Yesterday on The Rhode Show, host Danielle North and I chatted about some of the fabulous upcoming Christmas events in Newport as the big day approaches. Here’s the 411 on what we discussed (CLICK HERE to see the clip):
Christmas at the Newport Mansions: Enjoy Holiday Evenings with choral groups signing carols, visits by Santa and Gilded Age mansions decorated in yuletide finery. The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House are all stunning this time of year, and for mansion aficionados, now through the end of December, Preservation Society memberships are buy one, get the second half off (equal or lesser value).
The Sovereign Bank Skating Center is now open (weather pending) at the Newport Yachting Center. One of the few outdoor skating rinks in Rhode Island, this charming rink in the heart of Newport offers budget-friendly fun and a mean cup of hot cocoa. CLICK HERE for free skate nights and 2 for 1 information, HERE for rates, rentals and tickets, or visit www.skatenewport.com for all you need to know. Note: As the rink is outdoors, please call the Skating Center at 846-for the most up-to-date rink conditions/information.
Polar Express**, Friday December 17th – Sunday December 19 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Share the magic as the Conductor reads local author Chris Van Allsburg’s classic tale of a young boy’s unforgettable journey to the North Pole. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling, hot chocolate and cookies, and a special gift for every child who truly believes. Reservations required, departs the Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Avenue. Adults $29.95, Children $19.95. 841-8700. www.newportdinnertrain.com **Holiday Train rides resume December 26th-31st, at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Ride along scenic Narragansett Bay in antique railroad coaches that are decorated, enclosed and heated. Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Avenue. Adults $7.50, Seniors $6, Children $5, first class $11, 624-6951.
Newport Storm’s “Hoppy” Holiday Party, Saturday December 18, 12-5 p.m. The brewery will be offering fresh beer on tap (including limited release brews), tours led by Brent Ryan, Head-Distiller; and Derek Luke, Newport Storm’s Brewmaster, a cook-off of foods made with Newport Storm Beer and Thomas Tew Rum, and the launch of two new Newport Storm ales, plus Ornament making, tree-decorating and the Storm Santa will be available to entertain underage guests. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children. More information and food contest details can be obtained by contacting Laura Blackwell at 401-849-5232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Girl Christmas, Sunday, December 19th from 1-3p.m.: Storytelling, crafts, refreshments and the grand finale is an America Girl Doll Fashion Stroll. Admission limited due to space capacity. $10 per couple (1 adult/1 child) and $5 for each additional child. 845-5800. Edward King Senior Center (up the hill from the Newport Library), 35 King Street, (directions: 846-7426). **SOLD OUT**
Tiffany, Tinsel & Toys at Blithewold: Visiting this grand mansion in Bristol includes taking in the fabulous Gingerbread House exhibit crafted by professional and amateur decorators and musical performances, plus special events like Afternoon Tea and Children’s Storytime. CLICK HERE for more information.
For a complete listing of holiday events in Newport, visit ChristmasinNewport.org