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December 1st - Sunday

Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, 5:00 p.m., Washington Sq. Features proclamation from the Mayor, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute, live entertainment. Free. 849-6454. www.christmasinnewport.org
Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. Share the magic as the Conductor reads the Chris Van Allsburg classic tale of a young boy’s unforgettable journey to the North Pole. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling, hot chocolate and cookies, and a special gift for every child who truly believes. Reservations required. Adults $34.95, Children under 10 $24.95. 401-841-8700 or 401-293-0800. www.newportdinnertrain.com
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission $50-$100 depending on ticket type. www.islandmovingco.org
  The Newport Historical Society’s Holiday Open House at Newport Colony House & Museum & Shop at Brick Market, Tour the Colony House before the Christmas in Newport official opening ceremony. 4-5 p.m. A reading of The Night Before Christmas. Conations welcome. 841-8770 and 846-0813.
  Wreath & Christmas Tree Sale to benefit Cluny School, 10-4p.m., IRYS parking lot, 449 Lower Thames St. Fresh and fragrant 24 inch double faced Canadian balsam wreaths, lovingly hand decorated by Cluny School parents. Free delivery with tree purchase to anywhere in Newport. For styles and prices go to: http://newport.patch.com/groups/events/p/2day-christmas-wreath--tree-sale-to-benefit-cluny-school or 401-835-8775.

December 2nd - Monday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 12 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 13th. Register your home or business at 848-6707. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, see Dec. 1 for details.

December 3rd - Tuesday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 12 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 13th. Register your home or business at 848-6707. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
6th Annual Singing For Shelter Concert, 7-9:30p.m., Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St. Many of the area’s finest musicians will perform acoustic music for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and the McKinney Shelter. $15 adults, children with adult free. More info @849-4250 or MGorman20@cox.net.
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, see Dec. 1 for details.
Child Friendly Giant Holiday Gingerbread House, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., at The Newport Marriott Hotel, 25 America’s Cup Ave. Free with canned good donation for charity. 849-1000.

December 4th - Wednesday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Conte

st, deadline is Thursday, December 12 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 13th. Register your home or business at 848-6707. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.

Child Friendly Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, The United Congregational church of Newport, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown, 7 p.m. CHIRHO Puppeteers perform a magical, musical, multimedia pageant in larger than life puppetry. Free will offering. www.uccmiddletown.com
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, see Dec. 1 for details.

December 5th - Thursday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 12 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 13th. Register your home or business at 848-6707. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
Child Friendly Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, The United Congregational church of Newport, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown, 7 p.m. CHIRHO Puppeteers perform a magical, musical, multimedia pageant in larger than life puppetry. Free will offering. www.uccmiddletown.com
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, see Dec. 1 for details.
  Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, sponsored by The Newport Historical Society, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays Dec. 5-Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Tour departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop. $12 adults, $10 NHS members & children. Reservations required, tours weather permitting. 841-8770.
  Bellevue Avenue Stroll, 5-8 p.m., participating businesses on Bellevue Ave. & Williams St. Santa, carolers, drinks & nibbles in the stores. 401-619-5240.

December 6th - Friday

Child Friendly Rose Island Lighthouse trailer model, 365 Thames St. in front of the Armory, noon to 3 p.m. weather permitting. Children learn how rain water is collected for everyday use at the lighthouse. Free. 847-4242. www.roseisland.org
Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. See Dec. 1 for details.
Child Friendly Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, The United Congregational church of Newport, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown, 7 p.m. CHIRHO Puppeteers perform a magical, musical, multimedia pageant in larger than life puppetry. Free will offering. www.uccmiddletown.com
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, see Dec. 1 for details.
  Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, see Dec. 5 for details.
  Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale opening reception at The Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, 5-8 p.m. Sale runs through Dec. 15th - check Additional Attractions for hours of sale. 846-0592 X116 www.potterleague.org
  Salve University Madrigal Chorus and flute Ensemble at the Seamen’s Church Institute, 1 Market Sq., 4 p.m. Reservations suggested. Free. 847-4260. seamensnewsport@gmail.com
  Bellevue Avenue Tree Lighting and Carolers, corner of Bellevue & Memorial Blvd. at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Bellevue Ave. Business Assoc. 401-619-5240.

