2016-11-23 / Calendar

Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 1

Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, 6 p.m., Washington Square, tree lighting, Newport Artillery cannon salute, proclamation from the mayor, live entertainment, free, 401-849-6454, christmasinnewport.org.

Newport Historical Society’s Holiday Open House, 4-6 p.m., Newport Colony House, top of Washington Square, tour the Colony House before the Christmas in Newport opening ceremony, hear a reading of “The Christmas Tree Hessian,” a tale of Christmas through the eyes of a child during the Revolutionary War era, donations welcome, 401-846-0813.

Newport Nutcracker, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Island Moving Company holiday ballet, times vary, reservations required, 401- 847-4470, islandmovingco.org.

Newport Doorway Contest, judging Dec. 9, register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org.

Friday, December 2

Newport Hospital Auxiliary Shopping Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Newport Hospital, handiwork and crafts by local artisans and employees, funds raised will support patient programs, 401-845-1638.

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Newport Visitor’s Information Center, America’s Cup Ave., creation by the Marriott Newport culinary staff, free, visitors encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item.

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island,” $15 adults, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, weather permitting, 401-846- 0813 or 401-841-8770.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., hear the history of early American holiday traditions, learn how Colonial Newporters recognized (or didn’t) the holidays, reservations required, $15 adults, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, weather permitting, 401-846- 0813 or 401-841-8770.

Madrigal Chorus Concert, 4 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Sq., madrigal performance by Salve Regina University choir, free, 401-847-4260.

Victorian Boutique Holiday Sale, 7-8:30 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., Victorian-style gifts both old and new, free admission, 401-846-7426.

Mistletoe Madness at Glen Manor House, 7-11 p.m., 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth, cocktail reception, dancing, $65, reservations required, 401-683-4177.

Newport Nutcracker, see Dec. 1.

Saturday, December 3

Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Rotunda at Easton’s Beach, Christmas wreaths and tabletop decorations created by designers, artists, gardeners and florists from the community,

also features a gourmet sweets bake sale, proceeds to benefit Lucy’s Hearth, 401-847-2021.

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Newport Visitor’s Information Center, America’s Cup Ave., free, see Dec. 2.

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., visit the historic state capitol, reservations suggested, $15 adults, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID, $5 children ages 5-12, weather permitting, 401-846- 0813 or 401-841-8770.

UnDecked Halls: Behind the Scenes at Doris Duke’s Mansion in Winter, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave., see the decorated staff wing, not normally open to the public, tours offered every half hour, $10 adults, free for children under 12, 401-846-4152 x122, newportrestoration.org.

Cluny School Tree and Wreath Sale, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., IYRS parking lot, 449 Lower Thames St., fresh, double-faced Canadian balsam wreaths, hand-decorated by Cluny School parents, free tree delivery in Newport, proceeds to benefit Cluny School, 401-525-1980, clunyschool.org.

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., hear stories of religious diversity and entrepreneurship and learn how locals lived in Colonial era winters, $15 adults, reservations required, 401- 846-0813 or 401-841-8770.

Santa’s Workshop, noon-3 p.m., Easton’s Beach Carousel and Rotunda, presented by the Newport Rotary Club, $5 per child includes a goody bag, crafts, cookie decorating, one ride on the carousel, one ride on the mini-train, and a visit with Santa, tickets at the door, 401-845-5800.

Trinity Christmas Silver Tea, noon-4 p.m., Honyman Hall, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, holiday high tea, $12, 401-862-4474, trinitynewport.org.

Christmas Cards for Mariners, 2-4 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, write a Christmas card for men and women serving on the seas, free, 401-847-4260.

Newport County Orchestra Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., classical and holiday music by the Salve Regina Dept. of Music, $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students, 401- 341-2295.

Holiday Lantern Tour, 4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House, Frosty the Snowman and caroling starting at 4:30 p.m., tree lighting and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat (weather permitting) at 5:45 p.m., live music, free, 401-849-2120, bowenswharf.com.

Swanhurst Chorus Concert, 8 p.m., Emmanuel Church, Spring and Dearborn streets, Beethoven’s Missa in C and other works, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 for full-time students, 401-682-1630, swanhurst.org.

Sunday, December 4

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Newport Visitor’s Information Center, America’s Cup Ave., free, see Dec. 2.

Colony House Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Cluny School Tree and Wreath Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., see Dec. 3.

Golden to Gilded Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., departs from the Brick Market Museum & Shop, 127 Thames St., learn about Newport’s Colonial age to Gilded Age summer colony, $15 adults, reservations suggested, 401-846-0813 or 401-841-8770.

Santa Claus at The Breakers, noon-3 p.m., 44 Ochre Point Ave., the jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish lists, refreshments, regular daytime admission, 401-847-1000, newportmansions.org.

Christmas at Whitehall, 2-4 p.m., Whitehall Museum House, 311 Berkeley Ave., Middletown, lift a cup of wassail and learn about 1730’s festivities, seasonal music, sponsored by the Colonial Dames of America in the state of R.I., 401-480-4183, whitehallmuseumhouse.org.

Newport Community Band Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., Salve community band, jazz and flute ensembles performing holiday favorites, $8, $5 seniors, 401-341-2295.

Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, 3 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 5 Mann Ave., Bach's Christmas Oratorio (sung in English) with featured soloists, general admission $30, advance $27, seniors $24, students with ID $10, 401- 521-5670, ricco.org.

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m., Church of St. John the Evangelist, Washington and Willow streets, performance by the St. John's and Emmanuel Church choirs and the Choir School of Newport County, freewill offering, child-friendly for ages 5 and up, 401-848-2561.

Newport Doorway Contest, see Dec. 1.

Monday, December 5

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m. -4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., see Dec. 2.

Tuesday, December 6

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m. -4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Doorway Contest, see Dec. 1.

Wednesday, December 7

Holiday Cabaret, 7 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., special night of holiday entertainment with 2016 Beach Idol winner Carrigan Nelson, Newport's Jimmy Winters, local favorites Ben O'Connor and more, suggested donation $10, 401-846-7426, edwardkinghouse.org.

Giant Gingerbread Lighthouse, 9 a.m. -4 p.m., see Dec. 2.

Newport Doorway Contest, see Dec. 1.

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