5 Things to do in Newcastle this Christmas
5th December by Jonny Schofield
What better way to get into the festive spirit this holiday season than retreating to one of the North East’s favourite winter wonderlands, right in the heart of the city. Sitting around a roaring log fire in the middle of spacious but cosy Tipi. With an extensive menu of hot and cold drinks including seasonal favourites such as Mulled Wine there is something for everyone. What better way to relax after a hard day of Christmas shopping! Based inside of Stack Newcastle hosting over 40 local retailers you won’t have to travel far to find the best food and drink Newcastle has to offer. Large groups, families, and dogs welcome!
When thinking of activities suitable for everyone this festive period Ice Skating instantly pops to mind. Whether you are bordering on professional or lacing up the skates for the first time, all are welcome to come and try their hand on the rink. Being part of the Life Centre there is plenty for everyone to do. Santa Claus has been taking time out of his busy schedule and will be at Times Square every Saturday and Sunday making a visit extra special for all children who come down. With facilities for large groups, it is also ideal for those looking for an activity to make those work parties all the more exciting. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment and mandatory for groups larger than ten. Prices and opening times can be found on their website.
3. Newcastle Christmas Markets
Following success year after year, the Christmas market encompassing Monument in the city center is bigger and better than ever. With a mixture of handcrafted gifts from all across the country, it is a great place to find unique gifts that will be sure to stand out against everything else on the high street. Look no further for food! With modern twists on classics such as Yorkshire Pudding wraps mixed with dozens of vendors offering a variety of international cuisines this is one market not to miss! Indulge in all the market has to offer until it ends on the 16th of December!
Open 09:00 – 20:00 Monday – Saturday.
Maybe you’re looking for something a bit warmer, inside but equally as Christmassy. The iconic Tyneside Cinema is running special showings of the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” throughout the festive period.
For those who don’t know, It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey, a compassionate but frustrated everyman whose life seems to be coming apart. But when Clarence, an angel with one chance to prove his mettle, arrives on earth he teaches George just how much life is worth living.
It’s a moving yet funny film and if you haven’t seen it before, or would love to see it again we can’t recommend enough heading down to the Tyneside Cinema this Christmas.
There are also special showings on Fri 21, Sat 22 & Sun 23 Dec 20:00 and Christmas Eve at 16:30, which have a choir performing Christmas carols beforehand, and you can also get Mince Pies and Mulled Wine to top off the whole experience.
Tickets are on sale now from the Tyneside Cinema website and cost from £11 – £35.
There are also showings of another Christmas favourite, Die Hard on the 14th, 17th and 20th of December.
Those looking to add a unique and adrenaline-filled twist to this Christmas look no further than EXIT Newcastle’s escape games. The premise is simple, you and your team will be locked inside a room for one hour. The only way to escape if to work together to solve puzzles, clues, and riddles to EXIT before it is too late!
You can choose to become heroes and attempt to foil Ignatious Gouge’s plans to take revenge on Newcastle and Save the City! Uncover motives and exciting secrets as you work your way through the office of this evil Architect!
Perhaps you have been unlucky enough to find yourself handcuffed inside of the Attic. In the den of Newcastle’s very own serial killer, time is of the essence as the knowledge that the killer could return at any time looms over all who are brave enough to find themselves inside of his home. Aged 16 and over, the theme may be unsettling and disturbing.
After his plot was foiled last year, Cheeky Charlie the Naughty Elf has returned once more to try and ruin Christmas! The heroes will be contacted by the ELF-BI and asked to assist with stopping Charlie and saving Christmas! A captivating experience for children and adults alike, the Christmas game is perfect for families and add a sense of triumph to Christmas morning after Charlie’s plot has failed once again!
With a total of five rooms to choose from, there is something for everyone! A great challenge and team builder to put a twist on work parties that will be talked about for months to come.
Visit EXIT’s website or call the team to see why they have been consistently voted Newcastle’s favourite escape game!