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Prepare for Christmas in Newcastle

Date posted: October 26, 2017

One of the biggest signs that Christmas is approaching in the North East is the reveal of the window display at Fenwick on Northumberland Street in Newcastle. The first one appeared in 1971 and over the years the displays have become a highlight of the season, drawing visitors from far and wide to have a look at the decorations and animation.

A huge amount of work goes into creating each display, totalling around 3,500 hours to take the design from sketches to final installation. A team of musicians is even tasked with recording music to suit the theme. It takes 30 people over six months to do that alone.

The window display for 2017 will officially be unveiled on November 3rd. A big crowd is expected to gather for the reveal just like it has done in previous years.

This is not the only event to celebrate the lead up to the festive period in the city though. On November 14th the official switch on ceremony will be held for the Christmas lights.

Over 20,000 lights in total will be switched on, illuminating a number of streets in the city centre and at the Quayside in glowing colours. The 2017 Christmas light switch on will feature an extra special display in the shape of a 4 metre tall teddy bear.

The ceremony will be held at the base of Grey’s Monument. Leading up to the big button press there will be an hour of music, entertainment, games, and Christmas themed fun. This will start at approximately 5.30pm with the switch on set for 6.30pm.

If you want to head to the city to celebrate the pre-Christmas wonders you might find yourself in need of an apartment to stay at. Luckily Suitestazz has the most comfortable and homely ones you could ask for. We have become renowned for offering some of the best apartments in Newcastle and always focus on ensuring guests have a great time. Visit our website to find out more.


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