FANS of the X Factor will be in for a treat as a competition winner has been announced as switching on the Christmas lights at Cwmbran Shopping next month.

Sam Bailey, who won X Factor in 2013, will be switching on the centre’s Christmas lights at 6pm on November 18 in Gwent Square.

The singer will then perform her hit songs live on stage between 7.30pm and 8pm.

Cwmbran Shopping will also be running a Facebook competition to give local fans the chance to meet the star for free before the event kicks off.

Shoppers can also meet roaming Christmas characters, a firework display, watch a special children’s entertainment show in Monmouth Square and even experience falling snow at the event.

The switch on will also mark the opening of the Grotto as well as the start of the seasonal late night shopping, with retailers staying open until 8pm every Wednesday and Thursday in the run up to Christmas.

Sam Bailey shot to fame two years ago after being voted as the winner of ITV’s X Factor. She has since released a debut album entitled The Power of Love.

Marketing Coordinator at Cwmbran Shopping, Michael Bell, said: “I am really excited for our Christmas lights switch on, especially now that a star will be performing at the centre. It’s also a great way to celebrate the start of our late night shopping opening hours. This annual event gets more and more impressive every year.

“Along with great entertainment from Sam, shoppers will have the chance to see other free entertainment, which is certain to put a smile on everyone’s face. This is a great opportunity for locals and others to come and experience the amazing event in the heart of Cwmbran, and welcome the festive season with a sing-a-long.”

For more information on how you could win tickets to meet Sam Bailey for free with your family and friends, keep an eye on Cwmbran Shopping’s Facebook page: