Free Weekend for Christmas at Newport Mansions

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. —  The Preservation Society of Newport County is offering free admission for Christmas at the Newport Mansions this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, for Newport County residents.

Newport County includes the following 6 cities and towns: Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton, Little Compton, and Jamestown.

Residents will be required to show proof of residency at the ticket booth. 

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

All 3 houses – The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House – will be decorated and open daily for tours from Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 through Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.  

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

The glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver will dazzle at 3 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 28 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. 

Additional Highlights:

The Breakers Great Hall will feature the iconic 15 foot tall poinsettia tree.  Model trains, recalling the Vanderbilt family’s New York Central Railroad, will be on display in the second floor loggia, traveling around three decorated trees.  Railroad and Vanderbilt memorabilia from the Preservation Society’s collections will also be on display.

At The Elms, the ballroom will be transformed into a Gilded Age streetscape, complete with sleighs, a topiary horse, trees and mannequins dressed in period costumes. 

For the second year, Marble House will host a mantelpiece decorating competition among regional garden clubs.

Rosecliff will also be open for tours, including the exhibition Splendor at Sea: The Golden Age of Steam Yachting in America, from Dec. 4 through Jan. 2, 2017.  

A Winter Passport ticket providing daytime admission to all houses open from November 19 to March 17, 2017 is $29.49 for adults, $9 for children 6-17. Children under 6 are admitted free.  All other Newport Mansions daytime tour tickets remain valid through the Christmas season as well.   

Visit the Preservation Society of Newport County website for more information. 

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