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It’s the most wonderful time of the year so wrap up warm and delve into NewcastleGateshead’s Winter Festival as we welcome a season of special events, intriguing exhibitions, Christmas markets and joyful celebrations to get everyone in the festive spirit. Enchanted Parks (Wednesday 11 – Sunday 15 December) will once again transform Saltwell Park into a magical winter wonderland and you can be sure of a few surprises with this year’s theme of Saltwell’s Secret Keeper as the beloved park keeper invites you to experience the park like never before. On New Year’s Eve, NewcastleGateshead hosts one of the biggest free celebrations in the country as the spectacular Winter Carnival brings Norse folklore to life through mythical creatures, blazing torches and the incredible Spark! drummers. After the success of last year, the Midnight Fireworks are back, illuminating the NewcastleGateshead Quayside as the clock strikes twelve. So raise a glass at one of the many Quayside bars and restaurants and see in the new year in style! In 2014, the celebrations continue with Chinese New Year (Sunday 9 February) as we usher in the Year of the Horse with Chinese-inspired events, performances and activities for the whole family.

“Welcome to this year’s Winter Festival celebrations in NewcastleGateshead. You can expect some inspiring and memorable events over the next few months. We’ve worked with artists, community groups and cultural attractions across NewcastleGateshead to bring you a festive experience that is unique and rooted in the region. This year, we’ve worked with a number of local businesses to bring together a programme that celebrates a range of successful partnerships and collaborations. Ouseburn Open Studios welcomes visitors into the studios of over 200 designer-makers who have worked together to present an alternative festive shopping experience. We’re also delighted that we are able to bring the New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks back for a second year thanks to the kind support of a number of businesses on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside. I hope you’ll spend your evenings in these establishments before stepping outside for our Midnight moment, bringing 2014 in with a bang. We look forward to welcoming you to NewcastleGateshead for this year’s Winter Festival celebrations.” Carol Bell, Head of Culture and Major Events at NewcastleGateshead Initiative


Ouseburn Open Studios Buy original work and unusual gifts from local artists.


Festive Shopping

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For children, adults and panto-lovers.

NYE Winter Carnival

NYE Midnight Fireworks See in 2014 in style with fireworks on the Quayside.

Enchanted Parks


Join Saltwell’s Secret Keeper for a magical after-dark experience.


Plenty of inspiration to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Bring the family along to the early evening celebrations.

From Christmas fairs to huge shopping malls.

Festive Performances

Festive Events

Chinese New Year & Map Get ready to welcome in the Year of the Horse.


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Sat 23 & Sun 24 Nov, 10am-5pm The Ouseburn Valley is the creative heart of Newcastle and on the last weekend of November the Ouseburn Open Studios event sees eight venues open their doors, offering a chance to glimpse into the working world of over 200 artists and designer-makers. There’s a huge variety of affordable and original work to buy, with paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, prints, and much more to suit everyone’s taste. Music, delicious food and workshops make this weekend a real cultural highlight and the perfect place to pick up a unique handcrafted gift or some Christmas stocking goodies. A free shuttle bus service will operate between venues throughout the weekend. Visitors are encouraged to bring cash as card facilities are not available at all venues. 1 36 Lime Street 0191 261 5666

4 Toffee Factory 0191 375 9000

7 Mushroom Works 0191 224 4011

See an exciting range of paintings, prints, textiles, jewellery, furniture, glass and ceramics. Plus an exhibition celebrating thirty years of 36 Lime Street.

MADE NORTH in partnership with Toffee Factory presents MADE Fresh, a pop-up collection of exciting new work by northern designer-makers, produced in the last 12 months. These unique works are priced between £10 and £150.

Meet over 25 new and established creative people from painters to furniture-makers, potters to jewellery-makers and illustrators to product designers. Plus the much-anticipated 20x20 exhibition of original artworks (measuring 20cm x 20cm) on sale for only £20!

2 Biscuit Tin Studios 0191 261 1103

This year with the help of the studio artists you can make your own block print and miniature artists book, a unique gift or souvenir of your visit. 3 The Biscuit Factory Studios 0191 261 1103

Meet and buy directly from a host of artists and makers, peek into pop-up studios and find unique stocking fillers from SHOP. Plus live music and seasonal fayre in the café and restaurant.

5 Cobalt 0191 230 1237

A range of work on show including furniture, glass and print from Ben Atkinson, Effie Burns, Alex Charrington and Neil Holmes, with the chance to buy and commission pieces directly.

