Sail Into winter events at Historic Bowen’s Wharf

Boat Parade and NEW Christmas Village and expanded musical notes

Photo Credit: Bowen's Wharf

A brand new star now sits atop a 30-foot tall Spruce tree at the Anchor of the Newport waterfront. The countdown has begun to the magical moment when it will become a Christmas Tree at 6:00pm on December 7th. The tree is a wonderful gift from the Aquidneck Land Trust, which has conserved over 2,600 acres of land on the island since 1990. It was taken from the Spruce Acre Farm property on East Main Road, a 23-acre former tree farm that is now conserved and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. 

Spruce Acres offers the 1.5-mile Gewirz Trail for hiking and birdwatching, and has sections designated for wildlife habitat and future agricultural use….and a delightful inland site for walking off those Thanksgiving calories.

Festivities are detailed in our blog with highlights here.

Illuminated Boat Parade & Block Party Friday, Friday, November 29th 4pm – 8pm  

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Vistiors are invited to begin the holiday season on Black Friday surrounded by Colonial Coastal Charm and illuminated boats. Newport harbor is illuminated with the Boat Parade and Bowen’s Wharf provides the accompaniment. Caribbean Christmas and Holiday tunes with Panoramic View  feature the steel pan, and will be live at the North Pole. Restaurant reservations are recommended to watch the parade of lights from Bowen’s Wharf while boats  compete for best decorated. Spectators can view this highly anticipated dazzling display of nautical holiday spirit along Newport Harbor’s waterfront from the Newport Yacht Club (open to the public for the event), Perrotti Park, Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf and points around Newport Harbor. All our locally-owned shops and restaurants will be open — many with special offers to make shopping for your loved ones, and yourself, a joy. FREE ADMISSION, Rain or Shine. 

Bowen’s Wharf 49th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Saturday, December 7th  Noon – 8pm

NEW this year: Christmas Village opens at noon! The Exiles – Celtic Holiday band – will perform live with Mike Fischman (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin & banjo), Bob Drouin (vocals, fiddle, guitar, banjo), Josh Kane (vocals, Irish flute, whistle, bodhran). Following them The Lois Vaughan Trio brings classic holiday carols and a sing-a-long to the afternoon.

Diego’s and Wharf Southern Kitchen have organized face-painting, popcorn, and reindeer candy-cane crafts. WOW Media is screening holiday movies adjacent to the main event tent. Anchor Toffee is offering holiday lollipop, cupcake & snowman marshmallow-making crafts. Sprinkles Ice Cream and The Cookie Jar will be serving up warm hot chocolate, teas, coffees, freshly baked cookies and more. 

Redwood Library & Atheneaum will provide a historical persepctive on New England holidays from 12pm-6pm. The Oliver Hazard Perry Tall Ship is offering onboard visits during their FREE Public Tour Day 2-7pm.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – twinkling lights, fragrant wintergreens, a tall ship, and a most amazing Christmas tree on historic Bowen’s Wharf. Come early for holiday shopping and family-friendly activities and stay through the evening. 

Frosty the Snowman joins the crowd at 4:30 pm. Lois Vaughan Trio leads the carol sing-a-long at 5:00pm. Mayor Jamie Bova lights the tree at 6:00 – the official beginning of Christmas at Bowen’s Wharf! Santa and Mrs. Claus motor into Bowen’s Basin by boat (weather permitting) eager to listen to every child’s wish. Bowen’s Wharf restaurants remain open for holiday meals. Many shops offer refreshments. FREE ADMISSION! Festivities held rain or shine, parking lot is closed from 4pm-9pm. 

Although part of a month of Holidays by the Sea events the Newport Holiday Stroll this weekend is designed so visitors can dip in and out of events, and enjoy easy outdoor shopping all around town. 

Historic Bowen’s Wharf is the Anchor of the Newport waterfront. The brick walks, granite quays and 18th century commercial wharf buildings are reminiscent of its beginnings as a thriving port in one of the finest natural harbors in New England. Trading with all corners of the world, then and now, Bowen’s Wharf is central to the city’s commerce and culture. Today, it boasts over two-dozen owner-operated shops, galleries, and restaurants featuring a delightful mix of New England traditions and international flair. Here, you’ll find distinctive and locally crafted pottery, hand-blown glass, and scrimshaw, along with exceptional jewelry, fashion, and art. Casual eateries and award-winning restaurants offer menus ranging from baked goods, gourmet sandwiches, and sweet treats, to world-class steaks, seafood, extensive wine lists, specialty beers, and exotic cocktails. To complete your island experience, choose from a selection of sailing and motor yacht tours and cruise Narragansett Bay in style. Enjoy the shops and restaurants year-round, open seven days a week. Learn more about merchants, dockage, and events at www.bowenswharf.com, or by calling 401.849.3478. Bowen’s Wharf: The Anchor of Newport, Since 1760. #anchorofnewport #bowenswharf #bowenswharfmarina.

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