Tree Lighting Ceremony


UPDATE: The Tree Lighting has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 2nd! The times and program are not being changed.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 2, 2018. It will be another great day in Newport as we kick off the holiday season with the Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5 pm to 6 pm.

This event will feature the following festive components:

Performances of Christmas Classics

  • Innovation
  • Newport Elementary School Chorus

Readings and Greetings

  • Newport Mayor Mary Hetrick
  • Master of Ceremonies Glenn Holliman

The Tree!

  • Lighting of the tree by Santa Claus on Newport Fire Company ladder truck

Refreshments Starting at 4:30 pm

  • Hot dogs courtesy of the Newport Lions Club
  • Cookies donated by area churches
  • Cotton candy and hot chocolate courtesy of Newport Revitalization and Preservation Society

Children's Craft

Children are invited to make a keepsake ornament!

Photo Opportunities

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos after the tree lighting
  • Grab your friends and family to pose behind our giant vintage postcard-inspired Newport photo frame!

Thank you to everyone who participants in this event!


Celebrate the 80th Anniverary of the Louise Beard Memorial


The Newport Revitalization and Preservation Society cordially invites you to the 80th Anniversary Open House on December 9th from 2 pm to 5 pm celebrating the Louise Beard Memorial, 129 North 2nd Street. Please join us for refre-shments and cake as we celebrate the Louise Beard Memorial.

The Louise Beard Memorial was bequeathed to the residents of Newport in 1938 by Katherine Leiby Howe Beard as a memorial to her daughter Louise. The home was built in the 1890s by Mr. and Mrs. Horace Beard. The Museum at the Louise Beard Memorial houses a wonderful collection of Newport memorabilia including advertising from early merchants, clothing worn to gala social events, furniture, photographs and mementos from the family's travels.

Questions? Send an e-mail to NRPS at