NEWTOWN’s Hafren theatre is in for a busy festive time with a host of shows for Christmas and the New Year.

It starts this Saturday, December 14, with the "Dai Robs Christmas Party".

This is the fourth year that the popular local singer has staged this seasonal show and he will be playing with a 10-piece band, and more Christmas songs than ever before plus a sneak preview of songs from his forthcoming second album.

It’s a night guaranteed to kick start your festive season with a warm atmosphere and a collection of Xmas songs, classic covers and a handful of original songs with tickets costing £9.50 from the box office on 01686 614555.

Another classic festive favourite is provided on Wednesday, December 18, at 1.30pm with a rare big screen showing of probably the best film version of “Christmas Carol”.

The ever-versatile Alastair Sim is impeccable as the miser Scrooge who comes to see the error of his ways through the promptings of the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, in Charles Dickens’ definitive yuletide tale in its original black and white.

The movie matinee tickets are £5, to include tea/coffee or mulled wine and mince pies.

Sold out within hours of being announced, The Hafren presents a real exclusive on Thursday, December 19, with Robert Plant’s new band Saving Grace, with Suzi Dian sharing vocals.

The hits of one of the world’s most-loved bands ABBA feature in the “Arrival” show on Friday, December 20.

On the 45th anniversary of their legendary Eurovision winner “Waterloo”, come and join in a celebration of the music of one of the biggest selling and most iconic bands of all time.

Arrival’s multi award-winning show is returning for 2019 following sell out shows in over 20 different countries worldwide, bringing the magic of ABBA to stages across the UK. Tickets are £24.50.

A festive treat for children and family audiences is provided by “Santa’s Christmas Countdown” with shows at 1.30 and 4pm on Saturday, December 21.

Remember to bring a Christmas letter to post in Santa’s special post box for a show that features Dotty the Elf, Dasher the Reindeer, Jack Frost and Pompom the Penguin in a fun, festive, musical adventure.

It’s an afternoon where every child gets a present from Santa, and should prove as popular as last year’s sell-out performances of “Santa’s Christmas Party”.

Tickets ate £11.50 for adults and £10 for children, with a family tickets at £38.

The venue then gets ready for the new year, opening in style on Saturday, January 11, with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra returning to take “A Journey to Vienna”, along with soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams.

NYP Theatre, the Newtown youth music theatre company will be staging their fun-filled family pantomime “Cinderella” with shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm on Saturday, January 18.