(Photo of Bowen’s Wharf via Bowen’s Wharf)
Discover the best events, activities and things to do in and around Newport, RI today!
Don’t miss some great live music, karaoke, trivia and comedy this weekend – Newport Nightlife Listings: Live Music, Karaoke, Trivia and Comedy (Dec. 11 – 13)
Saturday, December 12th
1 – Visit the Newport Skating Center
The Newport Skating Center is open 10 am – 9pm today. Visit www.newportskatingcenter.com for rates, updated hours (due to weather) and more.
2 – Live Improv Comedy
RI’s most award winning comedy troupe hits the stage with fast paced, high energy improvisation on Friday night at 8pm and Saturday night at 8pm and 10pm.
The shows are a lot like “Whose Line is it Anyway” with hilarious scenes, hysterical musical numbers & larger than life characters all inspired by audience suggestions. BYOB. More Information & Tickets
3 – The Dickens Christmas Feast
A Newport tradition, The Dickens Christmas Feast is an interactive evening of fine food, beautiful costumes, song, dance, storytelling, and plenty of Christmas cheer at Newport Art Museum. Celebrate the memories of the past, revel in the blessings of the present, and anticipate the gifts of the future. Centered around the theme of A Christmas Carol, guests will participate in retelling this classic tale in a unique way with Newport society members and domestics. 7pm-10pm. Reservation suggested. More Info
4 – Shop Saturdays at Bowen’s Wharf
Every Saturday in December enjoy in-store specials and restaurant promotions at Newport’s premiere waterfront winter wonderland destination! Historic Bowen’s Wharf boasts dozens of shops decorated for the season and restaurants with festive atmospheres and seasonal menus! All shops are open 10am – 8pm Friday and of course on Saturdays while restaurants are open later.
12/12 SHOP SATURDAY & ICE SKATING – Start your day shopping and dining at Bowen’s Wharf and end it with a bit of ice skating at the newly reopened Newport Skating Center. Live music (steel drum!) 12pm-4pm.
5 – Jamestown Community Chorus Holiday Concert
The 55-member Jamestown Community Chorus (JCC) will present two holiday concerts entitled “Two Englands: Christmas Carols from Old England and New England ” on Saturday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, at 3:00 p.m. at the Jamestown Recreation Center, 41 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown.
6– Newport String Project Concert Series #2 – Mozart, Brahms and Deak
The Newport String Project returns to the Redwood Library in December with a vibrant program of works for strings and piano. Violinists EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Joe Bentley (bass), Marjorie Gere (violin) and Dan Sedgwick (piano) for an intimate afternoon of chamber music in the beautiful surrounds of the Harrison Room. More Info
7 – Letters For Our Troops
“Writing a letter is a meaningful way to show support for our Military. It only takes 5 minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to the recipients.” Newport Police Department shared on Facebook.
There will be hot cocoa and sweet treats provided by Willy’s Burger Bar and Seaside Sweets & T‘s.
8– Christmas Treasures at Trinity Church
Trinity Church will be hosting a day of shopping & fun in Honyman Hall on Saturday Dec. 12 from 1-4. Encouraging local Artisans & providing the community with a great day of shopping is the goal of this fun day. Selecting only the highest quality works this show will be sure to please even the pickiest on your Christmas list! In addition to shopping there will be festive snacks. Tours are being offered from 11-3 by suggested donation of $5.
Christmas In Newport Events Calendar
Saturday, December 12th
- (CIN) Christmas Treasures at Trinity Church, 10-4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Queen Anne Square. Local artisans, seasonal items. Free. 862-4474. www.trinitynewport.org
- (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) Artisan Craft Fair & Boutique Sale at Potter League for Animals, 10-5 p.m. 87 Oliphant Ln. Middletown. 846-0592 X116.www.potterleahgue.org
- (CIN) Open House at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 10-5 p.m. 194 Bellevue Ave. Donate a canned good for the local food bank and enjoy free admission to the museum. A great activity for the whole family. www.tennisfame.com
- (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) Emmanuel Church Handbell Choir performs at Seaman’s Church Institute, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260.
- (CIN) House Tour of the Seamen’s Church Institute, 12 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Behind the scenes tour of the 1930 waterfront institution, featuring chapel frescoes by artist Durr Freedley. Free. 847-4260.
- (CIN) Santa at the Brick Market Place 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thames St. Free
- (CIN) 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. www.NewportIrishHistory.org email NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com
- (CIN) Holiday Ornamnet Workshop with Lisa May at Deblois Gallery, Noon-1:30 p.m. 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. Must register. 847-9977.www.debloisegallery.com
- (CIN) Sparky’s Puppets present “Stories from Snowy Lands” for children ages 4-12 and their families, 2:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., lower level program room. Watch Jack Frost bring a snowman to life, see a bear go ice fishing and visit a toymaker on a wintry day. No registration required. 847-8720 X204.
- (CIN) A Childs Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, 3 p.m. Emmanual Church, 42 Dearborn St. A delightful reading of this classicholiday storywith festive chamber music and carols by aurea, the Alchemy of Music and Words. #30 general admission, $25 Seniors, $8 Students 847-0675. www.emmanuelnewport.org
- (CIN) Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum and Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.
- (CIN) Holiday House Tour at the Edward King House, 6-9 p.m., 35 King St. Tour of the house, classical harpist and refreshments. 846-7426.
- (CIN) Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., Ochre Court, 100 Ochre point Ave. Performances by the Salve Regina Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance. $8 general admission, $5 for seniors/students. 401-341-2295. email@example.com
- (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
- Holiday Arts Market 2015, 10am – 5pm at Jamestown Arts Center. The Arts Market will run from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, December 12. You or your representative must be at your “booth” for the entire duration of the market. Artists and artisans of all kinds are encouraged to apply: painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, clothing designers, photographers, woodworkers, glass artists, printmakers, etc.