Christmas In Newport Features New England’s Largest Gingerbread Lighthouse

Christmas In Newport Features New England’s Largest Gingerbread Lighthouse

Newport, Rhode Island is one of New England’s most quaint and beautiful destinations. Nestled on the shore of Aquidneck Island, it is known for its cobblestone streets, locally owned shops, Gilded Age mansions and yacht-filled harbor.

It’s no wonder Newport’s annual holiday celebration is unlike any other. 2017 marks the 47th year for the events that make up Christmas in Newport.

Feeling so merry & bright Jamestown, RI

Posted by Discover Newport on Tuesday, November 28, 2017


1500 volunteers raise thousands of dollars for charity during the month of December’s non-profit events. These include tree lightings on Bowen’s Wharf (taking place this weekend) and the Newport Skating Center on December 8, plus a seemingly endless list of musical performances, religious gatherings, and holiday displays.

Newport, Rhode Island at Christmas.

Posted by Elizabeth A Lisa Reber on Saturday, December 10, 2016


As expected, Christmas in Newport goes all out when it comes to welcoming the Big Man Himself.

Santa Clause will host starry-eyed children inside a beautifully decorated Gilded Age mansion throughout December. Better still, you can catch him at the Newport Visitor’s Information and Transportation Center on December 9 perched in front of what is billed to be New England’s largest gingerbread lighthouse!

Executive Chef Eric and his culinary team are at it again this year…building a gingerbread lighthouse at Discover…

Posted by Newport Marriott on Tuesday, November 17, 2015


The massive, edible beacon opened to the public on November 27 and was created from 350 pounds of gluten-free, organic gingerbread, 20 gallons of royal icing and 2,400 pieces of candy and lollipops.

The 16-foot lighthouse is the result of 100 hours of baking, building and decorating.

Marriott Hotel employee Imelda Johnson decorates the 16-foot gingerbread lighthouse at the Gateway Visitor Center in…

Posted by Newport Life Magazine on Monday, November 30, 2015


Santa will be taking visitors from Dec. 6 – Jan. 1 from 9 a.m.- 4p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Don’t forget to check out his workshop located at the ballroom at Easton’s Beach. It features a carousel and cookie decorating for the kids.

Easton Beach carousel

Posted by D.M. Evans on Wednesday, August 2, 2017


In addition to all the magic scheduled for children, the adults will enjoy musical events such as a Christmas concert at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church on Dec. 8 and a caroling performance on Broadway on Dec. 11.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Newport! Join the festivities at Bowen's Wharf tree lighting and open…

Posted by Newport Life Magazine on Friday, December 4, 2015


Nighttime walking tours of the city will be led by lantern light on Dec. 9, 16, 23, and 30. Participants will witness “the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue.”

The city, its residents, and businesses use clear lights only to represent the candlit holidays of days gone by.

Christmas streetsNewport, Rhode Island

Posted by Drops of Dreams on Thursday, December 8, 2016


And of course, the Christmas at the Newport Mansions tours allow you an incredible sneak peak at some of the most beautiful homes in New England as they appear during the holidays.

Posted by For The Love Of Old Houses on Friday, December 23, 2016


For more information and a full calendar of events, visit


Featured Image via Facebook/Discover Newport



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