The 48th Annual Christmas In Newport gets underway on Saturday, December 1st with an official opening ceremony in Washington Square at 5 pm.
Roy Lauth, Vice President of Christmas In Newport, joins us for a conversation about the city-wide celebration that fosters the historic traditions of the holiday season, his 27 years with the organization, what’s new and exciting for the 2018 season, and more.
A few of the exciting things you’ll hear Roy speak about is the return this year of the Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, a citation Christmas In Newport recently received from Yankee Magazine, and the scholarship opportunity for one local student.
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More About Christmas In Newport
Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 48th year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.
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. 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.
For more information and to view the entire 2018 Christmas In Newport Calendar, visit http://www.christmasinnewport.org/.