Christmas In Newport

Looking to do some last minute shopping or for a place to grab a bite? Here’s what’s up!

Merry Christmas Eve!


  • Midtown Oyster Bar is offering free gift wrapping from 11am until 5pm today. Grab a drink or lunch and have all those gifts wrapped.
  • Newport Skating Center is closed today due to conditions from last nights rain.
  • The post office in downtown Newport closes at 2pm today.


  • ZanRicky will be singing all of your favorite tunes tonight at Hotel Viking from 6pm to 9pm!
  • Get to Clarke Cooke House early tonight for Christmas Carols by the fire with Ron Lowenstein!


  • Style Newport – 10am – 4pm
  • Shore Soap Company – Open until 2pm
  • Newport Sweet Shoppe – Open until 2pm
  • Jane Pickens Theatre- Box Office open for gifts from 10am – 3pm today.
  • Soap & Water Newport – Open until 4pm today.
  • The Bodhi Spa – Closed on Christmas Eve


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  • 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille –  5-8 pm.
  • A-1 Pizza – Open until 5pm.
  • Atlantic Beach Club – 11am-10pm.
  • Black Pearl – 11:30am-3pm.
  • Bouchard’s – 5-9 pm.
  • Brick Alley Pub – 11:30am-3:30pm.
  • Caleb & Broad – Open 12pm – 2pm for gift certificates.
  • Clarke Cooke House – Open at 5pm
  • Griswold’s Tavern – 11am-6pm.
  • Jo’s Bistro – Closed
  • La Forge Casino – 11:30am-3pm.
  • Mama Leone’s – 11am-11pm.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar – 11am – 1am
  • Mooring  – 12-8 pm.
  • Nikolas Pizza – 10am-7pm.
  • O’Brien’s Pub – 11:30am-1am.
  • Perro Salado – Closed
  • The Pier –  4-10 pm.

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  • OceanPointe Christmas Service at Newport Marriott –  7:00pm at Marriott-Newport.
  • Children’s Christmas pagent with Holy Eucharist,  4 p.m. St, Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd. Portsmouth. 846-97000.
  • Family Serice with Pagent and Carols, St. Columba’s Chapel, 5:00, 55 Vaucluse Ave. Middletown. A traditional Christmas Eve Family Service. 847-5571.
  • Christmas Eve Services with Holy Eucharist,  6 p.m. and 9 p.m. St, Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd. Portsmouth. 846-97000.
  • Candlelit Christmas Eve Services,  5 and 10 p.m. Church of St. John the Evangelist, 61 Washington St. at Willow St. 848-2561.
  • “Quiet Christmas” St. Columba’s Chapel , 7:30, 55 Vaucluse Ave. Middletown. A Meditative Service with acoustic guitar and keyboard accompanying carols. 847-5571.
  • Choral Eucharist with Choir, St. Columba’s Chapel, 10:00, 55 Vaucluse Ave. Middletown. A Traditional Christmas Eve Service. 847-5571.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore 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 previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.