Briefs: Historic Newport Mansions Display Holiday Style
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The historic mansions of Newport, R.I., are hosting tours to show off Christmas trees, wreaths, floral decorations, period-style ornaments and windows illuminated with white candles.
Holiday tours will be held daily through Jan. 3 (except for Christmas Day) at The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, sponsored by The Preservation Society of Newport County. The mansions will also be lit up for nighttime celebrations, music and self-guided tours, with cookies, pastries, eggnog and cider, on the evenings of Dec. 12 and 26. Tickets are $35; $28 in advance; and $10 for ages 6 to 17. On Dec. 19, The Elms and Marble House will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with one ticket good for admission to both. A Winter Passport ticket for daytime admission to all three houses is $28 ($9 for ages 6 to 17) and can be purchased through the Web site or at each property. Check the Web site for other holiday events, including a dinner dance and book signings.
Here comes Hanukkah ...
Menorahs made from ice, Legos and chocolate will be on display at some of the Hanukkah celebrations sponsored by the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish outreach organization in 650 cities around the world.
The eight-day holiday begins at sundown on Dec. 11. Chabad events will range from a Dec. 13 parade with more than 100 cars decorated with Hanukkah flags heading to the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Fla., to a Hanukkah comedy night in Oxnard, Calif., on Dec. 15. Other unusual Hanukkah celebrations will include a Dec. 16 event featuring a menorah made from chocolate, candy and doughnuts in Houston, and a Dec. 14 Hanukkah party at Binghamton University in upstate New York with a menorah made from thousands of pieces of Lego. After it's lit, the Lego menorah will be disassembled and donated, along with hundreds of other toys collected in a toy drive, to an organization for children with cancer. …