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2015 Christmas in Newport

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December 1st - Tuesday

Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, 6:00 p.m., Washington Sq. Features proclamation from the Mayor, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute, live entertainment. Free. 849-6454. www.christmasinnewport.org
  Newport Historical Society’s Holiday Open House, 5-6 p.m., Newport Colony House at the top of Washington Sq. Tour the Colony House before the Christmas in Newport official opening ceremony. Enjoy festive music from around the world in celebration of the holiday season and of Newport’s vast history. Donations welcome. 846-0813 and 841-8770.
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission $50-$135. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org

December 2nd - Wednesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission $50-$135. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org
The Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, 7:00 p.m., The United Congregational Church of Newport, 524 Valley Rd. Middletown. A telling of the birth of Christ in larger-than-life black art puppetry. Free will offering. 846-3515.

December 3rd - Thursday

The Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, 7:00 p.m., The United Congregational Church of Newport, 524 Valley Rd. Middletown. A telling of the birth of Christ in larger-than-life black art puppetry. Free will offering. 846-3515.
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission $50-$135. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org

December 4th - Friday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m., departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations required, 841-8770. $15 adults, $10 NHS members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Weather permitting. 841-8770. www.newporthistory.org
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission TBA. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org
  Mistletoe Madness at Glen Manor House, 7-11 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Cocktail reception, dancing, admission TBA. 401-683-4177 or email us at info@glenmanorhouse.com
The Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, 7:00 p.m., The United Congregational Church of Newport, 524 Valley Rd. Middletown. A telling of the birth of Christ in larger-than-life black art puppetry. Free will offering. 846-3515.

December 5th - Saturday

  15th 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. 847-2021.
Child Friendly 45th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Ave., 5:45 p.m. Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30p.m. City official lights the tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat (weather permitting) at 5:45p.m. Live Music. Free. 849-2120. info@bowenswharf.com
  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. 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 ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 846-4152 X122. www.newportrestoration.org
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Here stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship, and learn how Newporters made their way in winter during Newport’s colonial era. Departs from the Museum at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St. $15 adults, $10 for NHS Members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Weather permitting. 841-8770.
  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
  Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m., departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations required, 841-8770. $15 adults, $10 NHS members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Weather permitting. 841-8770. www.newporthistory.org
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 6th - 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. 401-423-0831. www.whitehallmuseumhouse.org
  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
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 7th - Monday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 8th - Tuesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
Child Friendly Cookie Decorating at The Hampton Inn and Suites, 5-7 p.m., 317 West Main Rd., Middletown. Enjoy free Christmas cookie decorating of the season for children 3 & older, accompanied by an adult. Call 848-6555 to make your reservation.

December 9th - Wedesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 10th - Thursday

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. The US Post Office will display a sample of the artwork in the 320 Thames St. Main Lobby from Dec. 12-19.
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 11th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 11th - Friday

  Holiday Lantern Lanturn Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum ans Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.
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 Artillery Company of Newport. Admission $10 adults, children/seniors $5, family $20. 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

December 12th - Saturday

  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. 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 ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 846-4152 X122. www.newportrestoration.org
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Here stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship, and learn how Newporters made their way in winter during Newport’s colonial era. Departs from the Museum at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St. $15 adults, $10 for NHS Members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Weather permitting. 841-8770.
  A Childs Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, 3 p.m. Emmanual Church, 42 Dearborn St. A delightful reading of this classicholiday storywith festive chamber music and carols by aurea, the Alchemy of Music and Words. #30 general admission, $25 Seniors, $8 Students 847-0675. www.emmanuelnewport.org
  Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum and Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.
  Newport County Orchestra Holiday 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

December 13th - Sunday

Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House, 2-4 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Local Talent, Santa arrives at 2:45 to greet children. Free. 683-4177. info@glenmanorhouse.com
  Newport County Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St. Performances by the Salve Regina Dept. of Music, Theater and Dance. $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. 401-341-2295. stjeand@salve.edu
Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall, 3-5 p.m.,Sittings at 3 & 4 pm, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season. $12 adults, $5 children under 12. 847-5571. www.stcolumbaschapel.org
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
Music of the Christmas Season, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at Everett St. Brass, organ, handbells and vocal choir, and an opportunity to sing some favorite carols. Free. 847-1749, In the event of inclement weatherthe re-schedule date will be December 20th. music@FPCNEWPORT.ORG In the event of inclement weather the re-schedule date is Dec. 21st.

December 14th - Monday


December 15th - Tuesday

Child Friendly Christmas Crafts at Homewood Suites, 5-7 p.m. 348 West Main Rd., Middletown. Enjoy free Christmas craft decoratingof the season, for children 3 and olderaccompanied by an adult. Call 848-2700 to make your reservation.
  104th 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 16th - Wednesday

  29th Annual WADK 1540 Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Newport Marriot, America's Cup Ave. Featuring Marley Bridges Theater choral ensemble and Larry Brown's Swinglane Orchestra. Free Admission. Donations of non-perishable food items accepted for local charities.846-1540.

December 17th - Thursday


December 18th - Friday

  Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.

December 19th - Saturday

  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. 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 ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 846-4152 X122. www.newportrestoration.org
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. See Dec. 5th for Details.
  Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum and Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.
  Holiday Evening Duet at The Elms and Marble House, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy two houses for the price of one during this evening open house event, with live music and refreshments. $35 in advance, $45 at the door, children 6-17 $10 in advance, $15 at the door 847-1000 or visit www.nnewportmansions,org .

December 20th - Sunday

Child Friendly Rhode Island's Ballet Theater Holiday Dance Concert, 3 p.m. Stanford White Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. A holiday dance show for children and families. $25 per person. 847-5301. www.ribt-nm@cox.net

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December 25th - Friday

 
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December 26th - Saturday

  45th 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.
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. See Dec. 5th for Details.
  Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum and Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.

December 27th - Sunday

  45th 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.
Road to Independence History Walking Tour: 11 a.m. departs from the Museum at the Brick Market at 127 Thames St., The Newport Historical Society. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies. Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. $15 adults, $10 NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required, 841-8770. Tickets can be purchased at tour departure point. Weather permitting.
Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Sq., 4 p.m. A candlelight service featuring the choir and clergy of Trinity Church. Free will offering. 846-0660. www.trinitynewport.org

December 28th - Monday

  45th 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.
  Rogues & Scoundrels History Walking Tour, 11 a.m., departs from the Museum at the Brick Market at 127 Thames St., Newport Historical Society. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations required, 841-8770. $15 per person, $10 for NHS members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Tickets can be purchased at the tour departure point. Weather permitting.

December 29th - Tuesday

  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. 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 ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 846-4152 X122. www.newportrestoration.org

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

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