The Best Festive Holiday Events in Newport, Rhode Island

Gurney’s Skating Rink

November 22, 2019 – February 29, 2020 Gurney’s Resort – Come skate by the sea! General admission is $10 for adults & $5 for children 12 and under. Skate rentals are $7.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions 

November 23, 2019- January 1, 2020 The Breakers, The Elms & Marble House

Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff 

November 27 through December 6, 2019 – Be a part of the classic holiday tale as you follow Island Moving Co.’s dazzling performers through the spectacular setting of Newport’s most romantic mansion.  For more information & tickets:    www.islandmovingco.org

Bowen’s Warf Block Party & Boat Parade

Block Party: November 29, 4-8 p.m.

City of Newport lights up the harbor with the Illuminated Boat Parade. Caribbean Christmas and Holiday tunes on the steel pan with Panoramic View will be live at the North Pole.

Newport Harbor Illuminated Holiday Harbor Lights Boat Parade

Nov. 29, 2019, 6 p.m. View the parade from Newport Yacht Club (Open to the Public), Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf, and all points around Newport Harbor.

Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff

November 27, 29, 30, December 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, Various times. Island Moving Company’s 18th annual holiday traditional ballet performed throughout the first floor of Rosecliff. Admission: Premium Gold $195, Gold $140, Silver $99, Pillow $60 (children ages 6-10 only) Reservations suggested.

Holiday Evenings at The Mansions 

Holiday Evenings at The Breakers – Saturdays, November 30, December 7, 14 & 28, 2019, 6-8 p.m.

Newport Holiday Stroll

December 6, 2019 – December 8, 2019 – Join us for the 4th Annual Newport Holiday Stroll to enjoy shopping, dining and festive activities you will only find in the City-by-the-sea!

Official Opening of Christmas in Newport

Sunday December 1, 3-5 p.m., Washington Square Join the Newport Historical Society in celebrating the holiday season. Take a lantern-lit tour of the streets of Newport or sing hymns inside the Colony House before the proclamation from the Mayor to declare the official opening of Christmas in Newport, followed immediately by the tree-lighting ceremony.

Holiday Sip & Shop at OceanCliff

Thursday, December 5th 4-7pm Join us for a fun evening of cocktails and shopping, featuring local boutiques and designers. Shop jewelry, clothing, home decor and more for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. $5 admission (cash only) 100% of the proceeds from admission will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County.

IYRS Holiday Celebration 

December 6th, 2019 – Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with IYRS students, faculty, staff, and the greater Newport community. Historic Restoration Hall and our students’ boat restoration projects will be decked out in their holiday finery. Enjoy live acoustic music and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.

Salve Regina 43rd Annual Governor’s Ball

Saturday, December 7, 2019 8 p.m. – Midnight – Ochre Court – $225 per person Salve Regina, with the assistance of former Governor J. Joseph Garrahy, established the Governor’s Ball in 1977 to introduce outside support for the University and to raise scholarship funds for Salve Regina students. This act of goodwill has benefited countless students over the years. To date, the ball has raised more than $6 million toward academic assistance and has become a well-known holiday tradition in Rhode Island. Attended by local business leaders, alumni, parents and friends, the Governor’s Ball has a longstanding tradition of raising money for student scholarships. We are grateful to all participants, whose continued generosity has helped create something extraordinary. To register, simply click here www.salve.edu/governorsball

Holiday Lantern Tours

Friday & Saturday at 4 p.m. on November 22-December 28, 2019. Tours depart from The Museum of Newport History and Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport, RI, and cost $15 per person, $10 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 https://newporthistorytours.org or at the Museum of Newport History & Shop.

Bowen’s Warf – 49th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 7, 2019 Bowen’s Wharf (rain or snow!) 4:30 p.m. – Frosty the Snowman 5 p.m. – Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long 6 p.m. – Tree Lighting & Santa arrives

Lucy’s Hearth Wreath Sale

December 7, 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.

OceanCliff 10th Annual Holiday Gala

Join us at OceanCliff’s 10th Annual Holiday Gala for a festive evening of food, cocktails, and holiday cheer! Cocktail hour upon arrival followed by a three-course dinner and live entertainment. $90 per person (includes tax & gratuity) Call 401-849-4873 or email krystal@newportexperience.com for more information and to reserve your tickets today!

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