NEWPORT, R.I. -- The mansions of Newport are world famous for their Gilded Age opulence. This time of year, the Breakers, the Elms, and Marble House are decorated for the holidays. Elegant dining tables sparkle with period silver and china, and Christmas trees glitter in grand foyers. Choirs perform, and visitors can sample eggnog or cider. Christmas tours of the mansions are scheduled through Jan. 2.
The Astor family's Beechwood Mansion is open through Dec. 31, and you're invited to stay for dinner Dec. 10, 12, 17, and 19 for a Victorian holiday feast, complete with servants in period costume and dancing.
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At the Rhode Island Festival of Trees next weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, 100 trees, each decorated differently, will be on display along with an edible gingerbread village, quilts, and wreaths.
Chepachet Village, in the town of Glocester, will have Santa, carolers, hayrides, and a gingerbread house contest, evenings Dec. 2-16.
Historic Wickford Village hosts a Festival of Lights" with tree-lighting, hay rides and entertainment, this Thursday-Sunday.
For more on holiday events, go to www.visitrhodeisland.com or call 800-556-2484.