Few things compare to that Friday feeling of freedom. You know, when you realize the whole weekend lies ahead. Truth be told, weekends on The Coast are full of magic. Think: Friday night live music, Saturday mixology classes, Sunday morning farmers markets, and some of the best meals of your life in between (we guarantee it). We gathered everything you need for a weekend full of relaxation, excitement and adventure so you're content when Monday rolls back around. 

 

Our picks for the weekend below.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Free

Do your shopping right at the museum where you can find work from emerging and established artists alike. Ceramics, painting, wearable arts, ornaments and more. 

 

A VINTAGE HOLIDAY

When: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereTiffany Peay Jewelry
Admission: Free

Join Tiffany Peay Jewelry during Tiverton Four Corners' Holiday Bright Night to celebrate the season with a Vintage Holiday. Enjoy special event pricing on Tiffany's collection and special vintage finds.

 

DECEMBER BEER HALL NIGHT

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Vineyards

Break out of the winter blues and enjoy live tunes and a beverage. Plus, an Ugly Holiday Sweater contest. Wear your best for a chance at a prize. No reservation required, just stop by.

 

ATWATER-DONNELLY WINTER HOLIDAY SHOW AT LINDEN PLACE MANSION

When: 7:30 PM
WhereLinden Place
Admission: $20

Linden Place Museum, in celebration of winter, the holiday season, and American diversity, Atwater-Donnelly musical duo will sing ancient and new carols and songs of Christmas and winter. The performance takes place on Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm in the Linden Place Ballroom. Award-winning, internationally acclaimed duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, percussive dance, gorgeous harmonies, and audience participation for a performance that appeals to all ages.

 

PAINT NITE: HOLIDAY BARN AT O'BRIEN'S

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
WhereO'Brien's Pub
Admission: $35

Grab your friends and unleash your inner artist at the Original Paint Nite. You’ll go from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of your own, with plenty of laughs along the way. Guided by a talented and entertaining artist, you'll be amazed at what you create, and how much fun you have doing it.

 

HOLIDAY LANTERN TOUR

When: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
WhereMuseum of Newport History
Admission: $15

Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or did not, observe the holidays. Recurring every Friday and Saturday until December 28.

 

10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY GALA

When: 7:00 - 11:30 PM
WhereOceanCliff Hotel & Resort
Admission: $90

Enjoy a festive evening of food, cocktails and holiday cheer. Cocktail hour upon arrival followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairings and live entertainment with Tony Aiardo and friends.

 

HOLIDAY MARKET

When: 3:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereGurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Admission: Free

For the perfect holiday gift, stop by Gurney's holiday market featuring a curated selection of travel, lifestyle and fashion brands. Gurney’s Holiday Market is open every weekend from November 29 through December 20.

 

SPARKLE: AN OUTDOOR FAMILY EVENT

When: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
WhereBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 
Admission: $16 adult, $5 children ages 10 - 17, $3 children ages 3 - 9

Stroll through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse, adorned with hand-made bamboo ornaments created afresh each year. Be invigorated by that crisp winter air, enjoy singing with our carolers and savor hot cocoa and s’mores around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden.

 

NEWPORT HOLIDAY STROLL

When: Through Sunday
Where: Throughout Newport
Admission: Free

Find hand crafted and local artisan made gifts at hundreds of shops open all season long, many serving refreshments as well as special offers and discounts during the Newport Holiday Stroll this holiday season.

 

THE BIT PLAYERS COMEDY SHOW

When: 8:00 - 10:00 PM
WhereFirehouse Theater
Admission: $18

See RI's most award-winning comedy troupe as they hit the stage with their hilarious improv comedy show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, and the quickest wit you'll ever see. Inspired by audience suggestions, no two shows are ever the same. BYOB.

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS:
  • DJ Abby Duren at Parlor Bar + Kitchen | 9:00 PM
  • 12 Days of Christmas Kickoff at One Pelham | 10:00 PM
  • He Said She Said at Newport Blues Cafe | 10:00 PM

 

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

NEWPORT ART MUSEUM HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

When: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereNewport Art Museum
Admission: Free

Do your shopping right at the museum where you can find work from emerging and established artists alike. Ceramics, painting, wearable arts, ornaments and more. 

