Holiday Happenings in Newport

It’s Christmas time in Newport, the most magical time of the year here on the waterfront! We may complain about the cold weather, but no one can resist how beautiful our coastal scenery is in combination with the lights, trees, wreaths, and (maybe!) a light layer of snow. While you're shopping for all of your loved ones, enjoy what Newport’s holiday season offers.

Deal: Spend $50 or more at our shops, then show your receipt at our Pilot House and be entered to win a Sail Away gift basket replete with a magnum of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir and more!

Hint: your daughter would love the bath bombs at Arianna Skincare and Soap & Water; your mom had her eye on a new purse at Custom Canvas and she thought the stockings made from recycled sails at Sea Bags were super cute. 

Start you visit at our Pilot House for more insider info, tickets and details on the following attractions.

Save The Bay Seal Tours


Meeting at Bowen’s Wharf Marina, this boat cruises the harbor for one hour in search of the favorite hang-outs of the local seals. Every Saturday and Sunday! Check their page because times will vary, or call us for pricing and tickets, 401-849-3478.

A Rough Point Holiday


From 10-4 every Saturday in December, enjoy a self-guided tour of Doris Duke’s Newport home, decorated for the season. Tickets are $10 at our Pilot House.

Audrain Automobile Museum (Newport) and Newport Car Museum (Portsmouth)

Depending on which end of the island you find yourself, both of our local car museums probably won’t be too far. Audrain is on Bellevue in Newport, and Newport Car Museum is on West Main Road in Portsmouth. At Audrain you can see Santa on the 9th of this month, and on the 20th they are having an Ugly Sweater Soirée. At Newport Car Museum you can enjoy gift shop sales throughout the holidays, movie nights and a “Hoods up” weekend on Dec. 15thand 16th.

Additional events:

Glen Manor Christmas open house Dec. 9 2-4pm so if you're coming from the north, stop in Portsmouth and enjoy.

Holiday Lantern Walking Tour Dec. 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th, 21, 22,28, 29th 4pm through Newport History Tours, and tickets at our Pilot House.

Holiday Open House at Redwood Library & Athenaeum Dec. 8th11-1pm, and this oldest lending library in the US is decorated for the holidays so it's worth a visit.

Movies daily at historic Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center in Washington Square.

See you on the waterfront!