FOLLOWING the news that an ice rink will be heading to Yarmouth this festive period ­— another is set to spring up in Newport.

It means two ice rinks will be available to Islanders in the build-up to Christmas.

In Newport, on November 20 in St Thomas' Square, Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council (NCCC) is presenting a Day of Christmas.

The family-friendly event will include a free outdoor ice skating rink and disco, complete with music, performances and entertainment.

The rink will comprise synthetic ice, like its Yarmouth counterpart.

Read more: All weather ice rink coming to Yarmouth this Christmas period

You can book a 30-minute skating session now by emailing

"This year will be bigger and better than ever, with a free ice rink and disco located on Quay Street for everyone to enjoy," said a spokesperson for NCCC.

"There will even be free push-along penguins, as well as skate aids available for youngsters or less confident skaters to use.

"Throughout the day in St Thomas’ Square and St James’ Square, there will be live entertainment and performances from Sandown & Shanklin Military Band, Steve Love, Vectis Brass, Emellia, Jukebox Jazz, Harmonix, Abbey Brass, The Combined School Choir, Medina Marching Band, Magic from Huxley, Balloon Modelling from Tracy’s Faces, The Grinch, The Snostoppin Huskies and much more.

"Santa has even taken some time out of his busy schedule and will be stopping by the Minster in St Thomas Square from midday to 2pm.

"Each child that visits Santa will receive a free gift.

"Join us at 6pm for the finale, with the lights for Newport being switched on by actress Sue Hodges, and Pippa the life-size polar bear.

"We are looking forward to seeing you there."