGHTHOUSE TOUR

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: Departs Bowen's Ferry Landing, Market Square
Admission: $42 per adult, $32 per Save the Bay Member/Senior/Child 3-12; $7 per Child less than 3
Details: Save The Bay offers 90-minute seasonal seal watching tour and tour of Rose Island Light aboard one of Save the Bay's educational vessels. 

 

 

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SECOND SATURDAY: EMBELLISHING HAND-BUILT CERAMIC ORNAMENTS

When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Newport Art Museum
Admission: Members: free; Adults: $10;Seniors: $8;Student/Military: $6; Children 5 & under: free
Details: Make your own special gift at Second Saturday. The Coleman Center for Creative Studies ceramics instructors have hand-built and fired an array of beautiful ceramic ornaments that need decorating! 

 

HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Newport Mansions
Admission: Adults, $35; Youth, $10
Details: Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambiance of a Gilded Age holiday. 

 

DICKENS CHRISTMAS TRAIN

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Portsmouth Junction Station, 1 Alexander Road
Admission: Tickets start at $95.95 per person. All-inclusive price includes train ticket, performance, dinner, gratuity, and tax.
Details: Step back in time and immerse yourself in the classic tale of humbuggery, ghosts, and redemption. This interactive retelling of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company is an evening of music, laughter, food, and spirits which is certain to cure even the worst “Scrooge.” 

 

🎄 UNDECKED HALLS AT ROUGH POINT

When: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WhereRough Point
Admission: Price of mansion admission
Details: Enjoy an authentic view inside a Newport mansion in winter. Heiress Doris Duke spent Christmas in sunny Hawaii far away from Rough Point, her Newport estate. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke's tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point's winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every 1/2 hour.

 

MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM

When: 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Adults, $30; Seniors (65+) & Active Military, $25; Youths (17 & under) & Students, $15
Details: The Christmas traditions of the world are not all as idyllic as Jolly Old St. Nick. When John Jacob Astor IV hosts his Christmas gathering, he asks his friends to dress as lesser known Christmas characters and share that tradition with everyone - Leave it to Jack Astor to make Christmas a lecture. But, when someone receives a deadly gift, the family turns to you to help find the killer! Can you save Christmas? Determine who had the means, motive and opportunity.

 

MASTER MIXOLOGY CLASS WITH CHRISTINA MERCADO

When: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Recurring weekly on Saturdays until December 30, 2017
Where:  The Vanderbilt Grille
Admission: $55 per person
Details: Join Christina Mercado, as she takes you on a personal tour of cocktail creation. Each weekly class is focused on a spirit, cocktail or theme, using a combination of old and contemporary techniques. Guests will work on two cocktails with Christina, which will be paired with light bites from our Culinary Team. Stay for dinner after or make a reservation and receive 10% off the dinner portion.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10

CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING

When: Every Sunday afternoon in December; 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Grace Vanderbilt, 41 Mary Street
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Join our pastry chef to decorate deliciously fresh, traditional Christmas cookies to take home and share with your friends and family.

 

🎄 VISIT WITH SANTA CLAUS

When: Noon - 3:00 PM 
WhereMarble House
Admission: Regular admission
Details: The Jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. 

 

 

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HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE NEWPORT MANSIONS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Newport Mansions
Admission: Adults, $35; Youth, $10
Details: Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambiance of a Gilded Age holiday. 

 

CINEMA FOR A CAUSE: ELF

When: 1:00 PM
Where: Jane Pickens Theater
Admission: Non-perishable food product or canned goods
Details: The JPT is screening ELF starring Will Ferrell alongside Hollywood movie royalty James Caan.  This annual event benefits the MLK Community Center which offers hunger services for local families in need of assistance, especially around the holidays.

 

NEWPORT ART HOUSE BRUNCH, ART & FLEA MARKET

When: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereParlor Bar & Kitchen
Admission: Free
Details: Newport Art House is a non-profit with the mission to nurture, showcase, and promote the contemporary arts of Newport.

 

MOTORS & MIMOSAS

When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WhereAudrain Automobile Museum
Admission: $15 (available at the door)
Details: Join Audrain Auto Museum and La Forge Casino Restaurant for Motors & Mimosas. Tour the beautiful exhibition while sipping on delicious mimosas, coffee, and munching on pastries.