Everything you need to know about seeing Fenwick's window this Christmas as store prepares for online reveal
This year's Fenwick Christmas window will be revealed online for the first time as the store looks to keep families safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
The iconic window display will still be going ahead this festive season – but crowds won't be able to gather on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street for the big reveal due to coronavirus restrictions.
Around 2,000 people have turned out to see the unveiling in previous years, but now spectators are asked to stay at home and watch the event unfold on Facebook Live.
The virtual event will be steamed live at 6.45pm on Sunday, November 8.
But from Monday, November 9, the pubilc will be able to see the window in person with social distancing measures in place.
Kieran McBride, Fenwick Newcastle store director, said: “This year, it’s more important than ever for us to bring the Fenwick Christmas experience to the people of Newcastle.
"That’s why we’ve been working closely with the local council to ensure we can reveal our unique Christmas window display in a safe way.
"We will be streaming this year’s entire evening event through Facebook Live with lots of added Fenwick surprises along the way, including the famous curtain drop reveal moment.
"The safety of our customers and colleagues is our top priority, so we kindly ask you not to travel to Northumberland Street to watch the reveal in person.
"In line with restrictions from Newcastle Council, a section of Northumberland Street will be closed to the public, so the window and surrounding area will not be viewable.”
When will Fenwick’s window be revealed and how can I watch it?
Fenwick Newcastle will unveil the window on Facebook Live on Sunday, November 8, at 7pm.
The live stream can be viewed via:www.Facebook.com/fenwicknewcastle
From Monday, November 9, the window will be open to view in person until 8pm every day.
What social distancing and safety measures will be in place?
A Fenwick host will greet customers at the start of the window display where they will be asked to use hand sanitiser.
A one-way system will be in operation and socially-distanced queues are expected.
The window will be sanitised each morning and customers will be asked not to touch the window.