THE NICE LIST: EAST BAY & NEWPORT

November 2022

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ALL SEASON

Saturdays & Sundays through November 20 

Apple Cider Bar: Celebrate the harvest season at The Chanler’s outdoor bar stocked with mulled, CBD, or spiked cider. Newport, TheChanler.com 

Saturdays through December 17

Cozy Autumn Fires and Tasty Treats: Spend an afternoon by the fire roasting marshmallows overlooking the Great Lawn at Blithewold. Chairs, s’mores kits, and a well-stocked fire pit are provided. Bristol, Blithewold.org

November 2–December 31

A Christmas for Carol: Holiday hijinks ensue in this world premiere farce, written and directed by Daniel Lee White, about office co-worker Carol, who goes over the top with holiday cheer. NewportPlayhouse.com

Fridays and Saturdays November 18–December 30

Holiday Lantern Tours: Learn about early American holiday traditions in Newport while exploring the city by lantern light during this special yuletide tour. NewportHistory.org

November 19–December 23

Sparkling Lights at The Breakers: The mansion’s grounds glitter with thousands of holiday lights, an illuminated tunnel, and no shortage of sparkling surprises. Plus, stop at any of the six fire pits for a s’mores kit, holiday treats, and even an adult bevvie. NewportMansions.org

November 19–January 1

Holidays at the Newport Mansions: The magic returns to the mansions with twinkling lights, trimmed trees, decorated mantels, and a jaw-dropping display of poinsettias in the Great Hall of The Breakers. NewportMansions.org

November 23–December 2

Newport Nutcracker: The Island Moving Company takes you through the ballroom, salon, and staircase of historic Rosecliff mansion during this unique, experiential production of the classic ballet. IslandMovingCo.org

November 25–January 1 

A Rough Point Holiday: Wander through the decked-out halls of the Rough Point Museum. Newport, NewportRestoration.org

Night Lights: Explore Blithewold’s storied grounds by way of lit paths, admiring illuminated displays and trees trimmed with handmade ornaments. Hot drinks from RI Cruisin’ Cocktails will keep you warm all evening long. Bristol, Blithewold.org

November 27–December 18

Music in the Living Room Series: Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as live music fills historic Blithewold, festooned in its holiday finery. Bristol, Blithewold.org

December 1-January 15

Small Works: Support local artists and shop affordable gifts at The Collaborative’s non-juried show of all variety of artworks under eight inches, from paintings to sculpture and ceramics. Warren, TheCollaborative02885.org



NOVEMBER

November 6

Great Challah Bake: Enjoy a day of bread-making, Israeli dancing, snacks and refreshments. Middletown, TempleShalomRhodeIsland.org 

November 11 

Swing Into Christmas Snowball: Dinner, cocktails, and a 19-piece big band set the scene for this 1940s-themed dance – costumes encouraged! Bristol, ChristmasBristolRI.com

November 16

Thanksgiving Stock-Up: Pre-order for the holidays during this special winter market by Hope & Main, featuring over 20 vendors. Warren, MakeFoodYourBusiness.org 

November 18-19

Holiday Preview: The Bristol Merchants Association kicks off the season with a special downtown shop and stroll, where you can start earning tickets for a chance to win cash prizes at the Snowflake Raffle on December 18! Bristol, ChristmasBristolRI.com

November 19

Family Photoshoot Day: Get a sneak peek at this year’s Christmas at Blithewold and have your festive family portrait taken in front of the decorated fireplace. Bristol, Blithewold.org

Holiday Artisan Market: Linden Place Mansion’s ballroom, courtyard, and grounds are brimming with dozens of local makers during this annual shopping experience. Bristol, LindenPlace.org

November 24

Thanksgiving at The Chanler: Gather with friends and family for a gastronomic celebration of New England’s harvest bounty, featuring a four-course menu by Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski, reservations required. Newport, TheChanler.com 

November 25

Day After Thanksgiving with Audubon: After a day of feasting, give thanks for all of nature’s gifts with family-friendly activities like crafting, storytime, animal interviews, and a special nature walk. Bristol, ASRI.org

Newport Illuminated Boat Parade: The dazzling floating light display returns bigger and brighter than ever, viewable from Perrotti Park, Bowen’s Wharf, or Bannister’s Wharf. DiscoverNewport.org

November 26

Book Signing with Pamela McColl: The author and historian behind ‘Twas the Night: The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem appears at the Museum of Newport History to sign copies of her book, celebrating the poem’s 200th anniversary. NewportHistory.org

November 27 & December 3

Candy Cane Express Cruise: Board the Coastal Queen for a kid-friendly holiday boat ride, with Mrs. Claus leading storytime, complimentary hot chocolate, and of course, a special red-and-white-striped candy treat. Jamestown, CoastalQueenCruises.com

November 30

Festival of Lights at Salve Regina: The university recognizes all the holidays celebrated this time of year with a ceremonious lighting of a peace candle, menorah, advent wreath, and fanoos. Newport, Salve.edu

DECEMBER

December 1

Holiday Open House: A special Christmas preview of the 1739 Colony House. Browse for holiday gifts in the Museum of Newport History’s pop-up shop and grab your tickets for the popular Holiday Lantern Tour. NewportHistory.org

December 2 

Holiday Bright Night: Tiverton Four Corners is aglow for a festive night of shopping and strolling through lit galleries and retailers. TivertonFourCorners.com

