As the festive season blankets the Toon (that’s Newcastle to you and me) in a twinkling glow, let’s unwrap the gift of yuletide cheer and see what this great Northern powerhouse has to offer over winter. From dazzling lights to seasonal celebrations, here’s your guide to jingling all the way through the most wonderful time of the year in Newcastle!
Newcastle’s Christmas Lights Extravaganza
Kicking off the festivities, Newcastle’s Christmas lights are a spectacle not to be missed. Gather your loved ones and head to Grey Street for a beautiful light display that could rival the stars. Pro tip: the Quayside is another twinkling wonderland that’s worth visiting, offering picturesque views of the Tyne Bridge lit up by Christmas lights.
Grainger Market and beyond for Christmas shopping
Do you have a shopping list longer than Santa’s? Dive into Grainger Market, a festive emporium where you’ll find unique gifts and tasty treats for all of your loved ones – perfect for Christmas shopping. But why stop there? Newcastle’s city centre is a shopping haven with everything from high-street favourites to local boutiques, ensuring your gifts are as one-of-a-kind as the Geordie spirit.
Life at the Centre Ice Rink
Lace up those skates and pirouette into joy at Life Science Centre’s outdoor ice rink. Tucked away under the shadow of the Centre for Life, this icy oasis welcomes skaters of all levels. Glide under the twinkling Christmas lights, and don’t forget to warm up afterward with a cup of hot chocolate!
Theatre Royal’s Christmas shows
No festive season is complete without a hearty dose of “he’s behind you!” Head to the Theatre Royal for a traditional, laugh-out-loud pantomime experience. Whether you’re treating the family or just your inner child, these shows are brimming with laughter, magic, and a touch of Geordie flair.
Winter walks in Jesmond Dene
Escape the hustle and bustle with a winter stroll through Jesmond Dene. The crisp air, frosted leaves, and the sound of the Ouseburn gently flowing make this urban oasis a serene escape. For an extra dose of festive magic, visit Pet’s Corner – Christmas carols sung by the resident animals? Yes, please!
Indulge in festive flavours
Refuel after your festive adventures with a Geordie feast. Whether you’re craving a hearty Sunday roast, festive pies, or something sweet, Newcastle’s eateries have you covered. Local tip: cozy up in a traditional pub for a warm meal and perhaps a cheeky mulled wine.
As the Geordie saying goes, “Why aye, it’s Christmas!” So, wrap up warm, embrace the festivities, and let the holiday magic unfold in the heart of Newcastle!