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Christmas In Newport, a city-wide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season, will kick off their 46th season on Friday, December 1st.

With a volunteer base numbering 1500, the non-profit organization, Christmas in Newport, raises thousands of dollars for charity each year. In keeping with the true spirit of the season, any event listed in the annual program must be free of charge or must benefit a non-profit institution or charity.

The Official Opening of Christmas in Newport will take place at 6:00 pm in Washington Square with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, cannon salute, live music and more.

For A Full Calendar Of Christmas In Newport Events, Visit HERE. Click Here for a PDF printable calendar 11×17

The Reason For Clear Lights

In a community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue. The lights are meant to simulate candlelight and are the brainchild of Christmas in Newport founder Ruth Myers, who wished to recapture the candlelit holidays of bygone days.

Christmas In Newport History

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.