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Things to Do in Newport in the Winter

Activities for Your New England Winter Getaways

The fun doesn't end after summer. The Newport Cliff Walk becomes an inviting destination during the winter season with a combination of the joys of the holiday season set against the charming backdrop of Newport. There are endless things to do in Newport in the winter, whether you’re visiting for a New England winter getaway or to celebrate Christmas or New Year's. Experience the Newport Mansions Christmas festivities, go for a holiday stroll through town, shop at local boutiques or participate in ice skating downtown.

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Check out our recommendations below for our favorite things to do in Newport in the winter when you stay at The Chanler!

Christmas at the Newport Mansions 

Every year at this time, The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House open their doors to offer the public an especially glittering glimpse of the luxurious life for which they’re known. From thousands of poinsettias and 28 themed Christmas trees to candlelight windows and period-set holiday tables, Christmastime at the Newport Mansions is the season personified. Highlights include a 15-foot tall poinsettia tree and impressive model train set at The Breakers; a ballroom-turned-Gilded Age streetscape at The Elms; and a mantelpiece-decorating competition at Marble House. Have Yourself a Merry Newport Christmas this holiday season. 

Now – January 2

Holiday Shopping at Newport Boutiques 

Avoid the crowded mall parking lots and seemingly never ending lines by shopping local this holiday season. Newport is home to a wide array of speciality boutiques with amazing assortments of items for everyone on your list. These boutiques are set against a scenic backdrop straight out of your favorite Christmas movie. Some of our favorites include Farmaesthetics, Karol Richardson, Laura Jean Denim & Three Golden Apples

Newport Holiday Stroll 

The entire town of Newport comes together to create a holiday season to remember. Stroll through Newport with live entertainment such as Christmas caroling and busking while discover suggestions of local happenings that you must attend. Go for a holiday lantern walking tour, have tea, take in a holiday concert or meet Santa. Local shops and restaurants will also participate with exclusive holiday dishes, refreshments and discounts. 

December 3-4 & December 10-11 

Ice Skating 

Ice skating in Newport is back! The traditional seasonal activity returns to downtown Newport for another season. Open daily through February 27th the rink offers the possibility of planning a private event to have the whole rink all to yourselves. You can also enjoy special perks for groups of 10 or more or skate with your significant other and/or friends. The grand re-opening and tree lighting ceremony take place on December 9th. 

December 9 - February 27