Thinking about heading to Newcastle for a wintery weekend getaway? Before you go grab your coat, scarf and bobble hat and read our guide to the best things to do, things to see and places to stay in Newcastle!
1. Sail the waves with Santa by your side on Newcastle’s Santa Cruise
Enjoy christmassy quizzes, mulled wine, mince pies, a family disco and even meet Santa aboard the Santa cruise, tickets from £5 https://riverescapes.co.uk/product/santa-cruise
2. Have a mooch around Newcastle Christmas Market
The Christmas Market takes place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street. The Christmas market will be held from 11 December to 17 December 2017.
3. Get into the festive spirit with Christmas at Washington Old Hall
Take part in one of the wonderful Christmas crafts sessions or meet the Green Man at Washington Old Hall a National Trust property.
4. Get inspired at Fenwick’s Christmas Window
Each year thousands of people gather outside Fenwicks Department store to glimpse the new Christmas window display, this year's theme has been revealed at ‘love from Paddington’ and features the iconic bear in a number of scenarios.
5. Enjoy the dazzling displays at the Christmas lights switch on
Nothing makes it feel like Christmas than counting down to the big switch on. This year almost 20,000 Christmas lights will light up Newcastle’s streets on the 14th of November 2017. Who knows you may even get inspiration for your own Christmas lights!
6. Newcastle International Christmas Market
Grab a cup of mulled wine and take a stroll around the International Christmas market with its abundance of handmade traditional gifts. Enjoy a German currywurst, waffles from Holland, and french crepes.The International Christmas Market will take place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street (17 Nov 2017 - 10 Dec 2017).
7. Enjoy your favourite Christmas films with Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Movies
Enjoy your favourite Christmas classics such as Miracle on 34th street, It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas on the big screen, whilst you enjoy festive afternoon tea, with a glass of bucks fizz at Beamish!
8. Head to the coolest hang out in town at Hadrian's Tipi
Each year a huge scandi-style tipi descends on Newcastle offering festive boozy fun, so head down and enjoy a refreshing glühwein (we aren’t sure what that is either but we are sure it tastes lovely).
9. Get creative and Blow Your Own Christmas Bauble
Create a beautiful glass bauble to hang on your Christmas tree or to give as the perfect handmade gift. Using a variety of coloured glass you can personalise your design before blowing down the ‘iron’ to see your bauble come to life! At the National Glass Centre £27.00 per person, booking is essential.
10. Stay in luxurious Dream apartments
Dream Apartments Newcastle offers 2 and 3 bedrooms fully furnished, centrally-located apartments just 5 minutes from the train station.
11. Get creative and make your own Christmas wreath
Decorate your home with your own handiwork. Book up for a few hours of festive creativity and be guided through making your own traditional decoration.24 November, 1, 8 & 15 December at Cragside
12. Cosy up with a Hot chocolate from Laneway & Co
Locals claim it's the best hot chocolate in the city, so get a cup and get cosy!
13 Having a cracking time at the Nutcracker Christmas market
Held outside the Discovery Museum, this festive market will feature a performance from the 68th (Durham) Regiment Light Infantry Reenactment group, music from the salvation army bank and even Santa's reindeer will make an appearance! Saturday 25 November & Sunday 26 November
14. Grand Lantern Parade at Alnwick Garden
Led by ‘Spark’, The Alnwick Garden Christmas Grand Lantern Parade is a magical live music, light and movement spectacular. The procession will make its way from The Alnwick Garden and through the town creating a spectacular visual feast for visitors. 18th of November between 18:00 - 18:45.
15. Tar Barl Festival, Allendale
The Tar Bar’l takes place in Allendale every year on New Year’s Eve, 31st December. Forty-five local men who carry whiskey barrels filled with burning hot tar in a colourful procession through the town creating a truly spectacular event!