December 7th - Saturday

Child Friendly 43rd Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House,America’s Cup Ave., 4:30p.m. Frosty The Snowman and caroling. City Official lights the tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat (weather permitting) at 5:45p.m. Live Music. Free. 849-2120. MJG@bowenswharf.com
Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aaboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. See Dec. 1 for details.
13th Annual Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, 9-12 p.m., Rotunda at Easton’s Beach. Christmas wreaths and table top decorations created by designers, artists, gardeners and florists from the community. Also gourmet sweets bake sale. All proceeds go to Lucy’s Hearth. 743-4641.
Trinity Christmas Silver Tea and Boutique, Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Sq., 1-4p.m. Tea, crafts and seasonal greens. $10. 848-9245/862-4474.
Newport County Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino theatre, 9 Freebody St. Performances by the Salve Regina Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance. $8 general admission, $5 for seniors/students. 401-341-2295. davisp@save.edu
CANCELLED - Holly Ball at Glen Manor House, 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Semi-formal event. Admission TBA. 683-4177. info@glenmanorhouse.com
37th Annual Governor’s Ball, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Salve Regina Univ., 100 Ochre Point Ave. $150 per person, with corporate sponsorship available. Black tie gala with proceeds benefiting Salve Regina’s scholarship fund. 1-877-SRU-GIFT. advancement@salve.edu
UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 2 p.m. 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 ˝ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 849-7300 X17. www.newportrestoration.org
Winter at the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House: 1795, Tour departs from the Museum at the Brick Market. 11 a.m. At the tour’s conclusion, meet a historical interpreter portraying Polly Wanton Lyman who will discuss winter life in 1795. Admission $15 per person, $10 for NHS members, $5 children. Reservations required. Tickets can be purchased at the tour departure point. 841-8770.
Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, see Dec. 5 for details.
“Music Of Glory” presented by Swanhurst Chorus, 8 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Spring and Dearborn Sts. Featuring John Rutter’s setting of the Gloria, Vivaldi Gloria and Jonathan Willcocks’ Magnificat. $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and $10 for full-time students. Tickets and info at 401-682-1630 or www.Swanhurst.org
Child Friendly Holly Days at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 10a.m.-1p.m., 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown. Celebrate the season with winter themed crafts, family hikes, games and more. Members $5 adults, $3 children 3-12 yrs, under 3 free, non-members $2 more per ticket. 846-2577 X15.
Child Friendly Santa’s Workshop, noon-3p.m., Easton’s Beach Carousel & Rotunda. Fun afternoon for families. $5 per child includes a goody bag, crafts, cookie decorating, 2 rides on the carousel, and a visit with Santa. Tickets are purchased at the door, no advanced sales. 845-5800.
SantaCon Newport, the annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading throughout town for charity. The day will start and end at the Hyatt Regency Newport. For more info go to: www.santaconnewport.com
Child Friendly Breakfast with Santa hosted by Angela Moore, 9-11 a.m., at the Courtyard Marriott, 9 Commerce Dr., Middletown. A free breakfast and crafts, plus meet Santa. 10% of the proceeds from the Holiday Sample Sale will benefit the Newport County YMCA.

