Festive Events in the North East

Festive Events in the North East

Due to the ongoing uncertainty, cancellations and reduced capacity our Christmas events listings won’t be updated any further, however you can find some great ideas here for festive activities that don’t need to be pre-booked, with Christmas trails, mobile Santa and more!

If you run a relevant festive event that’s not listed yet (or if you’re a parent with a recommendation) please feel free to get in touch with details.

Basic listings are free, information on upgraded listings (with up to 200 words, social media links & photos) can be found here.

BELIEVE Christmas (Hardwick Hall Hotel)

📌 Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 2EH
📆 Weekends 5th-20th Dec & 21st-23rd Dec
▪ A full day outdoor experience in partnership with Ramside Esates, Metro Radio & TFM. Complete with your own Elf Guide taking you on an interactive  journey through the Elf Tipi Village, with Santa’s Toymakers, Reindeer, Enchanted Woods, Elf School, Post Office, Santa & more.
👉 Adult: £34.50
Child: £36.50
Under 2: £18 – plus booking fees.
(under 6 months: free)
Find out more here.

Breakfast with Santa (Holmside Park)

📌 Edmondsley, Chester le Street, Durham, DH7 6EY
📆 Thurs 24th Dec 2020, 9am
▪ Enjoy a cooked breakfast with a visit from Santa at your table, then receive a special gift in Santa’s woodland Grotto. Next make a Christmas decoration, decorate a cookie, then story time with Mrs Claus.
👉 £30 per child.
£14 adult cooked breakfast (optional).
Find out more here.
Cost includes park entrance.

Christmas Adventure (Holmside Park)

📌 Edmondsley, Chester le Street, Durham, DH7 6EY
📆 Selected dates 5th – 24th Dec 2020
▪ A Holmside Park Elf will take you on a walk through the woodland area to find Santa’s Grotto. All children will receive a special gift from Santa and reindeer dust to scatter on Christmas Eve.
👉 4+ years: £20 – £22
1-3 years: £13 – £15
Find out more here.
Cost includes park entrance, regular entry fee applies for parent/guardian.

Christmas Events (The Alnwick Garden)

📌 Greenwell Road Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1HB
▪ The Alnwick Garden have announced ‘exciting Christmas news coming soon!’ Past activities included Santa’s Grotto & Winter Light Trail.
📣  Sign up to their mailing list here to receive alerts.

Christmas Keepsakes (Popolo Ceramico Gateshead)

📆 Mon 2nd Nov 2020, 10am-2pm @Mister Twisters Soft Play & Jump Centre, Follingsby Park, Gateshead
📆 Mon 23rd Nov 2020, 10am-1:30pm @The Orangery, Whickham, Gateshead
📆 Mon 30th Nov 2020, 1pm @The Orangery,
Whickham, Gateshead
▪ A chance to make lovely Christmas gifts and keepsakes with little one’s hand and footprints on ceramics.
👉 Priced per item. Find out more and message here to book your time slot.

Cinderella Pantomime (Hedworth Hall)

📌 Hedworth Hall, South Shields, South Tyneside, NE33 4EA
📆 Sat 5th Dec – Sun 6th Dec 2020
▪ Family pantomime with Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, wicked stepmother, ugly stepsisters, glass slippers, carriage and twists and turns from a host of fabulous characters!
👉From £13 pp (Family: £50). Plus booking fees.
Find out more here.

Christmas Trails (Raby Castle)

📌 Staindrop, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL2 3NF
📆 Sat 28th Nov – 24th Dec 2020: Enchanted Festive Forest
Tues 1st – 18th Dec 2020: Christmas at the Castle
(selected dates)
▪ Explore the path through the Christmas trees into the Enchanted Festive Forest, full of magical scenes to discover. Find all the hidden items and collect a prize. Plus, for the first time visitors can enjoy the spectacle of the Castle decorated for Christmas, with a trail to follow and things to spot in every room.
👉 Festive Forest: £5 per child (1+ years).
Castle: £6.50 per child (5-15). £13 per adult.
Find out more here.

Enchanted Winter Forest (RedFox Gardenworld)

📌 Newcastle Road, South Tyneside, NE10 8YS
📆 Selected dates from 21st Nov 2020
▪ A train journey through a magical wardrobe to an Enchanted Winter Forest, with a host of new characters. Plus, visit the toy workshop and Santa’s post office, and meet Father Christmas to receive an early Christmas present.
👉 Child: From £14.99
Adult: from £4.99.
Find out more here.
*Autism friendly sessions 9-9:50 every Sunday morning


Fireside Stories with Father Christmas (Raby Castle)

📌 Staindrop, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL2 3NF
📆 Sat 28th Nov – 24th Dec 2020 (selected dates) **FULLY BOOKED**
▪ Father Christmas recounts a Christmas classic with the help of Mrs Bauble and Elvis the Christmas pony. Each child will meet Santa and receive a special gift. Set in the Grand Entrance Hall adorned with twinkling Christmas trees and log fire.
👉 From £20 for 1 Child (under 12yrs) plus 1 Adult.
Find out more here.

