NEWPORT, RI — As Rhode Islanders wrap up the holiday season, Newport County residents have the opportunity to enjoy the last two days of Aquidneck Island's newest holiday tradition, free of charge.
This weekend, residents can visit The Breakers, decorated for Christmas, and explore the new outdoor display, "Sparkling Lights at the Breakers." Admission to the house and grounds will be free of charge Saturday and Sunday, the last two days of the holiday season at the mansion.
"The local and regional communities have given us tremendous support throughout this very difficult time, and especially during the holiday season," said Trudy Coxe, the Preservation Scoiety's CEO. "This is an opportunity to thank our local residents and give them something special — a last look at the wonderful holiday decorations at The Breakers before they are taken down for the season. We hope to see lots of families there during these two special days."
The Breakers is the only "summer cottage" owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County currently open to the public. The rest already closed for the season or did not open because of the coronavirus pandemic. The house will be open from noon to 8 p.m., with the last admission at 7 p.m. The outdoor lights display turns on at 4 p.m.
The offer applies to residents of Newport, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Middletown Tiverton and Little Compton, as well as military personnel stationed at Naval Station Newport. To take part, simply bring proof of residency or a military ID.
Starting Jan. 11, operating hours will change at The Breakers, opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last admission at 4 p.m.