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Feel Merry and Bright in NewcastleGateshead this Christmas...

Merry Christmas to one and all from NewcastleGateshead! We love welcoming visitors from far and wide for a city break in NewcastleGateshead to celebrate the sparkle of Christmas and New Year in the toon. With fabulous hotels to choose from, great shopping, lively events and big nights out to be had - NewcastleGateshead really is THE festive place to be. There are many jolly reasons to experience the festivities in the North East this Christmas. 

Where to find Father Christmas thumbnail Newcastle Gateshead

The Alnwick Garden invite you to wander through their after-dark Christmas Light Trail until 2 January 2022. On the south-side of the River Tyne, families are invited to another enchanting outdoor light trail, this time in the grounds of Gibside National Trust in Gateshead.

We know you missed panto season in 2020 (oh yes you did!) so make sure you book a festive performance or heart-warming pantomime at one of the North East's excellent theatres. Burn off the extra mince pies and blow away the cobwebs with a Festive Five Fun Run or take to the water with CBK's Adventure Co. and their after-dark kayaking experience - Glow Tours.

From family days out at charming settings like Beamish Museum to discovering often unseen areas of Newcastle with the NE1 24 Doors; whether you're desperate to meet Father Christmas in Newcastle or looking for festive things to do in the evening, there are Christmas events galore this year in NewcastleGateshead.

Monument Christmas Lights

Celebrate the season in Newcastle

Much-loved annual Christmas traditions in the heart of Newcastle city centre, such as Fenwick Newcastle's Christmas window display, have made a welcome return in 2021 and visitors to the Shaun the Sheep themed display can safely queue along Northumberland Street to take in the details of each window. NE1's festively FABULOUS Christmas window displays are up around Newcastle City Centre too so next time you're shopping in the city - see how many you can find.

Newcastle city centre is illuminated for Christmas shoppers heading into Newcastle to browse Grainger Market's festive stalls or marvel at the wonders of Fenwick Newcastle's in-store Christmas Market. Pop into Eldon Square and you will find their wonderful festive train to brighten up your Christmas shopping. The much-loved Quayside Market also returns on Saturday AND Sunday in the lead up to Christmas to add a little cheer to your weekends.

All this Christmas shopping is thirsty work! Get ready to swap your loungewear for sequinned glad rags, don your Christmas jumpers and celebrate the season by heading 'out out' to one of NewcastleGateshead's top bars, pubs and restaurants.

New Year's Eve will be a blast with a truly spectacular Laser of Lights display from 30 December - 1 January. You can even control the lasers in this immersive experience across the city.

Fenwick Christmas Window Christmas landing pge Fenwick Newcastle Christmas Window from years gone by

Stay Safe this Christmas in NewcastleGateshead

We're excited to celebrate Christmas with you in 2021 and it feels wonderful to be able to welcome you back safely into NewcastleGateshead for all your festive celebrations, shopping and dining!

However - it is still important to be considerate of others and prevent the spread of coronavirus when you're visiting busy areas as well as to follow government guidelines around wearing masks. Newcastle City Council have asked that visitors to the festivities and busy settings during the Christmas season consider taking a test for Covid before they head into Newcastle and that anyone who has tested positive or is displaying any symptoms is urged to stay at home.

Thanks for visiting safely and experiencing the festivities in NewcastleGateshead responsibly. Please continue to wash your hands, cover your face wherever possible and be considerate of people's space.

Stay safe and merry Christmas!

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