Countdown to Christmas 2014 in Newport

Shop, celebrate, enjoy!

Christmas light switch-on

Thursday 20 November, 4.30pm-7.15pm at The Riverfront Theatre/The Wave

Christmas starts here!  A perfect evening out for families.

Come along from late afternoon to enjoy street theatre and performances on a snow theme from Sami the Sleigh.

Bjorn the Bear makes a welcome return to Newport along with our festive snow globe and Father Christmas who will be in and around the Riverfront Theatre.

Enjoy festive music from 5pm by the Wave, culminating in a fantastic fireworks display along the river at 6.30pm.

Steve J as Olly Murs performs live after the fireworks so stick around and enjoy an evening of free entertainment.

Christmas snowman trail

Thursday 20 November - Saturday 3 January 2015

Primary schools in Newport have been beavering away creating, sticking and painting 10 seasonal snowmen which are dotted across the city in various shops, venues and cafes.

Can you find them all?

Queensberry Real Estate is very pleased to be supporting this seasonal art project. 

St David’s grotto

Sunday 23 November – Wednesday 24 December 2014

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto in the Kingsway Shopping Centre, where children will be able to tell him their dreams for Christmas morning.

Visit the St David's Hospice website| for further information. 

Pantomime - Dick Whittington

Tuesday 2 December - Sunday 4 January 2015 at The Riverfront Theatre

Witty jokes, a sparkling script, memorable songs, fabulous acting and audience participation, it can only mean one thing – its Riverfront panto time, oh yes it is! 

Visit The Riverfront website| to book your tickets. 

Celtic Manor Christmas kingdom

27 November - 4 January 2015, Celtic Manor

Get ready to enjoy the magic and sparkle of the festive season as the resort's rooftop garden becomes the fabulous frosty backdrop for a wonderful winter adventure.

Visit the Celtic Manor website| for further information.

Christmas sessions

Friday 12 December at The Riverfront Theatre

Boutique market stalls and open mic night ..a festive special edition. For more details visit The Riverfront|  

Newport festive market

Saturday 6 December, 9.30am-5pm at Commercial Street and Bridge Street 

Stalls brimming with festive treats, last minute stocking fillers and more from local and regional producers.

This spin off market from Newport Food Festival brings together the best in seasonal food and drink as well as crafts and homeware.

Think top class cheeses, spicy sausages and chutneys, ceramics, hot Welsh cakes and mince pies and a variety of wines and beers.

The market also boasts real reindeers and sleigh, kindly donated for the day by Roman Farm plus festive family entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Christmas creatives

Saturday 1 November - Friday 28 November at The Riverfront Theatre  

Perfect for Christmas gifts, this exhibition and market sees the best and brightest artists and designers showcasing their work.

From prints to photography, jewellery and ceramics, modern screen-printed tea towels, bags and mugs, there are distinctly different items, perfect for the discerning shopper. 


There is parking in the city centre and charges for all council owned car parks are £1.00 for first 3 hours.

Visit the parking pages for full details.|

Park and ride

Saturdays, 25 October - 27 December 2014, 9am - 6pm 

The Saturday park and ride service will run every 10 minutes from the Civic Centre to Queensway.