****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-11am: Make Your Own Piñata
Diego’s Restaurant, 11 Bowen’s Wharf. Learn to make your own piñata! $5/$3 w/button. 401.619.2640. (2014)
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: Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant
102 Connell Highway. Come enjoy a great buffet in our dining room, then enjoy our main stage show “Greetings” in our intimate theater. After the show, your dinner table awaits you for our hilariously funny cabaret. “Greetings”- A young man brings his Jewish fiance home to meet his sweet Catholic mother and his grouchy Catholic father on Christmas Eve, paving the way for what seems to be a most interesting family occasion! As they argue about their differences, an incredible event occurs that causes everyone to realize that there actually is a true bond among them! $49.95/$40 w/button. 401.848.7529.
11am: Golden to Gilded
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. From Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people. $12/$10 w/button. Reservations Recommended. 401.841.8770.
11am-12pm: Magic by Presto Pete!
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave. Presto Pete entertains children of all ages with his escape artistry and marvelous magic skills! Included with Museum admission. 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.
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: 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.
❅ 12pm-4pm: Make Your Own Perfume
Newport Aromatherapy, 127 Bellevue Avenue. This activity is great for all ages. Guests create and design their own scent while learning the art of perfume making. $15/$10 w/button. 401.846.1101.
❅ 12pm-5pm: Make Your Own Snowflake Soap
Newport Sea Foam Trading Co, 415 Thames Street. This activity is great for all ages. Guests create and design their own soap while learning the art of soap making. $10/$8 w/button. 401.743.7685.
12pm-5pm: Newport Storm Brewery Tours
Newport Storm Brewery, 293 JT Connell Road. The Newport Storm Brewery and Thomas Tew Distillery is open for tours and tastings. In our 13 years of operation we have made 44 unique beers and brought back Newport’s famous colonial rum tradition. Come sample fresh beer and aged rum at Rhode Island’s Microbrewery and Distillery! Beer Tour: $7/$5 w/button. Rum Tour: $9/$7 w/button. 401.849.5232.
❅ 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-3:30pm: Princess Party (2014)
Enjoy treats fit for a princess. Wear your favorite princess attire for a royal afternoon. $5/Free w/button. Space is limited to the first 100 guests at the door. 401.847.7666.
1pm-4pm: The Third & Elm Press
29 Elm Street. Printing demonstration on a 19th century platen press. Free. 401.846.0228.
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-4pm: 26th Annual Nacho Tasting
Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street. Sample Award Winning Nachos. Free w/button and purchase of a beverage. 401.849.6334.
6pm: The Friends of the Newport Music Festival Concert
Emanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street. The Friends of the Newport Music Festival request the pleasure of your presence at its luminous winter concert featuring festival favorite flutist Goran Marcusson with English Pianist Tim Carey in a program of beautiful music by Burton, Franck, Mozart, Alfven, Peterson-Berger, Stenhammar and Borne. Pre-Concert reception with hors d’doeuvres from 6pm-7pm, Concert from 7pm-8:30pm. Free Parking in the lot across the street from Emanuel Church. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door: $25/$20 w/button. 401.846.1133.
❅ 6:30pm-8:30pm: Kids Dance Party with Dance Force, Mambo Room at the Rhino Bar & Grille (2014)
The Rhino Bar & Grille, 337 Thames Street. Kids 7-13 get on the dance floor and learn the latest, coolest moves with Dance Force, a high energy dance team! Parents enjoy dinner at The Rhino Bar & Grille featuring Winter Festival specials. A great night for the whole family! Dance Party Admission: $4/Free w/button. Call 401.846.0707.
7pm: Charity Team Trivia Night Benefiting Give Kids the World (21+)
Hyatt Regency Ballroom, One Goat Island. You’re invited to Team Trivia Night, a fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Newport to benefit Give Kids the World, a non-profit resort where children with life-threatening illnesses are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. Gather a team of 2 to 10 people to play. The winning team will divide up this Grand Prize Package. It includes; a 2 night stay for 2 in Miami, a 2 night stay for 2 at Hyatt Regency Newport, Spa Services for 2 at the Stillwater Spa, 2 tickets to the Newport Playhouse, Sailing for 2 at Newport Sailing School and a $50 gift card to Golfers Warehouse. $15 per person includes one admission and one Cuervo Gold Margarita. Our Taco Bar is FREE with your Winter Fest Button-$5 without a button. Charity Ice Cream Bar is also available. Doors open at 7pm. Game play from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. For reservations call 401.851.3325.