Or as my cousin likes to call it, “Christmas with the Vanderbilts!”
Yesterday my cousin Marisa and I roadtripped to Newport, Rhode Island to attend a Christmas event at Marble House. Marble House is one of the world-famous Newport mansions, which are National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age. Marble House is also the former summer home of the Vanderbilt family. Which explains why it’s so small.
The mansions are already stunningly gorgeous, but during the holidays they are decorated with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, wreaths, lights, and of course, Christmas trees, to give each home a holiday glow.
You can go anytime during the holiday season (this year November 23rd to January 5th) and tour the homes during the day. The Preservation Society offers a Winter Passport Ticket which allows you to see the three decorated homes: Marble House, The Breakers and The Elms.
But what I strongly recommend is attending one of the Holiday Evenings like Marisa and I did. These events allow you to walk through softly-lit rooms, decorated with candles and Christmas lights. Musicians perform live holiday music, which really adds a touch of holiday magic to your visit. Oh and did I mention the Holiday Evenings offer egg nog (spiked!), hot apple cider, and all the Christmas cookies you can eat?
After enjoying the music, Marisa and I continued our tour of the home, while seeking out the extremely important holiday egg nog and cookies!
Christmas at the Newport Mansions is a holiday tradition that you will love. To purchase tickets, or to find out more, click here.
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