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Light up a Life events

Join us from home or at Gosforth Civic Theatre for an evening to remember

Last year, our much loved Light up a Life celebration event, usually held at Newcastle Arena, was unable to go ahead due to the pandemic. Instead, we held a virtual service where families could come together in remembrance, even if they could not be together in person, by tuning in online and lighting candles from home.

We had some fantastic feedback about our virtual event, as it meant many more people, including those living outside of the area, were able to take part. This year we are hosting an event you can attend in person as well as a special virtual service to join in with from home.

Everyone is welcome and you don’t need a previous connection to St Oswald’s Hospice to attend one of our services.

Light up a Life at Gosforth Civic Theatre

Sunday 12th & Monday 13th December
Doors 6pm, event 7pm
Free, but tickets must be booked in advance 
Join us for an uplifting evening of reflection and remembrance with music, readings and the lighting of our Christmas tree at Gosforth Civic Theatre. Everyone is welcome to join us, whether ot not yuoi have a connection to St Oswald's Hospice.

As well as our celebration of life service, you can browse stalls in our festive market. A range of gifts, Christmas cards and calendars will be on sale alongside a selection of Light up a Life merchandise. All funds raised from market sales will support St Oswald's Hospice and cash and cards will be accepted.

Please note: The Light up a Life celebration events are free to attend, but tickets must be booked in advance online or in person at Gosforth Civic Theatre. As capacity at both events at Gosforth Civic Theatre are limited, it is essential that you book a ticket for you and anyone attending with you, apart from babies who will sit an on adult's knee. If you are a wheelchair user, please book an accessible seat. The tickets are available on a first come, first served basis so we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment

Book your free tickets online now

Light up a Life at home

Broadcast online on Sunday 19th December, 7pm
Tune into a virtual Light up a Life Celebration from the comfort of your own home. You’ll be invited to light a candle in a shared act of remembrance and the event will culminate in the switch on of the Tree of Lights, where each one will sparkle in memory of someone special. Watch together with friends and family even if you can’t be together in person on our Facebook page or via the link which we will post on this page on the evening of the service.


Once again, we are proud to be  working with Turps Film to bring Virtual Service to you. Watch the 2020 Virtual Light up a Life Celebration event below.

Dedicate a light for your loved one

You can dedicate a light on our Tree of Lights by making a donation to St Oswald’s Hospice in your loved one’s name. We’ll send you a card and star decoration to display at home.

Please make your dedication by the 1st December to ensure that your card is received by Christmas.

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Tree of lights

A beautiful light installation, our Tree of Lights centrepiece, is displayed outside of St Oswald’s Hospice on Regent Avenue in Gosforth this December.

You are welcome to visit the Tree of Lights which will be lit every evening until the end of December. Each light will sparkle in memory of someone special, as a symbol of hope and love for our North East community this Winter.