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Christmas at Bowen’s Wharf

As the temperature drops, the holiday magic ramps up with new and returning winter happenings to help you enjoy Christmas in Newport! Gilded age glamour at the Mansions meets Colonial Christmas charm on the coast, proving once again that our popular summer destination is equally special in the winter.

Merchant Spotlight

This holiday season we’re featuring our community up close. Introducing Faces of the Wharf short video series where we open the door to our business owners, so you get to know them a little better so be sure to stop by and say hello in person. 



Bowen’s Block Party & Newport Illuminated Boat Parade Nov 29 

Sail into the most wonderful time of the year at the 22nd annual Illuminated Boat Parade Friday, November 29, a favorite holiday event among locals and visitors alike. We recommend heading over to the North Pole (Malee’s in summer) to enjoy Caribbean Christmas and Holiday tunes on the steel drum by Panoramic View.  

Viewing of the parade is free of charge, making this a great family event to embrace the spirit of the holiday season. Parade boats will rendezvous just south of the Goat Isl and Causeway then proceed east for the official start at Newport Yacht Club. Boats will proceed south along the downtown waterfront and then turn around to return to the Goat Isl and Causeway area.  

 Friday, November 29 at Bowen’s Wharf

Bowen’s Wharf Block Party: 4-6PM In-store sip & shops.  

Newport Illuminated Boat Parade: 6PM start — picture perfect views right from Bowen’s 



Before Newport Harbor is dancing with lights, head over to Bowen’s Wharf for our Block Party 4-6PM! All of our locally owned shops and restaurants will be open — many with special offers to make shopping for your loved ones, and yourself, a joy. Make a restaurant reservation early to watch the parade of lights from Bowen’s Wharf while boats compete for best decorated. FREE ADMISSION, rain, snow or shine. Head over to our Event Page for more info and to let us know you’re coming!


49th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 7 

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, have a happy holiday at Bowen’s Wharf! We invite you to bring the whole family to our 49th annual Christmas Tree Lighting, rain or snow and celebrate our NEW Christmas Village! Meet Frosty the Snowman and watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus make a gr and entrance by boat! Aquidneck L and Trust donated our giant tree and we thank them for preserving Aquidneck Isl and’s open spaces year after year.  

Make a day of it and check off that holiday gift list at our boutiques. Enjoy a nibble or seasonal beverage or grab that gift certificate for your stocking stuffers. 

Saturday, December 7 at Bowen’s Wharf 

12PM: Musical Friends, Celtic Christmas, Face Painting & Popcorn 

4:30PM: Frosty the Snowman 

5:00PM: Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long 

6:00PM: Tree Lighting & Santa Arrives 



Join us for a magical day of charm, fun, and good cheer! Our Pilot House is offering 20% OFF coasters, magnets & wine charms and Fine Art Wood Block Prints, visit the FB Event Page for ongoing in-store events! 

NEW: the Oliver Hazard Perry 200ft Tall Ship will be at Bowen’s Wharf Marina available for visits and a community lighting celebration on board as well as Save the Bay Seal Watch Tours

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here listening to children’s wishes until every last wish has been heard, so dress for the weather!  


Live Music

The Exiles – Celtic Holiday b and

Mike Fischman (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, m andolin & banjo)

Bob Drouin (vocals, fiddle, guitar, banjo)

Josh Kane (vocals, Irish flute, whistle, bodhran)

The Lois Vaughan Trio 



Christmas in Newport 

As featured in Yankee Magazine, Newport boasts a variety of magnetic activities during the entire holiday season. Our former tenant & resident artist ( and current friend), Kristen Coates, just blogged about how she navigates the Newport Holiday Stroll and the holiday season here in the City by the Sea. In her former space here on America’s Cup Ave we have had the pleasure of welcoming Jason Charbonneau, meet him here in our Merchant Spotlight: Faces of the Wharf and if it’s artwork for your home or yacht that’s on Santa’s list then the team at Sheldon Fine Art is at the ready to help. 

Christmas in Newport Lists Events Throughout Town

Yankee Magazine article on the magic of Newport during the holidays

Three mansions decked out in Yuletide finery 

Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or did not, observe the holidays

For places to stay and featured holiday happenings you can also visit Discover Newport’s blog


Holiday Stroll Dates and Times

Friday, December 6, 10AM – 8PM 

Saturday, December 7, 10AM – 8PM

Sunday, December 8, 10AM – 5PM 

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