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 and so much more throughout the week.

Our picks for the week below.

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10

HOLIDAY WINE EVENT

When: 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Where: Forty 1° North 
Admission: Free

All bottles of wine are half price until December 30th. Holiday pricing starts at $22 per bottle.

 

HALF PRICE OYSTERS + CLAMS

When: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Midtown Oyster Bar

Midtown Oyster Bar is offering 1/2 price oysters and clams along with selected raw bar dishes.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11

LECTURE: THE HERRESHOFF BROTHERS & THEIR TORPEDO BOATS

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Herreshoff Marine Museum
Admission: $18

This is the story of the first four torpedo boats the Herreshoff Brothers delivered to the US Navy and also of some that were not built. More than an exposure of the technologies they offered, it explores the relationships between the Herreshoffs, key naval officials and the naval bureaucracy at large.

 

BEER + BURGER NIGHT

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards
Admission: $15

Like wine is to cheese, beer is to burgers. Welcome to Brix’s Beer + Burger Night. Choose from a select menu of burgers and a pint of Taproot Beer (what’s on tap) for just $15 BUCKS – and say HELLO to your Tuesday.

 
AFTERNOON TEA IN THE DINING ROOM

When: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: $32

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.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

BRICK ALLEY PUB'S $4.95 INTERNATIONAL NACHO DAY

When: 12:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereBrick Alley Pub
Admission: $4.95

Brick Alley Pub is offering Nacho platters for $4.96 - the price they were when they first opened. 

 

SIP + PAINT

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereSaltwater at The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
Admission: $40

Create a masterpiece that you can show off to your friends and family over the holidays. Cost includes supplies and a glass of wine while you work. 

 

WADK CHRISTMAS CONCERT

When: 7:00 PM
WhereNewport Marriott Hotel
Admission: Free

Non-perishable food items will be welcomed and passed on to the Martin Luther King Community Center. Enjoy music from the Jamestown Community Chorus, a raffle and prixes and tunes by the Swinglane Orchestra. 

 

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, DECEMBER 13

CHRISTMAS ON THE POINT

When: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereSt. John's on the Point 
Admission: Suggested donation is $15, $10 seniors/students; children ages 5-12 free

Christmas on the Point is a merry concert of organ music, choir and instrumental selections and congregational caroling along with a traditional reading of The Christmas Story. With special lighting and decoration, this historic church on the Point comes alive with choirs, strings, vintage 1894 organ and guest soloists.

 

APOTHECARY HOLIDAY SIP & SHOP

When: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
WhereThe Apothecary Newport
Admission: Free

Join The Apothecary for their annual Holiday Sip & Shop with complimentary mini facials from Dr Dennis Gross and Image Skincare Aestheticians plus complimentary makeup applications. Swag Bags and Exclusive Deals!

 

DONUT BURGER POP UP 

When: 6:00 PM
WhereMission NPT

The return of the donut burger! Get any Mission NPT burger on a glazed brioche mini donut. Yummy AF.

 

CALLIGRAPHY AND CRACKERS

When: 6:00 PM
WhereStyled by Jenna

Join Jenna and her very talented friend Jody of Salt + Soul RI for this combo workshop. Learn how to make traditional English Christmas crackers and also get a lesson in modern hand lettering. Great for all your holiday gift wrapping!

 

STARLIT STROLLS

When: 5:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Admission: Free with regular admission

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. A 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 14

CLAGGETT: NEWPORT'S ILLUSTRIOUS CLOCKMAKERS

When: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Redwood Library & Athenæum
Admission: Free

Enjoy a reception for Redwood's new exhibition, The Claggetts of Newport: Master Clockmakers in Colonial America. Authors Frank L. Hohmann III and Donald L. Fennimore will present a survey of the Claggett clockmaking dynasty and their production of masterpiece clocks.

 

JAMESTOWN ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY ARTS MARKET

When: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Where: Jamestown Arts Center
Admission: Free

A juried market of high-quality unique works made by local artists.

 

OCEANCLIFF HOLIDAY GALA

When: 7:00 - 11:00 PM
WhereOceanCliff 
Admission: $65 per person

Head to OceanCliff's 9th Annual Holiday Gala for an evening of fine food, cocktails, and holiday cheer! Cocktail hour upon arrival followed by a three-course dinner and live entertainment.

 

HOLIDAY LANTERN TOUR

When: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Newport Historical Society
Admission: $15

Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or didn’t, observe the holidays.

 

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).