Ignite (Gibside)

📌 Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield, Gateshead, NE16 6BG
📆 Selected dates 11th – 30th Dec 2020
▪ New, after-dark experience at Gibside. Light up the dark winter nights with a trail of light, lanterns, fantasy and fire. Expect the unexpected in a playful wonderland filled with fairies, fiery fish and woodland wildlife sculpted in willow.
👉 Child (age 3-16): from £10.
-Adult+parking: from £22.
-Family+parking: from £52.
-Find out more here.

Jack & The Beanstalk Panto (Boulevard Newcastle)

📌 3-9 Churchill Street, Newcastle, NE1 4HF
📆 Thurs 24th – Wed 30th Dec 2020 (selected dates)
▪ Family pantomime with Miss Rory as ‘Mother Nature’ in Jack And The Beanstalk.
👉 Find out more here.

Polar Express Train Ride (Wensleydale Railway)

📌 Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar Station, Northallerton, Yorkshire, DL7 9AR
📆 21 Nov – 23 Dec 2020
▪ The Polar Express Train Ride, with a host of characters including the conductor, the singing chefs, the hobo and Father Christmas. PJs welcome! Receive a gift and enjoy cookie and hot chocolate, then write a letter to Santa. Approx 2–2.5 hour experience.
👉From £24.95 pp (Under 2 years: £3). Find out more here.


Santa on the Rooftop (Fenwick)

📌 39 Northumberland Street, Newcastle, NE1 7AS
📆 Sat 7th Nov – 24th Dec 2020 ** FULLY BOOKED**
▪ Meet Santa in his magical cabin on the rooftop, help the elves in Santa’s Workshop, followed by hot drinks and snacks in Café Claus. Experience lasts approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour with 6 minutes in Santa’s Cabin.
👉 £12.50 pp (under 2 years: free)
Find out more here.
Tickets on sale from 10am Thurs 8th Oct

Santa (The Play Cafe Sunderland)

📌 9-10 Station Rd, Sunderland, SR69AA
📆 Mon 7th & Thurs 10th Dec 2020 **FULLY BOOKED**
▪ A winter wonderland with hot chocolates, cookies, candy canes, a cosy warm atmosphere, Christmas carols, fairy lights and a visit from Santa. Ticket includes sweet treats, a hot chocolate, a gift from Santa and entertainment.
👉 £20 per child (adults free, 1 per child)
Find out more here.
Booking open 8pm Sat 10th Oct

Santa Weekends (Hall Hill Farm)

📌 Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0TA
📆 Selected dates 5th – 23 Dec 2020
▪ Meet Santa and receive a present. Make a decoration in the Elves workshop, Santa’s tractor ride, farm animals and meet Dasher the talking Reindeer.
👉 From approx £8pp, tbc. Find out more here.
📣 Tickets will be available from Nov 2020, release date tbc.

Santa’s Breakfast Club/Supper Club/Sunday (Fenwick)

📌 39 Northumberland Street, Newcastle, NE1 7AS
📆 Sun 8th Nov – 20th Dec 2020 ** FULLY BOOKED**
▪ Enjoy breakfast or a two-course meal with entertainment at Rudolph’s Restaurant. Then visit the rooftop wonderland with singing reindeer, elves and Santa. Decorate a special ceramic plate to take home and enjoy a hot drink at Cafe Claus.
👉 Breakfast – £25 pp.
Supper/Santa Sunday – £30 pp (under 2 years: free)
Find out more here.
Tickets on sale from 10am Thurs 8th Oct

Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey (Whitehouse Farm Centre)

📌 North Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6AW
📆 Selected dates 28th Nov – 24th Dec 2020 **FULLY BOOKED**
▪ A Christmas experience with Winter Wonderland, Mrs Claus’ Bakery, Elf School, Letter Writing room, Winter Stables & Birds of Prey, Christmas tractor sleigh rides and Father Christmas. Experience lasts approx 2.5 hours.
👉 Child: from £16.95
Adult: from £11.75.
Find out more here.

Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto (The Bowes Museum)

📌 Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8NP
📆 4th – 23rd Dec 2020
▪ Visit Santa’s workshop and receive a pack of Christmas crafts. Then, meet Santa all cosy in his sitting room and receive an early Christmas present.
👉 From £12 per family. Find out more here.

Storytelling with Santa (Watergate Cafe)

📌 Watergate Forest Park, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE11 0AN
📆 Wed 25th Nov 2020, 11am
📣 More details to follow, look out here for updates.

Winter Wonderland (Tynemouth Park)

📌 Grande Parade Tynemouth, Tynemouth, North Tyneside, NE30 4JL
▪ Tynemouth Park have announced ‘Santa Claus is coming..!’ Past activities included Santa’s Grotto & winter wonderland with festive music and lights.
📣  Sign up to their mailing list here to receive alerts.