Our Favorite Winter Activities In and Around Newport, RI

Our Favorite Winter Activities In and Around Newport, RI

Photo Credit : Discover Newport

Living in Rhode Island affords you easy access to beaches, sailing, and many opportunities for summertime fun. Locals and summer visitors relish the sunny seaside days, but many of us appreciate the off-season equally as much. While the wide variety of activities and entertainment available during the fall and winter months may be lesser-known, they provide a broad range of experiences to fill your free time until bathing suit season returns! We compiled a list of our favorite winter events in and around Newport, RI to help you play tourist in your own town and perhaps discover something new.

Holiday Sparkle in the City by the Sea


(December 3-31, various times and locations, Newport)

  • Want someone to do the planning for you? Check out this amazing resource that spells out every day’s event offerings leading up to Christmas. Marking its 51st year, “Christmas in Newport” continues with a range of festive, non-commercial holiday activities throughout December. From historic tours and classical concerts to the annual decorative Doorway Contest, there’s no excuse to miss out on some holiday fun when they make it this easy!


(December 4-20, various times, departing from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street, Newport)

  • Learn the ins and outs of Newport holidays gone by with this hour-long historic walking tour — a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Rich with interesting facts about Newport’s holiday traditions throughout the years, this family-friendly activity invites you to spend a winter evening outdoors, learning and enjoying some truly festive fun.


(November 20 – January 9, various times and locations, Newport)

  • The Newport mansions are a sight to see any time of year, but especially during the holiday season, with trees, lights, and ornate decor you just can’t miss. Plan a holiday brunch in the Chinese Tea House at the Marble House or a visit to the Elms to take it all in, or enjoy an outdoor stroll through the sparkling winter wonderland that the Breakers mansion is known for this time of year.
    • Looking for even more holiday splendor on Aquidneck Island? No problem! Check out Christmas at Blithewold Mansion (101 Ferry Road, Bristol) through January 9, or stop by Rough Point (680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) to take a holiday tour through January 2.


Unique Newport Winter Experiences

Photo Credit: Visit Rhode Island

(Through April 2022, departing from 30 Market Square, Newport)

Enjoy an up-close look at migratory harbor seals in beautiful Narragansett Bay on an expert-guided, educational boat tour through Save the Bay. This has been a favorite Newport County tradition for fifteen years and counting, offering individuals and families the chance to explore Newport Harbor by water and learn more about the seals that spend time there this time of year. 


(Through mid-April 2022, 110 Long Wharf, Newport)

Sailing is a time-honored tradition in Newport County, and the winter months are no exception! Head down to the water near the Newport Yacht Club for some excitement as you watch the brave souls racing year-round in the Newport Laser Fleet and Newport Yacht Club’s Frostbite Fleet sponsor races. 


Ways to Get Moving Around Newport County

(Through January 2022, 1942 West Main Road, Middletown)

Enjoy an hour and a half walk around scenic Simmons Farm with your very own goat as your guide! Visit pigs, cows, ducks, and chickens as you take in the views and ask farmers Kayla or Aidan anything you want to know about farm life. Bundle up and bring the whole family for this favorite outdoor activity.


Photo Credit : Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina

(Through March 2022, One Goat Island, Newport)

The Great Lawn at Gurney’s on Newport’s famous Goat Island becomes a seasonal, outdoor skating rink during the winter months. Open to the public, skate here while taking in front-row views of the Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay. Looking to warm up after? Check out Gurney’s pop-up igloos and fire pit deck to keep the winter fun going.


Whether you’re looking for a quintessential holiday experience in the City By the Sea or want to try something new in true New England-style, there’s no shortage of opportunities in and around Newport, RI. Want to learn more about living in Rhode Island? Feel free to give us a call (401) 680-6588 or send us a message info@hoganri.com.




Hogan Associates is an independent Rhode Island brokerage founded by Leslie Hogan and Matt Hadfield, two of Rhode Island’s most experienced agents, each with a strong track record of success in the Greater Newport real estate market. Hogan Associates’ 36 sales agents work on behalf of buyers and sellers of fine properties in the coastal communities of southern RI. The firm has offices in Newport and Middletown and is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, an elite broker network with more than 130,000 sales professionals located in approximately 880 offices in 70 countries and territories. In 2020 & 2021 Hogan Associates received Newport Life Magazine’s Best of Newport County award. For more information, visit HoganRI.com.