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Christmas Comes by Boat to Bowen’s Wharf


Bowen’s Wharf WelcomesnChristmas to New Engl and


Newport’s HolidaynShopping Destination Announces Festivities


Sail into the mostnmagical time of the year! Two festivities launch Newport’s Holidays by the Sea:nthe 20th AnnualnIlluminated Boat Parade & Bowen’s Wharf Block Party followed by the 47th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Christmas TreenLighting. 

“On Friday, November 24th at 6:15 p.m. spectators can view thendazzling display of nautical holiday spirit along Newport Harbor’s waterfrontnfrom Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’snWharf, and points around Newport Harbor,” says Tim Mills, City of NewportnHarbormaster.


The Bowen’s Wharf Merchants’ Association will present livenCaribbean Christmas music performed at “The North Pole” by steel pannpercussionist Aaron Abrahamson Cote & Panoramic View. Our shops andngalleries will be open until 8pm (restaurants later) with in-store promotions,nr andom acts of cheer, and decorated with evergreens, sparkling white lights andnall that the City-by-the-Sea offers.


Reservations for waterview dining arenencouraged and should be made directly with the restaurants. Viewing of the parade outdoors, andnthe Block Party, are free of charge, making this a great family event to getninto the spirit of the holiday season. Somenbusinesses will offer free refreshments.


On Saturday, December 2nd Frosty the Snowman will arrive at 4:30npm, followed by the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long at 5 pm for the 47th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Christmas TreenLighting. The Mayor of Newport lights the 30-foot tree promptly at 6 pmnimmediately followed by the cheerful arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by boat,nweather permitting (or by magic)! Music will continue until every childnhas had a chance to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa at “The NorthnPole.”


Join us for a magical evening of charm, fun,n and caroling on the waterfront at historic Bowen’s Wharf. Shops & galleriesnare open before, and after the event until 8pm. The summer favorite, SprinklesnIce Cream, will open specially with hot chocolate, hot dogs and elfish fare.nVoted BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS in Rhode Isl and in 2017 by Travel & Leisure Bowen’snWharf is hoping to takentop honors again this year.


Throughout December doors will be open late on many evenings innconjunction with the Newport Holiday Stroll and ongoing Holidays by the Seanactivities.

Two hours of validated parking are availablenfrom participating Bowen’s Wharf merchants through the holidays. 


SHOP HOURS (different for restaurants):


Holiday Hours: November 24,n2017 to December 24, 2017 (store hours vary on 24th)
Fridays andnSaturdays: 10am – 8pm
Sunday through Thursday: 10am – 5pm


Bowen’s Wharf 47th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (FREEnadmission)


Saturday, December 2, 2017

13 Bowen’s Wharf

Newport RI


Please note, the Bowen’s Wharf parking lotnwill close at 4 pm the day of the tree lighting. 


4:30 pm – Frosty the Snowman

5:00 pm – Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long (livenmusic)

6:00 pm – Tree Lighting, Santa & Mrs.nClaus arrive

City of Newport’s 20th Annual Newport Harbor Illuminated BoatnParade 

6pm (boats travel in a clockwise directionnstarting south of the Goat Isl and Causeway)

Contact Tim Mills, Harbormaster, 401-845-5815,


Newport Holiday Stroll

Friday-Sunday December 1-3 & Friday-SundaynDecember 8-10. Newport Skating Center opens, puppet shows, VIP shopping tours, 15% off discount at participating restaurants with retail purchase receipt. for details.


For holiday and winter event details, businessndirectory and more photos or video, visit  and our social media channels. Our Pilot House sells tickets for walking tours, Save the Bay Seal Tours, local museums and much more. 401-849-3478.


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