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The Newport Skating Center is scheduled to open for the season this weekend!

What’s up for this weekend in and around Newport: December 8 – 10


Newport, RI – Discover all that’s happening , new and to do in and around Newport County this weekend.

Friday, December 8th

2017 Newport Holiday Stroll

8 am – City of Newport Trust & Investment Commission

2:30 pm, 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Lady Bird at Jane Pickens Theater

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

4 pm – Seas & Greetings at Bayberry Inn

4 pm to 9 pm – A Fork in the Road – Food Truck Friday! at Ragged Island Brewing

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

6 pm – Autocrat Pint Night at Brick Alley Pub!

7 pm – Comedy Christmas Carol at St. John the Evangelist Church

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

The Bit Players

Christmas In Newport Calendar Of Events – December 8th

  • 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 recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  • 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.
  • Newport Skating Center Grand Re-opening & Tree Lighting,  5 p.m., Newport Skating Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Celebration with a sprinkle of holiday magic. Santa and The Elves, carolers & treats. 401-846-3018. www.NewportSkatingCenter.com .
  • The Nativity of Christ puppet show, 7 p.m., The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. The Christmas story in music and larger than life puppetry. Free will donation. 401-849-5444 or 401-849-3535  www.ucc.org .
  • Christmas Concert: The Reason for the Season, 7 p.m., Mt. Zion A.M.E Church, 31 Van Zandt Ave., An evening of contemporary and traditional Christmas music by the Voices of Zion. Free will offering. 849-3569. mtzionamel@verizon.net
  • A Christmas Carol, 7p.m. at the Guild Hall of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 61 Poplar St. A unique interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic by What Cheer, Shakespeare? Theatre Company. Tickets $20, students 415 are available at www.saintjohns-newport.org and at the door. 401-848-2561.
  • Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. Concert to benefit Portsmouth Historical Society. Admission $12 adults, children/seniors/PHS members $8. $25 Family 849-1135. 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 and hand bell choir. Free. 842-6736. www.stgeorges.edu
  • 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 9th

2017 Newport Holiday Stroll

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

10 am – UnDecked Hall at Rough Point

10 am – Christmas Craft Fair at Knights of Columbus

10 am to 12 pm – Second Saturday: Embellishing Hand-Built Ceramic Ornaments at Newport Art Museum

10 am to 3 pm – Holiday Arts Market at Jamestown Arts Center

11 am – Holiday Open House at Redwood Library

11:45 am – SantaCon Newport 2017

12 pm – Christmas Open House at Newport Irish History Museum

12 pm – Beach Cleanup at Gull Cove

12 pm – Arts & Crafts Extravaganza at Portsmouth Arts Guild

1 pm – Surf Club’s Holiday Toy Drive benefiting the Martin Luther King Center

1 pm – Book Signing: Christopher Price – “Drive For Five” at Barnes & Noble in Middletown

1 pm – Coca, Cookies & Crafts at Channing Memorial Church

2:30 pm, 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Lady Bird at Jane Pickens Theater

5 pm – Grand Opening and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Newport Skating Center

6 pm – Holiday Evening at The Breakers

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

7 pm – Comedy Christmas Carol at St. John the Evangelist Church

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

Christmas In Newport Calendar Of Events – December 9th

  • 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
  • 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 Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  • The Emmanuel Church Woodwind Trio performs at Seamen’s Church Institute, 11-12 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
  • A Visit With St. Nick, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Newport Visitor Information and Transportation Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave. Bring your Christmas wish list and visit with Santa at the Largest Gingerbread Lighthouse in New England. Free but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to fill the sleigh for local community food pantries. 401-849-8048. www.DiscoverNewport.org .
  • Open House Tour of Seamen’s Church Institute, 12 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Behind the scenes tour of this 1930 waterfront institute, featuring the chapel of the Sea which was designed and painted by the well-respected artist Durr Freedley, living in Newport in the early 1900s. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
  • Trinity Christmas Silver Tea, 12-4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Sq. Holiday high tea. $12. 862-4474.
  • Christmas Open House at the Irish Museum, 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m. at the Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center, 648 Lower Thames Street. Free. View the exhibits while enjoying Celtic holiday music, eggnog and cookies. Free admission. Celtic-inspired bracelets and lapel pins available for sale with proceeds to benefit the Museum. 3:30-4:30 p.m., caroling by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Men Singers. For more information visit: www.NewportIrishHistory.org/events.htm or contact  NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Christmas Carol, 7p.m. at the Guild Hall of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 61 Poplar St. A unique interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic by What Cheer, Shakespeare? Theatre Company. Tickets $20, students 415 are available at www.saintjohns-newport.org and at the door. 401-848-2561.
  • Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave. Performances by the Salve Regina Chorus and Madrigals. $8 general admission, $5 seniors, students. 401-341-2295.stjeand@salve.edu

Sunday, December 10th

2017 Newport Holiday Stroll

9 am – Brunch With Santa at Hotel Viking

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

11 am to 4 pm – NEWPORT ART HOUSE, BAFL (BRUNCH, ART, & FLEA MARKET) at Parlor Bar & Kitchen

1 pm – Elf at Jane Pickens Theater

3 pm – Pops Ensemble Holiday Concert at Naval War College

3:15 pm, 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm – Lady Bird at Jane Pickens Theater

5 pm – Opening Party at The Kings Lens & Friends

7 pm – Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church

Christmas In Newport Calendar Of Events – December 10th

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall, 2-4 p.m.,Sittings at 2 & 3 pm, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season. $12 adults, $6 children under 12. 847-5571. www.stcolumbaschapel.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.
  • Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House, 2-4 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Free. 683-4177. info@glenmanorhouse.com
  • Holiday Silver Tea, 2-4 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St. Including an old fashioned holiday sing along. $10 per person. 846-7426. www.edwardkinghouse.org
  • Christmas Choral Concert, 3 p.m., Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave. Performances by the Salve Regina Chorus and Madrigals. $8 general admission, $5 seniors, students. 401-341-2295.stjeand@salve.edu
  • Music of the 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. email:  music@FPCNEWPORT.ORG.   In the event of inclement weather the re-schedule date is Dec. 17th.

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