Newport, Rhode Island is one of New England’s most quaint and beautiful destinations. Nestled on the shore of Aquidneck Island, it is known for its cobblestone streets, locally owned shops, Gilded Age mansions and yacht-filled harbor.
It’s no wonder Newport’s annual holiday celebration is unlike any other. 2017 marks the 47th year for the events that make up Christmas in Newport.
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1500 volunteers raise thousands of dollars for charity during the month of December’s non-profit events. These include tree lightings on Bowen’s Wharf (taking place this weekend) and the Newport Skating Center on December 8, plus a seemingly endless list of musical performances, religious gatherings, and holiday displays.
As expected, Christmas in Newport goes all out when it comes to welcoming the Big Man Himself.
Santa Clause will host starry-eyed children inside a beautifully decorated Gilded Age mansion throughout December. Better still, you can catch him at the Newport Visitor’s Information and Transportation Center on December 9 perched in front of what is billed to be New England’s largest gingerbread lighthouse!
Executive Chef Eric and his culinary team are at it again this year…building a gingerbread lighthouse at Discover…
The massive, edible beacon opened to the public on November 27 and was created from 350 pounds of gluten-free, organic gingerbread, 20 gallons of royal icing and 2,400 pieces of candy and lollipops.
The 16-foot lighthouse is the result of 100 hours of baking, building and decorating.
Marriott Hotel employee Imelda Johnson decorates the 16-foot gingerbread lighthouse at the Gateway Visitor Center in…
Santa will be taking visitors from Dec. 6 – Jan. 1 from 9 a.m.- 4p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Fridays.
Don’t forget to check out his workshop located at the ballroom at Easton’s Beach. It features a carousel and cookie decorating for the kids.
In addition to all the magic scheduled for children, the adults will enjoy musical events such as a Christmas concert at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church on Dec. 8 and a caroling performance on Broadway on Dec. 11.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Newport! Join the festivities at Bowen's Wharf tree lighting and open…
Nighttime walking tours of the city will be led by lantern light on Dec. 9, 16, 23, and 30. Participants will witness “the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue.”
The city, its residents, and businesses use clear lights only to represent the candlit holidays of days gone by.
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And of course, the Christmas at the Newport Mansions tours allow you an incredible sneak peak at some of the most beautiful homes in New England as they appear during the holidays.
For more information and a full calendar of events, visit ChristmasInNewport.org
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