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Holidays in Newport

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The Great Hall of The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island, goes above and beyond with Christmas decorating this year. The 15-foot-tall poinsettia tree is just one of 28 decorated trees found throughout the house.

Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and gift-laden sleighs pulled by imaginary horses made of moss combine with the opulent architecture of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, to create a lavish, yet sentimentally charming holiday scene that would delight Scrooge himself (even before the ghosts arrived). The Preservation Society of Newport County, caretakers of the historic houses built by the Vanderbilts and their contemporaries, pulls out all the decorating stops to bring the spirit of the season to The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House. The Design New England team recently paid a visit to The Breakers to see for ourselves. From the iconic 15-foot-tall red poinsettia tree in the Great Hall to the dining tables set with period silver and china to the (new this year) gingerbread models of five of the society’s mansions created by local pastry chefs, we relished it all.

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Decorated trees, a mantle spray, and dangling evergreen Christmas balls enhance the architectural details of the fireplace and arches in the Great Hall of The Breakers.

We loved The Breakers, but all three mansions are filled with poinsettias, oversize white lilies, fresh flowers, wreaths tied with beautiful bows, and swaths of evergreens to set the holiday scene. They are open for viewing through January 5. For an evening of live music and holiday cheer, The Breakers is having a holiday party December 28. Visit for more information.

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The Breakfast Room in The Breakers has a green and pink palette accented by the green and red tree.

Happy holidays from Design New England, and here’s to a Happy New Year!
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