Dozens of local retail stores, restaurants and hotels are currently preparing for the inaugural Newport Holiday Stroll,  a two-weekend event aimed at promoting Newport as New England’s Premier Holiday Shopping Destination.

The 2016 Newport Holiday Stroll, scheduled for December 3rd – 4th and 10th – 11th, 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! 

Enjoy a stroll through Newport to find unique New England events like the Nutcracker performed by Island Moving Company at Rosecliff, live entertainment throughout the city including busking and caroling, and fun for the whole family with ice skating downtown and the Bowen’s Wharf 46th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa Claus, dozens of local restaurants serving everything up from apple cider and pumpkin spiced lattes to New England Clam Chowder to locally sourced sea-to-table cuisine, and of course, the opportunity to get all of your holiday shopping done in New England’s Premier Holiday Shopping Destination!


Find hand crafted and local artisan made gifts at hundreds of shops open all season long, many serving refreshments as well as special offers and discounts during the Newport Holiday Stroll!

Anchored In Pink, Bowen’s Wharf, Coast To Country Outfitters, Island Outfitters, Kristen Coates, Lemon & Line, Patagonia, Style Newport, Team One Newport, The UPS Store and two dozen other locally owned retail stores will be hosting sip & shops, offering complimentary gift wrapping, gifts with purchase, discounts, trunk shows and much more. See what participating stores are offering here.


The 2016 Newport Holiday Stroll will feature Random Acts of Holiday Cheer! Between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on December 3,4, 10 & 11 we will be delighting and surprising holiday shoppers with giveaways, pop-up musical performances, special appearances and much more!

Enjoy $1 off skating admission at the Newport Skating Center on December 9th, 10th and 11th with a receipt from a participating Stroll merchant!  A Fork In The Road, Blackstone Caterers food truck, which will be parked at the Newport Skating Center will also be providing COMPLIMENTARY HOT COCOA with a receipt from a participating merchant and a COOKIE DECORATING STATION: Guests who purchase 1 or MORE items from the food truck will receive a festive sugar cookie to decorate.

Of course, Christmas In Newport has arrived so both weekends will also include dozens of family-friendly and fun events.


Diego’s, Wharf Pub, Midtown Oyster Bar, Café Zelda, Caleb & Broad and the Lobster Bar will reward you for shopping local by giving you 15% off your food bill when you show proof of purchase from a local participating retailer.


Vanderbilt Grace, Attwater Hotel and the Admiral Fitzroy Inn are among the hotels hosting open houses and various special events during the two weekends to add to the merriment of it all.

About The Stroll

Every dollar that you, we and I spend at an independent business returns three times more money to the local economy than one spent at a chain, that’s the thought process behind the upcoming inaugural Newport Holiday Stroll. The economic impact of shopping local, as well as the desire to brand Newport as New England’s Premier Holiday Shopping Destination is what is driving eight local business owners to host, organize and plan this inaugural event.

The event is being organized and powered by Ryan Belmore and Tyler Bernadyn of What’sUpNewp, the idea all came from recent conversations with Kristen Coates of Kristen Coates and Karen King of Style Newport. The local business owners and residents on this committee come from Anchored In Pink, Bowen’s Wharf, Coast To Country Outfitters, Island Outfitters, Kristen Coates, Lemon & Line, Patagonia, Style Newport, Team One Newport, The UPS Store and What’sUpNewp.

For more information on the Newport Holiday Stroll or if you are a business wand want to sign up to participate, visit


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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).