Northern Lights

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Lighting up the iconic Leazes Park like never before, a brand new immersive light trail is coming to Newcastle city centre this Christmas. ‘Northern Lights Newcastle’ will enthral visitors with a stunning after-dark attraction of immersive visuals, audio and jaw-dropping illuminations in what will become the only light trail in the city.

The breathtaking festival of light in the heart of Newcastle’s oldest park includes original audio compositions, dynamic choreography and intelligent design to create a 90-minute magical experience for the whole family to enjoy. The fully accessible, mile-long route will see epic illuminations light up Leazes Park, along with a Christmas Village filled to the brim with delicious festive food and drinks by local artisans.

Opening on 23rd November and running for five weeks until 1st January, Northern Lights will completely transform Leazes Park in the year of its 150th anniversary, with incredible illuminations set among woodland glades, heritage architecture, statues and the lake at the centre of the park. Welcoming people of all ages, visitors to Northern Lights will experience between 10-12 light attractions, discovered across a mile loop around illuminated parkland, starting and ending at the southern park entrance (via Barrack Road). During the 90-minute event, visitors can also enjoy vintage fairground rides and a variety of festive treats, including mulled wine, hot chocolate, and toasted marshmallows.

What can you expect at Northern Lights?

The immersive light trail in Newcastle city centre, is led by the company behind multi-award winning Bluedot, Kendal Calling and Christmas at Bute Park. The light show will be produced by an award-winning combination of local and national talent, including creators of headline installations for Kew Gardens, Netflix, and Glastonbury, so visitors can expect a host of mind-blowing features and special effects from the UK.


Ensuring everyone can enjoy the magic of the moment, and be able to take part in the festivities, the whole trail is inclusive and accessible via a flat trail along wheelchair-accessible paths, seating areas and ramp access points. Special provisions will also be in place to reserve Access time slots, where quieter audio and reduced visitor numbers aim to support neuro-divergent visitors. Queue jump wristbands will also be available for those with additional needs.

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