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Press Release

November 20, 2013

Dragons star and Mayor to switch on Christmas lights

Newport’s Mayor Councillor Cliff Suller will be joined by Newport Gwent Dragons player Kris Burton to officially switch on Newport’s Christmas lights on Thursday 21 November.

The Australian-born fly-half, who has played international rugby for Italy, joined the Dragons this season.

The Countdown to Christmas marks the start of Christmas celebrations in Newport and there will be a host of activities for pre-school children to enjoy in the afternoon before the fireworks in the evening.

From midday an art station and children’s entertainer will be at The Riverfront Theatre; they’ll be joined from 2pm by Father Christmas who’ll be receiving letters and talking to children throughout the afternoon.

The line-up will also feature a giant snow globe which you can step into and have a photo taken, pantomime cast capers and festive street entertainers appearing along the Wave area into the early evening.

Also returning this year will be the wonderful and popular Bjorn the Bear who is a real favourite. Festive Minnie and Mickey as well Christmas elves will also be popping in to say hello. The Riverfront Café will be open for hot drinks, food and snacks.

At 6.25pm the official countdown to Christmas will begin with an explosive firework show along the river and music from a fantastic band.

Danter's Fair will also be open throughout the evening along the riverfront walkway and retailers will be open until 8pm to officially start the Christmas shopping period.

Details of the countdown event and other Christmas activity is available by visiting

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