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Christmas in Newport kicks off on December 1st

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What’s up for this week in and around Newport (Nov. 26 – Dec. 2)


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Discover all that’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport, Rhode Island.

Sunday, November 26th

9 am – Museum Store Sunday with the Preservation Society of Newport County

10 am to 12 pm – Motors & Mimosas at Audrain Automobile Museum

11 am – Custom Silhouettes- Museum Store Sunday at Museum of Newport History & Shop

11:30 am – Congregation Meeting at First Presbyterian Church

2 pm, 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Three Billboards at Jane Pickens Theater

4 pm to 6 pm – The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff 2017 


Monday, November 27th

10 am – Intermediate Water Colors at Portsmouth Arts Guild

4 pm to 6 pm – The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff 2017 

4:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Three Billboards at Jane Pickens Theater

6 pm – City of Newport Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Workshop

6:30 pm – Healthcare: What We Get Right & Wrong at Newport Public Library

7 pm – City Of Newport Zoning Board of Review


Tuesday, November 28th

11 am – Dashing Through The Snow at Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

3 pm – City Of Newport Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission

4 pm to 6 pm – The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff 2017 

4:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Three Billboards at Jane Pickens Theater

6 pm – City of Newport Tree & Open Space Commission


Wednesday, November 29th

10 am – Tickets for 2018 Newport Folk Festival Go On Sale

11 am – Dashing Through The Snow at Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

4 pm to 6 pm – The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff 2017 

4:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Three Billboards at Jane Pickens Theater

6:30 pm – Can We be Safe from Gun Violence? at Newport Public Library

7 pm – Festival of Lights at Ochre Court


Thursday, November 30th

11 am – Dashing Through The Snow at Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

4 pm to 6 pm – The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff 2017 

4:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Three Billboards at Jane Pickens Theater

5:30 pm – Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Party at Newport Vineyards

7 pm – Gallery Exhibition Opening at Newport Contemporary Fine Arts


Friday, December 1st

2017 Newport Holiday Stroll

2 pm – Holiday pop-up store at The Edward King House

2 pm, 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Three Billboards at Jane Pickens Theater

4 pm – Holiday Open House at Colony House

4 pm to 5 pm – Holiday Lantern Tour at Museum & Shop at Brick Market

4 pm to 6 pm – The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff 2017 

5 pm – Holiday Fireside Live Music Friday with Grayson Ty at Newport Vineyards

5 pm to 7 pm – Opening Reception: Modernity vs. Tradition: Art at the Parisian Salon 1750-1900 at Redwood Library

6 pm – Dashing Through The Snow at Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

6 pm – Mo Grand Touring with Newport Muzzy at Audrain Automobile Museum

6 pm to 8 pm – Tree Lighting and Giving Tree Kickoff at Hotel Viking

8 pm – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

Today’s Christmas In Newport Calendar Of Events – Friday, December 1st

  • 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, 4-6 p.m., Tour the Colony House before the Christmas in Newport official opening ceremony. Enjoy the sounds of 18th-century caroling performed by costumed interpreters. Learn the origins of the songs and where they would have been sung. Donations welcome. 846-0813 and 841-8770.
  • Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  • Victorian Boutique, Edward King House, 35 King St. 2-7 p.m. Unique gifts for the most discerning tastes, estate sale items, fine china, jewelry, and many one of kind items. Free. 846-7426. www.edwardkinghouse.org
  • The Salve Regina Univ. Madrigal Chorus performs at Seamen’s Church Institute, 4 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
  • Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. 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.

Saturday, December 2nd

2017 Newport Holiday Stroll

9 am – Breakfast with Santa at Naval Station Newport MWR

9 am to 12:30 pm – Middletown Aquidneck Growers Market at Newport Vineyards

9 am to 2 pm – St Mark Church Jamestown Christmas Festival

10 am – UnDecked Halls at Rough Point

10 am to 4 pm – Holiday Spectacular Artisan Craft Fair at Newport Elks Lodge

12 pm to 2 pm – Beach Cleanup at Hull Cove in Jamestown

12 pm – Santa’s Workshop at Easton’s Beach

2 pm, 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Three Billboards at Jane Pickens Theater

2:30 pm – Free Family Fun: Caroling, Crafting & More at Emmanuel Church

3 pm to 5 pm – Salve Orchestra Christmas Concert at Casino Theater

4 pm to 5 pm – Holiday Lantern Tour at Museum & Shop at Brick Market

4:30 pm to 6 pm – Bowen’s Wharf Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

6 pm – Dashing Through The Snow at Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

6 pm to 8 pm – Holiday Evening with New England Brass Band – Big British Brass band sound at The Breakers

6:30 pm – Dickens Christmas Dinner Train at Portsmouth Junction Station

8 pm – Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at The Firehouse Theater

8 pm to 10 pm – Barrel of Laughs Comedy Show: Brian Beaudoin at Newport Vineyards

8 pm – Notes from New England: New England Composers Old and New at United Congressional Church in Middletown

9 pm – 41st Annual Governor’s Ball at Ochre Court

Today’s Christmas In Newport Calendar Of Events – Saturday, December 2nd

  • 17th 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.
  • Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. 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.
  • Annual Newport Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Shopping Event, 9 a.m-4 p.m. At the Middletown Knights of Columbus Hall, 7 Valley Rd, Middletown. Handiwork and Craftsmanship of local artisans and employees. Bake Sale and Raffle. Proceeds will support Auxiliary patient programs. Free Addmission. 845-1638.
  • 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 $15, children under 12 Free. 846-4152 x122. www.newportrestoration.org
  •  Holiday Stroll on Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m. – 5p.m. Stroll Bellevue Shopping District and enjoy holiday carolers, refreshments and special store promotions along the Avenue. www.BellevueShoppingDistrict.com
  • Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. From Newport’s Colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  • Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship during Newport’s colonial era. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations Reservations: 841-8770.
  • Santa’s Workshop, noon-3 p.m. Easton’s Beach Rotunda Ballroom, 175 Memorial Blvd. Crafts, goodie bag, Visit with Santa, 2 rides on Carousel, 1 ride on mini train and decorate cookies. $5 per child. 845-5800.www.cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation/recreation-activities
  • Christmas Cards for Mariners, 2-4 p.m., Seamen’s church Institute, 18 Market Sq. Drop in to warm up with hot chocolate and write a Christmas card to men and women serving on the seas this Christmas. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
  • Newport County Orchestra Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. Classical and holiday music sponsored by the Salve Regina University Music Dept. $8 admission, $5 seniors, students. 401-341-2297, or email: davispa@salve.edu.
  • Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 – 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  • 47th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Ave., Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30p.m. Santa and tree lighting. Free. (401) 849-3478. info@bowenswharf.com
  • Swanhurst Winter Concert, 8 p.m. United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown Admission $15. For tickets or more information, www.Swanhurst.org
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