Discover the best things to do in and around Newport, RI this week…

1 – Newport Mansions Holiday Tour (Dec. 9)

Celebrate Christmas in Newport! The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at The Marble House, The Elms, and The Breakers, three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America.

Adults: Members $30 / Non-members: S40
Youths : Members $15 / Non-members: $20
Please register by calling 860.572.5331.

2 – OceanCliff Holiday Sip’n Shop (Dec. 10)

Head to OceanCliff for a Holiday Sip’n Shop featuring a selection of fabulous local vendors including: Pink Pineapple, Island Outfitters, Chace ‘n Lulu, Groovy Gator, Chateau & Bungalow, Harrison & Pike, Sea Star Couture, Haarstick Jewelry, Heidi Brueggeman Jewelry, Wag Nation, Re-Sails, Fjall Cashmere and more! Passed hors d’oeuvre & champagne and a cash bar. This event is open to the public and free to attend.

3 – Art After Dark: Newport Art Museum (Dec. 10)

Gallery Night in December means another exciting evening at the Newport Art Museum, plus the opening reception for the Newport Art Museum / Muse Exhibition! Join us December 10th from 5 pm – 10 pm at the historic Griswold House and take part in all these fun activities:

Duct tape ornament creation in our Maker Space
Seasonal cocktails & a cash bar in the Library
Delicious cheese samples from Narragansett Creamery
Some tasty treats from Fisherman and the Farmer Catering Company
Live music by “Deep Fried” Jazz Trio
Children’s Tour of the collection
Late Night Insomniac Tour of the collection

Plus the brand new Elizabeth Conklin Museum Shop will be open for holiday shopping featuring work from Rhode Island artists!

Christmas In Newport – Calendar Of Events

Monday, December 7th

  • (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 at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

Tuesday, December 8th

  • (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 at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  • (CIN) Cookie Decorating at The Hampton Inn and Suites, 5-7 p.m., 317 West Main Rd., Middletown. Enjoy free Christmas cookie decorating of the season for children 3 & older, accompanied by an adult. Call 848-6555 to make your reservation.

Wednesday, December 9th

  • (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 at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

hursday, December 10th

  • (CIN) Newport Gallery Night, 5-8 p.m., Member Galleries, Museums and Cultural Institutions are open and host special events, artists, demos, etc. Free.www.newportgalleries.org
  • (CIN) Living Nativity presented by Cluny School, 6 p.m., 75 Brenton Rd. Live animals and choral music enhance this annual reenactment of the “First Christmas” under the stars. A gift to the community expressing the true meaning of Christmas. Hot chocolate and sweets served before and after the presentation which lasts 25-30 minutes. Please bring a blanket and flashlight. Free. In the event of rain or inclement weather, reschedule date is Dec. 16. 401-855-2252. www.clunyschool.org/events
  • (CIN) Student’s Impressions of Christmas in Newport, Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Student K-12 art exhibit, commemorative Christmas in Newport postmark, United States Postal Service. Free, light refreshments. 846-9410. The US Post Office will display a sample of the artwork in the 320 Thames St. Main Lobby from Dec. 12-19.
  • (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 at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

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.