All photos by Trixie Wadson/Bowen’s Wharf

This year’s countdown to Christmas kicks off November 27 with a wharf-wide Holiday Block Party (Facebook Event) and boat parade.

The waterfront at Bowen’s Wharf offers exceptional views of the City of Newport’s Illuminated Boat Parade starting at 6:15pm.

The Bowen’s Wharf unique boutiques and restaurants will be offering free hot cider, in-store specials and good karma sales alongside live music while the flotilla motors past.

All are invited to meander through the waterfront and local businesses from 5-8pm, rain or snow, just dress the part!

Restaurant reservations should be made early for best viewing.

On Saturday December 5th, at 6pm sharp, thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the 30-foot tree at the historic wharf during the 45th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting (Facebook Event).

The whole family can join in caroling, meeting Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus at ‘The North Pole’. Make a day of it with lunch or dinner reservations and check off that holiday gift list at their retail shops.

Festivities begin at 4:30 pm 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. Some businesses will offer free refreshments, early afternoon caroling, and shopping specials — all are decorated for the season!

Two hours of validated parking are available from participating Bowen’s Wharf merchants all season, and there is free parking at designated locations throughout the city of Newport. Note: The Bowen’s Wharf parking lot will be open until 4 pm the day of the tree lighting.

Celebrate the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas with us at Bowen’s Wharf every day. Sparkling lights, in-store decorations & promotions, restaurant specials continue through the end of December with Holidays by the Sea: Shop, Dine, Stay & Explore. Complete list of businesses and event details at www.BowensWharf.com.

Call Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House
(401) 849-3478 for tour tickets to mansions, museums, forts and event information.  

November 27th, 2015

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm – Watch the boat parade, support Good Karma Sales and shop knowing you are helping to redefine the holiday season, enjoy live music and free hot cider. Shop. Dine. Escape to the waterfront this winter! https://www.facebook.com/events/1635166973425014/

December 5th, 2015

Time: 4:30 pm – Frosty the Snowman
5:00 pm – Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long (live music)
6:00 pm – Tree Lighting & Santa arrives  https://www.facebook.com/events/919523618134892/

FREE ADMISSION TO BOTH!

Founded in the 1740s, Bowen’s Wharf is the anchor of the Newport waterfront. Brick walks, granite quays, and 18th century commercial wharf buildings bring you back to Newport’s earliest beginnings as a thriving seaport in one of the finest natural harbors in New England.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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.
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