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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 43rd 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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2014 Christmas in Newport

Calendar of Events
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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 Thursday, December 11 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. Register your home or business at KAhearne@gustavewhite.com. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. 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 Thursday, December 11 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. Register your home or business at KAhearne@gustavewhite.com. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. 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 Thursday, December 11 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. Register your home or business at KAhearne@gustavewhite.com. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. 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 4th - Thursday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 11 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. Register your home or business at KAhearne@gustavewhite.com. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. 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
  7th Annual Singing For Shelter Concert, 7-9:30p.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

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 ˝ hour. Adults $10, children under 12 $8. 846-4152 X122. www.newportrestoration.org
  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
Child Friendly 43rd 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

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
  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
  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

December 8th - Monday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 11 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. Register your home or business at KAhearne@gustavewhite.com. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
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. 15. www.clunyschool.org

December 9th - Tuesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 11 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. Register your home or business at KAhearne@gustavewhite.com. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 10th - Wednesday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 11 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. Register your home or business at KAhearne@gustavewhite.com. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.

December 11th - Thursday

  Judging of the Newport Doorway Contest, deadline is Thursday, December 11 to enter. Judging takes place on Friday the 12th. Register your home or business at KAhearne@gustavewhite.com. Categories are: Residential, Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Commercial. Please use natural materials/decorations.
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.
  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

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
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.
  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

  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

December 15th - Monday

  Note – Rain date for *“A Living Nativity” presented by Cluny School, if it is cancelled on Dec. 9.
  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

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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

December 21st - Sunday

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.

December 22nd - Monday


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December 24th - Wednesday

  CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES ISLAND CHURCHES

December 25th - Thursday

  A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS TO ALL

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.

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.
  Discover Colonial Newport in Winter Walking Tour, 11 a.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society, see Dec. 6 for details.

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.
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

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.

December 30th - Tuesday


December 31st - Wednesday


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.

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

Holiday Histories Walking tour, 4:30 p.m., sponsored by The Newport Historical Society. Dec. 4,5,6; 11,12,13; 18,19,20; 26, 27 (No tours on Christmas Day). 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.

 

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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