Photo Credit: Newport Skating Center

Due to the recent spring-like temperatures, the Newport Skating Center has had to delay its opening.

Michele Maker Palmieri, Owner and President of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events, announced on What’sUpNewp’s Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK today that the Newport Skating Center’s 36th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration and opening would have to be delayed for one day.

The rink was originally scheduled to open on Friday, December 8th at 5 pm.

The Newport Skating Center hopes to open at 10 am on Saturday and invites one and all to head to the Newport Skating Center to enjoy a festive celebration with a sprinkle of holiday magic at its Grand Re-Opening and 36TH Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, which is now set to take place on Saturday, December 9th at 5:00 pm at the Newport Yachting Center.

The illumination of the Newport Yachting Center evergreen tree which will be transported by “Mr. Bill” Medeiros, along with a visit by Santa & The Elves, carolers, festive treats from Stop & Shop, the debut of the rink’s new food truck “Gotta Q BBQ”, skating performances by the Island Skating Academy and an appearance by Gurney’s goats Cornelius and William, mark the traditional kick off to Newport’s holiday and skating season.  Entry to the event, sponsored by Peregrine Group and Stop & Shop, is free.  

The rink’s first public skate of the season will immediately follow the event until 11:00 p.m., depending on weather and ice conditions, with admission $7 for adults/teens and $5 for kids 12 and under.

Newport Skating Center

A full schedule of activities is planned for the rink this winter, including Skate with Santa on Tuesday, December 19th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., a Winter Break Kick-Off Party on Friday, December 22nd from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., a Food Drive to benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Newport plus free and discounted skating on weeknights and much more throughout the season.

The Newport Skating Center, which first opened in 2000, features a 9,000 square foot skating surface large enough to accommodate up to 100 skaters at a time.  Skate rentals, hot beverages, comfort foods, lighting for night skating, regular admission discounts, FREE parking and viewing spaces for the public are also featured at the rink.

The rink is open seven days a week, weather permitting, with extended hours during holidays and school vacations.  Visit for the updated season schedule, Nightly Specials and special event and offers.

General three-hour skate admission passes are just $7 for adults/teens and $5 for seniors and children between 3-12 years of age.  Children under 3 are free with an adult.  Passes for Friday night’s Adult Only Skate hours are $5 each.

Skate rentals are available on site from $3 -$5, as is skate sharpening for $7.  Season passes and Frequent Skater Savings Cards are also available for stocking stuffers and can be purchased at the rink via email at  The Newport Skating Center also offers group discounts and private rentals for special parties on the ice.

For more information on the Newport Skating Center and sponsorship opportunities, visit

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