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A gallery and studio dedicated to printmaking. See the presses in action, meet the artists and have a go at making an original print to take away or choose from the gallery. Plus latest show Northern Footprints.

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Presenting Ouse Street General Stores – your local cultural 7-Eleven with shelves full of work from North East and national designers, artists and makers. It’s Open All Hours meets Etsy, a place to bump into neighbours, to pick up gossip and central to our sense of community.





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NewcastleGateshead, the region’s shopping capital, has everything you need to get all your Christmas shopping done in one go. You’ll find everything from high street brands to quirky gifts, huge department stores and independent gems. For those who prefer everything under one roof, Gateshead’s intu Metrocentre is Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure centre, while in Newcastle intu Eldon Square and the newly redeveloped Monument Mall are both right in the heart of the city. Don’t forget, Newcastle city centre is Alive After Five with late night shopping until 8pm Monday – Friday (7pm Saturday) and free parking after 5pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to hunt down the perfect gifts.

Living North Essence of Christmas Fair (£)

Christmas Toffee Pop!

Thurs 7 – Sun 10 Nov

Toffee Factory, Ouseburn, Newcastle

Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, Newcastle Booking: 0191 261 8944 With over 250 handpicked exhibitors, from artisan producers and designers to high-quality gift retailers, the Essence of Christmas Fair offers an unprecedented shopping experience. The chef’s demonstration kitchen in the food and drink hall means you can really make a day of it.

BALTIC SHOP Christmas Discount Weekend Sat 9 – Sun 10 Nov BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays Be amongst the first to get your hands on brand-new designs specially selected for the festive season and take advantage of discounts available for one weekend only. The friendly staff will even wrap your presents for FREE.

Thurs 5 Dec

An evening of shopping, eating and festive fun to help you blitz that Christmas gift list. Browse jewellery, textiles, prints and ceramics from a host of local designers and makers. Christmas cakes and bakes will be available from Sugar Down Bakery and The Fat Hippo will be on hand to fill you up with hot and hearty fare. Q2 SPILLERS QUAY

Christmas Markets in Newcastle It wouldn’t be Christmas without the hustle and bustle of a good market and this year’s no exception. Take your tastebuds on a trip around the Continental Market (Fri 15 – Sat 30 Nov), where you’ll find authentic European delights from crepes to currywurst and delicious gourmet gifts. Save room for the Christmas Market (Wed 4 – Sun 8 Dec), which welcomes produce from closer to home. Stock up on locally brewed beers, homemade jams, delicious cakes and handcrafted gifts from jewellery to woolly scarves. Warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate and some freshly roasted chestnuts! MONUMENT Q1/Q2 THEATRE ROYAL

Fenwick Christmas Window Fenwick, Northumberland Street, Newcastle Fenwick is your ultimate shopping destination this Christmas. With a new theme unveiled each year, a visit to see the famous Fenwick Christmas Window is a North East tradition. MONUMENT Q1/Q2 THEATRE ROYAL

NewcastleGateshead Visitor Information Centre Market Street, Newcastle With a wide range of Geordie gifts and cards, the NewcastleGateshead Visitor Information Centre has something for everyone from Brown Ale glasses to sticker books for the bairns. MONUMENT Q1/Q2 THEATRE ROYAL


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Christmas shopping doesn’t have to involve the hustle and bustle of the high street. If you prefer to browse at a more leisurely pace, head out of the city and experience a proper Christmas fair. With plenty of handcrafted gifts and delicious local produce, they’re the perfect place to discover something truly special. With many fairs taking place at some of the region’s best attractions, make a day of it and bring the whole family along for some quality time together.

Christmas Market in The Alnwick Garden (£)

Belsay Hall and Castle Christmas Fair (£)

Sat 23 Nov – Tues 24 Dec

Sat 9 – Sun 10 Nov

The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick Booking: 01665 511 350

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Morpeth Booking: 01661 881 636

Whether you’re looking for local handmade gifts, festive stocking fillers or just want to soak up the atmosphere, The Alnwick Garden’s Christmas Market will have plenty of choice with an abundance of classic and contemporary decorations and gifts.

Enjoy a leisurely shopping experience at Belsay Hall, where you’ll find a great variety of specialist crafts and unique gifts. Admission to the fair also includes a day out at Belsay where you can tour the impressive hall, castle and gardens.

