Fa La La La Fitzroy: Holiday Happenings

Newport has been named one of the 10 Best American Beach Towns for Christmas by Coastal Magazine.  Christmas in Newport is simply magical!  The Holiday Season kicks off on November 25th as the Christmas at The Newport Mansions begin their holiday  transformations. See our Special Package Deals and start planning your festive itinerary around the city.

And, don’t forget the Bowen’s Wharf Boat Parade and Block Party will also be sailing Santa to the shores of Newport on November 25th from 4:00 pm – 8:00pm.  The Official Opening of Christmas in Newport starts at 6:00 p.m. on December 1st in Washington Square with an annual tree lighting and live entertainment.

Holiday Stroll in Newport:  One of New England’s exclusive shopping destinations will be kicking off the Christmas shopping season with loads of style and holiday cheer!  You won’t want to miss out on this year’s Holiday Stroll and Random Acts of Holiday Cheer! Starting at 10:00 am thru 8:00 pm on December 3rd & 4th,  and again on December 10th & 11th, local businesses will be surprising shoppers with giveaways, musical performances, special guest appearances and much more!  For detailed information, see the Schedule of Events.  

The 46th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Tree Lighting and Open House  featuring Frosty the Snowman and caroling starts at 4:30 pm on December 3rd, and Santa will be there ready to light up the 25 foot Newport exclusive tradition on Bowen’s Wharf.

Will you be out Strolling?  Make sure you stop by the Admiral Fitzroy to check out our Spectacular Santa Collection and enjoy some yummy seasonal refreshments.

Admiral Fitzroy Santas

And, don’t forget to enter to win your very own Fitzroy Storm Glass!


Admiral Fitzroy (1805-1865), as commander of HMS Beagle, participated in the Darwin Expedition from 1834-1836. In addition to his naval career, Fitzroy did pioneer work in the field of meteorology. The Beagle’s instrumentation for the Darwin Expedition included several chronometers as well as barometers, which Fitzroy used for weather forecasting. The Darwin Expedition also was the first voyage under sailing orders that the Beaufort wind scale be used for wind observations.
One type of barometer used by Fitzroy was a storm glass. Observing the liquid in the storm glass was supposed to indicate changes in the weather. If the liquid in the glass was clear, the weather would be bright and clear. If the liquid was cloudy, the weather would be cloudy as well, perhaps with precipitation. If there were small dots in the liquid, humid or foggy weather could be expected. A cloudy glass with small stars indicated thunderstorms. If the liquid contained small stars on sunny winter days, then snow was coming.

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