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Christmas in Newcastle upon Tyne

Christmas in Newcastle upon Tyne
student living in Newcastle Upon Tyne

It is the first week in December and things are really starting to look Christmassy now. So we thought we would create a list of things you can do at christmas in Newcastle.


#1 Fenwick’s window

Everyone who knows Newcastle knows that the Fenwick’s window is a big deal and it is officially the start of Christmas in Newcastle! The window attracts thousands of people every year and is always a magical showcase. This year’s theme is Paddington bear, a great storyboard for all ages. A must see in Newcastle!


#2 Christmas markets

The Christmas markets are also a great event in Newcastle upon Tyne. A great place to find some unusual and special Christmas gifts for family and friends. Or why not fill up on some different and exciting foods; for example, why not try a kangaroo burger or a wild boar burger? Yet nothing will finish the night off quite like a glass of mulled wine! Nothing says Christmas quite like this!


#3 Hadrian’s Tipi

The Hadrian’s Tipi are back, and they are bigger and better than ever. Set in a new venue at the old Odeon site. New and exciting extras are here this year, including German market huts, and food vendors like; Foul Play Chicken, Fat Hippo, Al Baik, Wood & Kindle, Hatch76, German Swing Grill, It’s R place coffee co, the Lakes distillery and Quaff Box. A great place to chill out and relax!


#4 Times Square ice rink

Times Square ice rink is here for another year, a big outdoor ice rink ready for you to enjoy. And it’s not christmas in Newcastle if the ice rink isn’t up! But beware, if you are wanting to go on a busy time, then we would advise to book to avoid disappointment. You don’t need to be able to skate, as there are experienced ice marshals there to help anyone who needs it.


#5 Eldon square opening hours

Don’t fear about Christmas shopping, as Eldon Square has started their late night shopping. From Monday 4th December, the times have changed. Here is the list of the new Christmas times;


Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm

Saturday: 9am – 7pm

Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Christmas eve: 11am – 5pm

Christmas day: Closed

Boxing day: 9am – 6pm


Usual mid-day week hours apply: 9am – 8pm

Saturday 30th December: 9am – 7pm

New year’s eve: 11am – 5pm

New year’s day: Closed

From Tuesday 2nd January: normal hours


There are many more fun and exciting things to do in Newcastle at this festive season. Take a look at our blog post for more student, local and industry news here.


But more importantly, we hope you have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!

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