A Merry and Bright Christmas at the Newport, RI Mansions



The holidays in Newport, RI, are highly anticipated among locals for the beauty and splendor the season brings. Newport’s Gilded Age mansions transform into ethereal wonderlands with dazzling displays of Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, ornaments, flower arrangements, candles, toys, and hundreds of poinsettias. With their grandeur and opulence, these architectural marvels don their Christmas attire like no other. From the enchanting Nutcracker performance at Rosecliff to the breathtaking holiday decor at The Breakers, Marble House, and The Elms, Newport’s opulent mansions offer a glimpse into a world of yesteryears, where elegance and grandeur converge with the magic of the holidays.

Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff



Nutcracker at Rosecliff – Brooke Di Francesco.-Photo by Thomas Palmer.



The annual Nutcracker performance at the illustrious Rosecliff Mansion is an immersive experience. Guests walk through the rooms and stand to watch the story unfold during the first act of this unique performance. A dazzling display of graceful ballerinas pirouette in the lavishly adorned rooms, twirling alongside intricately decorated Christmas trees. It’s like a scene straight out of a fairy tale but with a Rhode Island twist! Find more details on the website of Newport Contemporary Ballet.

Sparkling Lights at the Breakers Mansion


The Breakers, the crown jewel of Newport, is especially enchanting during the holidays. As you step into this architectural marvel, you’ll be greeted by a winter wonderland, complete with towering Christmas trees bedecked with shimmering ornaments and twinkling lights that seem to dance to their own merry tune. The opulent interiors are adorned with elaborate garlands and wreaths, adding a touch of yuletide magic to the already awe-inspiring surroundings. On select evenings through the season, visitors can stroll through the sprawling lawns, which once hosted extravagant soirées during the Gilded Age, to enjoy the outdoor spectacle of holiday lights. 



Holiday Tea at Marble House




You’ll be whisked away into a world of refined elegance and holiday splendor as you stroll through the halls of Marble House, adorned with lavish garlands and wreaths. Pause to gaze at the magnificent Christmas tree that takes center stage in the grand marble-floored entrance. It’s a perfect blend of classic opulence and festive joy, leaving you feeling like you’ve just stepped into an elegant winter fairy tale. Every Saturday and Sunday starting mid-November, visitors can reserve a special holiday tea in the Chinese Tea House, located on the back lawn of Marble House overlooking the ocean. This three-course brunch is prepared and served by Stoneacre Brasserie of Newport. The menu includes a three-tier tea tower, an entree selection, and assorted desserts.

The Elms: A Winter Fairy Tale





The Gilded Age charm of The Elms mansion is elevated by its breathtakingly ornate Christmas decorations. Grand fireplaces are adorned with garlands and a majestic Christmas tree seems to touch the heavens. Modeled after an 18th-century French chateau, The Elms’ festive ambiance is a delightful fusion of sophistication and holiday merriment.

In a Nut(cracker) Shell…



Glen Lewis in Island Moving Company’s The Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Photo courtesy of IMC



In a nutshell, the Newport, RI Mansions during the Christmas season are a delightful blend of history, grandeur, and festive merriment. With the enchanting Nutcracker performance at Rosecliff setting the stage for a magical experience, each of these magnificent mansions – The Breakers, Marble House, and The Elms – goes above and beyond to create an immersive holiday spectacle that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Treat yourself to a dose of enchantment and indulge in the whimsical charm of Newport’s gilded Christmas magic!


Holiday events at the Gilded Age mansions are just a few of the wonderful events taking place this season. Read about our favorite winter activities in Newport, RI to learn about other unique ways to enjoy the season. Click here to see Our Favorite Winter Activities in and around Newport RI


There’s no shortage of holiday charm in the city-by-the-sea. If you’re interested in buying or selling a property in Newport, RI, or its surrounding communities, Hogan Associates Christie’s International Real Estate will gladly be your guide. Call us at (401) 680-6588 or send a message to info@hoganri.com.