Adventure Series: Holidays at the Newport Mansions

Holidays at the Newport Mansions will be more spectacular than ever this year; come see the festive decorations this season at The Breakers, Marble House & The Elms! There’s nothing like seeing these spectacular Gilded Age houses in all their festive finery, glittering with gold and sparkling with silver. Throughout each house, ornately decorated Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and fresh floral arrangements are designed to complement the décor or theme of each room. As always, the 15-foot-tall poinsettia tree in the Great Hall of The Breakers – made up of 150 poinsettia plants – will provide a perfect holiday photo opportunity. New this year, the Music Room of The Breakers will host a vignette of mannequins elegantly dressed in Gilded Age fashions.

We will meet in Newport, Rhode Island at 1 pm on Sunday, December 11th. Each group will get tickets to enter one of the three houses that are decorated for the holidays. There is not a guided tour, but there is an excellent audioguide available in the Newport Mansions app that you can download on your phone. Please bring earbuds or headphones to listen to the audioguide as you walk through the house. The audiotour is available in English for adults, English for children, Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. For parking, there is on-street available and there are also parking lots near each house that are free and run by the Newport Preservation Society. The Elms is unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible, but The Breakers and Marble House are wheelchair accessible (there are some narrow passageways to be aware of). Strollers are not allowed inside the houses.

Tickets are limited for this event and Home Base will likely run a lottery. Submit this form by Wednesday, November 30th, at 5 pm to be entered into the ticket lottery.