When the notion of the Christmas market comes to mind, one immediately thinks of snow-covered wooden huts plying Curryworst, home-made mulled wine and sugar-coated sweets. The overall atmosphere created is of a cosy winter wonderland, illuminated by the smell of amazing food, twinkling lights and excited chatter. It is a scene that will decorate Newcastle city centre at Christmas time, the council having announced that the Continental and Christmas markets will remain open between 21 November and 11 December. It is something that has inspired To Russia With Love Newcastle over the last couple of years and 2011’s event looks set to take the crown as the North-East’s Christmas party of the year.
This magical 2011 Christmas party incorporates spectacular scenery as its centrepiece. Our fabulous hosts will be painstakingly recreating the Tsar’s palace and surrounding it with snow-covered pine trees to create the aura of an enchanted winter scene. Mixing the contemporary with the classic, To Russia With Love Newcastle sees Cossack dancers and sword fighters appearing alongside Bond girls and a traditional Russian band entertaining diners from the bandstand. Proceedings are dragged kicking and screaming back into the present day with dodgems and a fun casino throwing open their doors. The Christmas party is completed by a Survivor’s Breakfast of bacon rolls and of course a disco until late.
We feel that a festive market is the best way to get in the mood for Christmas time. Down here in Brighton we’re fortunate enough to have a rather good one laid on with hot and smoky German sausages, delicious mulled wine and cider and plentiful supplies of tasty traditional sweets on offer. In order to truly get lost in this or one of our other Newcastle Christmas parties, we recommend spending an afternoon browsing the Continental and Christmas markets at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street. Wrap up warm, have a bite to eat and drink and then join up with colleagues and friends at To Russia With Love Newcastle!