Bowen's Wharf

Bowen’s Wharf is currently on the hunt for a Christmas Tree to “spruce” up the “Anchor Of Newport” for the Christmas Season and for their annual Tree Lighting!

Have a tree or know of one that is available on Aquidneck Island? The tree should be a minimum of 30′ high and should be look good all the way around, this tree will be a BIG focal point after all!

If you have the perfect tree, Bowen’s Wharf will bring their crew and gladly remove it for you. You’ll be invited to celebrate with your former tree at the Annual Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5th.

Call the Bowen’s Wharf Management office to set up an appointment for viewing your tree 401-849-2243.

Bowen’s Wharf 45th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting 

Bowen’s Wharf invites you to bring the whole family to see Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus for an evening of Christmas cheer on December 5th! Make a day of it and check off that holiday gift list at their retail shops!

Festivities begin at 4:30 with Frosty the Snowman! The Christmas Carol Sing-a-long begins at 5 pm, the Mayor lights the tree at 6 pm immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Join us for a magical evening of charm, fun, and good cheer! Restaurants & shops are open before and after the event.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.