We've got Christmas covered in NE1
It's the most wonderful time of the year! From a breathtaking window display at Fenwick, to seasonal cocktail sipping at Hadrian's Tipi, check out our guide to a cracking Christmas in NE1!
Newcastle City Council is working closely with NE1, Fenwick and Life Science Centre on Newcastle’s sensational Christmas offering this year. The partnership will help deliver an exciting new experience for both local people and visitors to the city, making it a Christmas to remember! Festive fanatics can look forward to a magical Christmas trail and a website to help everyone navigate themselves around Newcastle’s enchanting winter wonderland. Brimming with all the vital info you need for this year’s Christmas events and activities in the Toon, the website will also help attract new visitors to the city and position Newcastle as a major festive destination in Europe. Sponsored by Maldron Hotel, keep your eyes fixed on the brand new website newcastleschristmas.com
NEWCASTLE'S CHRISTMAS MARKETS:
16 NOVEMBER - 31 DECEMBER
Check out our city's stunning new Christmas Markets! A vibrant mix of local and international markets are joining forces this Christmas, meaning you can enjoy 6 weeks of Christmas extravaganza in the heart of the city! Newcastle’s Christmas Markets will be up and running from 16th November all the way through to December 31st - so all your festive shopping needs are sorted right up to the wire!
This year’s market additions include a helter skelter-style bar at Grey’s Monument, perfect for a mulled wine, hot chocolate and mid-shop mince pie break. You'll also find a 30m toboggan run and fairground carousel on Blackett Street, as well as seasonal stalls jam-packed with unique gifts. Foodies are in for a treat too... tuck into fresh cheddar cheese from the hills of Snowdonia, huge German bratwursts, and some of the sweetest treats you'll find this Christmas!
Fenwick's Christmas Window has arrived, and boy it's good! Fenwick is the gift that just keeps on giving this Christmas. Not only do we have the Rooftop Cinema and Club Claus to enjoy, but families can now marvel at their iconic Christmas Window display! The covers went up mid- October at the famous department store and excitement reached fever pitch as the whole of the region waited in anticipation for the next instalment. Following on from last year’s dazzling Snowman unveiling, the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory display looks absolutely amazing. What better way to spend Christmas than with loved ones, enjoying an iconic festive fixture in the Toon.
Once you’ve followed the amazing story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, why not head in store and warm up at their Fantastic & Delicious pop-up café with a delectable hot chocolate? Better still, tick off your gift lists with a trip to the Christmas shop on the basement! A winter wonderland bursting with festive joy, pick out that sparkly new Christmas tree and browse through quirky stocking fillers.
The Grainger Market is no stranger to the buzz of Christmas shopping in Newcastle. Its stalls have been serving Christmas delights to the Toon for over 150 years and we can’t wait to uncover more surprises this year! Offering shoppers quirky gifts and vital Christmas groceries, the Grainger Market is now home to over 100 unique businesses and independent traders - so you’re bound to find something amazing. From vintage clothing goodies at This Is Analog, to cute Christmas jumpers for your pooch at Robinson's Pet Store, Grainger Market has it all.
Enjoy a festive saunter down Northumberland Street and enjoy all the festive deals that the Toon has to offer. Pop into JD and try on their range of killer sport trainers, browse H&M’s huge range of high street must haves and visit Marks & Spencer for Christmas Day dinner delights and NYE party essentials. With plenty of delicious foodie spots scattered up and down the street, it's a great spot to tick off your to-do lists!
Fill your bags and get festive at intu Eldon Square! The centre will be open for Christmas shoppers until 8pm on weekdays, with a 9pm extension on the 29th November for Black Friday. With NE1's Alive After Five offer, you can spend even more time gathering gifts for your loved ones too. Be sure to spend hours in the uber-luxurious John Lewis department store browsing their beauty range, check out Debenhams’ designer goods, and finish off with a bite to eat in Grey's Quarter.
