Shiny and Bright: A Very Newport Christmas

photo courtesy of Andrew via flickr

photo courtesy of Andrew via flickr

While Newport shines every season of the year, it glows just a little bit brighter during the holidays. If you’re searching for some Christmas cheer, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in this lustrous location. Let’s take a closer look at some of the festive frolicking you’ll find in Newport this season.

Mansions and More

Newport is already famous for its mansions, but they get all dressed up in their holiday best come Christmas. Between November 21st and January 3rd, three of Newport’s most magnificent icons of Gilded Age glamour -- The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House -- will be bedecked with thousands of poinsettias, 24 themed Christmas trees, and period-perfect tablescapes all aimed at delighting and dazzling visitors to “Christmas at the Newport Mansions.”

The breakers-Photo courtesy of The preservation society of newport county 

The breakers-Photo courtesy of The preservation society of newport county 

From a working garden scale model of the New York Central Railroad to an exquisite gingerbread village featuring creations from local pastry chefs, there’s truly something for everyone. New this year? A breathtaking Victorian display featuring sleighs, mannequins in authentic attire, and other seasonal scenes.

For an extra-special experience, attend "Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansion," where you'll take a step back in time thanks to softly glowing candlelight and live music, including everything from big band and jazz to Victorian carolers and barbershop quartets.  

                                      The elms-photo courtesy of Robyn Fleming via flickr

                                      The elms-photo courtesy of Robyn Fleming via flickr

As if that’s not enough, Santa comes to town not once, not twice, but three times during the holidays.  So head to The Breakers on the 6th, Marble House on the 13th, or The Elms on the 20th for your chance to sit on the big guy’s lap.

For a still moment amidst the hustle and bustle, don't miss “Undecked Halls” at Rough Point, a glimpse into the “quiet and shrouded house” left behind by Heiress Doris Duke, who spent her holidays in sunny Hawaii.

A New Kind of Nutcracker

You may have seen "The Nutcracker" before, but never like this. From November 27 - December 4, Newport’s most romantic mansion plays host to the Island Moving Company’s extraordinary “A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff.”

A contemporary ballet with a site-specific spin, the performance was  declared by the New York Times to be packed with “plenty of charm,” putting the audience “so close to the performers that you’re involved in a new way." 

30 Days of Merry Making

Now celebrating its 45th anniversary, the annual “Christmas in Newport” festival is so jam-packed with activities that it continues throughout the entire month of December.  

Photo courtesy of john herr via flickr

Photo courtesy of john herr via flickr

With a focus on noncommercial traditions, this celebration recaptures the quaint holidays of days gone by in bringing together residents, shop owners, and visitors alike to join forces in raising money for local charities. Events including everything from a Victorian Christmas feast at the Newport Art Museum to the nautical but “Nice List”-worthy Harbor Lights boat parade.  While you may never step inside a snow globe, it’s the next best thing. Need more convincing? Yankee Magazine once described "Christmas in Newport" as “A Christmas Carol meets It’s a Wonderful Life, only this one’s for real.” 

And whatever you do, don’t miss the Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House on December 5th. Because where else but Newport do Santa and Mrs. Claus make their big arrival by boat?

With all of this -- and so much more! -- waiting to be discovered in Newport, why not let the Chanler at Cliff Walk be your home base for the holidays? Our two-night Chanler Christmas getaway package includes everything you need to celebrate in style -- the perfect gift to yourself or that special someone this season.

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