Festive Season 2019

Pantos, Shows & Switch Ons

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A Winter’s Storytelling Show (Shipley Art Gallery)

Friday 29th Nov, 1.30-2.30pm

Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4JB
Tel: 0191 477 1495

A gentle story presented by Hearthside Tales – Chris Bostock the Storyteller accompanied by music and original songs from Ken Patterson. Starlight is the story of little possum, who collected some starlight to take home and began a great journey.

£5 per child (accompanying adults free). Advance booking recommended.
For children aged 2-6 years

Aladdin Panto (Gala Theatre)

Selected dates Thurs 21st Nov- Sun 5th Jan

Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
Tel: 03000 266 600

Family panto with a mix of mayhem, live music, laughter and surprises, as streetwise young Aladdin is trying to make his town rich by marrying a Princess.

£7 – £18
Family ticket: £54 – £62

Access performances:
BSL: Sun 8th Dec & Thurs 2nd Jan.
Relaxed: Wed 27th Nov.
Captioned: Thurs 2nd Jan.

Aladdin Panto (Tyne Theatre & Opera House)

Fri 6th Dec– Sun 5th Jan

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 117 Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG
Tel: 0191 243 1171

Fun family pantomime packed with songs, dance routines and plenty of laughter, featuring a live band and all-star cast including Charlie Richmond, Marcus Collins and more.

From £14 – £25
Family ticket: £63 – £89

Beauty & The Beast Panto (Theatre Royal Newcastle)

Tues 26th Nov – Sun 19th Jan

Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle, NE1 6BR
Tel: 08448 11 21 21

Beauty and the Beast will be a spectacular and enchanting production for all the family. Featuring the legendary trio of Theatre Royal panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward.

Tickets from £14

Carol Concert & Lights Switch On (Winlaton Community Centre)

Sat 24th Nov, 3.30 – 6pm

North Street, Winlaton, Gateshead, NE21 6BY
Tel: 0191 414 4718

Traditional Christmas carol singalong with children schools choir and church choir, and a special visit from Santa. Christmas lights switch on at 5pm. Hosted by the Friends of Winlaton Village.


Carols (Winlaton Mill Village Hall)

Sun 22nd Dec, 4pm

Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, NE21 6SF
Tel: 07925 851011

Carols in the village hall, refreshments available.

Choir Christmas Performance (The Nest)

Sun 15th Dec, 6 – 7pm

417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
Tel: 07949 039 270

Join Low Fell Community Choir for their seasonal sing along and a few special performances from the choir themselves. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Hosted by Low Fell Community Choir and Side By Side Arts.

Christmas at the Cathedral Concert (Newcastle)

Thurs 19th Dec, 6.30pm

St Nicholas Churchyard, Newcastle, NE1 1PF
Tel: 08448 11 21 21

A spectacular seasonal celebration in aid of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, featuring North East celebrities and special guests. Full cast will be announced soon.

Tickets: £22
VIP tickets: £38.50
VIP ticket includes souvenir programme and after show drinks and canapes with show artisits.

Christmas by Candlelight with the Choir (Gibside)

Tue 17 Dec, 7 – 9pm
Thu 19 Dec, 7 – 9pm

Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield, Gateshead, NE16 6BG
Tel: 0344 249 1895

Enjoy a traditional Christmas concert in Gibside’s beautiful chapel, with the North East Gospel Choir on the 17th Dec and the Caedmon Choir on the 19th Dec. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served during the interval.

£15. Booking essential.

Christmas Light Switch On (Newcastle)

Thurs 7th Nov, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Newcastle City Centre

Hosted by award winning musician Sam Fender, Newcastle City Council and Metro Radio, with a special performance from Sam’s saxophonist and entertainment from Moodbay and Khalysis. Plus a panto performance from the cast of Aladdin at the Tyne Theatre.

Christmas Lights Switch On (Low Fell)

Wed 27th Nov, 3.45pm 

580 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 6HX (Outside Rosa Twelve)

Hosted by Alfie Joey (Radio Newcastle), with musical accompaniment from Craghead Colliery Band and singing from Oakfield School, St. Peter’s RC Primary School and Bluebell Theatre. Refreshments will be provided by Rosa Twelve restaurant and Kip McGrath will be handing out children’s goodie bags.

