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Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 47th 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.

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December 1st - Friday

Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, 6:00 p.m., Washington Sq. Features proclamation from the Mayor, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute, live entertainment. Free. 849-6454. www.christmasinnewport.org
  Newport Historical Society’s Holiday Open House, 4-6 p.m., Tour the Colony House before the Christmas in Newport official opening ceremony. Enjoy the sounds of 18th century caroling performed by costumed interpreters. Learn the origins of the songs and where they would have been sung. Donations welcome. 846-0813 and 841-8770.
  Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
   Victorian Boutique, Edward King House, 35 King St. 2-7 p.m. Unique gifts for the most discerning tastes, estate sale items, fine china, jewelry, and many one of kind items. Free. 846-7426. www.edwardkinghouse.org
  The Salve Regina Univ. Madrigal Chorus performs at Seamen’s Church Institute, 4 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 2nd - Saturday

  17th Annual Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, 9-12 p.m., Rotunda at Easton’s Beach. Christmas wreaths and table top decorations created by designers, artists, gardeners and florists from the community. Also gourmet sweets bake sale. All proceeds go to Lucy’s Hearth.
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  Annual Newport Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Shopping Event, 9 a.m-4 p.m. At the Middletown Knights of Columbus Hall, 7 Valley Rd, Middletown. Handiwork and Craftsmanship of local artisans and employees. Bake Sale and Raffle. Proceeds will support Auxiliary patient programs. Free Addmission. 845-1638.
   Undecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ˝ hour. Adults $15, children under 12 Free. 846-4152 x122. www.newportrestoration.org
   Holiday Stroll on Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m. – 5p.m. Stroll Bellevue Shopping District and enjoy holiday carolers, refreshments and special store promotions along the Avenue. www.BellevueShoppingDistrict.com
  Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. From Newport’s Colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship during Newport’s colonial era. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations Reservations: 841-8770.
Child Friendly Santa's Workshop, noon-3 p.m. Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom, 175 Memorial Blvd. Crafts, goodie bag, Visit with Santa, 2 rides on Carousel, 1 ride on mini train and decorate cookies. $5 per child. 845-5800.www.cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation/recreation-activities
  Christmas Cards for Mariners, 2-4 p.m., Seamen’s church Institute, 18 Market Sq. Drop in to warm up with hot chocolate and write a Christmas card to men and women serving on the seas this Christmas. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
  Newport County Orchestra Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. Classical and holiday music sponsored by the Salve Regina University Music Dept. $8 admission, $5 seniors, students. 401-341-2297, or email: davispa@salve.edu.
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
Child Friendly 47th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Ave., Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30p.m. Santa and tree lighting. Free. (401) 849-3478. info@bowenswharf.com
  Swanhurst Winter Concert, 8 p.m. United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown Admission $15. For tickets or more information, www.Swanhurst.org

December 3rd - Sunday

  Christmas at Whitehall Museum House, 2-4 p.m., Whitehall Museum House, 311 Berkeley Ave., Middletown. Enjoy wassial and Christmas treats while viewing 18th century Whitehall by candlelight. Sponsored by the Colonial Dames of R. I. Free, donations welcome. 401-848-2351. www.WhitehallMuseumHouse.org
Child Friendly Visit with Santa Claus at the Breakers noon-3 p.m., 44 Ochre Point Ave. The Jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission. For info 847-1000. www.newportmansions.org
  Newport Community Band Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. SRU Newport Community Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Flute Ensemble performing holiday favorites. Admission $8, $5 seniors, students. 401-341-2295, or email: davisp@salve.edu.
  Joint Advent Service of Lessons and Carols (incense free) 5 p.m., St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow Sts., Advent carols with congregational hymns, sung by the combined choirs of St. John's Church, Emmanuel Church, with the professional choristers of the Choir School of Newport. Free will offering. Child Friendly for ages 5 and up. 401-848-2561. www.saintjohns-newport.org
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 4th - Monday

  Road of Independence Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport's role in the American Revolution. Reservations recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 5th - Tuesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 6th - Wednesday

