Discover Newport: Christmas in Newport Press Release

For Immediate Release

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Newport (R.I.) November 30, 2012 – Newport and Bristol Counties are decked out in holiday finery with white lights illuminating homes, shops and the bustling wharves while innkeepers and restaurateurs have hung the stockings by the chimney with care.

The 42nd annual Christmas in Newport kicks off tomorrow evening, December 1, with a tree lighting ceremony in Washington Square.  The month-long celebration fetes the non-commercial traditions of the season with most events benefiting local, non-profit organizations and charities.  Polar Express train rides, historical tours, concerts, craft fairs, culinary events and the annual Governor’s Ball are just a few of the activities planned this year.  A full calendar of Christmas in Newport happenings, available at the Newport Visitor Information center and throughout the city, promises to captivate both the young and young at heart.

Christmas at the Newport Mansions is already underway with The Breakers The Elms and Marble House inviting visitors to make holiday memories at three of America’s grandest historic houses. Elegantly trimmed Christmas trees, dozens of wreaths, hundreds of yards of garland and thousands of flowers throughout the homes all bring the spirit of a Gilded Age holiday to life.  More information, including the schedule of Holiday Evening entertainment and advance tickets, are available at http://www.NewportMansions .org or by calling (401) 847-1000.

Holiday shopping strolls, arts and cultural experiences, winery and brewert events, tree lightings, craft fairs and more can be found throughout Newport and Bristol Counties this season.  For a complete line-up of holiday and winter events, travel packages and last minute deals, visit



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