Newcastle Quayside New Year Laser show 2023/24: Times, the best views and where to park

The lights are making a return this year.The lights are making a return this year.
The lights are making a return this year.
New Year’s Eve displays will soon light up the night sky and Newcastle is bringing back its popular laser show.

After the success of last year, Laser Light City has set up a temporary home in Newcastle once again. As the show welcomes in the New Year, local residents are expected to flock to the city centre to check out the new form of celebration which is taking over from the fireworks displays elsewhere across the region.

The show is being put together by BAFTA award winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle with organisers telling the public to expect "a stunning bespoke soundtrack that takes you on a musical journey from cinematic soundscapes through to a disco party, plus hypnotic and dramatic imagery using cutting edge laser projection, lighting effects and pyrotechnics."

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When are the Quayside laser shows in Newcastle?

Unlike previous years which have seen shows begin a couple of days before December 31, this year will see shows exclusively on New Year's Eve.

Three shows will take place across the night. These will be at 6pm, 9pm and midnight. Each show is 12 minutes long.

Where to watch Newcastle Quayside’s laser show

Although the lights are expected to be seen across the city, organisers are suggesting the best place to see the full display is at the Quayside as bridges and surrounding buildings will be lit up to make the display as impressive as possible.

The lasers will light up the area around the Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridge with the Baltic expected to play a prominent part in displays.

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Where to park for Newcastle Quayside’s laser shows

Off street car parking is available at Akenside Hill off Queen Street and close to the Swing Bridge visitors will find another car park.

Dean Street multi-storey car park is open until midnight. At Manors it is £1.20 per hour or a flat all-day charge of £9 from 8am - 6pm Monday to Saturday and £3 all day on Sunday, then free into the evening.

How to get to Newcastle Quayside by public transport

Tyne and Wear Metro travellers can use Central or Gateshead stations to head to the Quayside with both being a short walk from the displays. Northern Rail services will also run into Central Station.

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Stagecoach, Go North East and most Arriva bus services will be running a Saturday service on the Friday, December 30 and until about 6pm on New Year’s Eve, then reduced services until 7.30pm when most buses will finish. There are no bus service on New Year’s Day.

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