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December 1st - Monday

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
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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.
  Newport Historical Society’s Holiday Open House, 5-6 p.m., Newport Colony House at the top of Washington Sq. Tour the Colony House before the Christmas in Newport official opening ceremony. Enjoy festive music from around the world in celebration of the holiday season and of Newport’s vast history. Donations welcome. 846-0813 and 841-8770.
  Decorate the Brewery Event at Coastal Extreme Brewing Company, 6-8 p.m., 293 JT Connell Rd. Donation of one canned good per person requested. rmello@newportstorm.com

December 2nd - Tuesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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.
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission TBA. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org

December 3rd - Wednesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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.
  Living Literature Presents: Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, 7pm, Sponsored by the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. A funny and heartwarming half hour reader’s theatre presentation adapted from John Irving’s classic novel “A Prayer for Owen Meany”. This adaptation of Irving’s inspiring modern classic centers on the tale of two pre-teen-aged boys who are at the center of this unorthodox and funny Christmas pageant held in the fictitious New Hampshire town of Gravesend in the mid 1950’s. Free. 401-847-8720 x208 www.newportlibraryri.org
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission TBA. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org

December 4th - Thursday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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.
  Bellevue Avenue Stroll, 4-8 p.m. Participating businesses on Bellevue Avenue. Carolers, drinks & nibbles in the stores. 401-619-5240.
  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walking tour. Learn how colonial Newporters recognized (or didn't) the holidays. $15 adults, $10 for NHS members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Weather permitting. 841-8770. www.newporthistory.org
  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission TBA. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org
  7th Annual Singing For Shelter Concert, 7-9:30 p.m., Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St. Many of the area’s finest musicians will perform acoustic music for the benefit of Lucy’s Hearth and the McKinney Shelter. $15 adults, children with adult free. More info @ 849-4250 or MGorman20@cox.net.

December 5th - Friday

  Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave. Island Moving Company holiday ballet. Times vary. Admission TBA. 847-4470. www.islandmovingco.org
  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
  Salve Regina Madrigal Chorus performs at Seaman's Church Institute, 5 p.m. The Seaman's Church institute, 18 Market Sq. Free. Info 401-847-4260 www.seamansnewport.org
Child Friendly Santa and Family Pet Photos, 5-6 p.m. Armory Antiques and Marketplace,365 Thames St.
Child Friendly Armory Antiques and Marketplace Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St. Followed by the School Choir of Newport County with caroling till 7 p.m. Outdoors and Free. Christmas raffles.
Child Friendly Family Nature Craft Night, 6-7 p.m. Are you looking for a chance to spend some quality time with your kids before the busy holiday season sets in? This program is perfect for kids and parents who love being crafty—it’s also a great opportunity for little ones to make holiday gifts for loved ones! We will focus on activities that are nature-themed, use as many recycled materials as possible, and are seriously fun. Appropriate for ages 4 and up with parent assistance. $8 members, $10 Non-members. For information call: 401-846-2577 x25. or email iburnham@normanbirdsanctuary,org Web site: www.normanbirdsanctuary,org
Christmas at Mount Zion, 7 p.m., 31-33 Van Zandt Ave. Local musicians come together to celebrate ‘The Reason for the Season’. Free will offering. 849-3569. MOUNTZIONAME1@verizon.net
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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 - Saturday