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Bede’s World Christmas Fair

Souter Lighthouse Christmas Fair

Sat 23 – Sun 24 Nov

Sat 30 Nov – Sun 1 Dec

Bede’s World, Church Bank, Jarrow Booking: 0191 489 2106

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Coast Road, Sunderland Booking: 0191 529 0909

Exhibitors will be showcasing a fantastic range of festive food, handcrafted gifts and stocking fillers ranging from decadent festive tipples and treats to bespoke jewellery, scented candles and luxury spa products. What’s more, in the spirit of Christmas, you can enjoy free admission to the museum and farm, making it the ideal festive day out for all the family.

Avoid the hassle of the high street and escape to Souter Lighthouse, the iconic red and white beacon standing proud on the coastline midway between the rivers Tyne and Wear. The Christmas fair offers handmade crafts, gifts, cards, jewellery and much more.

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ESTIVE PERFORMANCES You’ll always find plenty of festive performances in NewcastleGateshead, from tall tales for children to a Christmas cabaret with a darker twist for the adults. For those looking for something a little different, 2013 is the 200-year anniversary of the collation of the Tales by the Brothers Grimm and to mark the occasion there are two Grimm performances to choose from. Looking for this year’s pantos? They’re behind you! (over the page…) For full event listings visit

Dark Woods, Deep Snow: A Grimm Tale for Christmas (£)

The Snowman (£)

Mon 2 – Sat 28 Dec

Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays Booking: 0191 443 4661

Northern Stage, Newcastle Booking: 0191 230 5151 This Christmas all the best and grisliest tales will be told as if our lives depend on it. At the darkest time, on the longest night, as the real winter starts to close in, something is happening. In the Extremely Secret House in the Woods a rag-tag band of superheroic outcasts are ready to do battle with the gathering darkness. Recommended for children aged 7+ and their families. HAYMARKET Q2 HAYMARKET

Christmas with the Rat Pack (£) Fri 13 Dec Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays Booking: 0191 443 4661 Take a trip back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 50s and early 60s where, in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers, the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band, you will experience Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin performing at the famous Sands Hotel. GATESHEAD Q1 SAGE GATESHEAD

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec

Bring all the family along to a spectacular screening of the classic animated film of Raymond Briggs’ ‘The Snowman’. The film is accompanied by Royal Northern Sinfonia performing Howard Blake’s score live and a chorister to sing ‘Walking in the Air’. A Christmas tradition at Sage Gateshead and a magical experience for all.

The am-A-zing Thing: A Medley of Grimms’ Tales told with Puppets and Music presented by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company (£) Sat 21 – Tues 24 Dec St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead Quays Booking: 0191 433 4699 When Peter Grimm opens a box washed up on the sea shore, he finds the wild elements of stories stored there by his legendary ancestors the famous Brothers Grimm. The ‘Thing’ that was locked in the box takes him on an unusual journey that weaves its way through a medley of well-known Brothers Grimm tales, to finally unlock and free all traditional stories. Using puppets and music, this truly original story wakens imagination, with surprise elements and skillful puppetry. Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families.

Christmas Noir (£) Wed 18 Dec Live Theatre, Newcastle Booking: 0191 232 1232 Following last year’s sell out success, The Broken Christmas Cabaret, Trashed Organ and Live Lab invite you to the underworld, to Santa’s private members-only club. A noirish cabaret of theatre, music and poetry awaits you in Santa’s seedy shebeen of con-artist elves and hardboiled reindeer bartenders. Not suitable for under 14s. CENTRAL STATION Q2 LAW COURTS



Tallest Tales from the Furthest Forest (£) Sat 16 Nov – Sat 4 Jan Northern Stage, Newcastle Booking: 0191 230 5151 Delve deep into a magical forest where there are stories everywhere, dangling from the trees, whispered by the leaves, giggled at by the grass. Stories about why things are the way they are, stories about what happens when you’re nice (and naughty) and why you should never, ever trust a witch. Expect stories, songs and oodles of audience participation. Recommended for children aged 6 and under. HAYMARKET Q2 HAYMARKET

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ANTOMIMES Get ready for goodies, baddies and buckets of audience participation with our pick of this year’s best pantomimes!

Cinderella (£) Fri 13 Dec – Sun 5 Jan Sunderland Empire Booking: 0844 871 3022 Forced into a life of drudgery by her wicked stepsisters, Cinderella dreams of escape and romance. With the help of a Fairy Godmother, a pumpkin and a touch of magic, Cinderella is whisked off to the Prince’s Ball... but will she live happily ever after? Accept your invitation to the North East’s grandest ball and find out!

