There’s Christmas In Newport, Newport Holiday Stroll and dozens of other events happening throughout Newport to celebrate the holidays this December. What’sUpNewp went through many different calendars to narrow down a list of events that you shouldn’t miss. Here are our 20 favorite things happening in and around Newport this December;
1 – Opening of Christmas In Newport (Dec. 1)
Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 46th year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.
Christmas In Newport, a city-wide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season, kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 1st at Washington Square with a proclamation from the Mayor, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute and live entertainment.
2 – Christmas at Newport Mansions (Dec. 1 – 31)
The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Preservation Society of Newport County invites you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House this holiday season – November 19, 2016 to January 2, 2017.
3 – Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff (Nov. 29 – Dec. 2)
Join IMC this holiday season for a one-of-a-kind performance of The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Set within the romantic rooms of Rosecliff mansion, you don’t want to miss this ballet. The secret of A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is in its sense of scale, proportion, musicality and good stage manners. As you follow the action from room to room here, you’re so close to the performers that you’re involved in a new way. More Info
4 – Barrel Of Laughs Winter Comedy Series (Dec. 2)
Join Newport Vineyards for an evening of wine and a barrel of laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes Emily Ruskowski, special guest Mike Holmesand and headliner Orlando Baxter. Orlando has performed around the globe including The New York Comedy Contest, NBC’s ‘Stand Up for Diversity’, The Boston Comedy Festival, and The Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland. In 2012 he toured across the U.S. with national headliner Jo Koy, as the opening act in the “Lights Out” tour, before making TV appearances on AXS TV’s ‘Gotham Live’. In 2016, Orlando’s talent took him back overseas where he debut his show “Suspension, Detentions, and Summer Vacations” at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He will be on Conan October 24 so tune in to watch! More Info
5 – Bowen’s Wharf 46th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (Dec. 3)
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 open 10-8 Fridays and Saturdays with in-store promotions, gift wrapping and other perks!
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.
6 – Inaugural Newport Holiday Stroll (Dec. 3 & 4, 10 & 11)
Make your holidays merry and bright in Newport this festive season by joining us for the Newport Holiday Stroll on December 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th!The 2016 Newport Holiday Stroll will feature free parking, complimentary gift wrapping, sip & shops, 15% discount at select restaurants with proof of retail purchase, Random Acts of Holiday Cheer and much more!
7 – UnDecked Halls at Rough Point (Dec. 3, 10, 17, 27)
Enjoy an authentic view inside a Newport mansion in winter. Heiress Doris Duke spent Christmas in sunny Hawaii far away from Rough Point, her Newport estate. 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 1/2 hour. More Info
8 – Dinner with Santa at Hotel Viking (Dec. 4)
Kick off the holidays with a festive and fun dinner with Santa, Mrs. Claus and The Grinch at Hotel Viking. Buffet dinner (children $12, adults $25). More Info
9 – A Jubilant Bach Christmas (Dec. 4)
The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, conducted by Edward Markward, will present J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (sung in English), featuring soprano Dana Varga, mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz, tenor Jesse Darden, and bass-baritone Colin Levin at St. Joseph’s Church. The Chorale will be joined by the CCRI Chamber Singers, Dr. Joseph Amante y Zapata, Director. More Info
10 – 9th Annual Singing for Shelter Acoustic Christmas Concert (Dec. 8)
Mark and Anne Gorman of Newport will be hosting their 9th Annual Singing For Shelter acoustic Christmas concert, for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and The McKinney Shelter, on Thursday, December 8th at Channing Memorial Church.
11 – Making Spirits Bright: Cocktail & Truffle Making Class (Dec. 8)
Add a little Newport Vineyards to your holiday season and make your spirits bright. Join Newport Vineyards for an evening with Willa from Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails and their Executive Chef Andy Teixeira as they take guests on a cocktail-creating and truffle-making journey. PLUS! Receive $5 OFF a purchase of $25 or more in the Marketplace that evening only.* Dine at Brix following the class to cap off the night in front of their fireplace. More Info
12 – Re-Opening & Christmas Tree Lighting at The Newport Skating Center (Dec. 9)
The Newport Skating Center is the perfect complement to a seasonal day spent exploring this cozy waterfront town. Whether you stop by to enjoy a family skate, share a romantic evening gliding under the stars, or participate in our many special events while warming up with a cup of hot chocolate, our outdoor rink offers the perfect place to embrace winter cheer.