  14th 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. 848-6706.
  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m. 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 ½ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 846-4152 X122. www.newportrestoration.org
  Wreath and Christmas Tree Sale to benefit Cluny School, 10a.m. – 7 p.m. at the IRYS parking lot, 449 Lower Thames St. Fresh and fragrant, double-faced Canadian balsam wreaths decorated by Cluny School parents. Info at: 401-835-8775.
  Trinity Christmas Silver Tea and Boutique, Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Sq., 1-4p.m. Holiday high tea, crafts and seasonal greens. $10. 846-0660. adminassistant@trinitynewport.org
  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
Child Friendly Santa's Workshop, noon-3 p.m. Easton's Beach Carousel and Rotunda by the Newport Rotary Club and the Newport Recreation Department. $5 per child includes a goody bag, crafts, cookie decorating, 1 ride on the carousel, 1 ride on the mini-train and a visit with Santa. Tickets may be purchased at the door, no advance reservations. For information call: 401-845-5800.
Child Friendly Winter Waterfoul, 1-2 p.m. In summer millions of people travel to coastal New England to enjoy pristine beaches and the freshest seafood. But did you know that in winter hundreds of thousands of ducks travel from near and far for the same reasons? This winter, brush up your waterfowl identification skills by joining us at NBS’s Third Beach property as we scan for migrating and over-wintering waterfowl. Spotting scopes and binoculars are highly encouraged but not required; please plan to be outside in cold, windy conditions. This program is geared toward ages 12 and up. $6 Members, $8 Non-members. For information call: 401-846-2577 x25. or email iburnham@normanbirdsanctuary,org Web site: www.normanbirdsanctuary,org
Child Friendly 44th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, America’s Cup Ave., 5:45 p.m. Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30p.m. City official lights the tree, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat (weather permitting) at 5:45p.m. Live Music. Free. 849-2120. info@bowenswharf.com
  38th Annual Governor’s Ball, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Salve Regina Univ., 100 Ochre Point Ave. $150 per person, with corporate sponsorship available. Black tie gala with proceeds benefiting Salve Regina’s scholarship fund. 401-341-2381. www.salve.edu/give-salve/governors-ball
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Here stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship, and learn how Newporters made their way in winter during Newport’s colonial era. Meet at Museum Shop at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St. $15 adults, $10 for NHS Members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Weather permitting. 841-8770.46-0592 X116.
  Newport County Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino theatre, 9 Freebody St. Performances by the Salve Regina Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance. $8 general admission, $5 for seniors/students. 401-341-2295. davisp@save.edu
  Christmas Cards for Working Men at Sea, 4-5:30 p.m. The Seaman's Church institute, Market Sq. Come to the Seamen's and fill out a Christmas card for men at sea. All cards that are filled out will we graciously picked up by the Reverend Ashley Peckham and delivered to seamen. Info 401-847-4260 www.seamansnewport.org
  Swanhurst Chorus, 8 p.m., Swanhurst Chorus, Newport County’s standing choral ensemble for over 85 years, will offer “A Little Bach: Cantatas for Christmas” under the direction of conductor Jonathan Babbitt,. The evening will feature four delightful Bach Cantatas written for the season. Held at Emmanuel Church at the corner of Spring and Dearborn Streets in Newport, RI. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 at the door, and $10 for full-time students. For tickets or more information, call 401-682-1630 or visit . www.swanhurst.org
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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 - Sunday

  Christmas at Whitehall, 1730’s Festivities, 2-4 p.m., Whitehall Museum House, 311 Berkeley Ave., Middletown. Seasonal music, lifting a cup of wassail and learning about our heritage. Sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of RI. Donation welcome. 846-3116. www.whitehallmuseumhouse.org
  Wreath and Christmas Tree Sale to benefit Cluny School, 10a.m. – 4 p.m. at the IRYS parking lot, 449 Lower Thames St. Fresh and fragrant, double-faced Canadian balsam wreaths decorated by Cluny School parents. Info at: 401-835-8775.
  Nutmeg & Mistletoe, 1-4 p.m., Sardella’s Restaurant, 30 Memorial Blvd. Dick Lupino and the area’s best instrumental and vocal musicians perform holiday music for the Matt Quinn Music Scholarship. Reserved seats $20, general admission $10. 401-837-9665. dicklupino@gmail.com
Child Friendly Visit with Sata Claus at The Breakers, noon-3 p.m. 44 Ochre Point Avenue. The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular Daytime admission. For info call: 401-847-1000 or visit www.nnewportmansions,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 for students and seniors. 401-341-2295. davisp@salve.edu
  Concert: Christmas Songs with an Irish Twist, 2 p.m., Newport Public library, 300 Spring St. Newport Public Library presents a concert of Christmas music with an Irish twist by Lindsay Straw and Caroline O’Shea. Both are members of the Boston band The Ivy Leaf, who performed at the library in 2013. Straw will sing and play guitar and Irish bouzouki, and O’Shea will accompany on flute. This musical afternoon is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is limited. Doors will open at 1:30PM. 401-847-8720 x208 for Reservations. www.newportlibraryri.org
Child Friendly Christmas Carols at Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 4-7 p.m. Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St. Outdoors, Free.
Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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.
  Joint Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m. at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow Streets. For info: 401-848-2561 or visit www.saintjohns-newport,org

