****All events highlighted in blue are confirmed 2014 events. All events highlighted in gray are 2013 events for reference and will be changed to blue once confirmed for 2014.****
❅ Denotes a Children/Family Event
❅ 8:30am-9:30am: Ice Skate Camp
Newport Skating Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. Includes professional instruction and practice time. $100/$85 w/button for the week or $25/$20 w/button per day. For more information contact Meghan at Island Skating Academy at www.islandskatingacademy.com or 401.952.4336.
❅ 9:30am-2:30pm:Make Your Own Marshmallow Snowman
Destination Chocolate, 15 Bowen’s Wharf. Let it Snow! From the warmth of our candy wonderland, create your own marshmallow snowman. Come satisfy your sweet tooth while expressing your imagination as you make your own marshmallow snowman. Fun for all ages! $6/$5 w/button. 401.847.1223.
❅ 9am-9pm: Ice Skating, Newport Skating Center
4 Commercial Wharf. The Skating Center is an outdoor, ice skating facility offering public skating sessions, skate rentals, concessions menu, warming area and parking! Visit www.SkateNewport.com or call 401.846.3018 for information. All dates and times are weather permitting and subject to change. $2 off skating admission w/button. Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.
❅ 9:30am-5pm: Family Fun at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave (Museum- 9:30am-5pm, Kids Activities- 10am-2pm, Tours- 11am & 2pm). Discover the history of tennis and its superstars through a diverse collection of memorabilia, art, fashion, video and more from the 12th century through present day. The Museum is housed within the stunning Victorian architecture of the historic Newport Casino and surrounded by legendary grass tennis courts. Daily activities and special events make Winter Festival a great time to visit! Kids can do Museum scavenger hunts, play Nintendo Wii tennis on the big screen, pose for photos in old fashion tennis costumes and with the US Open trophy, have fun with paint-by-numbers, and check out cool memorabilia from their favorite stars like Venus Williams and Roger Federer. Adults can join in the fun and also enjoy perusing the fascinating Museum galleries. Admission: Adults: $12/$10 w/button, Seniors: $10/$8 w/button, Children: 16 & Under Free w/button & plus 15% off all purchases at the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Museum Store, and The Tennis Store w/button. 401.849.3990.
❅ 10am: Seal Watch Cruises
Save The Bay, boat departs from 142 Long Wharf Dock. Join Save The Bay for our one hour award-winning seal-watching tours around Rose Island! We provide binoculars and an expert guide. The boat is partially enclosed, but the bay can be chilly so dress warmly. All programs are weather dependent. Adults: $20/$18 w/button, Children & Seniors: $15/$13 w/button. 401.203.7325.
10am-4pm: Newport Mansion Tours
The Breakers, 44 Ochre Pt. Ave., The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave., Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave. Tour the historic summer homes of Newport’s Elite. Admission: $14.50-$28/$12.50-$26 w/button, Youth under 18 free when accompanies by an adult w/button. 401.847.1000.
❅ 10am-5pm: Bite Me Live Bait DIY T-Shirt Artwork
Bite Me Live Bait Co., 337 Thames Street. Bring your creativity and we’ll supply the paint, magic markers, pencils and crayons. Sit down and create your artwork on paper at our store, Bite Me Live Bait, and we will digitally print your one of a kind graphic on a white T-shirt while you wait. All youth and adult shirt sizing available. You can also bring in any designs you have created at home or school on either a flash drive or CD and we will print it while you wait. $22/$19 w/button. 401.662.9292.
10am-5pm: Helicopter Tour and Vineyard Packages
Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, 211 Airport Access Road. Helicopter and vineyard packages include a helicopter tour, tasting and logo wine glass starting at $125 plus tax per couple. Upgrade to our Island Helicopter Tour plus the Vineyard Tour and Tasting for $205 plus tax per couple or our Lighthouse Helicopter Tour and Vineyard for $285 plus tax. Fly over the vineyards and all of Newport in our “heated” helicopter. $10 off any tour w/button or receive a free inflight video. Call 401.843.8687 to book. For more info go to http://www.riaerial.com/air_tours.php.
10am-5pm: Wine Tasting Newport Vineyards
909 East Main Road, Middletown. Winery Tours Daily, 1 & 3pm. Learn the art of wine making with a tour of our vineyard, winery and barrel room and then select from a list of over 25 Newport Vineyards Wines to evaluate and enjoy. $12 Tour & Tasting/$10 w/button. 401.848.5161.
❅ 10:30am & 12:30pm: Scenic Train Rides
Old Colony & Newport Railroad, 19 America’s Cup Avenue. Remember the days of riding in heated, vintage rail cars. Enjoy a 70-minute narrated trip through Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Trains may sell out so arrive early for tickets or call 401.849.0546 for reservations. Regular train tickets: Parlor Car (ages 7 & up) $13.50/$12.50 w/button, Adult Coach $10/$9 w/button, Child Coach (ages 2-13) $6/$5 w/button. (No senior class during Winter Festival).
❅ 10:30am-11:30am: Farm Animal Sugar Cookies!
