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Official opening of Christmas in Newport with proclamation from the mayor, tree lighting, Newport cannon salute and music by Pell School Champions Chorus, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m., Washington Sq.,

Holiday Open House Visit the 1739 Colony House before Christmas in Newport’s opening ceremony, Dec. 1 from 4-6 p.m., Colony House, Washington Sq., 401-846-0813,

A is for Art Ages 2-5 with a caregiver invited to make an ice cream cone tree, 10-10:45 a.m., registration required, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 401-847-8720,

Movie “Elf,” an oversized elf travels to New York City to meet his biological father, Dec. 2 from 2-5 p.m., Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 401-847-8720,

Santa at the Sanctuary Photo with Santa and Mrs. Clause, festive crafts and games, hot chocolate and story with Santa, Dec. 2 from 4-7 p.m., free, reservations required, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 401-846-2577,

Hotel Viking Tree Lighting Complimentary hot chocolate, cookies, live entertainment and Santa, Dec. 2 from 5:30-8 p.m., tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave., 401-848- 4824,

Concert Christmas at Mount Zion featuring RPM Voices of RI, The Voices of Unity and Isiah Brown, Dec. 2 from 7-8:30 p.m., donations accepted, Mt. Zion AME Church, 101 Van Zandt Ave., 401-849- 3569,

Candy Cane Express Cruise Cruise Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay with each child receiving a candy cane, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., prices vary, Coastal Queen Cruises, 1 East Ferry Wharf, Jamestown, 401- 423-9900,

Gift Wrapping Fundraiser Girl Scout Troop #602 will wrap your gifts, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd. Middletown, 401-846-1573,

Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting Afternoon visit from Santa, local musicians and tree lighting, Dec. 3 from 12:30-6 p.m., free, Bowen’s Wharf, 13 Bowen’s Wharf, 401-849-2243,

Silver Tea Afternoon tea featuring holiday music, seasonal wreaths, greens, ornaments, hostess and holiday gifts, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m., $15, Trinity Church, 1 Queen Anne Sq.,

Crafts for Gifts Teens are invited to make a DIY snowy mason jar, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 1-2:30 p.m., Middletown Public Library, 700 W. Main Rd., Middletown, 401-846-1573,

Meet Santa Professional photos, crafts, music, holiday cheer benefit for Four Hearts Foundation to build their new playground, Dec. 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12-4 p.m., $25 per family, reservations required, Newport Car Museum, 1947 W. Main Rd., Portsmouth, 401-848- 2277,

Messiah at the Mansion Newport Classical presents Handel’s iconic oratorio Messiah featuring Ensemble Altera and The Choir School of Newport County, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., $75, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., 401-846-1133,

Portsmouth Library Tree Lighting Dec 4 from 5:30-7 p.m., Michael W. Mello Program Room Portsmouth Library, 2658 East Main Rd., Portsmouth,

Holiday Concert Holiday concert featuring Newport Community Band with Salve Jazz and flute ensembles, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m., $10, purchase tickets online, Casino Theater, 9 Freebody Street, 401-341-2295,

King Park Tree Lighting Visit from Santa plus a tree lighting dedicated to Willie Olechnowicz, Dec. 5 from 7-8 p.m., rain date Dec. 6, donations for Maher Center, King Park, Wellington Avenue.

Newport Student Art Exhibition Newport School System artists grade K to 12 present their “Impressions of Christmas in Newport” art exhibit, Dec. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., free, Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf.

Singing for Shelter Concert Annual holiday fundraising concert in support of Lucy’s Hearth and the McKinney Shelter, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., $27, limited tickets at the door, email, Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St.

Pop-Tart Gingerbread House Take and make a Pop-Tart Gingerbread House, supplies provided but bring your own serrated knife, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., registration required, Jamestown Clubhouse Library, 245 Conanicus Ave., 401-423-7280,

Holiday Extravaganza Live holiday music, wine or beer tasting and festive food stations plus meet Santa and prizes for ugly holiday sweaters, Dec. 9 from 5-8 p.m., $22, reserve online, Newport Vineyards, 909 E. Main Rd., Middletown, 401-848-5161,

Christmas in Song The Newport navy Choristers present a Christmas concert, Dec. 9 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., prices vary, St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 1697 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth,

