Newport, Rhode Island offers charming and memorable Christmas experiences in such a picturesque town. From visits with Santa to historical tours, there’s something to do throughout the season.

Official Opening of Christmas

In Newport, the Christmas season officially begins at 5 p.m. on December 1st. On this day, Washington Square is illuminated in festive regalia, and the mayor gives an official proclamation to kick off the season. With music from the Newport Public Schools music program and an Artillery cannon salute, this introduction to Christmas can’t be missed.

Holiday Lantern Walking Tours
During Christmas, night time is more magical as all of Newport’s streets are illuminated with lights. Departing from the Museum at Brick Market, this Newport Historical Society-sponsored tour offers a firsthand look at the city at night, beginning at 4 p.m. In addition to a marvelous view of the city, this tour is one of Newport’s many educational and historical events. It recounts how early American settlers celebrated the holidays. The walking tours will finish with ample time for guests to have dinner at one of Newport’s many waterfront restaurants.

Caroling on Broadway
Local Newport musician Christopher Carbone, along with the Thompson Middle School chorus and Off Broadway Neighborhood Association (OBNA), will carol in the Broadway district in this festive performance on December 13th. All are welcome to participate. Caroling begins at the Colony House in Washington Square.

Visit With Santa Claus at the Elms
Reserve a room at a lovely bed and breakfast in Newport for you and the family, and pay a visit to the Big Man himself. Children are welcome to bring their Christmas lists to The Elms from noon to 3 p.m. on December 16th during Santa’s visit, which also serves as a not-to-be-missed photo opportunity!

Live Nativity Display at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Visit the live nativity at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for a more traditional Christmas celebration. Guests are invited to dress up and be a part of the living nativity, which also offers crafts, refreshments, photos, and caroling with the angels. Events begin at 4:15 p.m. on December 16th, with performances by the Voices of Unity from Zion and the Community Baptist Church.

When it comes to festive celebrations, it’s hard to beat Newport for an authentic, lively, and community-focused experience. For more information about staying in Newport during the Christmas season, call Ivy Lodge at 401-849-6865 to view our reservation packages online today.