The Wharf Pub, 37 Bowen’s Wharf. Decorate your own farm animal sugar cookie! $5/$3 w/button. 401.619.5672. (2014)
❅ 11am: Teddy Bear Story Time hosted by The Newport Harbor Hotel (2014)
49 America’s Cup Ave. Bring your favorite Teddy Bear and listen to the musical storyteller Christopher ‘Kavi’ Carbone share captivating stories and songs of the wonders of winter, while having tea for adults and milk and cookies for children compliments of The Newport Harbor Hotel. $3/Free w/button.
11am: Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people. $12/$10 w/button. Reservations Recommended. 401.841.8770.
11am-3pm: Daily Historic Site Tours
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House: 1697, Great Friends Meeting House: 1699, Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House: 1730, Colony House: 1739. $8/$6 w/button. Reservations Recommended. 401.841.8770.
❅ 11am-4pm: Cosmetic Cosmos Mother/Daughter Makeover
Cosmetic Cosmos, 387 Thames Street. Mother/Daughter Makeovers by appointment only by expert make-up artist. Learn the best skincare and makeup techniques for your skin type and features in a relaxed atmosphere. $30/person & 15% discount on all products purchased w/button. Appointments: www.cosmeticcosmos.com or 401.842.0666.
11am-4pm: Greenvale Vineyards Wine Tasting
582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth. Winery Tours start at 2pm and include 7 wines and a wine glass. Enjoy samples of award winning, estate-grown wine from this 50-acre family farm now operating as a vineyard. Weather permitting. 15% discount off wine purchases w/button. 401.847.3777.
11am-4pm: Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue. Wear your button for admission discount. Adults $10/$9 w/button, Seniors $8/$7 w/button, Students (valid ID) $6/$5 w/button, Military (valid ID) $6/$5 w/button, Museum Members and Children under 5 Free w/button. 401.848.8200.
❅ 11:30am: Scenic Overview Tour & Grand Mansion Tour
Gateway Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue. Narrated scenic trolly tour which includes a visit to a mansion. Adult $39(Marble House) or $41 (Breakers)/$33(Marble House) or $35(Breakers) w/button, Child $19/$14 w/button.
❅ 12pm & 2pm: Fort Adams, Guided Tours
Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive. Make History Come Alive for Every Member of the Family. Fun for Kids of All Ages
Tours are largely outdoors and include approximately one mile of walking. Proper footwear is highly recommended. Tours are weather permitting. Adults $12/$6 w/button, Children (6-17) $6/$3 w/button, Children 5 and Under Free. 401.841.0707.
❅ 12pm-4pm: Interactive Lighthouse Trailer
Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, 365 Thames Street (Armory Building). Children learn to be a lighthouse keeper for the afternoon. This interactive trailer is a replica of Rose Island Lighthouse and teaches children how to take care of and “keep” the lighthouse. Free. 401.847.4242.
❅ 1pm: “A Collection of Kids Short Films From Around the World” presented by newportFILM KIDS!
Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street. Adults: $8/$5 w/button, Children: $5/$3 w/button. 401.649.2784.
❅ 1pm: Newport Seal Safari & Rose Island Lighthouse Tour
Old Port Marine, Sayer’s Wharf. A 1-hour narrated and guided seal safari of Narragansett Bay, Newport Harbor and Rose Island Light House aboard the Patriot. Leaving from Old Port marine’s dock next to the Mooring Restaurant. Boards 15 min. prior to departure time, bundle up! Adults $18/$16 w/button, Children (10 and under) $14/$12 w/button. 401.847.9190.
❅ 1pm-3pm: Snowflake Cookie Decorating at Newport Sweet Shoppe
Newport Sweet Shoppe, 82 William Street. Create your own edible snowflake with frosting and sprinkles! $5/$3 w/button. 401.619.4600.
2pm: Redwood Library Tours
50 Bellevue Avenue. Explore the oldest lending library in America and learn about its fascinating 265 year history! Parking lot across from entrance on Redwood Street.
$5/$4 w/button. 401.847.0292. (2014)
❅ 2pm-3pm: Kids Tennis Lessons at the Hall of Fame Indoor Tennis Club
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue. If you’ve been thinking of getting your kids involved with tennis, here’s a great chance to test it out and have some fun during winter break. Of course, there’s no better place to learn the game than at the Tennis Hall of Fame! Ages 5 – 10 will be introduced to the game through USTA 10 & Under Tennis, which uses special balls, equipment and rules to introduce kids to tennis in a fun and effective way! Ages 11 -18 up will be offered an introductory clinic tailored to their skill and experience. Regularly $10/child/$8/child w/button. Class size is limited. Advance registration requested – please call 401-849-4777.
❅ 2pm-4pm: 25th Annual Nacho Tasting
Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street. Sample Award Winning Nachos. Free w/button and purchase of a beverage. 401.849.6334.
6:30pm: Samuel Adams Beer Dinner, The Mooring Seafood Kitchen (2014)
Hosted by the Mooring Seafood Kitchen. Dinner at 7pm. Enjoy this annual event…a creative four course menu paired with unique specialty Samuel Adams beers. A Boston Brewery representative will guide you through this intriguing Brew Masters Dinner. For a complete menu visit www.mooringrestaurant.com. Reservations required, call 401.846.2260.
❅ 6:30pm-8:30pm: Kids Karaoke
The Rhino Bar & Grille, 337 Thames Street. Kids sing their favorite tunes by themselves or in groups! Most suitable for children ages 4 and up. $4/Free w/button. 401.846.0707.