Child Friendly The Nativity of Christ puppet show, 7 p.m., The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. The Christmas story in music and larger than life puppetry. Free will donation. 401-849-5444 or 401-849-3535  www.ucc.org .
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 7th - Thursday

Child Friendly 10th Annual Singing for Shelter Acoustic Christmas Concert 7-9:30 p.m., Channing Church, 135 Pelham St. Various Local Musicians. For the benefit of Lucy's Hearth and the McKinney Shelter. $18 in advance, $20 at the door, (Children with an adult are free). Tickets, call 401-835-7209 or MGorman20@COX.NET.
Child Friendly The Nativity of Christ puppet show, 7 p.m., The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. The Christmas story in music and larger than life puppetry. Free will donation. 401-849-5444 or 401-849-3535  www.ucc.org .
   Holiday Caberet, Edward King House, 30 King St., 7 p.m. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is this year’s theme. Holiday favorites sung by members of the Newport County Community Chorus. $10 suggested donation. 846-7426. www.edwardkinghouse.org
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 8th - Friday

  Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
Child Friendly Newport Skating Center Grand Re-opening & Tree Lighting,  5 p.m., Newport Skating Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Celebration with a sprinkle of holiday magic. Santa and The Elves, carolers & treats. 401-846-3018. www.NewportSkatingCenter.com .
Child Friendly The Nativity of Christ puppet show, 7 p.m., The United Congregational Church, 524 Valley Rd., Middletown. The Christmas story in music and larger than life puppetry. Free will donation. 401-849-5444 or 401-849-3535  www.ucc.org .
Christmas Concert: The Reason for the Season, 7 p.m., Mt. Zion A.M.E Church, 31 Van Zandt Ave., An evening of contemporary and traditional Christmas music by the Voices of Zion. Free will offering. 849-3569. mtzionamel@verizon.net
A Christmas Carol, 7p.m. at the Guild Hall of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 61 Poplar St. A unique interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic by What Cheer, Shakespeare? Theatre Company. Tickets $20, students 415 are available at www.saintjohns-newport.org and at the door. 401-848-2561.
Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. Concert to benefit Portsmouth Historical Society. Admission $12 adults, children/seniors/PHS members $8. $25 Family 849-1135. www.newportnavychoristers.org
St. George’s School Service of Lessons & Carols, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 7:30 p.m. The birth of Jesus is told by lesson and song. Congregational singing and carols by the school choir and hand bell choir. Free. 842-6736. www.stgeorges.edu
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 9th - Saturday

  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ˝ hour. Adults $15, children under 12 Free. 846-4152 x122. www.newportrestoration.org
  Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship during Newport’s colonial era. Reservations Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  The Emmanuel Church Woodwind Trio performs at Seamen’s Church Institute, 11-12 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
Child Friendly A Visit With St. Nick, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Newport Visitor Information and Transportation Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave. Bring your Christmas wish list and visit with Santa at the Largest Gingerbread Lighthouse in New England. Free but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to fill the sleigh for local community food pantries. 401-849-8048. www.DiscoverNewport.org .
  Open House Tour of Seamen’s Church Institute, 12 p.m., 18 Market Sq. Behind the scenes tour of this 1930 waterfront institute, featuring the chapel of the Sea which was designed and painted by the well-respected artist Durr Freedley, living in Newport in the early 1900s. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
  Trinity Christmas Silver Tea, 12-4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Sq. Holiday high tea. $12. 862-4474.
  Christmas Open House at the Irish Museum, 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m. at the Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center, 648 Lower Thames Street. Free. View the exhibits while enjoying Celtic holiday music, eggnog and cookies. Free admission. Celtic-inspired bracelets and lapel pins available for sale with proceeds to benefit the Museum. 3:30-4:30 p.m., caroling by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Men Singers. For more information visit: www.NewportIrishHistory.org/events.htm or contact  NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. . Reservations: 841-8770.
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
A Christmas Carol, 7p.m. at the Guild Hall of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 61 Poplar St. A unique interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic by What Cheer, Shakespeare? Theatre Company. Tickets $20, students 415 are available at www.saintjohns-newport.org and at the door. 401-848-2561.
  Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave. Performances by the Salve Regina Chorus and Madrigals. $8 general admission, $5 seniors, students. 401-341-2295.stjeand@salve.edu

