SantaCon
SantaCon returns to downtown Newport today.

Hey’0 another weekend is here and it sure is going to be a busy one around the City By The Sea! Discover the best events, activities and things to do around Newport below…

Looking for some live music, karaoke or trivia this weekend? Check this out – Live Music and Entertainment Listings (Dec. 4 – Dec. 6)

1 – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players (Dec. 5 & Dec. 6)

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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 – 45th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House (Dec. 5)

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Bowen’s Wharf invites you to bring the whole family to see Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus for an evening of Christmas cheer! Make a day of it and check off that holiday gift list at our retail shops!

Festivities begin at 4:30 with Frosty the Snowman! The Christmas Carol Sing-a-long begins at 5 pm, the Mayor lights the tree at 6 pm immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Restaurants & shops are open before and after the event.

 

3 – Breakfast with Santa & Cookies with Mrs. Claus (Dec. 5)

Special Breakfast with Santa and Cookies with Mrs. Claus events will be held on Saturday, December 5th. The breakfasts will be held 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 10:30 – 11:30 AM while the cookies’ events will be held 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Each event is limited to 25 seats for children five years and older with each seat available for $15. As the seats are limited, it is highly recommended that reservations be made in advance at (401) 841-0707. While the children are enjoying their time with Claus family parents can take a one hour tour of the fort at the standard tour prices.

4 – Santacon (Dec. 5)

5th annual Santacon Newport kicks off on Saturday, December 5th at noon in front of the courthouse in Newport (Thames and Broadway).

Join for a day of fun and shenanigans, including drink specials and appetizer buffet, dance party, and our 4th annual Fred Horowitz Memorial Santa Sack Race – all while raising money for Finnz Fundz and Toys for Tots.

Bring a gift card or unwrapped toy and cash for our raffle with lots of great prizes to win and a 50/50 (last year’s winner took home more than $500!) – and all money raised goes to our charities of choice. www.santaconnewport.com for more info.

5 – Holiday Cheer Celebration with Abbey Rhode (Dec. 5)

Enjoy live music from Abbey Rhode while you sample Fatulli’s Holiday Sweet Shoppe and Brix Restaurant light fare for purchase at a buck-a-bite, taste Newport Vineyards wines, peruse holiday gift baskets, custom wine labels, specialty food items and Marketplace gift ideas. $22 per person | 2pm

6 – Tis The Season: A Traditional Christmas (Dec. 5)

Swanhurst Chorus, Newport County’s standing choral ensemble for over 86 years, will offer Tis the Season: A Traditional Christmas under the direction of conductor Jonathan Babbitt. The evening will feature delightful arrangements of carols old & new by Rutter, Willcocks, Vittoria, Des Pres, and others. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and $10 for full-time students. For tickets or more information, call 401-682-1630 or visit www.Swanhurst.org.

7 – UnDecked Halls at Doris Duke’s Rough Point (Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 29)

What went on while the owner was gone? UnDecked Halls offers an authentic look at winter holiday and caretaking traditions at Rough Point, the Newport mansion of heiress, philanthropist, art collector and world traveler Doris Duke. Tour the first floor before enjoying refreshments in the decorated staff dining room, not normally open to the public.

8 – Mini Nutcracker (Dec. 6)

Newport’s Island Moving Co. brings a delightful and abbreviated version of the holiday classic Nutcracker to Sandywoods Center for the Arts on Sunday, December 6th at 11am. Doors open at 10:30am at the Center, which is located at 43 Muse Way in Tiverton, RI. More Info

 

