Christmas Lights


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.         

Have a look at the gallery for more photos.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Christmas Lights Switch on 2016

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and made the ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ event such a huge success! It ended up being a truly magical day that really filled Newport with Christmas spirit! Here are just a few of the photos that were taken on the day…


Christmas Lights Switch On 2015

On Thursday, 3 December 2015, Newport & Carisbrooke Parish Council and Isle of Wight Radio held a small event in St. James Square, Newport, to mark the switching on of the Christmas lights in Newport. DJ Paul Topping broadcasted live from the square and switched on the lights with a few hundred local residents who braved the wintery conditions in attendance.

This event came about as result of the larger event that was unfortunately cancelled on 28 November 2015, due to heavy rain and strong winds.

Listen to Paul’s broadcast on IW Radio.

Christmas Lights Switch On 2014

Once again the crowds turned out to see the lights switch on Saturday 29th November. This year we had the added attraction of Chris Philpott the illusionist! 

For more details on his performance please Click Here

We would like to give a huge thanks to all involved, Newport CofE Primary Choir, Ryde Extreme, especially Matt Splatt and of course Paul Topping and IW Radio.

Costa Coffee once again allowed us to use their building so it could ‘snow’ in St James Square! Please go to the Gallery section of the website to view the photos. 

See you all next year…………..

Christmas Lights Switch On 2013

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Christmas Light Switch On Event on Saturday 30th November 2013. The event was a huge success! We would like to thank the following

  • Matt Splatt and Ryde Extreme Performers for their outstanding fire display.
  • Newport CE Primary School Choir for their beautiful singing.
  • Cornerstone for getting everyone into the Christmas mood.
  • Costa Coffee for the use of their building for the snow machines.
  • Jubilee Fireworks for ending the event with a BANG!

Special thanks goes to IOW Radio for promoting the event and switching on the lights.


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