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Top 10 Things to Do In December

Stuck for things to do in December? Here are the top events taking place on campus and in the city this month.

1. Crafty Festive Fun at the Library


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If you’re having a hard time revising in the library over December then here’s some good news! The library are running 3 craft sessions where you can get stuck in making paper-based Christmas decorations from old books and magazines. The best part is you get to take your lovely handmade creations home.

2. The Botanist Open-Air Winter Wonderland


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Popular bar and restaurant The Botanist has transformed its roof terrace into a cosy winter wonderland again complete with festive decorations and blankets for guests to wrap up.

This year it’s bigger and better with an Alpine theme, so you can enjoy all the delights of après-ski without having to step onto the slopes. Head down to their very own ski-shack-inspired terrace, and sip mulled wine whilst overlooking the sights of Grey Street and the Christmas markets.

3. Ice skating on an outdoor rink with Give it a Go


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In case you didn’t know the outdoor ice rink at the Life Centre is back!

Give It A Go are offering a visit for the pocket friendly price of £5, which lets you have an hour on the rink and includes skate hire. This trip will be taking place on the 9th of December so get your ticket soon.

4. Christmas pantomime at the Theatre Royal

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If you haven’t visited the grand building that is the Theatre Royal on Grey Street yet then here’s your chance. Get into the Christmas spirit by going to see their spectacular performance of Cinderella – tickets start from just £13!

5. University Christmas Carol Service

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Join us to celebrate Christmas by gathering together at St Thomas Church on the 14th of December to sing Christmas carols. After the service you can also stay for refreshments and a chat.

6. Festive Night Market at Grainger Market


Head down to the iconic Grainger building on December 1st to enjoy a late night shopping experience like no other! Stalls will be open from 5.30pm until 9pm offering free samples, tasters and discounts of up to 20% to help you find the perfect gift at the perfect price.

There will be lots going on to keep you entertained throughout the evening from jewellery classes and live music to a yuletide bar serving festive drinks, including mulled wine and hot chocolate.

7. UK Foo Fighters Tribute at Students’ Union


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The popular UK Foo Fighters tribute band will be performing at the Students’ Union on Saturday 17th December. If you’re a fan then you won’t want to miss seeing this fantastic tribute band, so get your tickets soon!

8. Winter Christmas Market at Monument


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As one market leaves another returns!  This time the stalls will be selling everything from hats and gloves to Geordie gifts and locally brewed beers so there’s no reason for you not to find something to buy!

This market will be based around the Monument area and will be running between 12th and 18th of December.

9. Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra


Join us in Kings Hall on 16th December between 7.30pm- 9.30pm for a performance from the Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Edwards and Alex Guthrie. The programme will also include Sibelius’ Finlandia and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. Tickets start at £3 for students and you can find out how to buy them online.

10. New Years Eve Winter Carnival


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The famous New Years Eve Winter Carnival has returned bringing fire and light to the city of Newcastle. Stand in the streets of Newcastle and watch as animals, magical creatures, puppets and street bands make their way through the city.

The free carnival starts at 5.15pm on the 31st of December and will travel through Monument and Northumberland Street, before making their way to the Civic Centre where they will host a spectacular finale featuring dancing, music and fireworks.

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