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St Nicholas Festival

Friday 1st December (12noon – 5pm) and Saturday 2nd December (10am – 4pm)

Whitley Bay town centre will once again celebrate the annual Feast of St Nicholas with stalls, an elves workshop, live reindeer and a lantern parade.

There will be over 30 stalls selling a range of produce and giftware including festive crafts, Northumberland cheeses, craft beers, Christmas wreaths and decorations.

The popular lantern parade on Friday will include hundreds of local schoolchildren from Marine Park, Star of the Sea, Whitley Lodge and Rockcliffe First schools as well as a samba band featuring children from Whitley Bay High School and Marden Bridge Middle School. The parade starts at 4pm from Marine Park First School, heads up to Marine Avenue, on to Park View before finishing at St Paul’s Church for the celebration of St Nicholas. A selection of shops and cafes will be staying open late following the parade.

On Saturday there will be fun activities for families including fairground rides, live reindeer to pet and feed, as well as a free elves workshop with festive crafts, games and facepainting.

St Paul’s Church will also be open with tombola, raffles and refreshments available between 10am and 2pm (Saturday only). 

The Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade Christmas Fair will also take place at Whitley Bay Metro Station between 11am and 4.30pm (Saturday only). There will be seasonal stalls, children can visit Santa and the station lights will be switched on.  

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