Five Can’t-Miss Events: Dec.7–13
Drink beer and look at art, get friendly with the ghosts of Christmas "passed," enjoy the streets of Newport by candlelight and more fun things to do.
1. Field of Artisans Pop Up at Whalers Brewing Co.
This holiday season, art and beer mix in the best possible way: Field of Artisans, a community for Rhode Island artists, is popping up at Whalers Brewing Company for a series of holiday markets with all types of art. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique gift for your artsy friend, all while having a drink to cool your nerves as you choose between a painting or a photo.
The Details: Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Whalers Brewing Company, 1174 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown, fieldofartisans.com.
2. Ghosts of Christmas Passed Fundraiser
Hang out with TLC “Kindred Spirits” stars Amy Bruni and Adam Berry along with psychic Chip Coffey during this special fundraiser to support the restoration of the Newport Opera House. Start the evening with a spicy dinner at Perro Salado with the stars, then join them for a haunted history tour of Washington Square, psychic readings and a paranormal investigation of the Newport Opera. Who knows, maybe you’ll encounter some ghosts of Christmas past!
The Details: Dec. 8. 5:30 p.m. $150. 11 Touro St., 2nd Floor, Newportoperahousetheaternewportri.org.
3. Newport Holiday Lantern Walking Tour
History lovers, this one is for you. Go on an evening walk (by lantern, no less!) that will teach you all about the history of early American holiday traditions. Learn how Colonial Newporters recognized the holidays (or not). Reservations are recommended as walk-in space may not be available. Weather permitting.
The Details: Nov. 24–Dec. 30. 4–5 p.m. $15 for adults, $10 for Newport Historical Society members and active duty military members with ID. $5 children from five–twelve. Departing from the Brick Market Museum, 127 Thames St., Newport, 401-841-8770, newporthistory.org.
4. Holiday Cabaret
Up for a bit of holiday mischief? Come watch a Holiday Cabaret at the Edward King House, a historic landmark that now doubles as a senior center facility. Listen to your holiday favorites sung by members of the Newport County Community Chorus. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is this year’s theme. Directed by Kristine Wilbur, the cabaret is a part of the forty-seventh annual Christmas in Newport. All proceeds will be donated to enrichment programs at the Edward King House.
The Details: Dec. 7. 7–8:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $10. 35 King St., Newport, 401-846-7426, edwardkinghouse.org.
5. Christmas at Newport Mansions
The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three Newport mansions decked out in Christmas decor. The Breakers, the Elms and Marble House will all be filled with thousands of poinsettias, evergreens and wreaths. The music and Yuletide finery will enhance a tour of these historic landmarks to make the experience that much more spectacular. Celebrate Christmas by stepping into a time machine and going back to the Gilded Age.
The Details: Nov. 18–Jan. 1. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $17.50–$30. Various addresses in Newport, newportmansions.org.
Want more fun things to do? Check out our calendar listings.
Reporting assistance by Grace Kelly.