New Year's Eve in NewcastleGateshead
Winter Carnival Parade
Just announced: Head Coach of the England Rugby team, Stuart Lancaster, will be in Newcastle on 31 December to officially switch on the Rugby World Cup 2015 sign on the Tyne Bridge as part of the New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival. Join us from 4pm at Monument to welcome in a year of Rugby in Newcastle.
This New Year’s Eve, we’re celebrating the arrival of 2015 and a year of rugby in Newcastle with a BRAND NEW Winter Carnival Parade that will ring in the New Year in style. Hundreds of participants and performers will bring the city centre to life in a celebration of all things rugby, then you can follow the carnival parade to the Quayside as it sways, stomps and dances its way along the new route – there are even dance moves you can join in with - watch the video to learn the Rugby Nations' Dance.
Down by the River Tyne is where the party really gets started, with BBC Newcastle’s Jonathan Miles compering. A landmark sign promoting Rugby World Cup 2015 in Newcastle will be officially unveiled on the Tyne Bridge as part of the carnival festivities, followed by early evening fireworks over the river.
But don’t race off home. Then you can sip cocktails, dance to live music, or enjoy fine dining at many of the venues on the Quayside. Just before the clock strikes twelve take the celebrations back outside to see our Midnight Fireworks, before heading back inside to toast the New Year.
Music and carnival performance around Monument
The parade leaves Monument for Newcastle Quayside
6pm and Midnight Fireworks over the river
The best viewing points are from Newcastle Quayside: we'll be posting more advice here soon.