December 2-4

Holiday Pop-Up: Join Blanc & Bleu for this festive pop-up at their studio and shop, featuring vintage finds, goods from France, made-over furniture, and more. Bristol, BlancAndBleuHome.com

December 2-10

Winter Foodies Stroll: On select Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy a three-course meal and wine pairings at three of Newport’s exquisite restaurants. NewportFoodiesStroll.com

December 2-16

Annual Re-Tree Exhibition: The Tiverton Farmers Market sponsors this outdoor showcase of locally crafted trees made from recycled materials. Vote for your favorite and don’t miss the closing event and awards ceremony on the final night. TivertonFourCorners.com

December 3

{SANTA SIGHTING} Bowen’s Wharf 52nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Newport’s historic waterfront is festooned in holiday lights and decorations for a special evening of music, caroling, tree lighting ceremony, and visit via boat from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Newport, BowensWharf.com 

Grand Illumination and Parade: The East Bay’s long-standing yuletide tradition returns for an iconic Christmas tree lighting and parade. See it for yourself in person or enjoy the livestream on Facebook. Bristol, ChristmasBristolRI.com

Christmas in Song: The Newport Navy Choristers remind us of the reason for the season with a special holiday performance benefiting local nonprofits and civic organizations. Fall River, NewportNavyChoristers.org

Annual Lucy's Hearth Designer Wreath Sale: Peruse gorgeous holiday greenery put together by the pros – or take a stab at making your own – during this annual event benefiting the children and families supported by Lucy's Hearth. Middletown, LucysHearth.org

December 4

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop: Using locally grown and foraged foliage and flowers, craft your one-of-a-kind wreath with step-by-step instructions and seasonal refreshments. Bristol, BlancAndBleuHome.com

Messiah at the Mansion: Surrounded by the splendor of the Rosecliff Mansion, Newport Classical presents Handel’s iconic Messiah, featuring the singers of Ensemble Altera and The Choir School of Newport County. NewportClassical.org

Christmas Tea: Enjoy a holiday high tea tradition at St. Columba’s Chapel. Middletown, StColumbasChapel.org

December 6

Holiday Terrariums: Join Blithewold horticulturists for step-by-step instruction in creating your own themed terrarium. Bristol, Blithewold.org

December 9

Create a Tabletop Boxwood Tree: Blithewold horticulturists lead this holiday centerpiece workshop. Bristol, Blithewold.org

December 10

Classical Christmas at Emmanuel: A collaborative performance celebrates the holiday season, featuring piano, organ, trumpet, and choir, along with sing-along carols led by church parishioners. NewportClassical.org

December 10-11

Festival Weekend: Enjoy a European-style Christmas market complete with wreath-making workshops, specialty themed huts, unique photo ops, and traditional fare like mulled wine and apple cakes. Plus, discover holiday happenings at participating locales like the Bristol Maritime Center and Linden Place Mansion. Bristol, ChristmasBristolRI.com 

Hot Glue Heroes Exclusive Holiday Pop-Up: Get your one-of-a-kind kitchy creations including diorama ornaments, Pine Cone Cuties, Tiny Bits of Joy vignettes, and art by Tom Butts at this studio pop-up. East Providence, Facebook: Hot Glue Heros RI

December 13

Holiday Mingle & Jingle Celebration: Things get jolly at the Lobster Pot for their annual holiday extravaganza and raffle, complete with a delicious dinner and a cash bar. Bristol, EastBayChamberRI.org

December 14

Christmas & Holiday Market: Find everything on your holiday shopping list at Hope & Main’s special indoor market, featuring over 20 vendors, live music, hot food, cocktails, and mocktails. Warren, MakeFoodYourBusiness.org 

December 16

Christmas Story Time: Gather the whole family to listen to a special live broadcast featuring members of the Bristol fire and police departments (as well as a few surprise guests!) reading their favorite Christmas classics. Bristol, ChristmasBristolRI.com 

December 17

Eileen Ivers: A Joyful Christmas: An American fiddler with Irish roots, Eileen and her ensemble put on a spirited show full of song and storytelling at the JPT Film & Event Center. Newport, JanePickens.com   

Holiday Market at Mount Hope Farm: The year-round farmers market hosts an especially merry market on the south pasture, with no shortage of vendors and holiday fun housed under a heated tent. Bristol, MountHopeFarm.org

Holiday Dinner Dance: This annual black-tie event channels Great Gatsby vibes with a cocktail hour, three-course seated dinner, and dancing throughout the decorated rooms of The Breakers. NewportMansions.org 

December 18

{SANTA SIGHTING} Snowflake Raffle: After earning tickets all season-long by shopping at participating businesses, gather at the bottom of State Street to watch Santa Claus and Jack Frost draw the lucky winners. Bristol, ChristmasBristolRI.com

{SANTA SIGHTING} Meet & Greet with Santa Cruise: Mix, mingle, and get your jingle on aboard the Coastal Queen during this special cruise with Santa, hot chocolate, and candy canes. Newport, CoastalQueenCruises.com

December 20 & 27

A Night with the Butler and Ladies’ Maid: Step back in time with a special self-guided holiday tour by candlelight, detailing the lives and duties of Blithewold’s historic household staff. Bristol, Blithewold.org

December 22

Brie Merry and Bright: Create a holiday-themed charcuterie board with the Perfect Parcel at Mount Hope Farm. Bring your family, friends, or co-workers – the beginner-level workshop welcomes all. Bristol, MountHopeFarm.org

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