Lessons & Carols A candlelight Christmas Service of Nine Lessons & Carols, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., proof of vaccination required, St. George’s Chapel, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 401- 842-6736,

Christmas Open House Celtic holiday music, eggnog and cookies plus caroling by the AOH Men’s Singers, Dec. 10 from

12–4:30 p.m., free, Museum of Newport Irish History, 648 Thames St.,

Classical Christmas Concert Classical Christmas repertoire for piano, organ, trumpet and choir including sing-along carols and joyous reception, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., $30, ticket purchase required online, Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. 401-846-1133,

Jamestown Choral Concert A festive choral concert featuring many favorite Christmas carols by Jamestown RI Community Chorus, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 3 p.m., $15, reserve tickets by calling 401-207-0771, Jamestown Recreation Center, 41 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown,

Christmas Choral Concert Salve Regina University’s annual holiday choral music concert featuring the University Chorus, Madrigals and a cappella groups,

Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 3 p.m., $10, Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave.,

Pictures with Santa Newport Recreation presents an opportunity to take a photo (with your own camera) with Santa in a Winter Wonderland, registration is required, The Hut, 35 Golden Hill St., 401-845-5800,

Holiday Sweater Cruise and Contest Cruise Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay and enter the Holiday Sweater Contest, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m., prices vary, Coastal Queen, 5 Bowen’s Landing, 401-423-9900,

Music of the Christmas Season Carols, choral anthems, instrumental music and the Christmas story, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., free, First Presbyterian Church, 4 Everett St., 401-847-1749,

The Story of Hanukkah Live music by the Touro Band, a reading of the Story of Hanukkah, a little gelt and dreidel, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., free, registration is required, Edward King House Senior Center, 35 King St., 401-846-7426,

Holiday Concert Edward King House singers perform traditional carols and tunes with an audience sing-a-long, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., free, St. Mary’s Church, 12 William St.,

Christmas Storytelling with Santa Reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” plus holiday music and a visit from Santa, Dec. 17 from 12-1:30 p.m., free, Colony House, Washington Square.

Christmas Storytelling with Santa in Spanish Reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in Spanish plus holiday music and a visit from Santa, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m., free, Colony House, Washington Square.

Little Naturalist’s Holiday Party Children ages 4-10 are invited to explore the forest then enjoy crafts, games and a nature movie, Dec. 18 from 2-8 p.m., prices vary, registration required, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 401-846-2577,

Holiday Stocking Workshop Children ages 6-12 are invited to create their own personalized paper stocking, Dec. 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Dec. 20 4-5 p.m., registration required, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 401-847- 8720,

Breakfast with Santa Bring the family for breakfast when Santa visits, Dec. 18, 9 a.m.– 12 noon, reservations required, One Bellevue Restaurant at Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave., 401-848- 4824,

Visit with Santa Hear Christmas stories, sing holiday songs and make a special craft, then take your photo with Santa, for ages 0-5 years, Dec. 21

from 10-10:30 a.m., no registration required, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 401-847-8720,

On-going Events

Sparkling Lights Dec. 1-23, Dec. 26-Jan. 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Holiday lights and outdoor music, an outdoor magical wonderland at The Breakers, prices vary, purchase tickets online, The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave.,

Holidays at the Newport Mansions Dec. 1-23, Dec. 26-Jan. 1 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms are dressed in their festive finery with ornately decorated Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and fresh floral arrangements, prices vary, visit

Game, Set, Lights Dec. 1 – Jan. 6 Lights displayed on the historic horseshoe court, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 401-849-3990,

A Rough Point Holiday Dec. 2- 4, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18, Dec. 23, Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience the holiday traditions and winter caretaking practices, prices vary, Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave., 401-849-7300,

Newport’s Largest Gingerbread House Visit a seven-foot keeper’s house and a 16-foot working lighthouse made of gingerbread by the hotel team, Dec. 3-31 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., accepting donations of nonperishable food for MLK Center, Lobby of Newport Marriott Hotel, 25 America’s Cup Ave., 401-849- 1000,

Advent Evenings at St. Mary’s Church Dec. 7, 14, 21 from 6-7 p.m. Meditative music will be played on the organ and/or strings and the church will be decorated, donations accepted, St. Mary’s Church, Spring Street and Memorial Blvd.,

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