Along with London and Edinburgh, NewcastleGateshead provides one of the best backdrops for New Year's Eve fireworks in the UK. Newcastle was also voted the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards' favourite UK city.  Don’t just read about how good a visit would be, come and see for yourself and welcome in 2017 the Geordie way.  Read on for our recommendations on how to have a fun-filled New Year's Eve break in NewcastleGateshead.

Ice Skating at Life Science Centre

Blow off the Christmas cobwebs and take to the ice at Life’s outdoor ice rink. Last entry to the rink is at 5pm on New Year's Eve so get your skates on and don't dawdle your way down there. Drop into Life Science Centre and explore their impressive Animals Inside Out exhibition before it closes on 8 January 2017.  The centre also has a 4D Motion Ride and one of the UK's biggest and best planetariums. See full list of opening times here.

Hadrian's Tipi
 

New to NewcastleGateshead this winter, Hadrian’s Tipi is a stunning festive pop-up next to Central Station. Gather round the roaring fire at the heart of the tipi with a steaming glass of glühwein, hot cider or perhaps a celebratory glass of fizz. Grab a bite to eat from the street food kiosk outside and settle down to enjoy a relaxed couple of hours. Surrounded by faux animal fur, rustic benches and the cosy scent of wood smoke, a trip to Hadrian’s Tipi is well worth adding to your to do list.

Hadrian’s Tipi is open from 8am – 1am every day until Sun 1 January 2017, closed only on Christmas Day. Find out more here.

NewcastleGateshead Winter Carnival Parade

The annual Winter Carnival Parade is a family-friendly, early-evening celebration with music and performance. Watch as the streets come alive with otherworldly creatures, puppets and street bands, all illuminated with fire and light. A mysterious, majestic leader will guide the procession of fiery torchbearers, artists, bands and community groups as they make their way to Newcastle Civic Centre to ring in the New Year in style.  This dramatic parade will culminate in spectacular fireworks to launch your New Year’s Eve celebrations. For more information, click here.

The Vermont Hotel New Year’s Eve Diamond and Ice Ball
 

The ultimate New Year’s Eve extravaganza… why not indulge in one of the most glamourous events in NewcastleGateshead and celebrate the start of a New Year with class and style. Sip Moet Ice Champagne whilst you are served a sumptuous 5 course banquet, complimented by the distinctive harmony of three Motown singers, band and authentic brass trio. This is an extravagant New Year’s night out but the Vermont Hotel is a stunning location and provides excellent hospitality. Find out more information about the evening and overnight stay options here.
 

New Year’s Eve at Sage Gateshead with Vintage Trouble
 

Sage Gateshead would love to have you over for New Year’s Eve! The iconic music venue will host Vintage Trouble for an unforgettable evening filled with soulful blues, and riff-heavy rock and roll. With unrivalled views over the iconic Quayside, after the concert, Sage Gateshead’s concourse will be bouncing with a northern soul DJ, cocktails and dancing to carry on the fun into the early hours.

Click here to find out more or to book your place.
 

Guilty Pleasures present A Boiler Shop New Year’s Eve Party
 

Let your hair down at the recently renovated Boiler Shop for a New Year’s Eve Party to remember.  Guilty Pleasures present a line-up of energetic DJ sets as well as live music from ten piece, tweed-clad brass powerhouse Old Dirty Brasstards.  This is billed as a night where you can enjoy all of the songs you pretend not to love so dance with wild abandon to a bit of Taylor Swift and maybe even some S Club 7 if you’re lucky! You’re in for a treat! To find out more and book your tickets, click here.

New Year's Eve Midnight Fireworks

Taking place at midnight, unsurprisingly, a short but impressive firework display will welcome 2017. Happy new year, marra!

From the Geordie dictionary
Marra: informal; noun; friend, buddy or mate.

Stay at Motel One
 

After a full day of fun, kick off your high heels or take off your woolly hat and jump into bed at Motel One – recently voted the "Best 3-Star hotel in the North East" at the Trivago Awards 2017.  You will love Motel One’s contemporary flair and uber stylish décor. With a 24-hour reception, you can party to the small hours of 2017 without a care in the world. Motel One is situated in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant city centre so you will be well placed to enjoy all that our city has to offer.

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