(Photo of Newport Polo at Easton’s Beach during Newport Winterfest by: Chip Leakas)

Discover the best events, activities and things to do during Winter 2015/2015 in and around Newport, RI.

Winter arrived just before Christmas (December 21st) to record warm conditions in Newport and across most of New England. Eventually it will get cold, we promise.

Here’s 10 great reasons to leave your house and exit winter hibernation mode before spring arrives on March 20th…

Recommended Read: Save The Date: Newport’s Biggest Events in 2016

1 – New Year’s Eve in Newport – December 31, 2015:

New Year’s Eve is almost here and the What’sUpNewp crew is keeping you in the know of the very best events and parties happening in Newport where you can ring in 2016 in style! READ: New Year’s Eve in Newport: Ring in 2016 in Style

2 – Newport Polar Bear Plunge & Atlantic Beach Club After-Party – January 1, 2016:

Every New Year’s Day for charity the Newport Polar Bears invite anyone crazy enough to join them for a swim in the Frosty North Atlantic Ocean. The charity this year is as last year, A Wish Come True. All proceeds from the swim and at the after swim party at the Atlantic Beach Club at the east end of Easton’s Beach. Come join us at noon and help us raise money for a great charity.

3 – newportFILM presents THE CHAMPIONS – January 14, 2016:

newportFILM will present The Champions at Casino Theater In partnership with Potter League For Animals, Handsome Dan’s Rescue & Best Friends Animal Society 6:00PM (optional) = Pre-film reception with Modelo beers, Tom Gore & Nobilo wines & hors d’oeuvres. 7:15PM = Film, followed by panel Q&A

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4 – Classical and Flamenco Guitarist Pablo Gimnez Hecht Performs at the Redwood – January 24, 2016:

The Redwood is delighted to present Spanish guitarist Pablo Gimnez Hecht in a special concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, in the Harrison Room.His performance at the Redwood will include a diverse program of guitar solos by classical composers Torroba, Albniz, and Falla, paired with flamenco works by Escudero, Sabicas, and Paco de Luca. Admission is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. We do ask that you make a reservation at 401-847-0295, ext. 112, as seating is limited.

5 – 28th Annual Newport Winter Festival – February 12 – 21, 2016:

Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. www.newportwinterfestival.com

6 – 20th Annual Wineterfest – February 13 – 14, 2016:

Celebrate the season at the all-new Newport Vineyards with our 20th Annual WINEterfest. Enjoy wine tastings, our infamous Ice Wine Bar overlooking the winter vineyard, live music, and food sampling from Brix Restaurant, Fatullis Bakery & Deli and a selection of local purveyors. Saturday, February 13 + Sunday, February 14 12pm 5pm $22 per person in advance ($25 per person at the door) Admission includes wine tasting & select number of samples.

7 – 11th Annual Illuminated Garden – February 18 – 20, 2016:

Ballard Exploration Company presents the 11th Annual Illuminated Garden. The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Parks three acre quarry meadow from 6pm-9pm. Exhibits will be created by students and professional tree climbers. Event goers are advised to wear appropriate shoes or boots as the trail may be dark, muddy and uneven in places.

8 – 14th Annual Newport Bridal Show – February 20th, 2016:

Visit www.newportbridalshow.net for latest information and details.

9 – Mother Goose at Rosecliff – February 26-28, 2016:

This is a ballet designed for kids of all ages, adults too. Join Island Moving Co. for classic nursery rhymes recounted by Mother Goose and playfully brought to life by professional dancers. No strollers allowed. Repertory show with the Company on Friday and Saturday. Matinee on Saturday and two shows on Sunday.

10 – 58th Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – March 12, 2016:

The parade begins at 11am at City Hall, runs through Washington Square, down Thames Street, and ends at St. Augustine’s Church. www.newportirish.com

Spring Begins On March 20th, 2016!

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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