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Winter Carnival Parade & early evening fireworks

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 and culminates in a dramatic fireworks display at Newcastle Civic Centre. You don't need to buy tickets for either the parade or fireworks display so drop by and enjoy the celebrations. The best viewing points for the Winter Carnival Parade will be at Monument and along Northumberland Street.

Enjoy the Carnival Parade finale and fireworks at Newcastle Civic Centre, bringing the celebrations to a spectacular close. Enjoy the music and dancing as Heart North East entertain the crowds and welcome the Winter Carnival Parade ahead of the fireworks finale.

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.

Approximate timings

From 4.30pm there will be music and the carnival performers will gather at Monument. At around 5.20pm the parade will begin, leaving for Newcastle Civic Centre via Monument and Northumberland Street.

All timings are approximate and subject to change.

As in previous years, you do not need tickets for the firework display.

Road Closures

To ensure public safety the event requires the following road closures on 31 December (please note all timings are approximate):

Road closure on Grainger Street – existing traffic restrictions 9.30am – 5.45pm

Road closure on Blackett Street - approximately 5pm - 5.45pm

There will be a short closure of Blackett Street from approximately 5pm – 5.45pm to enable the Parade to enter Northumberland Street.


The road closure around Newcastle Civic Centre will be in place between 16.30 and 21.00 in Saturday 31st of December

To ensure public safety the following roads will be closed (Please note all timings are approximate):
• Sandyford Road to the rear of the Civic Centre including the entrance to the Civic Centre car park
• St. Mary’s Place
• John Dobson Street from St. Mary’s Place to Durant Road
• Barras Bridge
• College Street
• Percy Street from the Haymarket Bus Station to Barras Bridge

Buses from the Haymarket Bus Station and the Haymarket Metro will operate as normal.

Please note that for the duration of the event Sandyford Road and the University campus will be closed to pedestrians because of the fireworks.

All roads will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so but please be patient as there are a lot of barriers to move.

Please note all timings are approximate. Click here for more information and appropriate contact details for all enquiries about the event.

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