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15

WINTER'S ARTS + ARTISAN FAIR

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Tiverton Four Corner's 
Admission: Free

The Winter’s Arts & Artisan Fair is a unique, boutique artist showcase set in the beautiful & historic Tiverton Four Corners Village; where you can shop for one of a kind holiday gifts from a select group of local and regional artists & artisans. Leisurely browse, meet the Artists & see their amazing offerings. Make this year unique, memorable & sustainable by giving the gift of a local, handmade treasure. With gifts of wood, fiber, leather, soap, paintings, photography & jewelry, your holiday gift giving will be one to remember.

 

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT AT NBS

When: 7:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free

Canvas the trails at Norman Bird Sanctuary and count as many bird species as possible with your NBS guides. As a part of a larger Newport-Westport effort, participants will brave the cold to continue a conservation tradition started on Christmas Day in 1900. Christmas Bird Counts help us to understand changes in winter bird populations over time.

 

HOLIDAY EVENING DUET: THE ELMS & MABLE HOUSE

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: The Elms & Marble House
Admission: $35 in advance, $45 day of event

Don't miss Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions for an extra special and unique experience. Two houses for the price of one. Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambiance of a Gilded Age holiday.

 

HOLIDAY DINNER DANCE

When: 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Where: The Breakers
Admission: $400 per person

The evening includes a cocktail hour on the loggia, a three-course seated dinner in the Great Hall, and dancing in the Music Room. Black tie, valet parking. Reservations required. Limited tickets are still available.

 

HOLIDAY POP UP: STUDIO ON THIRD

When: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Styled by Jenna
Admission: Free

Sip + shop creations by local artist & calligrapher Leah of Studio on Third. She will have all her local drawings of your favorite Newport spots PLUS fun holiday art & cards.

 

SANTA MEET + GREET AT 7 CARROLL

When: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: The Kings Lens and Friends
Admission: Free

The Kings Lens (Patrick Murphy) will be offering free photos for the groms with the big red man himself, while Harvest Market and The Coffee Guy have all your treats and hot beverage needs. Tree lighting will be happening at 1:00 PM.

 

VERY MERRY DICKENS CAROLERS

When: 10:30 - 11:45 AM
Where: Newport Visitor Information Center
Admission: Free

Bringing the magical sounds of Christmas to the Newport Visitor Information Center.

 

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.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

AFTERNOON TEA WITH SANTA

When: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereThe Vanderbilt Grill
Admission: $15

Join Santa as he prepares for Christmas Day while sipping loose leaf tea and dining on delicate finger sandwiches. Santa will be taking wish lists and available for photos. Tea will be served in the main dining room off of a lavish buffet. Hot Chocolate will be available for the non-tea drinker, along with a bounty and petite fours. Reservations are required as space is limited. 

 

BRUNCH WITH SANTA

When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking
Admission: Free

Santa will be making his rounds and available for pictures from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Christmas music and luxurious buffet will get you in the holiday spirit!

 

SANTA PAWS PHOTO SHOOT

When: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
WhereHotel Viking

Enjoy pet photos with Santa. Bring your whole family down to get a shot with Santa before he gets too busy. Save the date to join WAG Nation & Hotel Viking in spreading the holiday cheer!

 

COOKIE DECORATING

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
WhereThe Vanderbilt Grill
Admission: $15 per person, excluding tax and service charge

Join the pastry team as we assist you in making your very own sweet masterpiece. Sugar cookies, frostings and sugar decorations provided as well as a take away box for your creations. 

 

KOECHLIN, SHAW & BRAHMS AT THE REDWOOD LIBRARY

When: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
WhereRedwood Library & Athenæum

The Newport String Quartet will be joined by guests Ethan Wood (viola) and Jacob MacKay (cello) for a fabulous afternoon of chamber music in the exquisite surrounds of the Redwood Library.

 

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 EBO. No tickets required.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS

When: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Admission: Free

Count up as many bird species as you can, from soaring red-tailed hawks to tiny hovering hummingbirds. You'll learn how to identify common year-round residents and seasonal migrants.

 

HOLIDAY DRAG BRUNCH WITH THE TRAILER PARK GIRLS

When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Parlor Bar & Kitchen
Admission: $40

Have you been Naughty or Nice? It's Christmas time again! It's time to find out which of you made the nice list and who's on the naughty list. Join the fabulous cast of performers through a Trailer Park Girls Christmas Story. Are the elves hard at work making toys for good boys? Or perhaps you are in for some coal and a visit from Krampus. Tickets include a full show with amazing drag and a fabulous brunch buffet from The Parlor.

 

SANTA AT THE CATINA

When: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Diego's Barrio Cantina
Admission: Free

Sing-a-long Christmas Carols with Brian Kirmil for the Kids, face painting and a visit from Santa!

 

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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