December 10th - Sunday

  Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. From Newport’s Colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
Child Friendly Visit with Santa Claus at Marble House noon-3 p.m., Bellevue Ave. The Jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission. For info 847-1000. www.newportmansions.org
Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall, 2-4 p.m.,Sittings at 2 & 3 pm, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season. $12 adults, $6 children under 12. 847-5571. www.stcolumbaschapel.org
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House, 2-4 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Free. 683-4177. info@glenmanorhouse.com
   Holiday Silver Tea, 2-4 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St. Including an old fashioned holiday sing along. $10 per person. 846-7426. www.edwardkinghouse.org
  Christmas Choral Concert, 3 p.m., Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave. Performances by the Salve Regina Chorus and Madrigals. $8 general admission, $5 seniors, students. 401-341-2295.stjeand@salve.edu
  Music of the Season, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at Everett St. An evening of Christmas carols, choral anthems, and the history and meaning of the Chrismon tradition. Learn the significance of the handmade white and gold Chrismon ornaments that tell the story of the birth and life of Jesus, and have adorned the sanctuary’s Christmas tree since 1971. Free. 847-1749. music@FPCNEWPORT.ORG.   In the event of inclement weather the re-schedule date is Dec. 17th.

December 11th - Monday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
  Road of Independence Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport's role in the American Revolution. Reservations recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
Child Friendly Caroling on Broadway 3:30 p.m., Starting at the Colony House and sponsored by the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association. Join local musician Christopher Carbone, Thompson Middle School chorus and OBNA in a Caroling along Broadway. 401-481-5135. www.amy@amyhoag.com
  St. Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Concert, 6:30 p.m.,at Jesus Saviour Church 509 Broadway. Wakefield Concert Band performing. choirgirlmarie@gmail.com
   Hanukah Celebration of Light, 7 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St. Featuring lighting of the menorah, the story Hanukah, live music, traditional foods of the season and dancing to the sounds of the Touro Band. Goodwill offering. 846-7426. www.edwardkinghouse.org

December 12th - Tuesday

106th Annual Medieval Christmas Pageant,, St. George’s School Chapel, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 7:30 p.m. Candlelit service of the portrayal of the Christmas story. Free. 842-6736. www.stgeorges.edu
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 13th - Wednesday

  31st annual WADK Christmas Concert at The Newport Marriott, 7 p.m. 25 America's Cup Ave. with Larry Brown's Swinglane Orchestra and a local choral group. Free admission. Donations of non-periishable food items for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center are welcome.
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 14th - Thursday

Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 14th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 15th. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please List Category, Name, Address and DOOR COLOR. Please use natural materials/decorations.
Child Friendly Student’s Impressions of Christmas in Newport 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf. Student K-12 art exhibit, commemorative Christmas in Newport postmark, United States Postal Service. Free, light refreshments. 846-9410. 
Child Friendly Christmas on the Point, 7:00 p.m. Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow Sts. Featuring Mozart's Coronation Mass in C with choir, Strings, and organ, along with a traditional reading of the Christmas Story. Suggested Donation $15, seniors/students $10, Childeren ages 5-12 free. 401-848-2561.www.saintjohns-newport.org

December 15th - Friday

  Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
   Holiday Choral Concert, Edward King House, 35 King St., 11:15 a.m. Holiday favorites sung by the Edward King House Singers. Free. 846-7426. www.edwardkinghouse.org
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
 

