Harry Wearing
By Harry Wearing

Senior Staff Writer

22 December 2020

| | 3 min read

Culture

Newcastle's New Year Celebrations 31 December - Stay home and enjoy the show!

Please note due to the ongoing pandemic the Laser Display has been postponed until 2021. 

The firework displays and doorstep clap will still take place on 31 December at 6pm - remember to stay  home, stay safe and protect your community when viewing the displays. 

Lasers from the Civic Centre in Newcastle
Lasers from the Civic Centre in Newcastle

The beauty of this year’s festivities are that they are intended to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own homes. 

This year the traditional New Year’s Eve firework displays are being done differently.  To ensure Covid-safety, the fireworks will not be held in the city centre but from five undisclosed locations across the city to allow the spectacle to be best enjoyed from people’s doorsteps removing the need for people to come into town.

 At 6pm on New Year’s Eve, fireworks will be simultaneously released from the five locations so people can welcome in the New Year while staying safely at home.

 NE1 and Newcastle City Council have designed the event deliberately to avoid crowds gathering, to reduce social contact and risk spreading infection.  Instead they hope to spark a new tradition and are encouraging people to join with their neighbours in a doorstep clap to watch the fireworks and welcome in the New Year. This will also be a chance for everyone to show their appreciation of the city’s collective efforts and the sacrifices people have made tackling Covid over the past year.

 Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1 Ltd who have worked with Newcastle City Council to organise the New Year festivities said:

“Stay home, stay safe and let us bring the fireworks to you.  All we ask is that you join us on your doorstep at 6pm on New Year’s Eve to watch the display and to join in a doorstep clap for the city and to herald in the New Year 2021

 “This year we have had to do the celebrations differently but we hope people will enjoy the festivities from the comfort of their own homes.”

Councillor Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Employment and Culture said: “Our city always welcomes in the New Year in style, and I am delighted that we are still able to do it this year but in a Covid-safe way.

“I will be standing on my doorstep clapping with my neighbours at 6pm on New Year’s Eve, and I encourage everyone else to do the same. But as ever I urge you to keep safe, and remember – hands, face, space.”

Our city always welcomes in the New Year in style, and I am delighted that we are still able to do it this year but in a Covid-safe way.

Councillor Ged Bell - New Years Eve Plans

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