Jack and the Beanstalk (£)

Sleeping Beauty (£)

Tue 26 Nov – Sat 18 Jan

Fri 6 – Mon 30 Dec

Theatre Royal, Newcastle Booking: 0844 811 2121

Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle Booking: 0844 493 9999

Theatre Royal favourites Clive Webb, Danny Adams and Chris Hayward return in another unmissable show packed with an abundance of laughter, spectacular sets and stunning costumes. Oh - and some very magical beans!

One of the most traditional and popular pantomimes, Sleeping Beauty is the timeless story of how Princess Aurora has a spell cast over her by the evil fairy Carabosse. This promises to be an enchanting pantomime full of magic, music and laughs!




A Christmas Carol (£) Mon 25 – Tue 26 Nov PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay Booking: 0844 248 1588 The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean and lonely man who prefers money to people, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Will Scrooge change and become a better person or will he always be a bah humbug? This spellbinding musical will have you laughing, crying and sitting on the edge of your seat. A timeless festive treat for all the family! MONKSEATON Image: Jack and the Beanstalk at Theatre Royal

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Enchanted Parks is an after-dark arts adventure for everyone, with light, sound, fire, projections, performance and a few surprises. Saltwell Park is an enchanted place. By daylight it is an ordinary park, but at night, when the last lingering visitors have been ushered from the gates by the familiar figure of the Park Keeper, extraordinary changes take place… Strange flowers bloom and glow, fantastical creatures emerge from their hiding places, unearthly sounds float on the wind and crackle through the undergrowth, woodland pathways lead to other worlds, the air is scented, water turns to fire, the plants whisper secrets and the trees sing songs. For generations, the Park Keeper’s family has kept safe the secret of the enchanted park. But this Secret Keeper is about to retire and has no son or daughter to take over in his place. Instead he has decided to throw open the gates and invite the world to see Saltwell in its bewitched state.

Dates Wednesday 11 – Sunday 15 December Times 4.30pm onwards. Tickets available at 15 minute intervals. Tickets Adults £6, Under 18s £1, Children aged 3 and under FREE. Where Saltwell Park, Gateshead. Entry only through Joicey Road entrance. Tickets on sale now at You can also buy tickets in person from the NewcastleGateshead Visitor Information Centre, Market Street, Newcastle.

Be alert – he is watching and searching for a new generation of Secret Keepers. Those he picks will always be able to see the magic behind the everyday. Will he choose you…?


How to get there We strongly recommend the use of public transport to get to Enchanted Parks. There are excellent links from Gateshead town centre and Newcastle city centre. There is very limited car parking on site at the Joicey Road Car Park (£2 per car). Priority will be given to Blue Badge holders. Up to date transport information is available from the Enchanted Parks website, please check before you travel. This is an outdoor evening event, so please wear suitable warm clothing and footwear. Due to the nature of the event and time of year, some paths may be uneven and there may be darker areas of the park. Enchanted Parks is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair accessible. For more information visit


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Christmas Evenings at Beamish (£) Fri 6, Fri 13 and Fri 20 Dec


Beamish Museum, Durham Booking: 0191 370 4000

Winter in NewcastleGateshead is packed full of seasonal events for the whole family to enjoy. From winter wonderlands to Christmas cycle rides, there are plenty of reasons to drag yourself away from the fire and create some magical memories.

Beamish opens its doors for three extra special evenings in the Edwardian Town and Pit Village and the chance to experience Georgian twelfth night celebrations. Indulge yourself with roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and entertainment from the times. Take a turn on the ice rink and visit Father Christmas in his magical fireside grotto.

Skating @ Life (£) Sat 9 Nov – Sun 23 Feb Life Science Centre, Newcastle Booking: 0191 243 8210

Christmas Cycle Ride (£)

Get your skates on and head down to Times Square for some winter fun on Newcastle’s only open-air ice rink. Afterwards, why not join Santa for a 4D Christmas adventure on Life’s festive 4D Motion Ride.

Sun 15 Dec The Cycle Hub, Newcastle Quayside Booking: 0191 276 7250


Don your favourite festive outfit and join Father Christmas for a jolly cycle ride around the Quayside. Then it’s back to The Cycle Hub to make some yummy gingerbread decorations and other festive items with the elves, while mum and dad enjoy some delicious mulled wine and a mince pie.