December 16th - Saturday

  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ˝ hour. Adults $15, children under 12 Free. 846-4152 x122. www.newportrestoration.org
  Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship during Newport’s colonial era. Reservations recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Wreaths Across America, Noon., Common Burying Ground, 30 Warner St. Honor our veterans through the laying of weraths on the graves of our county's fallen heroes. Sponsored by the Surface Navy Association. Free. Free. For more info call 919-999-0234
  Christmas Treasures in the beautiful Honyman Hall, Trinity Church,, 10-4 14 local Artisans, helping you with any last minute shopping ideas, as well as some homemade cookies, and hot grinders for lunch. 862-4474.
  Community Tree Decorating at Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq. 1 p.m. for tree decorating, bring an ornament and help decorate the tree. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
Child Friendly Christmas Story Hour and Bookmark Workshop at Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., 2 p.m. A variety of classic Christmas tales will be read and kids can make holiday themed bookmarks. Bring a children’s book to share and swap. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
Child Friendly Holiday Ornament Program at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. at 2 p.m. Children ages 6-12 are invited to create a variety of holiday ornaments. Cookies and candy canes will be served. Registration is required and begins on Dec. 5. Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Rm. Free. To sign up, visit the children's Desk or can 401-847-8720 X204. www.newportlibraryri.org
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Required. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
28th Annual Christmas in Sign presented by the James L. Maher Center, 5 p.m., at the Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St. Christmas and holiday music presented in sign language under black light. Admission is Free 846-0340 x104. www.mahercenter.org

December 17th - Sunday

Note – Reschedule date for Music of the Season, if cancelled on Dec. 10.
St. Petersburg (Russian) Men’s Ensemble In Concert, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. This ensemble will present a dazzling concert of Russian choral music and folk songs for the season. $20 suggested donation for the 2 p.m. concert. 847-0675. www.emmanuelnewport.org
  Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. From Newport’s Colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
Child Friendly Visit with Santa Claus at the Elms noon-3 p.m., 44 Ochre Point Ave. The Jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular daytime admission. For info 847-1000. www.newportmansions.org
Child Friendly Touro Synagogue Chanukah Party,  Congregation Jeshuat Israel at Touro Synagogue will host a community Chanukah Party from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St. Come light the Chanukah candles and stay to enjoy latkes and all the trimmings, music, dancing, children’s entertainment and more. We welcome you to join us. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please email cji@tourosynagogue.org or call 401-847-4794 X201.
Child Friendly Rhode Island Ballet Theater presents Madeline meets the Nutcracker, 4 p.m. Stanford White Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. Rhode Island's Ballet Theater, with excerpts from The Nutcracker and Madeline. $25 per person. 401-847-5301. www.ribt-nm@cox.net

December 18th - Monday

  Road of Independence Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport's role in the American Revolution. Reservations recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
 

December 19th - Tuesday

 

December 20th - Wednesday

 

December 21st - Thursday

Child Friendly Winter Stories & Crafts at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, with stories, treats and craft! Children ages 2-6 are welcome to drop-in, no registration is required. Held in the John Clarke Children's Program Room. Free. 401-847-8720 X204. www.newportlibraryri.org
Child Friendly Pell Elementary Winter Concert, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pell Elementary School, 35 Dexter St. Enjoy the harlonious sounds of the 3rd and 4th grade chorus. Free. 401-218-9951.www.npsri.net
 

December 22nd - Friday

  Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
 

December 23rd - Saturday

  Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship during Newport’s colonial era. Reservations recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Required. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.

December 24th - Sunday

  Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. From Newport’s Colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES ISLAND CHURCHES

December 25th - Monday

  Seamen’s Church Institute Annual Christmas Day Breakfast, 18 Market Sq., 9-11 a.m. Free. 847-4260. www.seamansnewport.org
  JOYOUS CHRISTMAS TO ALL

December 26th - Tuesday

  Holiday Traditions Open House,  Experience different holiday traditions when 9 historic houses of worship open their doors on December 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participating houses of worship include: Channing Unitarian, Emanuel Episcopal, First Presbyterian, Mount Zion AME, Newport Congregational, St. Mary’s Catholic, St. Joseph’s Catholic and Touro Synagogue. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free event. More information at 401-290-7535. www.4faiths.org
  CANCELLED FOR 2017 47th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour.  No advance reservations are necessary.

December 27th - Wednesday

  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m., 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience the quiet house, see the decorated staff wing, and hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday. Learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the staff dining room, not normally open to the public. Tours offered every ˝ hour. Adults $15, children under 12 Free. 846-4152 X122. www.newportrestoration.org
  CANCELLED FOR 2017 47th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour.  No advance reservations are necessary.