December 8th - Sunday

Christmas at Whitehall, 1730’s Festivities, 2-4 p.m., Whitehall Museum House, 311 Berkeley Ave., Middletown. Seasonal music, lifting a cup of wassail and learning about our heritage. Sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of RI. Donation welcome. www.whitehallmuseumhouse.org
Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., see Dec. 1 for details.
Newport Community Band Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. SRU Newport Community Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Flute Ensemble performing holiday favorites. Admission $8, $5 for students and seniors. 401-341-2295. davisp@salve.edu
Deck the Hall, 5:30 p.m. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, Bellevue Ave., gets into the spirit of the season with outdoor caroling and tree lighting ceremony to showcase holiday décor on the beautiful and historic building and tennis court. Free. Refreshments. 849-3990. www.tennisfame.com
Child Friendly Visit with Santa Claus at The Breakers, noon – 3 p.m., 44 Ochre Point Ave. The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission. For info 847-1000. www.newportmansions.org.

December 9th - Monday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 12 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 13th. Register your home or business at 848-6707. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
Child Friendly RAINED OUT - NEW DATE DEC. 16th "A Living Nativity" presented by Cluny School, 75 Brenton Rd., 6:00pm. Live animals and choral music will enhance this annual reenactment of the "first Christmas" under the stars. A gift to the community expressing the true meaning of Christmas. Hot chocolate & sweets served before and after the presentation which will last 25-30 minutes. Please bring a blanket and flashlight. Free. 841-9753, in the event of rain or inclement weather, date of the Living Nativity will be Dec. 16th. clunyschool.org
St. Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Concert, 6:30 p.m. at Jesus Savior Church, Broadway, Newport. The Wakefield Concert Band performing. Donation of $10 is requested. Tickets at 849-3965 or 846-0115. Tickets at the door the night of performance.

December 10th - Tuesday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 12 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 13th. Register your home or business at 848-6707. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
Child Friendly Giant Holiday Gingerbread House, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., with Santa at the Gingerbread house from 1-4 p.m., at The Newport Marriott Hotel, 25 America’s Cup Ave. Free with canned good donation for charity. 849-1000.

December 11th - Wednesday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 12 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 13th. Register your home or business at 848-6707. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
27th Annual WADK AD1540 Christmas concert, 7 p.m. at the Newport Marriott Atrium featuring Marley Bridges Theatre Company choral ensemble and Larry Brown’s Swingland Orchestra. Free admission. Donations of non-perishable food items accepted for local charities. Prize giveaways during intermission.

December 12th - Thursday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is TODAY to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 13th. Register your home or business at 848-6707. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, see Dec. 5 for details.
Child Friendly Student’s Impressions of Christmas in Newport, Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Student K-12 art exhibit, commemorative Christmas in Newport postmark, United States Postal Service. Free, light refreshments. 846-9410.

December 13th - Friday

Child Friendly Rose Island Lighthouse trailer model, 365 Thames St. in front of the Armory, noon to 3 p.m. weather permitting. Children learn how rain water is collected for everyday use at the lighthouse. Free. 847-4242. www.roseisland.org
Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. See Dec. 1 for details.
  Christmas at Mount Zion, 7 p.m., 31-33 Van Zandt Ave. Local musicians come together to celebrate ‘Christ, The Reason for the Season’. Free will offering. 847-3493.
  Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Lucy’s Church, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown. Concert to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. Admission $10 adults, children/seniors $8, family rate of $25/family. www.newportnavychoristers.org
  St. George’s School Service of Lessons & Carols, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 7:30 p.m. The birth of Jesus is told by lesson and song. Congregational singing and carols by the School choir. Free. 847-7565. www.stgeorges.edu
  Salve Regina University Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., 100 Ochre Point Ave. SRU Chorus and Madrigal Ensembles perform a variety of masterworks of holiday favorites. $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. 401-341-2295. stjeand@salve.edu
Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, see Dec. 5 for details.