Kielder Winter Wonderland (£) Sat 16 Nov – Sun 22 Dec Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland Booking: 0845 155 1553


Discover a whole host of festive activities in Kielder’s magical enchanted forest. Visit the elves’ workshop, have a go at snow tubing and help Mr and Mrs Beaver discover the true meaning of Christmas, all beneath the twinkling lights of England’s tallest Christmas tree.

Christmas at Gibside (£) Sat 30 Nov – Mon 23 Dec Gibside, Gateshead Booking: 01207 541820

Newcastle Christmas Lights Switch On

There’s lots happening at Gibside this Christmas! Go on a festive adventure in search of Santa's cosy woodland grotto, listen to Christmas carols by candlelight, enjoy a festive hog roast or burn off some energy with outdoor activities like den building, before warming up in the Mini Gibside Play Hall or the Potting Shed Café.

Thurs 21 Nov Grey Street, Newcastle Don’t miss the popular Christmas lights switch on, lighting up Newcastle city centre to celebrate the festive perioid. MONUMENT Q1/Q2 THEATRE ROYAL

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ESTIVE EVENTS Christmas isn’t just for children and NewcastleGateshead has plenty of events guaranteed to make even the most cynical Scrooge smile. From classic film screenings to murder mysteries, get the babysitter booked and get together for some quirky festive frolics.

It’s a Wonderful Life (£)

Textile Hub Winter Exhibition

Fri 20 - Tue 24 Dec

Fri 6 Dec - Sat 8 Feb

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Booking: 0845 217 9909

Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead Booking: 0191 433 8444

Grab a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine and enjoy a screening of this timeless masterpiece in which James Stewart’s loveable everyman George Bailey is shown just how much his life is worth living by Clarence, an angel trying to earn his wings.

Local artists bring warmth, colour, texture and a little bit of bling to the winter months. In this exhibition they stretch the boundaries of traditional techniques to make contemporary textile pieces for interiors and fashion on both a sculptural and more intimate scale.


Murder at St. Mary’s (£)

Northumberland Chase Christmas Race Day (£)

Fri 6 Dec St. Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead Quays Booking: 0191 433 4399 The annual Christmas celebrations are spoilt by a cold-blooded murder and ‘the season of good will’ will never be the same again. Who is the murderer? What is their motive? Test your detective skills and laugh all the way to Christmas. Evening meal included. GATESHEAD Q1 SAGE GATESHEAD

Sat 21 Dec Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, Newcastle Booking: 0191 236 2020 With only a few days to go before Christmas, start winding down with an afternoon at the races, the perfect alternative to your normal Christmas party night out. REGENT CENTRE + SHUTTLE BUS

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Blow a Christmas Bauble (£) Geordie Christmas Beach Party (£) Fri 27 Dec Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays Booking: 0191 443 4661 Festive folk-fun with Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, with special guest Benny Graham, as they face the unpredictable British weather by inviting you to their Christmas Beach Party. Expect a comic journey through the best of Jez’s original songs, as well as some seasonal classics from across the North East.

Every weekend: Sat 2 Nov – Sun 29 Dec National Glass Centre, Sunderland Booking: 0191 555 5555 Blow and shape your very own beautiful glass bauble with the National Glass Centre studio team and create a beautiful memory to hang on your tree every year, or a truly unique gift for someone special. ST PETER’S


Image: It’s a Wonderful Life at Tyneside Cinema

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SURPRISING CHRISTMAS EVENTS Sat 9 November – Sun 29 December From wartime rationing and Victorian feasts to gift fairs, Santa Claus and seasonal songs.







Outdoor thrills and indoor fun at Life!


From 9 November 2013



Enjoy a skate on the region’s favourite outdoor ice rink and then head into the Science Centre for Sleigh Ride - the fantastic 4D Motion Ride* complete with moving seats, festive smells and snow! Your skating and Science Centre ticket gets you everything-including the Motion Ride, planetarium, live shows and exhibitions. Tickets for skating or Science Centre only are also available. *For safety reasons, Motion Ride visitors must be at least 1.2 metres/4 feet tall.

For more information, prices and opening times, visit or call (0191) 243 8210. Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

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New Year’s Eve

INTER CARNIVAL Grab friends and family and take to the streets as we start the countdown to 2014 with fiery flair, as the much-loved Winter Carnival brings a whirlwind of mysterious legends and mythical creatures together for an unforgettable celebration, immersed in Norse folklore.

