Residents and visitors to Newport on 30th November will be able to witness the switch on of the Christmas lights at 5.45pm in St James’ Square.

This will be followed by the Winter Carnival procession which leaves Matalan Car Park and winds its way around the town.

Also on the 30th ‘Open Studios’ for local artists will be held at Quay Arts. This event will feature up to 40 Artists and Craft Makers from across the Island. There will be a selection of creative and imaginative Christmas gifts from unusual stocking-fillers to those special statement pieces, including fine art, textiles, glass work, jewellery, screen-prints, photography, ceramics, felt crafts, illustration and wood-turning, available in all price ranges.

As well as displaying a range of unique, distinctive pieces and must-have gifts, many artists will also demonstrate aspects of how they create their work and will be happy to discuss their work and methods with visitors. This event will also be open to the public on Sunday 1st December.

For those seeking to see more art and local crafts ‘The Big Wight Space’ in Scarrots Lane will be hosting ‘Nine Days of Christmas’ which runs as the name suggests for 9 days commencing on the 30th.  There will be a Free Prize Draw every day to win a hand produced item from one of the exhibitors as well as the chance to obtain Christmas gifts made by local artists and artisans.

 At weekends there will be mulled wine and mincepies on offer for everyone to enjoy whilst looking at the exhibits.