December 8th - Monday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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 - Tuesday

Child Friendly Christmas Caroling on Broadway, 3:30 p.m. Meet on the Colony House steps on Washington Sq. Led by local musician Christopher Carbone and the Thompson Middle School Chorus. Stroll up Broadway caroling at local businesses, City Hall and the Newport Police Dept. Sponsored by The Off Broadway Neighborhood Assoc. For info call: 401-481-5135.
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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 10th - Wednesday

  28th Annual WADK Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1 Goat Island. Featuring Marley Bridges Theater Company choral ensemble and Larry Brown's Swinglane Orchestra. Free Admission. Donations of no-perishable food items accepted for local charities. Prize giveaways during intermission.
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Wednesday, December 10 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. 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 11th - Thursday

  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
Child Friendly Student’s Impressions of Christmas in Newport, Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Student K-12 art exhibit, commemorative Christmas in Newport postmark, United States Postal Service. Free, light refreshments. 846-9410. The US Post Office will display a sample of the artwork in the 320 Thames St. Main Lobby from Dec. 12-19.
Child Friendly A Living Nativity presented by Cluny School, 6 p.m., 75 Brenton Rd. Live animals and choral music enhance this annual reenactment of the “first Christmas” under the stars. A gift to the community expressing the true meaning of Christmas. Hot chocolate and sweets served before and after the presentation which lasts 25-30 minutes. Please bring a blanket and flashlight. Free. 401-855-2252. In the event of rain or inclement weather, rescheduled date is Dec. 18th. www.clunyschool.org
  Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale at the Potter League for Animals, 10-5 p.m., 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Free admission. 846-0592 X116. www.potterleague.org

December 12th - Friday

  Rose Island Lighthouse Trailer, noon-3 p.m. Located at 365 Thames Street will be open weather permitting. For details call: 401-847-4242.
  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
  Middletown High School Chorus, 6-7 p.m. At the Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St. Outdoors and Free.
Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m., St. Lucy’s Church, 909 W. Main Rd., Middletown. Concert to benefit Portsmouth Lions Club charities. Admission $12 adults, children/seniors $8, family $25. 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. Free. 847-7565. www.stgeorges.edu
  Salve Regina University Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., 100 Ochre Point Ave. SRU Chorus and Madrigal Ensembles perform a variety of masterworks of holiday favorites. $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. 401-341-2295. stjeand@salve.edu
  Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale at the Potter League for Animals, 10-5 p.m., 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Free admission. 846-0592 X116. www.potterleague.org

December 13th - Saturday

  Christmas Treasures at Trinity Church, 10-4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Queen Anne Square. Local artisans, seasonal items. Free. 862-4474. adminassistant@trinitynewport.org
  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m. See Dec. 6 for details.
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society, see Dec. 6 for details.
  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
  Salve Regina University Christmas Choral Concert, 8 p.m., 100 Ochre Point Ave. SRU Chorus and Madrigal Ensembles perform a variety of masterworks of holiday favorites. $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students. 401-341-2295. stjeand@salve.edu
  Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale at the Potter League for Animals, 10-5 p.m., 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Free admission. 846-0592 X116. www.potterleague.org

