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Christmas markets and winter activities happening this December

Can you believe that the festive season is just around the corner!? To get you into the spirit, we’re sharing some winter activities happening around the city. There’s so much happening, from Christmas Markets to ice skating, so keep reading to find out more!


Newcastle Christmas Market


Christmas markets are great to get you excited for the festive season. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, walking around and looking at the different stalls can be a fun way to spend a day with your friends or family. The Newcastle Christmas Market will arrive on Thursday 2 December and will feature up to 30 market stalls around Grey’s Monument. This year is extra special as the focus is on bringing together businesses from the local area. The market will be here until Christmas Eve and you can check the detailed opening times here.


Fenwick Christmas Window


It’s an annual tradition in Newcastle to watch the unveiling of Fenwick’s Christmas window display. Each year the theme changes and many gather round to watch the moment unfold. This year it took place on Sunday 7 November with the theme of a popular British cartoon – Shaun the Sheep. The display is here until Saturday 1 January, so make your way to Northumberland Street for a fun free activity.


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Alnwick Garden Christmas Light Trail


Alnwick Garden is located right next to the Alnwick Castle and is around an hour and a half drive from Newcastle. The Christmas Light Trail is described as an after-dark sound and light trail. It managed to attract 35,000 visitors last year and promises to come back bigger and better for 2021. The Light Trail will be open from Friday 3 December until Sunday 2 January, so make sure you book your tickets in advance. You can find out more here.

You can get to Alnwick from Newcastle City Centre via the X15, X18 and X20 buses.



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Winter Wonderland Newcastle Racecourse


Described as Newcastle’s biggest winter fair, The Winter Wonderland Newcastle brings together rides, attractions and street food into one place. From rides like rollercoasters to stalls serving warm mulled wine, there’s something to entertain everyone. Open from Friday 19 November until Sunday 2 January, be sure to have your tickets booked in advance. You can check the opening times and book tickets here.

You can get to Newcastle Racecourse via the 43, 44 and 45 buses from the Newcastle City Centre.

Ice Skating at Life Science Centre


Ice skating is the perfect activity to try with your flatmates or course mates (especially if someone has never been ice skating before!). The Life Science Centre brings an open-air rink to Times Square, Newcastle from Saturday 13 November to Sunday 9 January. With the location being in the City Centre, it’s a perfect activity to slot in during your day or even after your morning lectures. You can book your tickets and find out more about the student discount here.



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We hope you enjoyed reading through the festive activities and found the information useful. We gave a mix of free and paid activities so you can still enjoy the festivities without having to break the bank. Stay tuned for our future blogs!

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