Guide to festive tipis and christmas igloos in Newcastle Gateshead

You don't have to don all the layers to enjoy a Christmas drink in Newcastle and Gateshead this winter (as if we would anyway!). Sip festive cocktails, warming mulled tipples and hearty food across the city from the cosy comfort of a variety of inviting tipis, wintry igloos, alpine-themed bars and festive dining pods. Warm up your night out in Newcastle this Christmas with a visit to one of NewcastleGateshead's wintry wonderlands. 

There is something especially inviting about the warm glow and festive aromas that linger around the door of a winter tipi. Newcastle is many people's top choice for a Christmas night out or a shopping city break but with the colder weather making a sharp return, throw your sparkliest gladrags on and grab your spot beside a roaring firepit, or join your friends surrounded by faux fur while you sample Christmas-inspired cocktails and tuck into a range of dining options.  

Alfresco dining in Newcastle just got a whole lot cosier. Read on for our guide to where to find tipis, fire pits, outdoor dining pods and festive places to catch up with friends in NewcastleGateshead.

Gino's Winter Chalet

New for 2021 is Gino's Winter Chalet at INNSiDE by Melia hotel. Festooned with twinkly lights and scattered with faux furs, the chalet is very evocative of cosy Continental winters. A mix of dining areas and informal high stools ensure you will be able to relax with a festive tipple or tuck into an Italian feast in comfort. Stroll through the weekend Quayside Market to pick up some locally-sourced gifts and keep wandering upstream towards Gino's Winter Chalet or drop in mid-week to start your festive celebrations.  

Alpine Roof Thirty Nine, Newcastle

Sitting atop Newcastle's most prestigious department store, Fenwick's rooftop bar, Alpine Roof Thirty Nine is a must-visit for any thirsty Christmas shopper or sophisticated city breaker. Choose from winter warming drinks, Glühwein and punches as well as sparkles, wines, beers and hot drinks in their charming, apres-ski-inspired surroundings. Open Wednesdays to Sundays.

Hadrian's Tipi at STACK

Hadrian's Tipi has become a regular feature in Newcastle during the festive season. Open daily from 10am to the heart of the city, Hadrian's Tipi provides a warm glow and the ideal day-to-night venue for those in the midst of Christmas shopping or a place to take a break after you've hustled round nearby Newcastle Christmas Market. By day - gather around the open fire and indulge in hot chocolate or mulled wine. By night, Hadrian's Tipi comes alive with music and dancing. 

Christmas Igloos at Leila Lily's, Newcastle

Up to 8 guests can be wined and dined this Christmas in an enchanting igloo, lavishly bedecked with flowers and foliage at Newcastle bar, Leila Lily's. Arguably the most Instagrammable dining experience on our list, Leila Lily's on Grey Street have launched their Christmas Igloos (complete with hot water bottles!) and with a backdrop of the UK's most spectacular street, you're in for a really unique experience. The set menu (£35 per head) is not traditionally Christmas fare but suitably luxurious - apt for its lavish surroundings.  

Winter Pods at South Causey Inn

Book a festive meal out in one of South Causey Inn's private dining pods. Under the twinkle of fairy lights, experience exclusive alfresco dining at the popular hotel and restaurant in rural Gateshead. Dine under the stars and enjoy lunch, Afternoon Tea or an evening meal in their wintry pods that vary in size to accommodate 6 - 18 guests. Rest assured, the pods are fitted with internal heaters, solid floors and doors so you'll be draft free while you enjoy your meal under cover in the perfect indoor-outdoor set up! Ideal for family get togethers this Christmas or your festive parties. 

    By The River Hawker Market, Gateshead Quayside

    A year-round 'must-visit' location - the Hawker Market at By The River Brew Co serves up atmosphere and excellent street food in spades. Settle around a fire pit under the glistening glitterball and catch up with friends while you tuck into some of the finest local street food. 

    Dine by the Tyne Igloos, Newcastle Quayside

    Dine By the Tyne igloos have become a regular feature during the festive season on Newcastle Quayside. Unlike the pods at Leila Lily's the igloos are priced per pod so better suited for larger gatherings. The Dining Pods will serve up a unique dining experience for up to 10 guests including a three-course seasonal meal including roast turkey with all the trimmings.

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