Tracy Minkin from Coastal Living Magazine compiled a list of her 10 favorite American beach towns for Christmas and it’s not surprising that Newport and Nantucket made the nice list!

Here’s what she had to say:

“We all know Santa comes by boat, so it’s only fitting that we all get to the beach as quickly as possible for the holidays. These are my 10 favorite beach towns that do it up right for Christmas, from old-fashioned style to all-out light extravaganzas.”

Newport, RI

Newport RI Christmas

Why we love it: Historic, maritime, and full of great food and drink… I adore this New England city year-round, and its month-long embrace of the holidays is peerless. Whether you’re skating on the outdoor ice rink and pausing for hot chocolate, touring one of the renowned Gilded Age mansions in holiday finery, or attending holiday puppet shows, teas, and concerts, it’s Currier and Ives brought to life in the City By The Sea. (Note that the city uses only clear bulbs in the waterfront… gorgeous!)

(Photo via The Preservation Society of Newport County)

Nantucket, MA
Nantucket Christmas

Why we love it: Santa really does come by boat to this beautiful island, as part of the annual Christmas Stroll (this year it’s December 4-6), an abundance of incredible shopping, eating, and drinking amidst great good cheer (and cobblestone streets lined with community-decorated trees). Don’t miss the special exhibit of decorated holiday trees at the Whaling Museum.

(Photo: Reena Bammi)

See the rest of Coastal Living Magazine’s 10 Best American Beach Towns for Christmas.

Newport tips:

Where to stay:

If you’re visiting Newport, book your stay at Gurneys Newport Resort & Marina, they are hands down the nicest hotel in Newport and their seaside location on Goat Island with 360° water views and the seclusion of a private island is just a jaunt from the shops and eateries of downtown Newport.


If you’re looking for some great spots to dine, we recommend hitting up local favorites such as ,LaForge Casino Restaurant (piano bar every Friday and Saturday night), ScarpettaThe Reef and Tavern on Broadway!


The party never stops at Gurney’sThe ReefTavern on Broadway, LaForge and the Clarke Cooke House are the goto spots for locals all year round

Don’t miss:

No trip to Newport is complete without a trip to the Audrain Automobile Museum. The Audrain Automobile Museum has a mission to preserve and present automotive history while connecting and engaging with other non-profits and the community as a whole. Established in 2014, the Museum transformed the historic Audrain Building into a captivating display floor, fit specifically for our cultural needs. The Museum has access to collections with of over 200 cars, allowing for three fresh and unique exhibits per year. Ranging from Brass Era pre-War cars to Supercars of the 2000s, the Museum is dedicated to entertaining all generations and stylistic preferences.

Taste the flavor:

Swing by the Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. and sample some of their award winning creations.

Founded in 1999 by four college friends, Newport Storm Brewery was the original production craft brewery in Rhode Island. They created more than 100 distinctive beers while keeping things local and authentic. From their flagship Hurricane Amber Ale to seasonal brews made with Rhode Island grown ingredients, to beers aged in rum barrels, the brewery has been in the vanguard of craft brewing for nearly 20 years.

In 2006 the crew began distilling craft spirits. They were the first distillery in Rhode Island in 135 years and currently produce whiskey, a single barrel rum, and an overproof white rum.

Dress for success:

Newport’s former First Lady Deborah Winthrop owns the premier women’s boutique on Aquidneck Island with hip and chic clothing, bra sized swimwear and a the largest selection of lingerie around. Deborah and her staff are all expert bra fitters. The right bra will make you look and feel 10 years younger and 10lbs lighter!! Swing by and see for yourself.


If you’re looking for the best pizza in Newport, RI, look no further than Karma Pizza. This Thames Street pizza place has the best pizza and the best wings in town. Free delivery.