Complete Christmas In Newport Calendar Of Events |  December 5th – 7th

Friday, December 4th

  • (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) Annual Newport Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Shopping Event, 9-4 p.m., at the Hill Courtyard at Newport Hospital, Powell St. Handiwork and craftsmanship of local artisans and employees. Bake sale and raffle. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of a new CT scanner. 845-1638.
  • (CIN) Santa visits the Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse at the Newport Visitor’s Information Center, 1-5 p.m.  America’s Cup Ave. Free. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to fill the sleigh for local food pantires.
  • (CIN) Salve Regina University Madrigal Chorus performs at Seamen’s Church Institute, 4 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260.
  • (CIN) Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m., departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations required, 841-8770. $15 adults, $10 NHS members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Weather permitting. 841-8770. www.newporthistory.org
  • (CIN) Mt. Zion Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., 31 Van Zandt Ave. Local musicians come together with the Voices of Zion to celebrate ‘Jesus Is The Reason for the Season’. Free will offering. 849-3569. sf288@aol.com
  • (CIN) Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission TBA. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org
  • (CIN) Mistletoe Madness at Glen Manor House, 7-11 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Cocktail reception, dancing, admission TBA. 401-683-4177 or email us at info@glenmanorhouse.com
  • (CIN) The Nativity of Christ Puppet Show, 7:00 p.m., The United Congregational Church of Newport, 524 Valley Rd. Middletown. A telling of the birth of Christ in larger-than-life black art puppetry. Free will offering. 846-3515.

Saturday, December 5th

  • (CIN) 15th Annual Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, 9-12 p.m., Rotunda at Easton’s Beach. Christmas wreaths and table top decorations created by designers, artists, gardeners and florists from the community. Also gourmet sweets bake sale. All proceeds go to Lucy’s Hearth. 847-2021.
  • (CIN) Santa’s Workshop, noon-3p.m., Easton’s Beach Carousel & Rotunda by The Newport Rotary Club. $5 per child includes a goody bag, crafts, cookie decorating, 1 ride on the carousel, 1 ride on the mini train. Tickets are purchased at the door, no advanced sales. 845-5800.
  • (CIN) 45th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Ave., 5:45 p.m. Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30p.m. City official lights the tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat (weather permitting) at 5:45p.m. Live Music. Free. 849-2120. info@bowenswharf.com
  • (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. 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) Trinity Christmas Silver Tea, Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Sq., 12-4p.m. Holiday high tea. $12. 862-4474.www.trinitynewport.org
  • (CIN) Christmas Cards for Mariners, 2-4 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq. Drop in to warm up with hot chocolate and write a Christmas card to be delivered to men and women serving on the seas this Christmas. Free. 847-4260.
  • (CIN) Newport County Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St . SRU Chorus and Madrigal Ensembles perform a variety of masterworks of holiday favorites. $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. 401-341-2297. davispd@salve.edu
  • (CIN) Holiday Lantern Tour, 4:30 p.m., departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations required, 841-8770. $15 adults, $10 NHS members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Weather permitting. 841-8770. www.newporthistory.org
  • (CIN) Swanhurst Chorus presents “’Tis the Season: A Traditional Christmas”, 8 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, Spring & Dearborn Sts. Featuring a delightful arrangement of carols old & new by Rutter, Willcocks, Vittoria, Des Pres, and others. Tickets $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and $10 for full-time students. Tickets and information at 401-682-1630. www.Swanhurst.org
  • (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) 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.

Sunday, December 6th

  • (CIN) Visit with Santa Claus at the Breakers, noon-3 p.m., 44 Ochre Point 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) Edward King House annual Craft Fair, 1-4 p.m., 35 King St. Local Artisans and crafters. Free. 846-7426.
  • (CIN) Christmas at Whitehall, 1730’s Festivities, 2-4 p.m., Whitehall Museum House, 311 Berkeley Ave., Middletown. Seasonal music, lifting a cup of wassail and learning about our heritage. Sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of RI. Donation welcome. 401-423-0831. www.whitehallmuseumhouse.org
  • (CIN) Newport Community Band Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. SRU Newport Community Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Flute Ensemble performing holiday favorites. Admission $8, $5 for students and seniors. 401-341-2295. davisp@salve.edu
  • (CIN) Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m. Church of St. John the Evangelist, 61 Washington St. at Willow St. St. John’s Church and Emmanuel Church combine choirs with The Choir School of Newport County. Free-will offering. Child friendly for ages 5 and up.  848-2561 www.saintjohns-newport.org
  • (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.
  • 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
  • Community-Wide Chanukah Party, Temple Shalom. A family event with dreidles latkes, music, dancing, music, games, balloons, ages 0-7. Non-denominational, all are welcome. Adults must accompany children.