December 14th - Saturday

Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. See Dec. 1 for details.
CANCELLED - The “Real” Christmas Story, Good Shepherd Gift Shop, 164 Broadway, 2-3 p.m. Historical lecture of the importance of the “God-man” Jesus and his first advent. Donation at door. 401-619-2221. www.goodshepherdgiftshop.com
Holiday Glow, Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., 4-6 p.m. Enjoy the holiday glow in this National Historic Register site. Refreshments. Free. seamensnewsport@gmail.com 847-4260.
24th Annual Christmas In “Sign”, sponsored by the James L. Maher Center, 3 p.m., Stanford White Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 9 Freebody St. Individuals with developmental disabilities will performed in black light and using sign language. Admission $6 adults, children under 12 yrs. $4. 846-4600. www.mahercenter.org
Salve Regina University Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., 100 Ochre Point Ave. SRU Chorus and Madrigal Ensembles perform a variety of masterworks of holiday favorites. $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. 401-341-2295. stjeand@salve.edu
Child Friendly Holiday Open House featuring a reading of The Night before Christmas and a special visit from Santa, 9:30-5 p.m., International tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, 194 Bellevue Ave. Holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy, arts and crafts, scavenger hunt. At 2:30 Santa will make an appearance to hear Christmas wishes and pose for photos and a reading of The Night Before Christmas will take place. All ages invited to attend. Free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for charity. 849-3990. newport@tennisfame.com
Holiday Craft Fair at the Potter league for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. 10a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. 846-0592 X116.
UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, see Dec. 7 for details.
A “Before and After Tour of Historic Homes at Fort Adams”, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tour of the Officers’ Quarters inside the walls of the fort that were lived in prior to 1870s and then a tour of five historic homes decorated for the holidays by the families who currently reside in them. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.milspousenewport.org or www.FortAdams.org
Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, see Dec. 5 for details.

December 15th - Sunday

  CANCELLED - Christmas Open House, 2-4 p.m., Glen Manor House, 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Local entertainment. Free. 683-4177. info@glenmanorhouse.com
Child Friendly Rhode Island’s Ballet Theatre Holiday Dance Concert, 3 p.m., Stanford White Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. A holiday dance show for families to introduce children and adults to the culture and fun of ballet. $25 per person – reserved seating. www.riballet.org or ribt-nm@cox.net 847-5301.
  Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall, 3-5 p.m., 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season. $10 adults, $5 children under 12. 846-3502. www.stcolumbaschapel.org
Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. See Dec. 1 for details.
  St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble (Russia) In Concert, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. This ensemble will present a dazzling concert of Russian choral music and folk songs for the season. $20 suggested donation. 847-0675. www.EmmanuelNewport.org
  Holiday Craft Fair at the Potter league for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. 10a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. 846-0592 X116.
  RI Civic Chorale Chamber Choir Concert, Redwood Library & Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3-4:30 p.m. $12 admission, free for Redwood Library members. 847-0292 X102. www.redwoodlibrary.org
  Music for the Christmas Season at First Presbyterian Church, 6 Everett St. 7 p.m. Music by Sanctuary Choir, Handbell Choir, an instrumental ensemble, piano and organ. Come and sing some of your favorite Christmas carols. Free. 847-1749. www.fpcnewport.org
Child Friendly Visit with Santa Claus at Marble House, noon – 3 p.m., Bellevue Ave. The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission. For info 847-1000. www.newportmansions.org.
  “The Very Merry Dickens Carolers” at 2 p.m. at the Edward King House, 35 King St. Newport. Co-sponsored with the Newport Public Library. Free, open to the public. Info at 847-8720 X103.
  Sneak Peek Productions presents Holiday Tales, at the Seamen’s Church Institute, 1 Market Sq. at 2 p.m. Reservations and donation suggested. 847-4260.

