East Bay and Newport


All Season

Sundays in November

Warren Walkabout: Celebrate Warren’s downtown artist district with a Sunday stroll. Browse the open artist studios, sample local food and brews, grab holiday gifts at local shops, and enjoy live music. Warren


Blithewold Holiday Workshops: On select dates throughout the season, register for DIY workshops creating unique gifts, wreaths, and holiday centerpieces at the mansion. Bristol

November 19-December 30

Holiday Lantern Tours: On select dates through the season, tour Newport by lantern light as you learn about American holiday traditions through the ages. 

November 21-January 1

Holidays at the Newport Mansions: Backdropped by the sound of festive music, The Breakers will be awash in thousands of sparkling lights, while the interior of both The Breakers and The Elms are festooned with poinsettias. 

November 24-December 3

Newport Nutcracker: Island Moving Company performs the classic ballet
in the ballroom, salon, and staircase of Rosecliff mansion. Newport

November 26-January 2

A Rough Point Holiday: On select dates through the season, meander through the Christmas- and winter-themed rooms of Rough Point Museum. Newport

November 26-January 7

Night Lights: Stroll lit paths throughout the Blithewold grounds featuring stunning displays, handmade bamboo ornaments, and the natural beauty of the arboretum. RI Cruisin’ Cocktails will be serving hot bevvies, some with a kick! Bristol

December 3-17

Annual Re-Tree Exhibition: A showcase of trees created with recycled materials will be dispersed across the grounds of Tiverton Four Corners, with a chance to vote for your favorite. Tiverton


November 7

400th Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving: Mount Hope Farm commemorates the occasion with a full day of family fun, featuring stories from members of the Pokanoket Tribe, basket weaving, wagon rides, and much more. Bristol

November 12

Christmas Snow Ball: Cocktails, music, gourmet fare, and holiday auction at Mount Hope Farm. This year’s evening attire theme is in the style of 1954 classic White Christmas. Bristol

November 19

Holiday Preview: Bristol Merchants Association invites the public to shop, dine and stroll downtown to see what local businesses have to offer this holiday season. Bristol

Winter Artisan Market: An indoor and outdoor shopping experience set in the ballroom, courtyard, and grounds of Linden Place Mansion, browse the works of dozens of local artisans and meet the talented makers. Bristol

November 21

Holiday Market: Support local start-ups at Hope & Main’s annual indoor market. A variety of foodstuffs and delicacies from small food businesses at Rhode Island’s incubator program are available to purchase. Warren

November 26

Newport Illuminated Boat Parade: Watch from Perrotti Park, Bowen’s Wharf, or Bannister’s Wharf the display of nautical spirit pass by in the form of a dazzling boat parade. 

Day After Thanksgiving with Audubon: Put the leftovers aside and give thanks for nature’s gifts with a day of rediscovering the outdoors with activities for the whole family. Bristol

November 27

Re-Tree Maker’s Workshop: The Four Corners Arts Center and Imagination Collaboration co-host this crafty workshop to offer support and tools (and hot cocoa!) for assembling festive tree sculptures
made from recycled materials that will be displayed around town. Tiverton

November 30

Beyond the Boughs: Learn about the history of holiday plants with author Matt Mattus, who shares stories of forgotten plants and how our most common holiday decor became popular. Bristol


December 1

Official Opening of Christmas: Washington Square gets into the spirit with a tree lighting, canon salute, and performances by the public school music program. Newport

Newport County Orchestra in Concert: Classical and Christmas music sponsored by the Salve Regina University Music Department. Newport

December 1-9

Door Decorating Contest: Bristol residents and businesses are invited to enter the Deck The Doors contest, for a chance to win “Best Residential,” “Best Commercial,” or “People’s Choice.” Winners announced December 19. Bristol

December 3

Holiday Bright Night: An evening of shopping and festive fun at Tiverton Four Corners is marked by vibrantly lit galleries and shops, plus the chance to see Santa paying the village a visit. Tiverton

December 3-4

Newport Classical Holiday with Ensemble Altera: Celebrate the holiday season with a program of feminine voices, harb, and organ from the chamber choir Ensemble Altera, rounding the concert off with popular Christmas songs.

December 4

Grand Illumination and Parade: Let it glow at this unforgettable East Bay tradition lighting up Bristol’s iconic Christmas tree, this year with a parade featuring Mt. Hope High School Band and the Bristol County Fifes and Drums, too. Bristol

Bowen’s Wharf 51st Annual ChristmasTree Lighting: The waterfront is transformed with a reimagined celebration kicking off the holidays by the sea with in-person programming and a live-streamed countdown to the tree lighting. Newport

21st Annual Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale: Find holiday greenery like wreaths and table top decorations created by local designers, artists, gardeners, and florists. Newport

Traditional Christmas Tea: A special seasonal high tea at St. Columba’s Chapel. Middletown

December 5

Christmas in Song: The Newport Navy Choristers perform holiday songs to raise funds benefiting local nonprofit charitable and civic organizations. Fall River

Wreath Making Workshop: Create your own holiday wreath at Blanc & Bleu using all locally grown and foraged foliage and blooms. Ticket includes materials, instruction, and refreshments. Bristol

December 9

Christmas at Mt. Zion: Both old and new, sacred and secular, holiday music by the Voices of Unity/RPM Voices of Rhode Island. Newport

December 10

Newport Doorway Contest: With entries for festive decorated doors open December 1-8, judges will select the winners. Newport

December 10 & 14

Student Christmas Services: St. George’s School will hold the student-led Lessons & Carols telling the story of the birth of Christ and the 110th Annual Medieval Christmas Festival. Middletown

December 11-12

Festival Weekend: For the 35th year, the Bristol Christmas Festival Committee is hosting a European-style Christmas market in front of the Burnside Building. Bristol

December 12

Messiah at the Mansion: Newport Classical presents the Christmas portion of Handel’s celebratory work Messiah, featuring the singers of The Choir School of Newport County, Brown University Chorus, and Providence Baroque Orchestra. 

Holiday on the Common: Gather at the First United Methodist Church of Warren for a holiday folk concert by Atwater Donnelly and Bank of Ireland benefitting Hope & Main’s Nourish Our Neighbors program. Warren

December 18

Christmas Story Time: Tune into the Bristol Christmas Festival’s annual story time, a live broadcast featuring members of the fire and police departments and surprise guests reading holiday classics. Bristol

Holiday Dinner Dance: A Gilded Age gala at The Breakers featuring cocktail hour on the loggia, three-course dinner in the Great Hall, and dancing in the Music Room. Newport

December 19

Annual Snowflake Raffle: Presented by Bristol Merchants Association, earn tickets throughout the season by shopping local participating merchants, leading up to a visit from Santa Claus and Jack Frost Shop, who will draw winning tickets at the bottom of State Street. Bristol


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