Christmas at the Newport Mansions
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 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.
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 around three decorated trees On weekend and during Holiday Evenings at The Breakers, the trains will be operated by volunteers from the Little Rhody Division of the National Model Railroad Association.
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, fireplaces mantels on the second floor of Marble House were decorated by regional garden clubs in a friendly competition.
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 19, 2016 through Monday, January 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.
Rosecliff will also be open for tours, including the exhibition Splendor at Sea: The Golden Age of Steam Yachting in America, from December 4 through January 2, 2017.
Please note, on Christmas Eve, December 24, the last tour admission at all houses will be at 3 p.m. Houses are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.