The weekend many of us have been waiting for is finally here, the Newport Skating Center finally re-opens on Friday night! It’s going to be a great weekend to head downtown, do some local shopping, ice skating and enjoying the sights and sounds of The City By The Sea during this festive season!

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)

1 – Opening Of Newport Skating Center (Dec. 11)

Newport Waterfront Events is ready to light downtown Newport’s beacon of seasonal cheer at their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Grand Opening on Friday, December 11th at 5pm at the Newport Skating Center! Celebrate with good cheer, treats, the debut of the Haven Brothers Concessions Food Truck, carolers, visits with Santa and the elves, skating performances with the Island Skating Academy and of course, they’ll get you out on the ice for our first skate of the winter.

2 – Live Improv Comedy (Dec. 11 & Dec. 12)

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 (Dec. 11 & 12)

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 (Dec. 12)

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 (Dec. 12 & 13)

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 (Dec. 12)

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 (Dec. 12)

Join Newport Police Department on Saturday, December 12th from 11am — 3pm at Willy’s Burger Bar & Rotisserie to help spread some holiday cheer to our troops currently serving in our armed forces.

“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 (Dec. 12)

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.

9 – Screening of ‘Elf’ (Dec. 13)

On December 13th at 1pm, the Memorial Funeral Home will sponsor a screening of Elf at Jane Pickens. This event will benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, bring canned goods for admission. MORE INFO

10 – Holiday Cookie Decorating (Dec. 13)

Cru Cafe will be hosting Holiday Cookie Decorating for kids under 12 on Sunday, December 13th from 2pm – 5pm.

Cru Cafe’s baker is baking up shortbreads and gingerbreads in holiday shapes for kids to head in and decorate and eat! Cru Cafe will be providing free coffee for the parents and free hot chocolate for the kids. Free hot chocolate will be served during the event.

The event is free and open to the public, Cru Cafe will be accepting donations for The Confetti Foundation at the event. The Confetti Foundation supplies party starter kits to hospitalized children. It was started in hopes that families would for 30 minutes of their child’s sickness, just stop and celebrate.

Christmas In Newport Events Calendar

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Friday, December 11th

  • (CIN) Holiday Lantern Lanturn Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum ans Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.
  • (CIN) Ladies Night & Preview Party for the Artisan Craft Fair & Boutique Sale at Potter League for Animals, 5-7 p.m. 87 Oliphant Ln. Middletown. 846-0592 X116. www.potterleahgue.org
  • (CIN) Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Lucy’s Church, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown. Concert to benefit The Artillery Company of Newport. Admission $10 adults, children/seniors $5, family $20. www.newportnavychoristers.org
  • (CIN) St. George’s School Service of Lessons & Carols, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 7:30 p.m. The birth of Jesus is told by lesson and song. Congregational singing and carols by the School choir. Free. 847-7565. www.stgeorges.edu
  • 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 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. stjean@salve.edu
  • (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.

Sunday, December 13th

  • (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) Visit with Santa Claus at Marble House, noon-3 p.m., Bellevue Ave.  The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission. For info. 847-1000. www.newportmansions.org
  • (CIN) Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House, 2-4 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Local Talent, Santa arrives at 2:45 to greet children. Free. 683-4177. info@glenmanorhouse.com
  • (CIN) Community Chanukah events at Touro Synagogue, 2 p.m., a history “answer hunt” for children and adults at the Loeb Visitors Center. Free and open to everyone. From 3-5 p.m. a traditional Chanukah party at the Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St. Light the Chanukah candles and stay to enjoy the latkes, music, dancing, children’s entertainment and more. Free, reservations strongly recommended.
    email cji@tourosynagogue.org.org
  • (CIN) Christmas Choral Concert, 3 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. stjean@salve.edu
  • (CIN) Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall, 3-5 p.m.,Sittings at 3 & 4 pm, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season. $12 adults, $5 children under 12. 847-5571. www.stcolumbaschapel.org
  • (CIN) Blue Christmas, A Community Prayer Service of Remembrance & Peace, 4 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway. Christmas can be a painful time for many. Discover hope and experience healing at this worship service and fellowship afterward. 846-9567. stpetersri@coxmail.com
  • (CIN) St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble (Russia) In Concert, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. This ensemble will present a dazzling concert of Russian choral music and folk songs for the season. $20 suggested donation. 847-0675. www.EmmanuelNewport.org
  • (CIN) Music of the Christmas Season, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at Everett St. Brass, organ, handbells and vocal choir, and an opportunity to sing some favorite carols. Free. 847-1749, In the event of inclement weather the re-schedule date will be December 20th. music@fpcnewport.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

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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