New Year events

New Year events

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Due to rising Covid-19 cases and the threat from the new Omicron variant our popular New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration has been called off.

While the firework display is exempt from Covid pass requirement we have taken the decision to cancel the event due to the large crowds that would gather.

Laser Light City

However, this New Year will see a stunning laser light display in the night skies across the city.

The council, NE1 and BAFTA award-winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle are working together to bring an interactive laser installation from 30 December to 1 January.

The dramatic installation will light up the skies heralding in the New Year.

The high-powered lasers will be installed at three key locations across the city; the Quayside, Hadrian’s Tower and the Civic Centre, making them visible to people within a ten-mile radius of the city centre, weather permitting.

The public will be able to take turns to curate the laser light show from their smart phones via the Laser Light website that will be going live nearer the time - Details can be found on the Lazer Light City website.

Why lazers but not fireworks?

We believe the risks of the lazer light show are lower because:

  • there is no specific show which will attract a large gathering
  • it takes place over an extended time at several locations
  • it will be visible to people within a ten-mile radius of the city centre

However, people should stay at home if they have symptoms and, if they are going to view the light show when around others, wear a mask and keep their distance to help protect everyone.

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