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A visit to Fenwicks window really signifies the start of Christmas celebrations in the Rickelton house. It is the first festive thing we do and we usually visit one night after school in the last few days of November (it is so much nicer in the dark) whilst the continental market is in town.
This year , the queues were really quite longer than normal. The children waited patiently though (Lego Santa kept them company).
The theme of Fenwicks window changes every year and I’m delighted to say that we loved this years ‘fairytale’ theme. Every window featured a different favourite tale. As always, the attention to detail is outstanding. We loved spotting the little mice in each scene. Here are a few of our favourite parts:-
We particularly loved Hansel and Gretal, little red riding hood and Rapunzel.
One thing does annoy me with Fenwicks window and that is the people that don’t know how to queue like the rest of us and think it is ok to push in! Or even worse push in and take 10 minutes taking photos of their children while they hold the whole queue up! Hmmm I guess this just highlights some of the rudeness in our society. Hope they get coal in their stocking!
The continental market in Newcastle is on until 30th November. It is based around Grey’s monument. It’s not huge and there isn’t a lot of selection gift wise but there are a couple of lovely food stalls and a good few options for eating food on the go. These meringues caught my eye – we bought a lemon one for supper.
As part of our tradition we usually let the kids choose some sweets from the market. There wasn’t much choice though (unless you liked fudge) so we decided to end our evening with a trip to nearby hotel chocolat for a reindeer lollipop.
So that’s it, our festivities have officially started! Next is a trip to York Christmas market, a trip to the under 6’s panto at Northern Stage and then decorating the house, putting our tree up and the arrival of elf on the shelf & advent calendars on the 1st December. Have you started your festivities yet?