December 14th - Sunday

Child Friendly Visit with Santa Claus at Marble House, noon-3 p.m. Bellevue Avenue. The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular Daytime admission. For info call: 401-847-1000 or visit www.nnewportmansions,org
Child Friendly Wild Winter Adaptations, 1-2 p.m. Winter is a perfect time to explore nature and the adaptations that help animals survive this time of year. Furry, feathered, and scaled alike, animals have various interesting strategies for overcoming chilly weather and scarce food. Join us for a fun afternoon that includes meeting animals up close and a short outdoor walk in search of animal signs. This program is open to all ages. $6 Members, $8 Non-members. For information call: 401-846-2577 x25. or email iburnham@normanbirdsanctuary,org Web site: www.normanbirdsanctuary,org
Christmas Open House at Glen Manor, 2-4 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Free. 683-4177. info@glenmanorhouse.com
Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall, 3-5 p.m., 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season. $12 adults, $5 children under 12. 846-3502. www.stcolumbaschapel.org
St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble (Russia) In Concert, 7 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. 847-0675. www.EmmanuelNewport.org
Music of the Christmas Season, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at Everett St. Brass, organ, handbells and vocal choir, and an opportunity to sing some favorite carols. Free. music@FPCNEWPORT.ORG In the event of inclement weather the re-schedule date is Dec. 21st.
  Critter Glitter Jewelry Sale at the Potter League for Animals, 10-5 p.m., 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Free admission. 846-0592 X116. www.potterleague.org
Child Friendly Christmas Carols at Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 4-7 p.m. Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St. Outdoors, Free.

December 15th - Monday

  Christmas Concert for Charity, 6:30 p.m. at Jesus Saviour Church, 509 Broadway. Proceeds to benefit the needy in our community. Wakefield concert Band performing. 401-390-1746. jsaviour@jesussaviour.necoxmail.com

December 16th - Tuesday

  103rd 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. 847-7565. www.stgeorges.edu
Child Friendly Middletown Public Schools Holiday Concert , 7:00 p.m. The Middletown High School Chorus and Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Jennifer Vaillancourt, will present festive seasonal music at their annual Holiday Concert at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Road, Middletown. Joined by Gaudet Middle School 4th grade students and the 7th & 8th grade select choir, the chorus will perform holiday favorites including "Winter Wonderland", "Carol of the Bells" and a medley of songs from the animated classic movie, "Frozen". Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students (up to age 18) and seniors, and a family cap of $15. Children under $5 are free. There will also be raffle baskets and a silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the choral activities of the students. For more information, please call 846-7250.

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December 18th - Thursday

  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
Child Friendly December Owl Prowl, 6-7:30 p.m. It’s once again time to hike at night in search of native owl species! Learn how to ID owl species by sight and call before we head out on the trails. We will listen for wild owls who are setting up their nesting territories. After our night hike, we will return indoors for hot chocolate and a chance to meet our captive Barred Owl up close! Don’t miss this often sold-out program, which is offered only three times each winter. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Please dress for the weather. $8 Members, $10 Non-members. For information call: 401-846-2577 x25. or email iburnham@normanbirdsanctuary,org Web site: www.normanbirdsanctuary,org
  Christmas on the Point, 7 p.m. at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow Streets. Organ music, harp, strings, choir and instrumental selections and congregational caroling along with a traditional reading of the Christmas Story. Suggested Donation $15, seniors/students $10, children ages 5-12 free. For info: 401-848-2561 or visit www.saintjohns-newport,org
  Note – Rain date for *“A Living Nativity” presented by Cluny School, if it is cancelled on Dec. 11th.

December 19th - Friday

  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
  Newport School Dept. Jazz Group, 6-7 p.m. at Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St. Indoors and Free.

