Christmas - Friars Walk - Shoppers

Christmas lights switch-on 2018

Saturday 17 November from midday, lights switch-on at 5.15pm 

Family fun including live music, fairground rides, celebrity guests and cartoon characters, culminating in the switching-on of the extended city centre Christmas lights and a breath-taking fireworks display. 

The day is organised by Newport Now Business Improvement District in partnership with Newport City Council, Friars Walk, Kingsway Centre and Newport City Radio. 

Christmas in Caerleon

Saturday 8 December 10am-6pm  

  • Traditional festive storytelling sessions at the Roman Fortress Baths, 11am, 1pm and 3pm 
  • Farmers’ market at town hall, 10am to 4pm, with local producers’ food and craft stalls and refreshments 
  • Music and carols around the Christmas tree on Goldcroft Common from 4.30pm, in the town hall if it is raining

The Riverfront panto: Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Sunday 6 January 2019

This year's fun-filled family panto! Visit The Riverfront panto page to book tickets.


Visit Newport for bargains, gifts and provisions from independent traders, historic Newport Market and Friars Walk

Park and ride

Saturday 17 November - Saturday 22 December 2018

A free Saturday park and ride service will run between the Civic Centre car parks and the city centre bus station from 9am, with the last bus departing from the city centre at 5.50pm.

Visit Newport Transport for further details.

View parking information 

Waste and recycling collections

Bins and recycling will be collected one day later than usual over the Christmas and New Year period.

Put in your postcode on the bin collection page over Christmas to find out when your bin and recycling will be collected. 

Your real Christmas tree can be recycled by:

Recycle cards and wrapping paper

Cards can go in your green recycling box with cardboard and wrapping paper goes in your blue box - no foil wrapping paper please!

Read about Wastesavers Christmas recycling

Recycling Centre opening hours

  • Monday 24 December 2018: open 7am - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December: closed
  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December: open 7.30am - 4.30pm
  • Saturday 29 December and Sunday 30 December: 9am - 4.30pm
  • Monday 31 December: open 7.30am - 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 1 January 2019: closed

Last vehicles admitted to the site 15 minutes before closing time

More information about the Recycling Centre

Council operating hours

Telephone Newport City Council on (01633) 656656 or visit the Information Station on Queensway.

  • Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December: closed
  • Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December: telephone 8am - 6pm, visit 8.30am - 5pm
  • Monday 31 December: telephone 8am - 6pm, visit 8.30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 1 January: closed  

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