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Christmas in Newcastle

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It is a joy to see how our uni has perfectly captured the festivity of the chilly winter season.

On campus

Walking through campus on the way to lectures, the official Newcastle University Christmas tree stands tall and proud in the Quad and even has its own light switch on. The evenings have also recently been lit up by a 3 hour light show extravaganza displayed on the front of the Students’ Union building, running for six days!

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The official Newcastle Uni Christmas tree / via Instagram @newcastleuni

Many societies hold annual Christmas balls or parties, giving you the opportunity to don your finest snazzy outfit or a tacky Christmas jumper whilst indulging in mulled wine and a (much-missed) roast dinner! If you’re planning to stay in Newcastle over the Christmas period, the uni organises events and activities throughout so you will always feel welcomed.

Around the city

Newcastle is a fantastic city to be in at Christmas time! One speciality that cannot be found anywhere else is the annual Fenwick’s Window, which has become a festive tradition in the North East. The window displays a different Christmas theme each year, complete with music, lights and moving characters!

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Fenwick’s Christmas Window, 2015 / via Chronicle Live

There are plenty of places to do your Christmas shopping in Newcastle, with Northumberland Street and Eldon Square shopping centre quite literally on the doorstep of the uni and the MetroCentre just a short journey away. For the less commercialised shopping experience, there is a Continental Christmas Market located at Grey’s Monument where you can buy food, drink and gifts.

Although nearing the end of the year also means you are ever closer to exam season, it doesn’t mean you have to spend all day hibernating in the library trying to reach those deadlines. Why not take a much-needed break by going ice skating in the outdoor ice rink at the Life Centre or relive your childhood by watching a traditional pantomime at the Theatre Royal?

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Ice skating at the Life Centre / via

There is never a shortage of things to do around Christmas in Newcastle! When studying sometimes gets a bit too much, it’s nice to know that I am in a city which offers so much.

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