Photo: Singing For Shelter – Happening on December 3rd

The Christmas and Holiday Season are in full swing now here in The City By The Sea. While there are countless holiday inspired events and activities taking place this week, there’s still plenty of other great events that make Newport so darn special.

Here’s what’s happening this week, head on out and experience all that you can!

Newport Nightlife Guide:Where To Find Live Music, Trivia and Karaoke This Week

(CIN) = Christmas In Newport Event

Tuesday, December 1st

  • (CIN) 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
  • (CIN) 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.
  • (CIN) 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 atinfo@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • (CIN) Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff,548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission $50-$135. 847-4470.www.islandmovingco.org

Wednesday, December 2nd

  • (CIN) 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 atinfo@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • (CIN) Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff,548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission $50-$135. 847-4470.www.islandmovingco.org
  • (CIN) 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.

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Thursday, December 3rd

  • Dogfish Head Beer Dinner , 6pm at Brick Alley Pub.Brick Alley Pubhas announced they will host a Dogfish Head Beer Dinner on December 3rd starting at 6pm. Tickets for this beer dinner are $54 per person and the price includes tax and service. Beer Dinners are extremely popular at Brick Alley Pub and do always sell out beforehand, get your tickets before they are gone at their bar.
  • (CIN) Holiday Tea at the Edward King House,1:30-3 p.m., 35 King St. Tea served to celebrate the holidays in the fashion of the late 1800’s. White gloves and lovely hats are welcome. $5 per person. 846-7426.www.edwardkinghouse.org
  • (CIN) 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.
  • (CIN) 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 atinfo@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • (CIN) 8th Annual Singing for Shelter Acoustic Christmas Concert,, 7-9:30 p.m., Channing Church, 135 Pelham St. For the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter. $15 (children with an adult are free). Tickets call 849-4250 ormgorman20@cox.net
  • (CIN) Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff,548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission $50-$135. 847-4470.www.islandmovingco.org

Friday, December 4th

  • (CIN) 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 atinfo@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • (CIN) Annual Newport Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Shopping Event,9-4 p.m., at the Hill Courtyard at Newport Hospital, Powell St. Handiwork and craftsmanship of local artisans and employees. Bake sale and raffle. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of a new CT scanner. 845-1638.
  • (CIN) Santa visits the Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse at the Newport Visitor’s Information Center,1-5 p.m. America’s Cup Ave. Free. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to fill the sleigh for local food pantires.
  • (CIN) Salve Regina University Madrigal Chorus performs at Seamen’s Church Institute,4 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260.
  • (CIN) 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
  • (CIN) Mt. Zion Christmas Concert,7 p.m., 31 Van Zandt Ave. Local musicians come together with the Voices of Zion to celebrate ‘Jesus Is The Reason for the Season’. Free will offering. 849-3569.sf288@aol.com
  • (CIN) Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff,548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission TBA. 847-4470.www.islandmovingco.org
  • (CIN) 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 atinfo@glenmanorhouse.com
  • (CIN) 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.
  • Polar Express,The Polar Express Train Ride on the Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad runs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 20th through to Christmas. Trains depart each night at 4:30 and 6:30pm. On Saturday, December 5th, 12th, and 19th, trains depart at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:00pm. Each trip is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes long. All of our cars are heated and protected from the winter elements.www.newportpolarexpress.com

Saturday, December 5th

  • (CIN) 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.
  • (CIN) Santa’s Workshop,noon-3p.m., Easton’s Beach Carousel & Rotunda by The Newport Rotary Club. $5 per child includes a goody bag, crafts, cookie decorating, 1 ride on the carousel, 1 ride on the mini train. Tickets are purchased at the door, no advanced sales. 845-5800.
  • (CIN) 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
  • (CIN) 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
  • (CIN) 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.
  • (CIN) Trinity Christmas Silver Tea,Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Sq., 12-4p.m. Holiday high tea. $12. 862-4474.www.trinitynewport.org
  • (CIN) 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 be delivered to men and women serving on the seas this Christmas. Free. 847-4260.
  • (CIN) Newport County Orchestra Holiday Concert,3 p.m., Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St . SRU Chorus and Madrigal Ensembles perform a variety of masterworks of holiday favorites. $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. 401-341-2297.davispd@salve.edu
  • (CIN) 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
  • (CIN) Swanhurst Chorus presents “’Tis the Season: A Traditional Christmas”,8 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, Spring & Dearborn Sts. Featuring a delightful arrangement of carols old & new by Rutter, Willcocks, Vittoria, Des Pres, and others. Tickets $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and $10 for full-time students. Tickets and information at 401-682-1630.www.Swanhurst.org
  • (CIN) 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 atinfo@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • (CIN) Holiday Evenings at The Breakers,Dec 5, 12, 26. Live holiday music and refreshments. 6-8 p.m. Adults $35 in advance, $45 at the door, Children 6-17 yrs. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 847-1000 for reservations.www.newportmansions.org.
  • Polar Express,The Polar Express Train Ride on the Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad runs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 20th through to Christmas. Trains depart each night at 4:30 and 6:30pm. On Saturday, December 5th, 12th, and 19th, trains depart at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:00pm. Each trip is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes long. All of our cars are heated and protected from the winter elements.www.newportpolarexpress.com
  • JCRC Christmas Bazaar, 10am – 2pm. John Clarke Ret. & Nursing Center hosts their annual Annual Christmas Bazaar. Featuring crafts, bake table, raffles and vendors.
  • SantaCon,5th Annual SantaCon in Newport, RI on Saturday, December 5th. SantaCon is a mass gathering of people dressed in Santa costumes parading publicly on streets and in establishments, held every December in cities around the world.More Info
  • Breakfast & Cookies with Santa & Mrs. Claus,Fort Adams. Enjoy breakfast or cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Fort Adams.www.fortadams.org

Ongoing Events

  • (CIN)Christmas at Newport Mansions, November 21 – January 6th.Three magnificently decorated houses adorned with period-inspired ornaments, elaborate yuletide decorations, fresh flowers, trees, wreaths and garlands. The Breakers & The Elms 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Marble House 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission. All three houses $29.49 adult, $9 children 6-17 yrs. For more info 847-1000 orwww.newportmansions.org.Properties Closed on Christmas Day.
  • (CIN) Holidays by the Sea,sponsored by the Newport Chamber of Commerce. Festive events throughout Newport County. Visitwww.NewportChamber.com/Holidays by the Sea.

Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

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