Christmas Lights Switch On (Trinity Square)

Thurs 21st Nov, 4 – 6.30pm

Trinity Square, Ellison Walk, Gateshead, NE8 1AG

Join Santa and his special guests for free family fun and live entertainment, hosted by Michelle Willis and Glen Townsend, featuring Trinity’s Got Talent winner Katie Lei. All proceeds to Tiny Lives.



Christmas Tree Switch On (Birtley)

Thurs 21st Nov, 4.15pm

Durham Road North, Chester Le Street, County Durham, DH3 1LE (near War Memorial)

Birtley Christmas tree lights will be switched on, with Christmas songs. Followed by a free family disco in Birtley Catholic Club from 5pm, with fun and games with Sam Naylor. Everyone welcome.

Cinderalla Panto (Gateshead Stadium)

Fri 6th – Sun 29th Dec

Gateshead International Stadium, Neilson Rd, Gateshead, NE10 0EF
Tel: 0191 718 5440

The Geordie Panto Co retells the story of Cinderella with a Geordie twist; the tale of a simple lass from Dunston and a well-to-do lad from “owa the watter” (Jesmond!). This is a bumper pack of festive family fun in an inclusive sing-along show.

From £20.

Cinderella Panto (Sunderland Empire)

Fri 13 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

I’m a Celebrity and Gogglebox star, Scarlett Moffat will be stepping into the magical role of Fairy Godmother in the enchanting tale of Cinderella! Also starring are Nick Jnr’s Gemma Naylor (Go! Go! Go!) as Cinderella, Duncan Burt, Miss Rory (aka Dan Cunningham), Jon Moses and Tom Whalley.

Tickets from £10.25 (plus booking fee £3.65)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Concert (Sage Gateshead)

Sun 1st Dec: 3pm, 7.30pm

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661

The story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure, complete with an award winning score performed live by a full orchestra in sync to the film projected on an HD screen!

£28 – £42, booking required.

Elfin’ Around the Snowflake Forest (Jarrow Hall)

Sat 14th – Sun 15th Dec
10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
2-hour duration

Village and Bede Museum, Church Bank, Jarrow, South Tyneside, NE32 3DY

Join Santa’s elves for this interactive theatre performance by Elfin’ Around. Merry, Cookie and Poppy will travel through the Snowflake Forest in search of Santa, with songs, dancing, a lot of laughs. Includes a hot drink and crafts.

£12 pp (adult/child, apart from babes in arms)

Frost Fest (Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre)

Sat 30th Nov – Sun 1st Dec, 10am – 4pm
Christmas lights switch on: Sun 1st Dec, 4pm

Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RU

Festive crafts including wood printing, cookie decorating, willow stars and reindeers and Japanese origami mobiles. Also bird walk, tasting events, music and more. Christmas tree lights switch on with Lantern Parade, violinist and singing by Winlaton Mill Village Choir.

Some activities have a charge, a few require online booking.

Jack & the Beanstalk Panto (Dryden Centre)

Thurs 9th – Sun 12th Jan

Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Gateshead, NE9 5UR
Tel: 07941 705 024

We’re thrilled to announce our family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

Booking recommended.
Tickets: £10 – £14
Concessions for under 16s & over 60
Minimum Age: 2 years

Jack & The Beanstalk Panto (Whitley Bay Playhouse)

Sat 30th Nov- Sat 4th Jan

Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, NE26 1LZ
Tel: 0191 643 2643

Welcome to the world of fairy tales, where our poor hero Jack is tricked into selling Daisy the cow for a useless bag of beans. Packed with great songs, dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family!

From £18.65.

Relaxed Performance on Fri 3rd Jan, 1pm.

Little Mermaid Panto (Wardley Social Club)

Sun 22nd Dec, 12 – 5pm

Sunderland Road, Wardley, Gateshead, NE10 8AU
Tel: 0191 469 9378

Brought to you by Envisage Events, with 5 top cast members, outstanding costumes, effects, staging and sound system. This is a 2 hour show with disco, games and prizes during the interval and for 45 minutes afterwards, with a selection box for each child.

