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The Christmas season begins at the Anchor of the Newport waterfront with the arrival of our tree today! The countdown to Christmas kicks off November 25 with a wharf-wide Holiday Block Party and the City of Newport’s boat parade. The waterfront at Bowen’s Wharf offers exceptional views of the Illuminated Boat Parade which starts at 6:15pm. While the flotilla motors past step into our locally-owned unique boutiques and restaurants for hot cider, in-store specials alongside live music in ‘The North Pole’ with Panoramic View. All are invited to meander through the waterfront and local businesses from 4-8pm, rain or snow, just dress the part! Restaurant reservations should be made early for best viewing.

On Saturday December 3rd, at 6pm sharp, thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the tree at our historic wharf during the 46th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting. The whole family can join in caroling, meeting Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus at ‘The North Pole’. Make a day of it with lunch or dinner reservations and check off that holiday gift list at our retail shops.

Festivities begin at 4:30 pm 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). Join us for a magical evening of charm, fun, and good cheer. Restaurants & shops are open before and after the event. Some businesses will offer free refreshments, early afternoon caroling, and shopping specials — all are decorated for the season! Note: The Bowen’s Wharf parking lot will be open until 4 pm the day of the tree lighting.

Two hours of validated parking are available from participating Bowen’s Wharf merchants all season, and there is free parking at designated locations throughout the city of Newport.

Celebrate the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas with us at Bowen’s Wharf during the Newport Holiday Stroll: December 3,4, 10 & 11. Sparkling lights, in-store decorations & promotions, ski repair, demonstrations & restaurant specials. Holidays by the Sea runs through the end of December so Shop, Dine, Stay& Explore in Newport. Complete list of businesses, event & stroll details at www.BowensWharf.com. Call Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House (401) 849-3478 for tour tickets to mansions, museums, forts and event information.

November 25th, 2016

Time: 4:00-8:00 pm – Watch the boat parade, and shop local this holiday season, enjoy live music and free hot cider. Shop. Dine. Escape to the waterfront this winter!

December 3rd, 2016

Time: 4:30 pm – Frosty the Snowman 5:00 pm – Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long (live music) 6:00 pm – Tree Lighting & Santa arrives FREE ADMISSION!

Founded in the 1740s, Bowen’s Wharf is the anchor of the Newport waterfront. Brick walks, granite quays, and 18th century commercial wharf buildings bring you back to Newport’s earliest beginnings as a thriving seaport in one of the finest natural harbors in New England.

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. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.