The Preservation Society of Newport County is inviting all Newport County residents to enjoy free admission to Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House.

Residents of Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth and Tiverton can see The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House decorated for the holidays on Saturday November 26th and Sunday, Novemb er 27th.

To take advantage of this offer, each adult, individual or in a group, must show proof of Newport County residency. That can be a driver’s license, motor vehicle registration, other photo id, passport, utility bill, or any similar document that shows your name and address.

Each year new themes, ornaments and decorations are added to keep the experience fresh for returning visitors.  For 2016, each house will get new, taller pre-lit commercial grade Christmas trees; there will be a total of 28 decorated Christmas trees throughout the three houses each decorated to coordinate with its setting. Thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths also fill the rooms. Windows in each mansion are lit with individual white candles.

New this year at The Breakers, the toy train display in the second floor loggia will  focus on the Vanderbilts’ New York Central Railroad. Three model train sets, each different vintage reproductions of New York Central rail lines, will run through a grove of decorated Christmas trees. Nearby, display cases will exhibit memorabilia from the New York Central Railroad from the Preservation Society’s collection. Volunteers from The Little Rhody Division of the National Model Railroad Association will operate the trains on weekends and during Holiday Evenings at The Breakers.

Among the three houses there will be 24 holiday-decorated mantelpieces, each with their own theme.  At Marble House, eight regional garden clubs will decorate the fireplace mantels in the second floor rooms in a competitive challenge. Each club will be given a subsidy for materials, and their creations will be judged by certified flower show judges.  Participating in the mantelpiece challenge will be the Barrington Garden Club, Bristol Garden Club, Newport Garden Club, Plum Beach Garden Club,  Portsmouth Garden Club, Quononoquott Garden Club, Seaside Garden Club, and South County Garden Club.

At The Elms, a Gilded Age streetscape theme in the ballroom will feature period sleighs and lanterns, mannequins wearing vintage clothing, trees and a topiary horse. Also on display in the house will be a collection of antique decorations and toys donated by Berwind family descendants.

Free Admission for Newport Residents Extended Through 2016

The Preservation Society of Newport County invites all City of Newport residents and their families to enjoy all regularly scheduled tours of the Newport Mansions for free through 2016.

Any resident member of your family is welcome to come and take any regular tour of our houses, any day of the week, just by showing proof of City of Newport residency at the ticket station at any one of the Newport Mansions.  That can be a driver’s license, motor vehicle registration, other photo id, passport, utility bill, or any similar document that shows your name and address.  To take advantage of this offer, each adult, individual or in a group, must show proof of City of Newport residency. ID not required for children to receive their free immediate admission ticket.  Children must be escorted by an adult.

When you visit each house, you will be given a special pass at the ticket booth good for one immediate free admission, which will be scanned at the beginning of the tour.

Free admission is available on arrival at The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden.

Limited admission tours, such as the Servant Life Tour at The Elms or guided tours at Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote and Rosecliff are included on a space available basis.  Free guests will be added to any tour not yet full 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the tour. Any free guest unable to join such a tour will have head-of-the-line privilege for the next scheduled tour.

Special events, performances, shows, festivals, lectures and Holiday Evenings are not included.

Some houses operate seasonally, so please check the operating schedule to determine which houses are open when you plan to visit.

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