There is nothing more traditional over Christmas than carols, and there are plenty of opportunities for people across Newcastle go get involved in community singing this December.
From traditional church events to community get-togethers across the city, there’s no excuse for those who want to get out the house for a festive sing along.
For anyone wanting to combine carol singing with giving to the less fortunate, Newcastle’s Crisis Skylight team are organising a carol singing service at Newcastle Cathedral on St Nicholas Square on December 15.
The group are part of the Crisis charity which assist homeless people across the city with advice, support and activities to ensure their lives can be improved.
The service starts at 6:30 and will include readings from Crisis members as well as a mix of modern and traditional sings. The event is free, but tickets need to be ordered in advance.
Carol singing on Christmas Eve is the perfect way to end the build up to December 25 and the Cumberland Arms in Ouseburn are hosting an event to raise money for East End Women, a project which supports women and children across East Newcastle and Wallsend through wellbeing workshops and practical skills sessions.
Closer to the city centre, the Vermont Hotel next to the castle are welcoming the public to an afternoon of carols and festive afternoon tea on December 21 and 22.
The sessions will see the hotel’s bar and lounge transformed into a perfect place to watch live renditions of traditional songs while having a full afternoon tea with a festive twist, which is also available throughout December.
Elsewhere, Jesmond Parish Church are bringing back their carols by candlelight sessions between December 5 and 12 including three sessions across the final weekend of the events. No booking is required.