❅ 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.
❅ 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.
❅ 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.
❅ 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).
11am: Rum Merchants & Rum Runners Walking Tour
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. From thriving colonial rum trade through the temperance movement and Prohibition era smuggling, learn about the changing role of alcohol in Newport. $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: 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.
❅ 11:30am-12:30pm: Storytelling!
International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Avenue. Award-winning storyteller Cindy Killavey will share engaging and entertaining tales to delight audiences of all ages- particularly youngsters with creative minds! Along with performing at schools, libraries and festivals from Toronto to Texas since 1985, Cindy has also recorded books on tape and she was a finalist in the “Storyteller of the Year” contest. 401.849.3990.
❅ 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-2pm: Take Your Picture with George Washington- Touro Synagogue
Touro Synagogue, 85 Touro Street. Have your picture taken with the President- George Washington- at this family friendly event. Kids can decorate their own colonial hat to take home. FREE w/button. 401.847.4794.
❅ 12pm-3pm: Adornment Fine Jewelry Diamond Face Painting
Adornment Fine Jewelry, 213 Brick Marketplace. Adornment Fine Jewelry is offering FREE Diamond Face Painting to celebrate Winterfest! Come on in and get your “face bling” with a hundred carats of fancy face paint and crystals. 401.619.3301.
❅ 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-4pm: Psychic Tarot Readings with Maribeth McNair, the Happy Medium
Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup Ave. Maribeth is the author of Tarot Talk, the popular advice column published in the Newport Mercury. Curious about what 2013 holds for you? $20 for 15 minutes or $1 per minute w/button. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome! 401.323.0530.
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-4pm: Watch the Potter Make Ceramic Vases
All Fired Up Pottery, 452 Thames Street. Experience the art of making pottery. Space is limited so if you can’t watch the first show come back for the next one. Shows are every 20 minutes! Free. 401.846.4042.
2pm: Redwood Library Tours
50 Bellevue Avenue. Explore the oldest lending library in America and learn about its fascinating 265 year history! $5/$4 w/button. 401.847.0292.
❅ 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.
3pm-6pm: SpaTerre Open House
Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue. SpaTerre Open House. Enjoy complimentary mini treatments, wine & snacks. 401.848.4848.
4:30pm: Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport
The Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Feel transported through time to the heyday of this thriving colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll through Newport’s Historic Hill. $12/$10 w/button. Reservations Recommended. 401.841.8770.
6pm: 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.
❅ 6pm-9pm: 8th Annual Illuminated Garden, Ballard Park
Ballard Park. Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow. Free Admission.
❅ 6:30pm: Illusionquest
Hyatt Regency, Goat Island. Professional Illusionist, David Garrity, will feature visual magic and incredible illusions that will entertain the entire family. Highlights of the show include David’s assistant appearing out of thin air, a table that floats around the stage, The World’s Fastest Illusion where time seems to stand still, audience participation, comedy and more! $9/$5 w/button. Purchase tickets at the door. Please call 401.847.7666 for more information.
8pm: Winter Festival Comedy Show, The Hotel Viking
Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue. Presenting comedian Ken Rogerson featured in Fever Pitch and There’s Something About Mary. He has also been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. With special guest Frank Santorelli well known as “Georgie the Bartender” in The Sopranos and his star role in The Godfathers of Comedy. $25/$20 w/button, VIP $45/$40 W/button. Please call 401.847.7666 for more information.
9pm: The Big Lebowski
Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, 49 Touro Street. Check www.janepickens.com for more information. $10/$9 w/button. 401.846.5474.
9pm-11pm: Adult Skate, Newport Skating Center
2 Commerical 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.