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‘White Christmas’ for the City.

The Open Council are proud to announce that Newcastle City Council will guarantee a ‘White Christmas’ this year when the Christmas lights are switched on later this month.

Shoppers and visitors to the city will see Newcastle aglow with brand new brilliant white lights when the festive season kicks off with the Christmas lights switch on ceremony on Thursday, 20 November from 4.30pm.

The new lights will illuminate the city centre’s Northumberland Street and Grainger Street.

In addition to these, there will be a spectacular ceiling of white light across Grey Street and the Monument will be given a temporary festive make-over.

The new lights will formally start a three year contract with Blachere Illuminations who is involved with the city council’s annual Christmas light competition.

Winners of this year’s competition will see their winning designs high above Grainger Street. Percy Street and Blackett Street will also be adorned with colourful new lamppost mounted displays.

The new displays are created using LED technology and will not only give a bright light they also use a minimum amount of electricity.

Newcastle City Council will also offset the electrical energy used by the Christmas decorations by contributing to the Carbon Trust.

Councillor Pauline Allen, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Customer Services, said: “While we cannot rely on the weather to give us a tradition white Christmas these new lights will certainly help us get into the festive mood.”

She added: “Like everyone else, I too am looking forward to seeing the displays and I am also thrilled that our light will also be kinder to the environment.”

Brian Loughlin, Project Engineer - Street Lighting PFI Monitoring Team, said: “The Christmas Lights create a truly festive feel to the City Centre and are as environmentally friendly as they can be by the use of new technology.”