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But this is no ordinary carnival – make a resolution to come with us and uncover familiar creations and brand-new beings, designed to bring a spectacular wintry twist to the traditional carnival format. Are you Viking enough to fend off fantastical beasties? Will you delve into the deep to come face to face with a colossal serpent? Or perhaps plunge past a shoal of fearsome flying fish and make it back to dry land via a fire-breathing ship.

This year, funky instrumentalists King Bee will be entertaining the crowds outside the Civic Centre from 5:15pm, in anticipation of the arrival of the parade.

Set your imagination aglow as blazing torches weave their way through the city and the Spark! drummers return, lighting up even the coldest of evenings in precise time to the beat. Watch on with baited breath as hordes of Dark Elves stamp their mark across the city while live music and performance from mighty mythical Gods summons the imminent New Year.

From 5pm - music and carnival performance in the streets around Monument. 5.15pm - parade leaves for Newcastle Civic Centre via Northumberland Street. 6pm - fireworks finale at Newcastle Civic Centre

 etro will be running an enhanced M weekday service on New Year’s Eve until 6.30pm. Then a 15 min service through Newcastle city centre, with trains every 30 minutes to South Shields, Airport, South Hylton and St James until approx 11pm. Passengers are advised to use the Journey Planner before travelling Trains

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Be one of 100 Torchbearers in a brand new addition to the Winter Carnival, or help to carry and animate the mythical World Serpent as it makes its way through Newcastle city centre.




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We’re looking for groups, businesses and individuals to participate in this year’s Winter Carnival. This is a great opportunity for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be part of one of the North East’s most popular New Year’s Eve events. THU NOR

Commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with Newcastle City Council Arts Team and produced by the internationally acclaimed outdoor arts company Walk the Plank, the Winter Carnival returns in remarkable style for 2013. Each year hundreds of local residents take part in the festivities, working with local artists to bring family-friendly celebration and awe-inspiring costumes, characters and creations to the streets for a New Year’s Eve celebration with a difference, culminating in a dazzling firework display to help 2013 go out with a bang.

Now’s your chance to take part!


Places are limited and will be reserved on a first come first served basis so don’t miss out! To find out more, and to register your information please visit the website by 16 December.

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New Year’s Eve

IDNIGHT FIREWORKS NewcastleGateshead Quayside

This year, take the hassle out of organising your New Year’s Eve celebrations and head down to the NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Sip cocktails while enjoying the stunning Quayside view, dance ‘til dawn at the many bars and clubs or dine on the very best celebratory menus. There’s so much choice, make sure you book your celebrations now – then all you need to do is decide what to wear! Just before the clock strikes twelve, step outside to see the Midnight Fireworks display, drawing a close to 2013 and welcoming the start of 2014 with a bang. Don’t worry about getting home either – make a night of it and take your pick from the many hotels within walking distance of the Quayside. To check out what’s happening on New Year’s Eve and to find the best accommodation offers visit With thanks to the following Quayside businesses for making the NewcastleGateshead New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks possible this year through their kind support. Akenside Traders, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Bar 38, Bond Dickinson, Copthorne Hotel Newcastle, Malmaison, Pitcher & Piano, Sage Gateshead, The Slug and Lettuce, Uno’s Trattoria, Ward Hadaway. To find out about events, offers and menus at these businesses, visit Special thanks to Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council.

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UNG HEY FAT CHOI! Happy Chinese New Year! Head down to Chinatown on Sunday 9 February 2014 and celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse with Chineseinspired events, performances and activities for all the family. Browse the markets for Chinese gifts and crafts or have a go at making your own before watching the spectacular dragon, lion and unicorn dances under the ornate Ceremonial Arch. For details of activities and event times visit

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The Snowman Monday 23rd, tuesday 24th & Friday 27th december with live music from royal northern sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Messiah sunday 1st december Rejoice! saturday 14th & sunday 15th december

New Year’s Eve Celebration Choose from The Brand New Heavies or New Rope String Band, plus Late night Party on the Concourse

The York Waits saturday 7th december Russian Patriarchate Choir of Moscow thursday 12th december

New Year Viennese wednesday 1st January

Christmas with The Rat Pack Friday 13th december

Christmas with The Puppini Sisters Friday 6th december

Bulgarian Voices Angelite wednesday 18th december

Kate Rusby at Christmas thursday 19th december The Drifters 60th Anniversary Diamond Dynasty Tour saturday 21st december Albion Christmas Band saturday 21st december Christmas Massed Brass Bands & Voices sunday 22nd december

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Winter 2013 festival brochure  
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