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New Year's Eve Winter Carnival


Who will inhabit Newcastle’s dark streets this New Year’s Eve? Watch as they crawl 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.

The Winter Carnival Parade can be viewed for free as it moves through the city centre. The best viewing points will be at Monument and along Northumberland Street.

This family-friendly early evening celebration is commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Newcastle City Council Arts
Development Team in partnership with outdoors arts experts Walk the Plank.

Aproximate times (subject to change):

From 4.30pm there will be music and the carnival performers will gather.

At around 5.15pm the parade will begin, leaving for Newcastle Civic Centre via Monument and Northumberland Street.


Enjoy the Carnival Parade finale and fireworks at Newcastle Civic Centre, bringing the celebrations to a spectacular close.

Celebrate with music and dancing as Heart North East entertain the crowds and welcome the Winter Carnival Parade ahead of the fireworks finale.

The Winter Carnival Parade will arrive at the Newcastle Civic Centre at approximately 5.45pm for the start of the Parade Finale which will include performance, dance, music and fire and will end with the firework display to music.

Guide Prices

This event is not ticketed and as in previous years, will be free.



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