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Things to Do in Newport, RI in the Winter

Activities for Your New England Getaway

While Newport may be known for its summer activities, there are also endless things to do in Newport, RI in the winter. Visit for a scenic New England winter getaway or celebrate the season by enjoying the Newport Mansions and holiday decorations throughout the city.

Upcoming Events

48th Annual Christmas in Newport 

Founded in 1971, this annual Christmas celebration highlights the candlelit holidays of bygone days. Thousands of dollars for charity are raised each year. In keeping with the true spirit of the season, any of the special events around Newport must be free of charge or must benefit a non-profit institution or charity. For a full list of daily activities in Newport during December, please visit the Christmas in Newport official website.  

Now - December 31st 

Christmas at The Newport Mansions 

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Be dazzled in all of Newport's yuletide finery at the historic Newport Mansions. The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House are decorated with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens, and wreaths. Music, special tours and magnificent holiday decorations highlight this unique holiday celebration. Don't miss Santa Sundays, Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions, the Holiday Dinner Dance and Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. 

Now - January 1, 2019 

Newport Winter Festival

New England's largest Winter Extravaganza returns with 10 days of non stop music, food and fun. More than 150 events during 10 days means there is an event or activity for everyone to participate in. Highlights of the festival include the Chili Cook-Off, Beach Polo, Tribute Bands, Illuminated Gardens, Annual Best Hot Drink Contest and Comedy Shows. Discount braces can be purchased for hundreds of dollars in savings for various festival activities.  

February 15th - February 24th 

Newport Mansions

The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House & Rosecliff are open daily during the winter season. Visit the iconic mansions by the sea for a trip that will transport you back in time. Each of these iconic mansions vividly showcase a period of luxury and extravagance in American history. More than 250 years of history is waiting for you to explore. Enjoy self-guided tours, audio tours and exclusive tours like Beneath The Breakers Tour or The Servant Life Tour. Arrange for a private car ride to the mansions using one of The Chanler's complimentary Buicks. 

Car Museums 

The Audrain Automobile Museum is home to more than 220 of the world's most exotic collectable cars. Located on the iconic Bellevue Avenue, within walking distance to The Chanler, the museum is open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The current exhibition on display is 'Porsche Then & Now'. Joining the Audrain Automobile Museum is Newport's newest car museum. Recently opening in June of 2016, the Newport Car Museum is home to a private collection of 50 automobiles that focuses on six decades of modern industrial automotive design. The museum is open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.