Countdown to Christmas: Waterfront Shopping & Events

We're making browsing and buying so easy this year! Specials (like gift-with-purchase), free cider, ski repair, free gift wrapping, and live music accompany curated gift collections all over the waterfront. 

The countdown to Christmas kicks off November 25 with a wharf-wide Holiday Block Party and the City of Newport’s boat parade. The waterfront at Bowen’s Wharf offers exceptional views of the Illuminated Boat Parade which starts at 6:15pm. While the flotilla motors past step into our locally-owned unique boutiques and restaurants for hot cider, in-store specials alongside live music in ‘The North Pole’ with Panoramic View. All are invited to meander through the waterfront and local businesses from 4-8pm, rain or snow, just dress the part! Restaurant reservations should be made early for best viewing.

On Saturday December 3rd, at 6pm sharp, thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the tree at our historic wharf during the 46th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting. The whole family can join in caroling, meeting Frosty the Snowman, Santa, and Mrs. Claus at ‘The North Pole’. Make a day of it with lunch or dinner reservations and check off that holiday gift list at our retail shops.


Festivities begin at 4:30 pm with Frosty the Snowman. The Christmas Carol Sing-a-long begins at 5 pm, the Mayor lights the tree at 6 pm immediately followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by boat (weather permitting). Join us for a magical evening of charm, fun, and good cheer. Restaurants & shops are open before and after the event. Some businesses will offer free refreshments, early afternoon caroling, and shopping specials -- all are decorated for the season! Note: The Bowen’s Wharf parking lot will be open until 4 pm the day of the tree lighting. (FREE ADMISSION TO BOTH!)

Two hours of validated parking are available from participating Bowen’s Wharf merchants all season, and there is free parking at designated locations throughout the city of Newport.

Celebrate the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas with us at Bowen’s Wharf during the Newport Holiday Stroll: December 3,4, 10 & 11. Sparkling lights, in-store decorations & promotions, ski repair, demonstrations & restaurant specials. Holidays by the Sea runs through the end of December so Shop, Dine, Stay & Explore in Newport. Complete list of businesses, event & stroll details online and Call Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House (401) 849-3478 for tour tickets to mansions, museums, forts and event information.