December 20th - Saturday

  UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m. See Dec. 6 for details.
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society, see Dec. 6 for details.
  Hoppy Holidays at Coastal Extreme Brewing Company, 12-6 p.m., 293 JT Connell Rd. Annual Christmas open house celebration. $10 admission. rmello@newportstorm.com
Child Friendly December Mini Camp, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop your child off for a Saturday filled with seasonal nature exploration, games and crafts. During this action-packed program, we will explore our trails, learn about winter animal adaptations, meet education animals and much more. Registration and permission form required; please pack a lunch for your child. This program is appropriate for grades K-6. $25 Members, $35 Non-members. For information call: 401-846-2577 x25. or email iburnham@normanbirdsanctuary,org Web site: www.normanbirdsanctuary,org
Child Friendly Seaman's Church Institute Community Tree Decorating and visit from Santa, 1 p.m. The Seaman's Church institute, Market Sq. Come and help decorate a community tree. Please bring a decoration to help us decorate our tree here at the Seamen's Church Institute. 2:00pm Santa will be visiting and reading a classic Christmas Tale. Info 401-847-4260 www.seamansnewport.org
Child Friendly Handmade Holiday Craft Party for children 6-12 at the Newport Public Library, 2:30-4:30 p.m., 300 Spring St. Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to make a variety of winter crafts and enjoy light refreshments in the John Clarke Children’s Program Room. Come create handmade gifts that will make perfect presents for your loved ones! Registration is required and space is limited. Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 2nd. All materials are provided for this free program. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 847-8720 x 204. www.newportlibraryri.org
  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
  22nd Annual Messiah & Carol Sing, 7 p.m. Swanhurst Chorus under the direction of conductor Jonathan Babbitt offers the 22nd Annual “Messiah and Carol Sing: The Christmas Story”, a beloved tradition of Christmas in Newport. The “Sing” will take place at Emmanuel Church, Spirng and Dearborn St. This special evening will feature much of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah as well as beloved carols, plus selections by Swanhurst’s Chamber Singers and the telling of the Christmas Story. Bring your own score and sing along or just sit and be immersed in the glorious sounds of the season. Scores will be available for rent. A festive “Wassail Bowl” reception for all will follow. Admission is $10, $5 for children 12 and under, and $25 maximum per family. For more info, call 401-682-1630 or visit . www.swanhurst.org

December 21st - Sunday

Child Friendly American Girl Doll Holiday Party, noon-3 p.m., at the Edward King Senior Center. 35 King St. Crafts, cookie decorating, doll fashion stroll. $15 per child 15 per child, Adults Free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservations required. Reservations are limited 401-845-5800.
Child Friendly Rhode Island’s Ballet Theatre Holiday Dance Concert, 3 p.m., Stanford White Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. A holiday dance show for children and families. $25 per person www.riballet.org or ribt-nm@cox.net 847-5301.
Child Friendly Visit with Santa Claus at The Elms, noon-3 p.m. Bellevue Avenue. The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list. Refreshments. Regular Daytime admission. For info call: 401-847-1000 or visit www.nnewportmansions,org
  Congregation Jeshuat Israel of Touro Synagogue "Chanukah Candle Lighting Party", 3-5 p.m. at the Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St. Come and enjoy homemade latkes with all the trimmings, music, dancing and more. Free and open to all, however, reservations are strongly recommended. For more info or to make reservations cji@tourosynagogue.org
Child Friendly Christmas Carols at Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 4-7 p.m. Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St. Outdoors, Free.

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December 24th - Wednesday

  CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES ISLAND CHURCHES
Child Friendly Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Newport Congregational Church, 6:00, 73 Pelham St. A traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service for the whole family (children particularly welcome), with an emphasis on singing beautiful hymns. Everyone is welcome! 401-619-5109.
Child Friendly Christmas Pageant, 4 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Children of all ages are invited to participate in – or just attend – this annual family favorite at St. Mary’s. Rehearsals will be held in December for those who wish to take part in the tableau. For more information, call 401-846-9700 or visit www.smcportsmouth.org or email info@smcportsmouth.org
  Christmas Eve Services at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, At 6 p.m. Holy Eucharist. At 10:30 p.m. Carols followed by Holy Eucharist at 11 p.m. 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. For information, call 401-846-9700 or visit www.smcportsmouth.org

December 25th - Thursday

  A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS TO ALL
  Re-broadcast of the 28th Annual WADK Christmas Concert, 9 a.m. Featuring Marley Bridges Theater Company Choral Ensemble and Larry Brown's Swinglane Orchestra. Tune to WADK AM1540 Radio.
  Christmas Day Service at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist, 324 East Main Road, Portsmouth. For information, call 401-846-9700 or visit www.smcportsmouth.org

December 26th - Friday

  44th 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. 401-293-0965. No advance reservations are necessary.
  Rogues & Scoundrels Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Meet at Museum Shop at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” $15 adults, $10 for NHS Members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Weather permitting. 841-8770.
Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony and Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., Historic Train Ride. Remember the days of old riding in heated vintage rail cars on a 70-minute narrated trip through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Adult Coach seats $10, Senior Coach seats (60 or older) $8, Child Coach seats (13 ot younger) $6; First Class (Parlor Car) is $15 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 years old to ride the Parlor Car. Reservations are suggested. Order tickets on-line at www.ocnrr.org or by phone at 401-849-0546. For tickes on the day of the train, come to Newport Depot at 19 America’s Cup Ave (across from the Gateway Center).
  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.

