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Here's everything happening at Countdown to Christmas...

Newport Now’s Countdown to Christmas family fun event takes place in the city centre this Saturday.

And today we can reveal where and when you can enjoy all the entertainment as Newport’s Christmas lights switch-on.

Dafydd Iwan (pictured above; photo courtesy of FAW), the writer and singer of the official Wales Qatar World Cup song Yma O Hyd, will be topping the bill on Saturday just two days before the national team play their first match in the finals since 1958.

Countdown to Christmas, which is organised and delivered by the Newport Now Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Newport City Council, Friars Walk and Newport City Radio, will run from 2.45pm to 5.30pm.

The main stage will be based at the junction of Charles Street and Commercial Street.

Newport City Radio will host the stage from 2.45pm to 4pm before Heart FM drivetime show presenters Jagger and Woody take over.

The full running order for the event:

  • 2.45pm: Newport City Radio start the show

  • 2.50pm: Zoila Garman

  • 3.15pm: Lana Marie

  • 3.40pm: Tinty & The Bucket Hats

  • 4pm: Jagger & Woody take to the stage

  • 4.10pm: John Adams

  • 4.30pm: The Riverfront’s Robin Hood panto cast

  • 4.35pm: Welsh of the West End

  • 4.55pm: Dafydd Iwan

  • 5.10pm Jagger & Woody and Dafydd Iwan joined on stage by Newport City Council leader Councillor Jane Mudd, Mayor Councillor Martyn Kellaway and Santa

  • 5.15pm: Lights Switch-On by Dafydd Iwan and the Mayor

  • 5.30pm: Fireworks display

There will also be a fun fair on the riverfront from noon, and face painters in Kingsway, Friars Walk and Newport Market from 11am to 5pm.

Costume characters will also be providing fun for children in the city centre all day.

The event ends with a spectacular fireworks display at 5.30pm that is best viewed from John Frost Square, Usk Plaza or the pedestrian bridge.


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