It's beginning to feel a whole lot like Christmas around here. We've decked the halls, lighthouses, wharves, boats and everything in between. This week brings so much to see and do, like 5 different mansions decked in their yuletide finest, New England's largest gingerbread lighthouse, caroling throughout town, children's holiday story time and more. 

 

Our picks for all things festive this week below. 

 

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🎄 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.

 

🎄 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.

 

 
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 11

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.

 

🎄 CAROLING ON BROADWAY

When: 3:30 PM
Where: Broadway, Newport, Rhode Island
Admission: Free
Details: Starting at the Colony House and sponsored by the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association. Join local musician Christopher Carbone, Thompson Middle School chorus and OBNA in a Carol' along Broadway. 401-481-5135

 

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THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST: FOUR CENTURIES OF CHRISTMAS IN NEW ENGLAND

When: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $15 Member, $18 non-member
Details:  Kenneth C. Turino of Historic New England presents an illustrated lecture tracing the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th- century New England through the beginning of the present century. Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, Santa Claus came to town and traditions specific to Blithewold, such as the 18-foot Christmas tree. Refreshments will be served after the talk.

 

🎄 ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

When: 6:30 PM
Where: Jesus Saviour Church, 509 Broadway
Admission: $10
Details: Wakefield Concert Band performing. 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12

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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HANDMADE HOLIDAYS: FESTIVE HOLIDAY STAMPS

When: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Jamestown Art Center
Admission: $20, $18 members
Details: Make your own rubber stamps! Custom stamps are a great way to add a personal touch to creative projects or make fantastic holiday gifts. Learn how to make your own stamps to decorate your holiday cards and packages!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13

🎄 ANNUAL WADK CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT THE NEWPORT MARRIOTT

When: 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Marriott
Admission: Free. donations of non-perishable food items for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center welcome
Details: Larry Brown's Swinglane Orchestra and a local choral group

 
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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🎄 106TH ANNUAL MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

When: 7:30 PM
Where: St. George's School Chapel
Admission: Free
Details: Candlelit service of the portrayal of the Christmas story.

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14

CUPCAKES & WINE

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Newport Vineyards
Admission: $24
Details: Join Newport Vineyards for a D'Licious tasting of 5 mini cupcakes expertly paired with 5 Newport Vineyard wines. You deserve to treat yourself to the amazing seasonal flavors only Newport Vineyards and D'Licious Dessert can provide. 

 
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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. 

 

🎄 CHRISTMAS ON THE POINT

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow Street
Admission: Suggested donation $15, seniors/students $10
Details: Featuring Mozart's Coronation Mass in C with choir, strings, and organ, along with a traditional reading of the Christmas Story.

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

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.

 

🎄 HOLIDAY CHORAL CONCERT

When: 11:15 AM
Where: Edward King House, 35 King Street
Admission: Free
Details: Holiday favorites sung by the Edward King House Singers. 401-846-7426

 

OCEANCLIFF HOLIDAY GALA

When: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Where: OceanCliff
Admission: $70
Details: Head to OceanCliff's 8th Annual Holiday Gala for an evening of fine food, cocktails, and holiday cheer. Enjoy cocktail hour + hors d'oeuvres, three-course Dinner, and live entertainment featuring Second to None Band.

 

ROBBIE O'CONNELL CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT

When: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Where: Linden Place Mansion
Admission: $20, $15 for Linden Place members and $10 for Colt Circle Members
Details: This concert is a celebration of the holiday season in the Celtic tradition! Rose Clancy on the fiddle and Robbie O’Connell on guitar and vocals – together they create a delightful musical tapestry to celebrate the season.

 

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.” 

 

UGLY SWEATER SOIREE

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereAudrain Automobile Museum
Admission: Free for members
Details: A fabulous Holiday Celebration at the Audrain Automobile Museum. The person with the ugliest sweater will get to hitch a ride in our 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Limo!  

 

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.

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

WINTER ART & ARTISAN FESTIVAL

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: The Meeting House, 3852 Main Road, Tiverton
Admission: Free
Details: Boutique winter arts festival featuring a finely curated small Artisan group featuring glass works, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry and more.

 

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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!

 

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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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.

 

🎄 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN SIGN PRESENTED BY JAMES L. MAHER CENTER

When: 5:00 PM
Where: Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street
Admission: Free
Details: Christmas and holiday music presented in sign language under black light.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

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.

 

MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES

When: Every Sunday afternoon in December; 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Grace Vanderbilt, 41 Mary Street
Admission: $25 per person
Details: The combined choirs of St. Mary's Church include over thirty singers, from children in the Youth Choir to trained professionals in the Parish Choir. The choirs at St. Mary's are a community-oriented program which strives to achieve musical excellence through education, fellowship and performance. 

 

🎄 VISIT WITH SANTA CLAUS

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

 

 

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🎄 RHODE ISLAND BALLET THEATER PRESENTS MADELINE MEETS THE NUTCRACKER

When: 4:00 PM
Where: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Rhode Island's Ballet Theater, with excerpts from The Nutcracker and Madeline.