December 27th - Saturday

  44th 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. 401-293-0965. No advance reservations are necessary.
UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10a.m. – 3 p.m. See Dec. 6 for details.
Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony and Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 19 America’s Cup Ave (across from the Gateway Center). See December 26th listing for details.
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society, see Dec. 6 for details.
  Holiday Histories Walking Tour, 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. See December 4th for details.
A Return to Camelot, 7-8 p.m. St. Mary's Church, Spring and Memorial Blvd. Visitors are invited into St. Mary’s to learn about the history of the church and “return in time” to 1953 when the Kennedy wedding took place; a nostalgic moment in Newport’s storied history, one that fascinates visitors from around the world. The church will be decorated with hundreds of poinsettias while the Music Director, accompanied by the Choir of St. Mary’s, will play selections from the wedding. A voluntary donation of $10 per ticket is suggested, with funds going to the St. Mary’s music program and soup kitchen. 401-619-0127. greatu@cox.net

December 28th - Sunday

  44th 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. 401-293-0965. No advance reservations are necessary.
Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony and Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 19 America’s Cup Ave (across from the Gateway Center). See December 26th listing for details.
Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Sq., 4 p.m. A candlelight service featuring the choir and clergy of Trinity Church. Free will offering. 846-0660. www.trinitynewport.org
Child Friendly Christmas Carols at Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 4-7 p.m. Armory Antiques and Marketplace, 365 Thames St. Outdoors, Free.

December 29th - Monday

  Rogues & Scoundrels Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Meet at Museum Shop at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St. See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.” $15 adults, $10 for NHS Members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Weather permitting. 841-8770.
Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony and Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 19 America’s Cup Ave (across from the Gateway Center). See December 26th listing for details.
  Rose Island Lighthouse Trailer, noon-3 p.m. Located at 365 Thames Street will be open weather permitting. For details call: 401-847-4242.

December 30th - Tuesday

Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony and Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 19 America’s Cup Ave (across from the Gateway Center). See December 26th listing for details.

December 31st - Wednesday

Child Friendly Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony and Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 19 America’s Cup Ave (across from the Gateway Center). See December 26th listing for details.

ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS

Giant Holiday Gingerbread House, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., open daily at The Newport Marriott Hotel, 25 America’s Cup Ave. Free with canned good donation for charity.  849-1000. Cancelled for 2014 due to renovations at the Marriot Hotel.

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 12/25). 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 Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 – 4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 25.  Admission, ongoing exhibits in Dec.  848-8200.  www.newportartmuseum.org

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

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 $28 adult, $9 children 6-17 yrs. For more info 847-1000 or www.newportmansions.org Properties closed Christmas Day.

Holiday Evening at The Breakers, Dec 6, 13, 27. 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 20.  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

Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave.  Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with late hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m., and Sunday 1–5 p.m.   847-0292. www.redwoodlibrary.org

Touro Synagogue, 72 Touro Street. Winter tour hours: Sundays every half hour from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Loeb Visitors Center open Sundays from 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Adults $12, seniors $10, students & military $8, children under 12 free. For more information: 401-847-4794 X207 or tourosynagogue.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

Fort Adams Tours, Guided tours depart from the Fort Adams Visitor Center daily at 12:00pm and 2:00pm; Ticket office opens 15min prior to tour. View the officer’s quarters, climb the walls to breathtaking views of Newport Harbor and explore the underground tunnels. Tours are primarily outdoors and involve nearly 1 mile or walking. Proper dress and footwear required. Heavy snow/ rain will cancel tours.401-619-5802. www.fortadams.org

 

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

Contact Christmas in Newport:
P.O. Box 716
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 849-6454
info@christmasinnewport.org

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