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Blog (Winter) - NewcastleGateshead

Beat Black Friday with our Christmas Gift Alternatives

Black Friday is a shopping frenzy that is known to send people berserk the world over. The hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping is definitely hotting up but instead of surfing the web, why not enjoy a day out in Newcastle and Gateshead with a spot of retail therapy? If the thought of the Black Friday sale kills your Christmas shopping buzz, then we’ve found you some alternative and unique Christmas gift ideas that don’t involve elbowing your way to the checkout or queuing from the crack of dawn. Surprise your friends, family and other halves with something a bit different this Christmas and at the same time, support local shops and explore more of what's on offer in Newcastle and Gateshead in 2020.

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What is the theme for this year’s Fenwick Christmas Window?

What is the theme for this year’s Fenwick Christmas Window?

Christmas in Newcastle would not be the same without a visit to Fenwick’s Christmas Window and is part of Geordie Christmas tradition. The queue to wander past Fenwick’s Christmas display always snakes with great anticipation along Northumberland Street. Each year, in November, the Fenwick Christmas Window is revealed and each year, thousands of festive shoppers and families on a day out in Newcastle clamour to see what the new Christmas Window theme will be.

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Where To Find Father Christmas In Newcastle, Gateshead And The North East

Where To Find Father Christmas In Newcastle, Gateshead And The North East

Santa Claus is coming to Toon... and he’s a very busy man making appearances right across the North East. Get your diaries out and start booking your appointment as visitors wishing to take their children to meet Father Christmas this year in Newcastle and Gateshead will find he is in high demand (Santa has already sold out at The Alnwick Garden and Fenwick Newcastle!). However, Old St Nick will be making appearances at Santa’s Grottos, theatres, shopping centres, stadiums and attractions all across the North East. Father Christmas is already dusting off his suit, practicing his ‘ho ho ho’s!’ and packing up his sleigh, ready to meet all the boys and girls on his nice list in the North East!

Tell your kids to get their Christmas lists at the ready and be on their best behaviour to meet the jolly fella himself!

Discover where you can meet Father Christmas in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East this winter with our useful guide below…

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11 Pantos and Christmas Performances in Newcastle, Gateshead and North East

Panto season is about to burst onto the stage (Oh no it isn’t… no wait, it really is!).

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a family trip to the Panto or festive performance. If you are looking for Christmas family events in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East then you're in luck, there are a whole range of side-splitting, festive pantos and performances tailored for children. There are classic pantomimes, new performances, theatre for the kids and shows for the big kids at popular venues across the North East which run throughout the festive season.

Let us help you find the perfect panto or festive, family performance in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East...

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There's something for everyone in NewcastleGateshead this Christmas.

As you read this, you will no doubt be surrounded by piles of presents and chocolates, racking your brains for the different ways to serve leftover turkey. We hope you all had a very merry Christmas and whether you’re enjoying a well-earned rest with your feet up in front of yet another Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special and just one more mince pie or have decided to hit the sales… here are some great ways to entertain visiting relatives, restless children and avoid cabin fever between Christmas and New Year.

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Best Ways to Spend your New Year's Eve in the North East

Best Ways to Spend your New Year's Eve in the North East

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. 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, as we frantically try to find somewhere fun and exciting to be when the clock strikes midnight. Let us help you...

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New Years' Eve Fun and fireworks

New Years' Eve Fun and fireworks

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.

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Christmas shopping heaven

Christmas shopping heaven

Shopping is a great excuse for a city break any time of the year but when Christmas approaches, it brings a whole list of reasons to get on a train and make a weekend of it. Write your Christmas shopping list, gather together your friends or pack your partner's suitcase and head to NewcastleGateshead. These are our recommendations for where to shop, where to stay, where to eat and where to drink.

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Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

Christmas can be a romantic time but it's also a time with a lot of distractions. Christmas cards to send, work nights out to survive, Home Alone and Elf to watch... These are our recommendations for how to get away from all of that festive busy-ness for one weekend so you can enjoy the pre-Christmas build up with the one person you most want to enjoy it with.

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