Friday, November 21, 2008

38th Annual Christmas in Newport celebrates the noncommercial traditition of the holiday season.

Founded in 1971, Christmas in Newport began as a two-week festival that celebrated the noncommercial traditions of the holiday season. Now in its 38th year, the annual program boasts multiple activities for nearly each day of the December calendar.

In a community collaboration among residents, businesses and the city, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue.

For more information about Christmas in Newport, call our hot line at (401) 849-6454, or visit our web site at

Newport's Astors' Beechwood Schedual for the Annaul Christmas Feast

As you cross the threshold of the Astors' Beechwood Mansion, you step back in time to St. Nicholas Day1891. You are a dear friend coming to join Mrs. Astor and her family for a magnificent celebration.

The home is decorated in full holiday splendor and
music fills the air. Once you have greeted Mrs. Astor,
please tour the home and visit with the family.
Don’t forget to sneak into the servants’ hall for a
behind the scenes glimpse of holiday activity!

As the touring winds down, the butler will invite you into the
ballroom. You will be seated at a table for ten guests and
will have the opportunity to interact with them, as well as
members of the Astor family, throughout the event.

As the performance begins, and you journey back in time,
the beautiful voices of our company of actors will help
re-create this bygone era. After introductions, dinner begins.

You will be entertained during your entire stay at Beechwood.
You will enjoy delightful events between each course, chuckle
at the servants’ antics, and you just might see St. Nicholas
himself. The highlight of this spectacular soirée is a vocal
performance so breathtaking it will fill even the hardest heart
with the true spirit of Christmas. We look forward to your visit.

2008 Feast Performance Dates
Saturday, December 6, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 13, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 20, 7:00 pm

Tickets on sale September 2nd
$125 per person

RESERVATIONS: 401-846-3772

Rhode Island's Newport Preservation Society celebrates Christmas at the Newport Mansions

5 Holiday Evening at the Breakers

Why wait 'til December to get into the holiday spirit? Get your cheer on early by heading to The Breakers mansion in Newport on Saturday. Decked out with garland, trees, wreaths and ribbon, the mansion -- and in our opinion, the city itself -- is in its finest form this time of year. The Jubilate Chorale is scheduled to perform, a spread of sweets will be out for the taking, and you can tour the property at your leisure. This Saturday marks the first of five such events, which run through December 27.
The Details: November 22. 6 to 8 p.m. $25 (when purchased in advance), $30 (at the door) adults; $10 youth ages 6-17. 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, 847-1000,