Here’s the best of what’s happening in and around Newport, RI this weekend!

1 – Live Improv Comedy (Dec. 18 & Dec. 19)

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

2 – Santa Claus Is Coming To The Point (Dec. 18)

Santa Claus got rained out on Thursday so he will be visiting The Point section of Newport on Friday night.

The Newport Fire & Police Departments will be assisting Santa Claus to tour the neighborhood from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm. Santa’s visit is weather dependent. If there is inclement weather on any night he is scheduled, he will do his very best to complete his visit in that area of the City on the following night. If there are any cancellations please visit the Newport Fire Department’s Facebook page  for updates.

The Southeast end of the City & the Point section: He will travel East of Spring St. to Bellevue Ave. and Annanadale Rd and from Memorial Blvd to Ocean Ave. Also, Santa will be visiting the Point section, Bayside Village & Rolling Green neighborhoods.

3 – Shop Saturdays at Bowen’s Wharf (Dec. 19)

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.


4 – Holiday Pop Up Shop at Top O’ The Brick (Dec. 20)

What’sUpNewp and Brick Alley Pub will once again team up to host their annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Brick Alley Pub on the Sunday before Christmas. This event features local artists, artisans, farmers and entrepreneurs. A great place to get that last-minute shopping done.

5 – The Bolshoi Version of The Nutcracker (Dec. 20)

Experience an encore presentation of The Bolshoi version of The Nutcracker. This beloved holiday classic will enchant the whole family with its fairytale setting and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous Prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie. (THE NUTCRACKER was recorded live on December 21, 2014)

Tickets are $15 per person. Buy Tickets & More Information About This Event

6 – Head to the Newport Skating Center (Dec. 18 – 20)

The Newport Skating Center will be open all weekend (weather dependent), stop by and check out the Havens Brother Food Truck. Visit www.newportskatingcenter.com for hours and ice conditions.

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Christmas In Newport Calendar Of Events

Friday, December 18th

  • (CIN) Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m. Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St. See December 4th for details.
  • (CIN) Annual Deblois Gallery Holiday Party, 5-7 p.m. 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 847-9977. www.debloisegallery.com
  • (CIN) Holiday Dance party at the Edward King House, 7 p.m., 35 King St. No partner or dance experience necessary. $25 in advance. 846-7426.www.edwardkinghouse.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

Saturday, December 19th

  • (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. See Dec. 5th for Details.
  • (CIN) Santa Claus arrives at the Clock Tower Square, noon-2 p.m., Rt. 114 in Portsmouth. Cookie decorating. Free.
  • (CIN) Community Tree Decorating and Santa Visit at Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq. 1 p.m. for tree decorating, bring an ornament and help decorate the tree and 2 p.m. Santa arrives and will read a classic Christmas tale. Free. 847-4260.
  • (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) 26th Annual Christmas in Sign presented by The James L. Maher Center, 5 p.m. at the Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St. Christmas and holiday music performed in sign language under black lights. Admission is free. 846-4600 or visit www.mahercenter,org .
  • (CIN) Holiday Evening Duet at The Elms and Marble House, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy two houses for the price of one during this evening open house event, with live music and refreshments. $35 in advance, $45 at the door, children 6-17 $10 in advance, $15 at the door 847-1000 or visit www.nnewportmansions,org .
  • (CIN) Return to Camelot at St. Mary’s Church, 7 p.m., Spring St. A special Christmas themed Return to Camelot program featuring Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy. Free of charge but donations welcome to St. Mary’s music program.
  • (CIN) 23rd Annual “Messiah and Carol Sing: The Christmas Story”, by Swanhurst Chorus, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Spring & Dearborn Sts. Handel’s Messiah as well as beloved carols. Bring your own score and scores will be available for rent. A festive “Wassail Bowl” reception will follow. Admission $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, and $25 maximum per family. 401-682-1630 or www.Swanhurst.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

Sunday, December 20th

  • (CIN) Visit with Santa Claus at the Elms, 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 call 847-1000. www.newportmansions.org
  • (CIN) American Girl Holiday Party, Presented by the Newport Recreation Dept. and Edward King House. 2-3:30 p.m. at the Edward King House Senior Center, 35 King St.. Crafts, cookie decorating, doll fashion stroll. $15 per child, Adults are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced reservations are required. 845-5800. Reservations are limited.
  • (CIN) Rhode Island’s Ballet Theater Holiday Dance Concert, 3 p.m. Stanford White Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. A holiday dance show for children and families. $25 per person. 847-5301. www.ribt-nm@cox.net
  • (CIN) Christmas Pageant with Live Nativity at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 4-7 p.m., 525 Broadway. Come and see the Holy Family, sing with the angels and heavenly hosts, greet the wise men and pet the sheep. Community event – refreshments served. 846-9567. stpetersri@coxmail.com.com
  • 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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