Now the Jingle Bell Hop Has Begun!

Stem to Stern Blog: December 4, 2012

Festive parties and finalizing those (ever-growing!) shopping lists are already on the calendar for many as the height of the holiday season rapidly approaches. Thankfully, there’s ample opportunity to slow down and enjoy the magic of the season as Christmas in Newport is back and in full swing.

The tastiest beacon in town is up and running at the Newport Marriott: The Giant Holiday Gingerbread Lighthouse. This favorite Christmas cookie on steroids towers over children and on-lookers as they marvel at the “sweet” sight. The house is open for viewing from 8am to 9pm daily and is free for all to see. (Don’t forget to stop by the Newport Visitor Information Center next door for Christmas in Newport calendars and tour information.)

If you are looking to get outside and enjoy that crisp winter air, the captivating Holiday Lantern Tour begins this week (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 4:30pm) departing from the Brick Market Museum & Shop. Learn the history of winter holiday traditions and hear how the colonists did or did not celebrate the holidays on a walk through the streets of Newport. For more information, click here.

The all-new Franklin Street Holiday Stroll unfolds this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 12-6pm with more than a dozen participating local retailers. Franklin Street is located between Thames and Spring Streets and features jewelry, apparel, home décor shops and more.

Finally, don’t miss out on the Holiday Open House, Reading of The Night Before Christmas and a visit from Santa Claus at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum this week. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention.. all three of these events are FREE! What better gift could you ask for?

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