Christmas Fair


Christmas Fair and Lights Switch On 

Come along to Newport & Carisbrooke Parish Council’s Christmas Fair & Light Switch On event taking place on Saturday, 24th November 2018.

Santa has taken some time out of his hectic Christmas schedule to pop along to the Minster in St Thomas’ Square between 12pm and 2pm where he will be giving away FREE gifts to all children on the day!

We have loads of fun and festive themed activities going on both inside and outside the Minster in St Thomas’ Square. Below is an itinerary of activities going on throughout the day.

Inside the Minster:
11am to 3pm – Crafts and Young Enterprise Stalls
12pm to 2pm – Meet Santa in His Grotto
1pm to 3pm – Balloon Modelling
2pm to 3pm – Scottish Fiddlers Perform

St Thomas’ Square
12pm to 1pm – Medina Marching Band
1pm to 2pm – Wight Harmony Barbershop Quartet
1pm to 2pm – Elsa and Anna from Enchanted Isle
2pm to 2:30pm – Melodic Choir
3pm to 3:20pm – Combined Newport & Carisbrooke CE Primary Choir
5:15 to 5:45 – Live music from Isle of Wight Radio
5:45 – Christmas Lights to be switched on by Mr Alan Titchmarsh

In the case of adverse weather on the day, this event may be subject to change or cancellation.

Newport Festival of Christmas 2017

The event on 2nd December was an excellent example of partnership working between a number of organisations including Newport & Carisbrooke Parish Council, Newport Business Association, Newport Carnival Committee and ARC Consultancy.

The day started in the Minster with craft stalls and demonstrations plus Santa and children’s games. The Scottish Fiddlers entertained with Scottish songs and carols and the balloon modelling was a popular attraction for young and old.

Outside, Medina Marching Band put on a display followed by the Melodic Choir and an old fashioned barrel organ kept the music lively during the day. The Snostoppin’ Huskies dropped in with the Ice Queen and later in the afternoon Newport CofE Primary school sang a number of carols (although they were interrupted by snow!) and the final singing group was St John’s Church Choir and band.  

ARC Consultancy were on hand all day with an interactive stall gathering information towards the ‘Shaping Newport’ project. For the peckish, the food street market went on until early evening serving coffee, warming mulled wine and dumplings.

The highlight of the event was the Christmas lights switch on. Isle of Wight Radio attended along with some characters from Blackgang Chine and hundreds watched as the magnificent tree was lit up. Children from Newport primary schools had decorated baubles and these had been hung on the tree as part of the day.

Finally the Newport Winter Carnival travelled around the town to finish off the first magnificent Newport Festival of Christmas.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Christmas Fair 2015

The 2015 Christmas Fair organised by Newport & Carisbrooke Parish Council was a huge success. Santa Claus was visited by over 80 children throughout the day, who each received a present.

Entertainment at the fair was provided by local magician Huxley, who thrilled children and adults with his tricks and illusions. Wight Brass performed between 2-3pm and got everyone in the Christmas mood, playing a festive repertoire.

We would like to thank Newport Minster for allowing us to hold the fair inside the Minster and also the craft stallholders who traded on the day.

Below is a selection of photos from the Christmas Fair.

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To see the all the photos from the day, please visit the gallery.



Christmas Fair 2014Alan Dressed as Santa (2013)

The Parish Council joined with Newport Carnival Committee to host the Fair on Saturday 6th December 2014 at the Riverside Centre from 10am to 4pm. Santa was in his grotto from 11am and was very busy giving every child a gift.

Dazzle and Fizz entertained the children while the adults browsed over 20 craft and local produce stalls.

The Snostopin Siberian Huskies were happy to have a cuddle with everyone who passed their way and Wight Brass put on a splendid performance of carols to round off the day.

See all the photos over on the Gallery section of the website.


Christmas Fair at Holyrood Street 2013

 The Parish Council joined with the traders of Holyrood Street for a Victorian Christmas extravaganza on the 8th December 2013.  There were stalls, Santa and lots of entertainment. See all the photos over in the Gallery section of the website

Local Market Stalls and much more!


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