December 28th - Thursday

  CANCELLED FOR 2017 47th Annual Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center in mid-December. $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour. 401-741-5920. No advance reservations are necessary.

December 29th - Friday

  Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.

December 30th - Saturday

  Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship during Newport’s colonial era. Reservations recommended. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour, 4 p.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays. Reservations Required. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. $5 children ages 5 - 12. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.

December 31st - Sunday

  Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., Departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. From Newport’s Colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. Reservations Suggested. Walk in space may not be available. $15/adults; $10/NHS members and active duty military with ID. Weather permitting. Reservations: 841-8770.
  Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Sq., 4 p.m. A holiday tradition!  Join the choir of Trinity and the Newport Community Youth Choir in a festive celebration of Christmas.  Free will offering to support Martin Luther King Center. 846-0660. www.trinitynewport.org

ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS

Newport Holiday Stroll,  Dec. 1-3 and 8-10, 1 a.m. – 8 p.m. Stroll Newport’s shopping and dining districts for unique holiday gifts, locally sourced dining, entertainment and events. www.newportholidaystroll.com.

Newport Skating Center,  America's Cup Avenue. Planned opening and tree lighting at 5 p.m. on Friday December 9th. Visit: www.newportskatingcenter.com/rates/.

International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, Newport Casino, Bellevue Ave.  Open 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission.  849-3990.  www.tennisfame.com.

Museum and Shop at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St., open daily 10 a.m. in December (closed 2:00p.m. on 12/24 and 12/31. Closed 12/25, open 12-5 New Year's Day). Award winning museum offers an introduction to Newport’s history and architecture from the 1600s through the Gilded Age. Donation suggested. Holiday gifts related to Newport’s history. 841-8770. www.newporthistory.org/museum-shop/museum-of-newport-history

Newport Historical Society Museum and Library, 82 Touro St. Open Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – noon. 846-0813. www.newporthistory.org

Gingerbread Lighthouse: A Sugar and Spice and Everything Gingerbread Creation. , Dec. 6 – Jan. 1. Saturday – Thursday 9 a.m.- 4p.m., Fridays 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Displayed at the Newport Visitor Information and Transportation Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave. The 16 foot tall lighthouse made of 350 pounds of gingerbread and over 2,400 pieces of candy was created by the culinary staff at the Newport Marriott in conjunction with discover Newport. Free to view, but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to fill the sleigh for local community food pantries. 401-849-8048. www.DiscoverNewport.org

Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square. Guided tours on Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. and Sundays after morning service, approx. 11:15 to 3 p.m., plus Boxing Day through New Year’s Eve 1-3 p.m. $5 suggested donation, children free. 846-0660. www.trinitynewport.org

Preservation Society of Newport County, Bellevue Ave.  The Breakers, The Elms, & Marble House.  Three magnificently decorated houses adorned with period-inspired ornaments, elaborate yuletide decorations, fresh flowers, trees, wreaths and garlands.  The Breakers 9 a.m.-4 p.m., The Elms and Marble House 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Admission. All three houses $30 adult, $10 children 6-17 yrs. For more info 847-1000 or www.newportmansions.org Properties closed Christmas Day.

Holiday Evening at The Breakers, Dec 2, 9, 23, and 30th. Live holiday music and refreshments. 6-8 p.m. Adults $35 in advance, $45 at the door, Children 6-17 yrs. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  847-1000 for reservations. www.newportmansions.org

Holiday Evening Duet at The Elms and Marble House, Dec 16. Enjoy two houses for the price of one. 6-9 p.m. Take a leisurely self-guided evening stroll through both Marble House and The Elms, enjoy live holiday music and refreshments. Adults $35 in advance, $45 at the door, Children 6-17 yrs. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 847-1000 for reservations. www.newportmansions.org.

Touro Synagogue, December 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31st, Winter tour hours: Sundays every half hour from 11 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. Enter through the Loeb Visitors Center, 52 Spring St. Center hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information 401-847-4794 X207 or www.tourosynagogue.org.

The Colony House on Washington Square is decorated on the exterior by the Newport Garden Club.

Contact Christmas in Newport:
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Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 849-6454
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