Lighting up Newcastle like never before, Northern Lights is bringing its magical light trail to the city centre this Christmas, with a stunning after-dark attraction of immersive visuals, original audio and jaw-dropping illuminations at Leazes Park. The winter attraction will become the only light trail in the city, where special effects, dynamic choreography, and a Christmas village with vintage fairground rides will offer entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Northern Lights has already received over 30,000 pre-sale sign-ups, and the response to its first announcement has been incredible! There is a huge level of excitement for what will be a spectacular show, so booking tickets early is advisable.  Tickets for the enthralling 90-minute experience, over a one-mile accessible route go on sale at 9am today.

What can you expect at Northern Lights?

Northern Lights is a brand new immersive light trail in Newcastle city centre, led by the company behind multi-award winning Bluedot, Kendal Calling and Christmas at Bute Park. The light show will be produced by an award-winning combination of local and national talent, including creators of headline installations for Kew Gardens, Netflix, and Glastonbury, so visitors can expect a host of mind-blowing features and special effects from the UK’s leading trail creators!

Working in collaboration with Urban Green Newcastle, the breathtaking festival of light will completely transform Leazes Park in the year of its 150th anniversary, with incredible illuminations set among woodland glades, heritage architecture, statues and lake. The fully accessible, mile-long route will see epic illuminations light up Leazes Park, along with a Christmas Village filled to the brim with delicious festive food and drinks by local artisans.


Ensuring everyone can enjoy the magic of the moment, and be able to take part in the festivities, the whole trail is inclusive and accessible via a flat trail along wheelchair-accessible paths, seating areas and ramp access points. Special provisions will also be in place to reserve Access time slots, where quieter audio and reduced visitor numbers aim to support neuro-divergent visitors. Queue jump wristbands will also be available for those with additional needs. 

Event Details:

Opening on 23rd November and running for five weeks until 1st January, Northern Lights welcomes people of all ages to experience between 10-12 light attractions, discovered across a mile loop. Starting and ending at the southern park entrance (via Barrack Road) the 90-minute event includes vintage fairground rides and a variety of festive treats including mulled wine, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. 

The enchanted Christmas trail at Leazes Park celebrates Christmas with a 90-minute magical world of illuminations, set over a one-mile accessible route.

There will be 10 – 12 installations using a combination of local and national talent.

Illuminations will light up woodland glades, heritage architecture, statues and the lake.

The attraction includes a Christmas Village provided by artisan food and drink suppliers.

Dates and opening times:

Northern Lights will run for five weeks from 23rd November 2023 to 1st January 2024

4:30pm – 8:15pm (23rd November until 30th November)

4:15pm – 8:15pm (1st December to 1st January 2024)


Pricing for a single ticket starts from £13.50 for children over 13 years, £19 for adults (children under 2 go free) and £61.50 for a family ticket of four.

Tickets for Northern Lights 2023 are on sale now.

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