 

FAMILY MOVIE: THE GRINCH (2018)

When: 2:30 PM
Where: Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street
Admission: Free

Families with children ages 6 - 12 years old. Join the Newport Public Library for a re-telling of the classic Dr. Seuss tale about a grumpy old creature living on Mt. Crumpet who can't stand to see his neighbors in Whoville enjoying themselves. No registration required. 

 

HOLIDAY EVENINGS AT THE BREAKERS

When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WhereThe Breakers
Admission: $38 in advance, $48 at the door

Take a leisurely self-guided evening tour through The Breakers; enjoy live holiday music and sample light refreshments, eggnog and cider.  

 

A ROUGH POINT HOLIDAY

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WhereRough Point

Experience the holiday traditions and winter caretaking practices at Rough Point. Rooms of the museum will be spruced up for the Christmas holiday while other rooms will be cloaked in their winter coverings. Together, these spaces tell the story of Doris Dukes holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport's summer cottages. 30 minute guided tours offered throughout the day.

 

HOLIDAY MARKET

When: 12:00 - 7:00 PM
WhereGurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Admission: Free

For the perfect holiday gift, stop by Gurney's holiday market featuring a curated selection of travel, lifestyle and fashion brands. Gurney’s Holiday Market is open every weekend from November 29 through December 20.

 

AQUIDNECK GROWERS' WINTER FARMERS MARKET

When: 9:00 AM
Where: Easton's Beach
Admission: Free

Aquidneck Community Table provides easy access to seasonal, regionally-grown food and greater awareness of the benefits of eating fresh local foods for our health, the strength of our local economy, the viability of agricultural life, and the future of our earth. Our Aquidneck Growers Market offers customers fresh, locally grown or sourced foods and goods.

 

MOUNT HOPE WINTER FARMERS MARKET

When: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
WhereMount Hope Farm
Admission: Free

Explore local farmers, food producers, artisans and more. 

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS:
  • Dueling Pianos at Top of Pelham | 9:00 PM
  • Rick Hamel Acoustic at Surf Club | 9:00 PM
  • My Joe Called Life at Gas Lamp Grille | 10:00 PM
  • Fast Times at Newport Blues Cafe | 10:00 PM
  • The Devilfish at Pour Judgement | 10:00 PM

 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

SANTA SUNDAYS AT THE MANSIONS

When: 12:00 - 3:00 PM
WhereMarble House
Admission: $35 adults (includes all three houses), $10 children ages 6-17

Santa visits to listen to children's wish lists. Great photo opp. Included in price of admission.

 

SUNDAY FUNDAY BRIX BRUNCH: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WhereBrix Restaurant at Newport Vineyards

Cozy up by the fireplace with a glass in hand. Enjoy Executive Chef Andy Teixeira’s expansive brunch menu – this month infused with special of late harvest to warm your soul, plus wine or beer flights, seasonal cocktails and more. After brunch head downstairs to the winery and brewery.

 

HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

When: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Saltwater Studio, 15 Vernon Avenue Suite 4
Admission: $75 - includes materials and light refreshments

Led by floral designer and owner of the Greek Gardener RI, Nicole Michalopoulos, who is also the holiday designer for wreaths & centerpieces at The Farmer's Daughter in Wakefield, RI. Create a beautiful wreath for your home and take a break from all the holiday busyness. Advance registration required.

 

HOLIDAY DRAG BRUNCH WITH THE TRAILER PARK GIRLS

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
WhereParlor Bar & Kitchen
Admission: Show only: $15; Brunch + Show: $45

Join the fabulous cast of performers as they take you 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? The only way to know is to come December 15th and ask Santa yourself. Tickets include a full show and brunch buffet from The Parlor.

 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT GLEN MANOR HOUSE

When: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: 3 Frank Coelho Drive, Portsmouth
Admission: Free

 

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS:
  • Mia & Ryan at Newport Vineyards | 1:00 PM

 

 

 

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