Christmas at the Newport Mansions

November 21, 2015 to January 3, 2016

The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle you as you tour three magnificent mansions decked out in Yuletide finery. Music, tours, and spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions. 

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House--three National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America--are filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths.  A total of 24 decorated Christmas trees reflecting individual room decor anchor many of the magnificent spaces.  Dining tables set with period silver and china

complete the elegant setting.  And windows of each mansion are lit with individual white candles, in keeping with the colonial tradition.

A working garden scale model of the Vanderbilt family's New York Central Railroad will be on display in the second floor loggia of The Breakers, traveling through a village made up of gingerbread replicas of some of the Newport Mansions, created by local pastry chefs. New this year at Marble House will be a local garden club competition, in which 8 garden clubs will design and install mantelpiece decorations on the second floor fireplaces, based on each room's decor.  New this year at The Elms will be a Victorian streetscape scene in the ballroom, with sleighs and mannequins dressed in period costumes. 

We invite you to make holiday memories with your family by visiting The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House during the holiday season.

All three houses will be decorated and open daily for tours from Saturday, November 21, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016.   The Breakers and The Elms open daily at 9 a.m., Marble House opens at 10 a.m.   The last tour admission at all three houses is at 4 p.m., and the houses & grounds close at 5 p.m.

Please note, on Christmas Eve, December 24, the last tour admission at all 3 houses will be at 3 p.m.  Houses are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

A Winter Passport ticket providing daytime admission to all 3 houses is $29.49 for adults, $9 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are admitted free.  Regular Newport Mansions daytime tour tickets remain valid through the Christmas season as well.   Winter Passport tickets will be available in early November.


Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions

Don't miss Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions for an extra special and unique experience.  Enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as you stroll through softly lit rooms, taking in the ambience of a Gilded Age holiday.

Holiday Evenings at The Breakers

Saturday,s November 28, December 5, 12 & 26, 2015
6 p.m. -  8 pm.

Holiday Evening Duet: The Elms & Marble House
Saturday, December 19, 2015
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Holiday Evening admission:
Members: $30 in advance, $35 day of event
Non-members: $35 in advance, $45 day of event
Children 6-17: $10 in advance, $15 day of event
Children under 6 are admitted free

Please note: Advance purchase price tickets for Holiday Evenings are available online until 5 p.m. on the preceding Friday. On the day of the event, if tickets are still available they may be purchased in person at the Preservation Society's office at 424 Bellevue Avenue, or at The Breakers.  Please call (401) 847-1000 to inquire about availability of tickets on performance date.


Members Holiday Open House            

As a benefit of membership, Preservation Society members are invited to attend this special Members Only Holiday Open House at The Breakers on Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Come and enjoy the camaraderie of the holidays, with music, eggnog and entertainment!   Please register in advance online, or call (401) 847-1000 ext. 111.

Visit With Santa Claus

The jolly old elf will visit each of the mansions during December.  Bring your children and your camera!  Eggnog and cookies will be served.  Visit with Santa is included in regular daytime admission.

Sunday, December 6 - The Breakers - 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 13 - Marble House - 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 20 - The Elms -  12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Holiday Dinner Dance at The Breakers


Saturday, December 19, 2015
The Breakers, 7 p.m.

Ring in the season at our holiday dinner dance in the Great Hall of The Breakers.  The evening includes a cocktail hour on the loggia, a three-course seated dinner in the Great Hall, and dancing in the Music Room.  Black tie, valet parking.

Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff

November 27-December 4, 2015

Be a part of the classic holiday tale as you follow Island Moving Co.'s dazzling performers through the spectacular setting of Newport's most romantic mansion.  

"The secret of “A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff” is in its sense of scale, proportion, musicality and good stage manners. As you follow the action from room to room here, you’re so close to the performers that you’re involved in a new way."
- Alastair Macaulay, chief New York Times Dance critic

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