The festive season is upon us, and while your Christmas planning is likely to be already underway, you may also be thinking about things to do on New Year’s Eve in Newcastle. Whether you’re organising a night out on the town, or spending time with friends or family, the pressure of planning the perfect New Year’s Eve can get to all of us.

Never fear, there are a number of wonderful things you can do for New Year’s Eve in NewcastleGateshead. Explore our guide below and discover your perfect New Year’s Eve plans, so that you can welcome in 2020 in style and be where the party is when the clock strikes midnight. 

Family-Friendly New Year's Eve fireworks in Newcastle

Family New Year's Eve Fireworks

It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve in NewcastleGateshead without a spectacular firework display. Get the party started as you prepare to ring in 2020 with an early evening family-friendly firework display at Newcastle Civic Centre. The perfect way to end a family day in the centre of Newcastle or to start your celebrations as you head into the Toon for a New Year's Eve meal and celebratory drink. Be sure to wrap up warm, as these winter nights can be a little chilly!

Mignight Fireworks Newcastle

Midnight Fireworks on the Quayside

It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve in NewcastleGateshead without fireworks soaring above the River Tyne. The Quayside New Year's Eve Midnight Fireworks, which take place annually, are a great opportunity to see the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tyne Bridge lit-up in all of their splendour, with an impressive firework display setting off when the clock strikes 12. The Midnight Fireworks are always a spectacle and this event is completely free and unticketed, promising an electric, exciting atmosphere to send you into 2020. You can also spend the hours leading up to the fireworks in any of the fantastic bars and restaurants on the Quayside.

If you’re feeling particularly festive – book your exclusive tickets to celebrate New Year’s Eve at By The River Brew Co. Welcome in the new decade at Gateshead Quayside’s popular hangout which will have their full site open for business including critically-acclaimed restaurant Trakol, Tap Room and street food Hawker Market.

Places to eat in Newcastle on New Year's Eve

A Quiet New Year’s Eve Dinner

While going out and partying is a fun way to bring in the New Year, it’s also nice to spend time with your nearest and dearest in a quieter, cosy setting. Why not get together with friends, family or the one you love by booking a New Year’s Eve meal at any of Newcastle and Gateshead’s top restaurants?

Many of the restaurants in Newcastle and Gateshead offer tailored New Year’s Eve menus, so you can soak up the festive ambiance with seasonal dishes and a glass of wine in hand.

Independent eateries such as Blackfriars Restaurant and Banquet Hall (situated in a 13th century friary) or River Beat (which overlooks the River Tyne with views of the historic Newcastle Castle) both offer different but equally delicious New Year’s Eve menus. If you fancy treating yourself to something a bit more special, a multi-course à la carte menu at the likes of Peace and Loaf or House of Tides will allow you to indulge while catching up with friends, without having to wander from bar to bar. Book up well in advance for dinner at BALTIC’s SIX Restaurant and enjoy stunning views of the Quayside, lit-up with Christmas lights, from the comfort of your dining table. Or why not spend the evening in style at Dobson and Parnell?

NewcastleGateshead is a great place to spend your New Year's Eve

Book a Romantic Break for Two

If the hustle and bustle of a crowded bar or restaurant isn’t up your street, but you still want to do something different for New Year, why not book a last-minute night away in any of the fantastic hotels in Newcastle and Gateshead?

Whether you fancy a magical night at The Vermont Hotel's New Year's Eve Party Night or a spa break at Rockliffe Hall, there are plenty of boutique hotels where you can spend the evening, or even the weekend, if you really want to unwind. Escape into the countryside at Alnwick Castle and enjoy a five-course dinner followed by an evening of entertainment in their Guest Hall. 

If you don’t want to stray too far from the Toon, Hotel Du Vin in the Ouseburn has offers for New Year’s Eve, which include a bedroom for two, champagne, evening entertainment and a full breakfast the next morning. The best part is that you can sit back and let everything be taken care of, so you can celebrate the New Year in total style and relaxation.

Get lost in music this New Year’s Eve

Sage Gateshead have invited you round to their place for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Get Lost in Music with a sensational live band playing some of the greatest songs of all time. Sage Gateshead overlooks the River Tyne and another great spot to see the Midnight Fireworks too.

STACK Newcastle is fast becoming one of the best nights out in Newcastle thanks to its informal and upbeat vibes. It is the perfect day-to-night venue which will get you in the party mood and situated right in the centre of Newcastle, you can come and go with ease.  Amidst the bars and food pop-ups in STACK nestles Hadrian’s Tipi which is a Winter Wonderland theme which provides a haven of warmth and festivities that will get you out of the cold. At New Year’s Eve, enjoy the heat of a roaring log fire while you sip a hot cider or mulled wine.  That’s not all – STACK Newcastle will be open on New Year's Eve and bringing the party vibe - warm up your vocal chords and sing your way into 2020 with Kroud Karaoke’s NYE party.

Ice Skating at Life Science Centre in Newcastle for New Year's Eve.

New Year Skating At Life Centre

Many of us dream of ice-skating in Times Square on a New Year’s Eve, however the Big Apple can wait as you strap on your skates at the Life Science Centre this season.

Whether you’re an ice-skating novice, a seasoned pro, or just an observer, the Life Science Centre ice-rink has returned to NewcastleGateshead for another Christmas, so why not glide into the coming year by enjoying a spot of skating on New Year? It is advised that you book in advance if you want to get your skates on at Centre for Life on New Year's Eve. 

Why not also pay a visit to the Life Science Centre itself where you can check out a number of great exhibitions? The popular attraction is also hosting a New Year’s Eve Family Party which is the perfect family-friendly New Year’s Eve activity in Newcastle – dressing-up encouraged!

Head to your Local Pub

An oldie, but a goodie; getting down to your local pub is still a great way to ring in the New Year without the pressure of sourcing a ticket, bar-hopping or queuing for hours. A night at any of NewcastleGateshead’s fantastic bars and pubs is always a brilliant night out and there’s something about New Year which makes the atmosphere in this city extra special.

A number of Newcastle and Gateshead’s best pubs are open a little later on New Year’s Eve and have a warm and friendly atmosphere which you can enjoy with a pint in hand and good company.

Round-up your friends and head to the Town Wall to sample the craft ales on offer, or skip across the road to The Forth where the tunes are always top-notch. Be dazzled by the twinkling lights of The Old George - Newcastle's oldest pub which is the perfect combination of cosy and lively! There’s also the Tyne Bar or The Cluny in Ouseburn if you fancy a spot of live music, or you can get toasty by the fire in The Bridge Tavern or enjoy the best view of the city skyline lit-up for New Year from The Free Trade Inn.

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