Newport can be cozy, romantic, and festive in wintertime. The opulent mansions are swathed in evergreen and wreaths while the cobblestone streets shimmer from the thousands of merry lights dangling from the trees and storefront shops. Christmas is a month-long celebration complete with holiday events that showcase Newport’s charm and history in the most magical way. Newport does not disappoint!Here are a few of our favorite seasonal activities:

Lighting Ceremonies

Christmas Tree Lighting in the Courtyard – Viking Hotel

December 1, 5-8PMStop by the Hotel Viking Courtyard for holiday fun and festivities from live music, a special visit from Santa, festive holiday cookies, hot chocolate and more.

Jamestown Holiday Stroll & Tree LightingSaturday December, 2, 2023

Bowen’s Wharf – 52nd Annual Christmas Tree LightingSaturday, December 2, 2023Bowen’s Wharf (rain or snow!) Festivities start at 12:30 with a visit from Santa, followed by an afternoon full of joyous performances from local musicians and choruses.6 p.m. – Tree Lighting

King’s Park Tree LightingDecember 4, 2023 – 5:00pm

Holidays at the Mansions

Holiday Evenings at The Mansions November 18, 2023-January 1, 2024

The Breakers, Marble House & The Elms Dressed for the Holidays Daily 10am-4pm Gilded Age houses in all their festive finery, glittering with gold and sparkling with silver. Throughout each house, ornately decorated Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and fresh floral arrangements are designed to complement the décor or theme of each room. The 15-foot-tall poinsettia tree in the Great Hall of The Breakers – made up of 150 poinsettia plants is a show stopper!

Sparkling Lights at The Breakers Thursday through Sunday evenings, November 17 – December 30, 2023 Admission at 4 pm, 4:30 pm, 5 pm, 5:30 pm and 6 pm. Gates close at 6:30 pm. House & grounds close at 8 pmStroll along the paths across the 13 acre property glittering with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights, which includes a 50 foot-long tunnel of light!Stop at the fire pits to warm up, with s’mores kits available for purchase.. The back terrace has warming stations and adult beverages. The Breakers Welcome Center also will have refreshments, including snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, and a fire pit to make s’mores. There will also be adult beverages at a location near the Welcome Center.

Holiday Brunch at The Chinese Tea House Enjoy a three-course holiday brunch curated by Stoneacre Brasserie in the Chinese tea House. The menu includes a tea tower, an entree selection, and assorted desserts. Complimentary tea service included. Specialty cocktails and wines additional. Click here to make reservations.

A Rough Point Holiday November 24-December 31Doris Duke’s Newport home will be spruced up for the Christmas holiday. You will learn the story of Rough Point’s holiday traditions and the off-season routines of one of Newport’s summer cottages.

Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff  Newport Contemporary Ballet’s annual holiday traditional ballet performed throughout the first floor of Rosecliff.

Holiday Activities

Holiday Lantern Tours Friday & Saturday at 4 p.m. on December 1–December 30, 2022. Tours depart from The Museum of Newport History and Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport, RI, and cost $20 per person, $15 for Society members and active-duty military with ID. Advance registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited. Purchase tickets by calling 401-841-8770 or by visiting or at the Museum of Newport History & Shop.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Reading  December 9th – Newport Marriott11 AM – 1 PM Four readings of the Clement C. Moore poem by well-known Newporters at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon (in Spanish,) and 12:30 p.m. plus a visit by Santa, Free event AND All children will receive a Golden Book of the beloved poem.

Franklin Street Holiday Stroll December 1, 2023 4-8PMStreet-wide holiday stroll, festive holiday décor, shops will offer specialty gifts, music, treats and more!

Lucy’s Hearth Wreath Sale December 2, 9 a.m.- Noon 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.

Meet and Greet Cruise with Santa December 17, 2023 Coastal Queen will host a special Meet and Greet and Cruise with Santa Claus. This cruise for children will feature hot chocolate and a candy cane will be given to each child as they exit the boat. The cruise is 60 minutes long and departs from Bowen’s Wharf in Newport at 11:00am. 

For a full list of activities, including concerts and kids holiday themed crafts please visit
Newport This Week or Discover Newport
Wishing you and yours the best for the holiday season!

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