Happy Christmas weekend to you! Here’s what’s happening happening for events, entertainment, activities and things to do in and around Newport this weekend!

Friday, December 25th

Bars & Restaurants That Are Open

  • Benjamin’s Raw Bar – Closed during the day. Opening at night.
  • Busker’s – Open at 5pm. Live music with Tim Taylor & Friends from 10pm – 1am.
  • Clarke Cooke House – Open after 5pm.
  • Fastnet Pub – Open from 5pm to 1am.
  • One Pelham East – Pelham X-Mas Party with DJ Blacklist. No Cover.
  • Pour Judgment – Open for cocktails around 2pm. Limited food from 5pm – 10pm.
  • Speakeasy Bar & Grille – Open around 6pm
  • Tavern On Broadway – Open 6pm to 1am

Saturday, December 26th

45th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes

4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. 401-741-5920. No advance reservations are necessary.

Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players

8pm & 10pm. RI’s most award winning comedy troupe hits the stage with fast paced, high energy improvisation. 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. Got a group event? We’ll make it extra special, bring you on stage, make you a video, & so much more. Just let us know ahead of time. Every show is BYOB! Call now for reservations, shows sell out. Laugh More.

Holiday Evenings at The Breakers

6pm – 8pm. Live holiday music and refreshments. 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.

The Wasted Talent Show

7:30pm at Hope Underground. Comedians include Mike Murray- The Deaf Comic, Rick Canavan- The Comedy Studio, R.A. Bartlett – Rogue Island Comedy Festival, Lindsey Semple- The Comedy Connection, Richard Cyr- Joker’s Wild. More info 

Sunday, December 27th

Road To Independence Walking Tour

11am. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. Presented by the Newport Historical Society. Departs at 11am. $15 per person, reservations suggested.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night at Newport Skating Center

5pm. Get your ugly sweater on! And take a date that’s also supporting the worst of sweaters. It’s 2 for 1 admission! Wear your favorite ugly sweater for a cheap night out and tons of fun!

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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