December 16th - Monday

Child Friendly Christmas Caroling on Broadway, 3:30 p.m., meet at The Colony House steps in Washington Sq. Led by local musician Christopher Carbone and the Thompson Middle School chorus. Stroll up Broadway caroling at local businesses, city hall and the police dept., ending at The Firehouse Theater for some light refreshments. Sponsored by The Off Broadway Neighborhood Assoc.
Child Friendly "A Living Nativity" presented by Cluny School, 75 Brenton Rd., 6:00pm. Live animals and choral music will enhance this annual reenactment of the "first Christmas" under the stars. A gift to the community expressing the true meaning of Christmas. Hot chocolate & sweets served before and after the presentation which will last 25-30 minutes. Please bring a blanket and flashlight. Free. 841-9753, in the event of rain or inclement weather, date of the Living Nativity will be Dec. 16th. clunyschool.org

December 17th - Tuesday

102nd Annual Medieval Christmas Pageant, St. George’s School Chapel, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 7:30 p.m. Candlelit service of the portrayal of the Christmas story. Free. 847-7565. www.stgeorges.edu

December 18th - Wednesday


December 19th - Thursday

Child Friendly Cookie Decorating and Crafts For the Season, 4-6 p.m. at Homewood Suites Newport-Middletown, 348 West Main Rd. Free. Reservations at 848-2700. For children 3-12 yrs. accompanied by an adult. www.newporthomewood.com

December 20th - Friday

Child Friendly Rose Island Lighthouse trailer model, 365 Thames St. in front of the Armory, noon to 3 p.m. weather permitting. Children learn how rain water is collected for everyday use at the lighthouse. Free. 847-4242. www.roseisland.org
Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. See Dec. 1 for details.

December 21st - Saturday

Child Friendly The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. See Dec. 1 for details.
  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, see Dec. 7 for details.
  21st Annual “Messiah and Carol Sing: The Christmas Story” by Swanhurst Chorus, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church. Spring and Dearborn Sts. Bring your own score and sing along or just sit and be immersed in the glorious sounds of the season. Scores will be available for rent. A festive Wassail bowl reception for all will follow. Admission $10, $5 for children 12 and under and $25 maximum per family. 401-682-1630 or www.Swanhurst.org
  “Hoppy Holiday” with the Newport Storm crew, 12 – 5 p.m. at the Newport Storm Brewery and Thomas Tew Rum Distillery, 293 JT Connell Rd. Enjoy some brews, hot cider, Tew Rum Balls, a souvenir pint glass, ornament making for the little ones and lots of holiday cheer. $10. 849-5232. More events on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the month. Check the website at www.NewportStorm.com

December 22nd - Sunday

Child Friendly CANCELLED - The Polar Express Train Ride, aboard the Newport Dinner Train, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. See Dec. 1 for details.
Child Friendly Visit with Santa Claus at The Elms, noon – 3 p.m., Bellevue Ave. The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission. For info 847-1000. www.newportmansions.org.
Child Friendly American Girl Doll Holiday Party, presented by the Newport Recreation Dept., 2 p.m. at the Edward King House Senior Center. Crafts, cookie decorating, doll fashion stroll and a gift. $15 per child, adults are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced reservations required. 845-5800. Reservations are limited.
Child Friendly Meet Santa by the fireplace for a reading of The Night Before Christmas, Seamen’s Church Institute, 1 Market Sq. at 2 p.m. Refreshments, free. 847-4260.
  Advent Service of Lessons & Carols, 6:30 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal on the Point, Willow and Washington Sts.

December 23rd - Monday


December 24th - Tuesday

  CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES ISLAND CHURCHES
  Christmas Eve Service at Newport Congregational Church, 73 Pelham St. 5 p.m. A family oriented Christmas Service with many hymns. Free will offering. 401-619-5109.
  Family Sung Mass with a special Blessing of the Creche for children, 6 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal on the Point, Willow and Washington Sts.
  Solemn & Joyful Midnight Mass, 11 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal on the Point, Willow and Washington Sts.

December 25th - Wednesday

  A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS TO ALL
  Family Sung Mass with a special story for children, 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal on the Point, Willow and Washington Sts.

