2013-12-19 / Calendar

Christmas in Newport


Swanhurst Sings ‘Messiah’ Swanhurst Chorus will offer its 21st annual “Messiah and Carol Sing” on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Church. This Christmas in Newport favorite, under the direction of conductor Jonathan Babbitt, will feature most of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” as well as beloved carols, selections by Swanhurst’s Chamber Singers, and the telling of the Christmas Story. A festive wassail reception for all will follow. Admission is $10, $5 for children 12 and under, with a maximum of $25 per family. Emmanuel Church is at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, visit swanhurst.org. Swanhurst Sings ‘Messiah’ Swanhurst Chorus will offer its 21st annual “Messiah and Carol Sing” on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Church. This Christmas in Newport favorite, under the direction of conductor Jonathan Babbitt, will feature most of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” as well as beloved carols, selections by Swanhurst’s Chamber Singers, and the telling of the Christmas Story. A festive wassail reception for all will follow. Admission is $10, $5 for children 12 and under, with a maximum of $25 per family. Emmanuel Church is at 42 Dearborn St. For more information, visit swanhurst.org. Thursday, December 19

Crafts and Cookie Decorating, 4 - 6 p.m., Homewood Suites, 348 West Main Rd., Middletown, for children 3-12 yrs. with an adult, free, reservations at 401-848-2700, newporthomewood.com.

Friday, December 20

Rose Island Lighthouse model, noon to 3 p.m., 365 Thames St. in front of the armory, weather permitting. Children learn how rainwater is collected for everyday use at the lighthouse, free, 401-847- 4242, roseisland.org. Polar Express Train Ride, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., aboard the Newport Dinner Train, departs Newport Station, 19 America’s Cup Ave. Share the magic as the conductor reads the Chris Van Allsburg classic tale of a young boy’s unforgettable journey to the North Pole.

Saturday, December 21

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, Rough Point, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., tour the first floor and enjoy refreshments in the decorated staff dining room, not normally open to the public, tours offered every half hour, adults $10, children under 12 $8, 401-849-7300 x17, newportrestoration.org. “Hoppy Holiday,” 12 – 5 p.m., Newport Storm Brewery and Thomas Tew Rum Distillery, 293 JT Connell Rd., enjoy brews, hot cider, Tew rum balls, a souvenir pint glass, ornament making for the little ones, $10, 401-849-5232, newportstorm.com. Polar Express Train Ride, see Dec. 20 for details. “Messiah and Carol Sing: The Christmas Story” by Swanhurst Chorus, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Spring and Dearborn streets. Bring your own score and sing along or enjoy the glorious sounds of the season, scores available for rent, festive wassail bowl reception, admission $10, $5 for children 12 and under and $25 maximum per family, 401-682-1630 or swanhurst.org.

Sunday, December 22

The Elms Visit with Santa Claus, noon – 3 p.m., 367 Bellevue Ave., the jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish lists, refreshments, regular daytime admission, 401- 847-1000, newportmansions.org. American Girl Doll Holiday Party, 2 p.m., Edward King House Senior Center, presented by the Newport Recreation Dept., crafts, cookie decorating, doll fashion stroll and a gift, $15 per child, adults are free, all children must be accompanied by an adult, advance reservations required, 401-845-5800, reservations are limited. Santa by the Fireplace, 2 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 1 Market Sq., come meet with Santa and hear him read “The Night Before Christmas,” refreshments, free, 401- 847-4260. Polar Express Train Ride, see Dec. 20 for details. Advent Service of Lessons & Carols, 6:30 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal on the Point, Willow and Washington streets.

Monday, December 23

Giant Holiday Gingerbread House, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Newport Marriott Hotel, 25 America’s Cup Ave., free with canned good donation for charity.

Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Eve Service at Newport Congregational Church, 73 Pelham St. 5 p.m. A family oriented Christmas service with many hymns, free will offering. 401-619- 5109. Family Sung Mass with a blessing of the creche for children, 6 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal on the Point, Willow and Washington streets. Solemn & Joyful Midnight Mass, 11 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal on the Point, Willow and Washington Sts.

December 25

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 26

Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center mid-December, $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different houses open each day of tour, no advance reservations, 401-293-0965. Winter at the 1795 Wanton-Lyman Hazard House, 11 a.m., tour departs from the Museum at the Brick Market, meet a historical interpreter portraying Polly Wanton Lyman who will discuss winter life in 1795, $15, $10 for Newport Historical Society members, $5 children, reservations required, tickets can be purchased at the Museum at the Brick Market,401-841-8770. Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., Newport Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave. Remember the days of old on a 70-minute narrated train ride through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Reservations suggested. Order tickets online at ocnrr.com or by phone at 849-0546. Adult coach seats $10, Senior coach seats (60 or older) $8, child coach (13 or younger) $6; first class (parlor car) is $15 regardless of age and children must be at least 7 to ride in the parlor car. Holiday Lantern Tours, see Dec. 12 for details.

Friday, December 27

Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, see Dec. 26 for details. UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion Rough Point, see Dec. 21 for details. Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 26 for details. Holiday Lantern Tours, 4:30 p.m., tour departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays Dec. 5 – 28, $12 adults, $10 Newport Historical Society members & children, reservations required, tours weather permitting, 401-841-8770.

Saturday, December 28

Christmas in Newport Candlelight Tour of Historic Private Homes, see Dec. 26 for details. UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion, Rough Point, see Dec. 21. Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 26 for details. Holiday Lantern Tours, see Dec. 27 for details.

Sunday, December 29

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 26 for details. Children’s Story Hour at Historic Touro Synagogue, 2 p.m., 72 Touro St. Stories for children about Hanukkah, history, golems and goblins, tour the Loeb Visitors Center, free, 401-847-4794 X207. Christmas on Historic Hill: A Service of Lessons and Carols at Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Sq., 4 p.m. , a candlelight service featuring the choir and clergy of Trinity Church, free will offering, 401- 846- 0660, trinitynewport.org.

Monday, December 30

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 26 for details.

Tuesday, December 31

Holiday Train Ride on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, see Dec. 26 for details.

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

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