The Winter Wonderland and ice skating returns to Downtown Newport on Friday, December 9th with the Newport Skating Center’s Annual Re-Opening and Christmas Tree Lighting!
13 – Newport Navy Choristers “Christmas In Song” (Dec. 9)
Join the Newport Navy Choristers for “Christmas In Song” at St. Lucy’s Church in Middletown. To Benefit Dare to Dream Ranch (Alternative Therapy Programs for Service Members, Veterans and their families) www.DareToDreamRanch.org. More Info
14 – Holiday Open House at Redwood Library (Dec. 10)
The Holiday Open House will feature music from a live choir, special tours, a seasonal exhibition of vintage Christmas books, children’s craft, refreshments…even a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. All visitors will have a chance at winning special raffle prizes! The Open House is a great opportunity for members and the public to learn more about the Library’s history, its collections, and its vibrant programming. More Info
15 – Christmas with the Whitehornes (Dec. 10)
Step back in time and experience the traditional Christmas festivities of early 1800s Newport at the Whitehorne House. Interact with costumed interpreters portraying life in the Whitehorne House as they prepare for Christmas. Learn about the differences between holiday celebrations past and present from decorations to dining and even Christmas trees. Receive a booklet of authentic recipes from Mrs. Whitehorne’s own Sugar House Book. This interactive family program is presented by the Newport Restoration Foundation and the Newport Historical Society. More Info
16 – 2016 Santacon (Dec. 10)
JOIN the holiday fun – 6th annual Santacon Newport is coming! Gather with other Santas and party through Newport – and support Finnz Fundz and Toys for Tots along the way! For more information, log on to www.santaconnewport.com
17 – Cinema For A Cause: Elf (Dec. 11)
The Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center & Newport’s Memorial Funeral Home present the annual screening of Elf as a food drive to benefit the vitally important local non-profit Martin Luther King Center in Newport. On December 11 at 1 p.m at The JPT, 49 Touro Street, Newport the now-classic holiday film elf- starring a hilarious Will Ferrell alongside Hollywood movie royalty James Caan. Elf has in recent years reached the status of not-to-be-missed Christmastime film. Directed by Jon Favreau (who also shares co-writer credit), elf is the touching and side-splitting story of a north pole toymaker who sets off to the Big Apple in search of his father.
This community event will benefit the MLK Community Center- which now in their 94th year of operation counts among their many missions and programs hunger services for local families in need of assistance, especially around the holidays. The 501(c)(3) also runs a daily breakfast program, a food pantry and a monthly food delivery program called Food 2 Friends. They are a vital organization to Newport County.
The only price of admission is a canned good (as much as you’d like to give). All donations will benefit local citizens.
Family and friends, young and old are invited to experience a film that truly entertains across generations. There is something for all in this magical story, as there should be plentiful food for all who are hungry. The Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center encourages those attending to arrive early for the solo afternoon showing which has become ever more popular as the event gains notice. Here’s to laughter and cheer and helping our neighbors while we do it! More Information
18 – Christmas at the Inns Tour (Dec. 13 & 14)
Seven luxurious Newport inns open their doors for you to tour. Walk through and experience history and the holidays at Francis Malbone House, Cliffside Inn, Hilltop Inn, Samuel Durfee House, Ivy Lodge, Hydrangea House Inn and Sarah Kendall House.
19 – Holiday Evening Duet: The Elms & Marble House (Dec. 17)
Don’t miss Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions for an extra special and unique experience. Two houses for the price of one. Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambience of a Gilded Age holiday. More Info
20 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Party (Dec. 22)
What’sUpNewp and the Jane Pickens Theater & Events Center presents National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Party! Enjoy a very special holiday screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) and the biggest and best ugliest holiday sweater party of the season! 12/22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Cash bar.