December 26th - Thursday

  43rd Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. (401)293-0965. No advance reservations are necessary.
Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, 11:45 & 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 American’s cup Ave.  Remember the days of old on a 70-minute narrated train ride through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay.  Travel in heated vintage rail cars like those that brought Gilded Age visitors to Newport.  Reservations suggested. Order tickets on-line at www.ocnrr.com or by phone at (401) 849-0546.  Adult Coach seats $10, Senior Coach seats (60 or older) $8,  Child coach (13 or younger) $6;  First Class (Parlor Car) is $15.00 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 to ride in the parlor car.
Winter at the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House: 1795, Tour departs from the Museum at the Brick Market. 11 a.m. At the tour’s conclusion, meet a historical interpreter portraying Polly Wanton Lyman who will discuss winter life in 1795. Admission $15 per person, $10 for NHS members, $5 children. Reservations required. Tickets can be purchased at the tour departure point. 841-8770.
Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, see Dec. 5 for details.

December 27th - Friday

  43nd Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. (401)293-0965. No advance reservations are necessary.
Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, 11:45 & 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 American’s cup Ave.  Remember the days of old on a 70-minute narrated train ride through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay.  Travel in heated vintage rail cars like those that brought Gilded Age visitors to Newport.  Reservations suggested. Order tickets on-line at www.ocnrr.com or by phone at (401) 849-0546.  Adult Coach seats $10, Senior Coach seats (60 or older) $8,  Child coach (13 or younger) $6;  First Class (Parlor Car) is $15.00 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 to ride in the parlor car.
UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, see Dec. 7 for details.
Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, see Dec. 5 for details.

December 28th - Saturday

  43nd Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. (401)293-0965. No advance reservations are necessary.
Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, 11:45 & 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 American’s cup Ave.  Remember the days of old on a 70-minute narrated train ride through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay.  Travel in heated vintage rail cars like those that brought Gilded Age visitors to Newport.  Reservations suggested. Order tickets on-line at www.ocnrr.com or by phone at (401) 849-0546.  Adult Coach seats $10, Senior Coach seats (60 or older) $8,  Child coach (13 or younger) $6;  First Class (Parlor Car) is $15.00 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 to ride in the parlor car.
UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, see Dec. 7 for details.
Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, see Dec. 5 for details.

December 29th - Sunday

Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, 11:45 & 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 American’s cup Ave.  Remember the days of old on a 70-minute narrated train ride through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay.  Travel in heated vintage rail cars like those that brought Gilded Age visitors to Newport.  Reservations suggested. Order tickets on-line at www.ocnrr.com or by phone at (401) 849-0546.  Adult Coach seats $10, Senior Coach seats (60 or older) $8,  Child coach (13 or younger) $6;  First Class (Parlor Car) is $15.00 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 to ride in the parlor car.
Christmas On Historic Hill: A Service of Lessons and Carols at Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Sq., 4 p.m. A candlelight service featuring the choir and clergy of Trinity Church, voices from the community and introducing the Newport Community Youth Choir. Free will offering. 846-0660. www.trinitynewport.org
Child Friendly Children’s Story Hour at Historic Touro Synagogue, 2 p.m., 72 Touro St. Stories for children about Hanukkah, history, golems & goblins. Tour the Loeb visitors Center. Free. 847-4794 X207.

December 30th - Monday

Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, 11:45 & 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 American’s cup Ave.  Remember the days of old on a 70-minute narrated train ride through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay.  Travel in heated vintage rail cars like those that brought Gilded Age visitors to Newport.  Reservations suggested. Order tickets on-line at www.ocnrr.com or by phone at (401) 849-0546.  Adult Coach seats $10, Senior Coach seats (60 or older) $8,  Child coach (13 or younger) $6;  First Class (Parlor Car) is $15.00 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 to ride in the parlor car.

December 31st - Tuesday

Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, 11:45 & 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 American’s cup Ave.  Remember the days of old on a 70-minute narrated train ride through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay.  Travel in heated vintage rail cars like those that brought Gilded Age visitors to Newport.  Reservations suggested. Order tickets on-line at www.ocnrr.com or by phone at (401) 849-0546.  Adult Coach seats $10, Senior Coach seats (60 or older) $8,  Child coach (13 or younger) $6;  First Class (Parlor Car) is $15.00 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 to ride in the parlor car.

ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS

Giant Holiday Gingerbread House, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., open daily at The Newport Marriott Hotel, 25 America’s Cup Ave. Free with canned good donation for charity. 849-1000.

Holiday Lantern Tours of Historic Newport, sponsored by The Newport Historical Society, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays Dec. 5-Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Tour departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop. $12 adults, $10 NHS members & children. Reservations required, tours weather permitting. 841-8770.

International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, Newport Casino, Bellevue Ave. Open 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission. 849-3990. www.tennisfame.com.

Museum and Shop at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St., open daily 10 a.m. in December (closed 12/25). Award winning museum offers an introduction to Newport’s history and architecture from the 1600s through the Gilded Age. Donation suggested. Holiday gifts related to Newport’s history. 841-8770.

Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 – 4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 25. Admission, ongoing exhibits in Dec. 848-8200. www.newportartmuseum.org

Newport Historical Society Museum and Library, 82 Touro St. Open Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – noon. 846-0813.

Newport Skating Center at the Newport Yachting Center. open 7 days a week, weather permitting, hours vary per day with extended hours during school vacation weeks. Enjoy open air skating on the Newport waterfront, skate rentals, free parking, a full concessions menu, private party space and more. Skate rental. Admission. 846-3018. www.skatenewport.com

Potter League for Animals Holiday Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Dec. 6-15. Friday, Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 11 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; All other days 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Free admission. 846-0592 X116. www.potterleague.org

Preservation Society of Newport County,, Bellevue Ave. The Breakers, The Elms, & Marble House. Three magnificently decorated houses adorned with period-inspired ornaments, elaborate yuletide decorations, fresh flowers, trees, wreaths and garlands. The Breakers 9 a.m.-4 p.m., The Elms and Marble House 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission. All three houses $28 adult, $9 children 6-17 yrs. For more info 847-1000 or www.newportmansions.org Properties closed Christmas Day.

Holiday Evening at The Breakers, Dec 7, 14, 28. Live holiday music and refreshments. 6-8 p.m. Adults $28 in advance, $35 at the door, Children 6-17 yrs. $10. 847-1000 for reservations. www.newportmansions.org

Holiday Evening Duet at the Elms and Marble House, Dec 21. Enjoy two houses for the price of one. 6-9 p.m. Take a leisurely self-guided evening stroll through both Marble House and The Elms, enjoy live holiday music and refreshments. Adults $28 in advance, $35 at the door, Children 6-17 yrs. $10. 847-1000 for reservations. www.newportmansions.org

Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave. Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with late hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Sunday 1–5 p.m. 847-0292.

Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square. Tours on Sundays after morning service, approx. 11:15 a.m. $5 suggested donation. 846-0660. www.trinitynewport.org

Touro Synagogue, 72 Touro Street. Winter tour hours: Sundays every half hour from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Loeb Visitors Center open Sundays from 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Adults $12, seniors $10, students & military $8, children under 12 free. For more information: 401-847-4794 X207 or tourosynagogue.org.

Daily Guided Tours of Historic Fort Adams, (weather dependent), 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Ticket Office & Gift Shop will open 15 minutes prior to tour. $12 adults, $6 for ages 6 yrs.-17 yrs., and free for 5 yrs. and under. $2 off with button.

Dinner with Dickens “A Christmas Carol” at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel, beginning Dec. 5 and running on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. Period dressed servers, authentic carolers and festively themed menu. Advanced reservations required by calling 401-851-3325.

 

The Colony House on Washington Square is decorated on the exterior by the Newport Garden Club.

Contact Christmas in Newport:
P.O. Box 716
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 849-6454
info@christmasinnewport.org

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