SEARCHING FOR SANTA
THE GRINCH & THE GROTTO
1 – 24 DECEMBER
Tootle over to The County Hotel on Neville Street for a magical Christmas experience unlike any other. Get into the spirit with guest appearances from Father Christmas and The Grinch! Watch little one’s eyes light up as you join in with family fun games and show off your dance moves with a killer Christmas disco. With gorgeous Sunday lunches on offer too, this amazing event will fill your hearts and bellies full of Christmas joy!
CHRISTMAS SANTA CRUISES 2019
UNTIL 24 DECEMBER
Join Santa for some festive fun on the Tyne this Christmas. River Escapes are giving good boys and girls the chance to sail along with Santa on the River Tyne. Meet the man in the big red suit, pick up a goody bag and dance along to Christmas classics. Guests can enjoy a glass of mulled wine, a piping-hot mince pie and tons of party games and craft activities.
ST JAMES’ PARK FESTIVE FAYRE
16 NOVEMBER - 17 NOVEMBER
Father Christmas will be changing his red suit to a black and white shirt this Christmas, as he gets comfortable in his grotto at St James’ Park! Part of their fabulous Festive Fayre, guests can enjoy an early visit from Santa and browse through a wide variety
of gifts from independent traders. That's not all... Father Christmas has worked his magic and brought us all an early present. You're invited to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium, including a changing room visit, opportunity for a picture in the tunnel and an insight into the media centre. This is a fantastic event not to be missed. Tickets are selling fast, so book yours now!
FESTIVE FUN IN NE1
OPEN-AIR ICE RINK
9 NOVEMBER – 23 FEBRUARY 2020
The rink is an iconic festive tradition in Newcastle and is returning to its Life Science Centre spot for the 19th year running! The open-air ice rink isn’t the only Christmas activity happening at this spot either - the festive fun is heating up inside the centre, too! Guests can enjoy intergalactic yuletide greetings from astronauts, Christmas sparklers during science theatre shows and making inks for that all-important personalised letter to Santa. Speaking of the man in the red suit, Santa will return rink-side to hear those must- have wish lists! (Separate charges apply for Science Centre admission, ice skating and Santa visits.)
The amazing tipi has returned! Yes, that’s right - the popular winter hideaway in the heart of Newcastle is returning for another year of feel- good festive fun. Situated at STACK, Hadrian’s Tipi is the perfect place to cosy up by the open fire pit and sip on an aromatic glass of mulled wine whilst listening to live music. This year, the Tipi will provide more festive treats, making it the ideal place to take a break from shopping and seek refuge from the ferocious winter weather. Go here for roaring log fires, live entertainment, snug seating areas and a vibrant bar stocking a wide variety of hot and cold tipples to help you spread festive cheer this winter!
ALIVE AFTER FIVE
Enjoy Newcastle's fantastic festive offering with NE1’s free parking in seven multi-storey car parks across the city! Check out our top picks for parking in the city this winter.
Eldon Square 497 SPACES Percy Street, NE1 7RZ
Park here for: intu Eldon Square, Northumberland Street, Grey Street and Newgate Street.
Eldon Garden 445 SPACES
Percy Street, NE1 7RT
Park here for: intu Eldon Square and Northumberland Street.
Dean Street 257 SPACES Dean Street, NE1 1PG
Park here for: Quayside, Dean Street, Grey Street, STACK and Grainger Market.
Quayside Multi-Storey 499 SPACES
City Road, NE1 2AQ
Park here for: Quayside, Dean Street and Grey Street.
Oxford Street Multi-Storey 139 SPACES
Park here for: STACK, Northumberland Street, Grey Street and Dean Street.
Manors Multi-Storey 486 SPACES
City Road, NE1 2BN
Park here for: Grey Street, Northumberland Street and STACK.
Grainger Town 401 SPACES Waterloo Square, NE1 4DP
Park here for: intu Eldon Square, The Gate, Life Science Centre and Grainger Market.