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... a city-wide celebration fostering the historic traditions of the holiday season.

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.

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December 2018

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2018 Christmas in Newport

Calendar of Events
  Denotes Children's and family events

December 1st - Saturday

Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, 5:00 p.m., Washington Sq. Features proclamation from the Mayor, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute, music by the Newport Public Schools music program. Free. 849-6454. www.christmasinnewport.org
  18th 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.
  Annual Newport Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale, 9 a.m-4 p.m. At the Middletown Knights of Columbus Hall, 7 Valley Rd, Middletown. Local Artisans and scrumptious baked goods. Free. 845-1638.
   A Rough Point Holiday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. With tours offered on the half hour with the first floor open for roaming at your leasure, Rough Point Museum, 680 Bellevue Ave. Experience Doris Duke's Newport home during the darkest and merriest days of the year. Adults $10, children 12 years and under, Free. 847-8344. www.newportrestoration.org
  Trinity Church Christmas Silver Tea, 1-4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Sq. Holiday high tea. $12. 846-0660. www.trinitynewport.org
Child Friendly Caroling and Crafting with the Newport County Youth Chorus and Emmanuel Church, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. An afternoon of free family fun; holiday caroling, crafts, dancing and treats. Free. 401-847-0675  NewportCountyYouthChorus@gmail.com
  Newport County Orchestra in Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. Classical and holiday music sponsored by the Salve Regina University Music Dept. $10 admission, seniors/students $8. 401-341-2297, or email: www.salve.edu/music-theater-and-dance.org
  Newport Historical Society’s Holiday Open House, TBA 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.
Child Friendly 48th 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 Mrs. Claus. Live music and tree lighting at 6:00 p.m.. Free. (401) 849-3478. www.bowenswharf.com
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 145th. 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 - 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
  Newport Community Band/Salve Regina Jazz Ensemble in Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St. SRU Newport Community Band and Jazz Ensemble, performing holiday favorites. Admission $10, seniors and students $8. 401-341-2297, www.salve.edu/music-theater-and-dance.org
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 3rd - Monday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - Tuesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - Wednesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - Thursday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 -Friday

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 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - Saturday

Child Friendly Holiday Open House at Redwood Library & Athenaeum,  11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 50 Bellevue Ave. Chariho High School Choir, a pop-up exhibition of selected treasures from the vault, Christmas book display, scavenger hunt, children's crafts and refreshments. Free.  401-847-0292. www.RedwoodLibrary.org
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - Sunday

Traditional Christmas Tea at St. Columba’s Chapel Parish Hall, 2-4 p.m.,Seatings at 2 & 3 pm, 55 Vaucluse Ave., Middletown. Bring your friends and enjoy an oasis of calm in a busy season. Gift Shop. $12 adults, $6 children under 12. 846-3502. www.stcolumbaschapel.org
  Christmas Open House at Glen Manor House, 2-4 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth. Free. 683-4177. info@glenmanorhouse.com
  Music of the Season, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Broadway at Everett St. An opportunity to sing some favorite carols. Free. 847-1749. music@FPCNEWPORT.ORG.   In the event of inclement weather the re-schedule date is Dec. 16th.
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - Monday

  Christmas Concert at jesus Saviour Church, 6:30 p.m., 509 Broadway, to benefit Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Wakefield Concert Band. $10 847-1267. coachmv@cox.net
  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - 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 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 12th - Wednesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 13th to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - Thursday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, DEADLINE IS TODAY to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 14th. 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 - Friday

   Christmas in Song by the Newport Navy Choristers, 7:30 p.m. St. Barnabus Church, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. Concert to benefit Kate Grana Music and Arts Assoc. Portsmouth High School. Admission: Adults $15.00, Students $10.00. 401-849-1135. www.NewportNavyChoristers.org

December 15th - Saturday

 

December 16th - Sunday

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. Free at 10:00 a.m., $20 suggested donation for the 2 p.m. concert. 847-0675. www.emmanuelnewport.org
Child Friendly Rhode Island Ballet Theater Presents "Newport Holiday", a Family Dnace Concert, 4:00 p.m., Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St., Includes dances from The Nutcracker and Elf on the Shelf. Admission $25. Reserved Seating. 401-847-5301. www.riballet.org or ribt-nm@cox.net
Child Friendly A Live Nativity at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 4:00 p.m., 525 Broadway, Newport Hear the Voices of Unity from Zion and the Community Baptist Church 4:15 p.m. Dress up and be part of the live Nativity, Crafts, Refreshments, photo opportunities, 5:45 p.m. sing your favorite carols with the angels. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held inside. Free. www.stpetersri.org

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December 24th - Monday

  CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES ISLAND CHURCHES

December 25th - Tuesday

  JOYOUS CHRISTMAS TO ALL

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December 30th - Sunday

  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

December 31st - Monday


ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS

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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