Booking required, during regular opening hours.
£8 per person (adult and child).

One More Sleep (Gala Theatre)

Selected dates Mon 2nd Dec – Sun 29th Dec

Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
Tel: 03000 266 600

Roo is very excited, it’s Christmas Eve and her dad says it might snow. Roo has never seen snow before and it is all she wants for Christmas. Join Roo as she goes on an unexpected snowy adventure, one that takes her far from home.

Tickets: £6.50 – £8
Suitable for under 5 years.

Rock Choir North East (BALTIC)

Sat 16th Nov

Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Tel: 0191 478 1810

Rock Choir North East will be performing some favourite festive classics with a modern twist in the main entrance. Plus enjoy the opening of the new exhibition Animalesque, and take advantage of Christmas Discount Weekend in the BALTIC Shop with 15% OFF when you spend £40.


Sleeping Beauty Panto (Hardwick Hall Hotel)

Sun 8th & 15th Dec: 12 – 4pm

Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 2EH
Tel: 01740 620 253

Bring the whole family together for this truly magical fairytale pantomime. Help Aurora find true loves kiss in this spectacular production of Sleeping Beauty. Includes a two course festive lunch before the show.

Adults: £19.95
Children: £14.95
2s and under: £1

Sleeping Beauty Panto (Little Theatre)

Tue 17th – Tue 24th Dec

4 Saltwell View, Gateshead, NE8 4JS
Tel: 07583 838 482

Sleeping Beauty is the perfect Panto for all the family to see. Expect plenty of belly laughs, audience participation, glitter and outrageous costumes! The Biggest Little Panto Right On Your Doorstep!

Booking required (additional booking fee applies)
Adult: £14
Under 16 years: £12
Family Ticket: £45

Snow White Panto (The Customs House)

Wed 27th Nov – Sun 5th Jan

The Customs House, Mill Damm South Shields, NE33 1ES
Tel: 0191 454 1234

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations the Little Panto with the Big Heart presents Snow White. Come see our take on the classic fairytale, performed for the first time since our first festive season in 1994.

From £9.99

The Elves & the Shoemaker Panto (The Customs House)

Sat 30th Nov – Tue 24th Dec

The Customs House, Mill Damm South Shields, NE33 1ES
Tel: 0191 454 1234

The Little Panto for Little People, featuring Santa’s Naughty Elf. The story you all know and love… with an Elfluent twist. This Christmas, even the naughtiest elf can make dreams come true. Perfect for under 7s.

From £10 (includes a gift from Santa).

The Lambton Worm Panto (Beamish Museum)

Fri 27th Dec – Sun 5th Jan (exc 1st Jan)

Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG
Tel: 0191 370 4000

Watch John Lambton in his quest to defeat the worm in an adaptation of the local legend. Performances will take place in the 1950s welfare hall at 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm, lasting for approximately half an hour.

Included with regular paid admission.

The Little Mermaid Panto (Forest Hall Social Club)

Mon 23rd Dec, 2 – 4pm

Errington terrace, Palmersville, Newcastle, NE12 9DQ
Tel: 07553 084 039

This fabulous show from Envisage Events and Entertainment will wow your children and make you laugh as well as entertain the whole family! Don’t delay get your tickets today as we take you on a magical under the sea journey!!

£4 per person, booking required online.

The Little Mermaid Panto (Springwell Social Club)

Fri 27th Dec, 2 – 4pm

Springwell Road, Springwell Village, Gateshead, NE9 7RX
Tel: 07553 084 039

Join us for the spectacular panto and party with Envisage Events and Entertainment this Christmas season!

£5 per person. Booking required online.


The Metrognomes & the Magic Lamp Panto (intu Metrocentre)

Fri 27th Dec – Fri 3rd Jan (exc 1st Jan)
Multiple 30 min showings between 11am – 6.30pm, depending on day.
Check with organiser for full details.

Exhibition Square, intu Metrocentre, St Michael’s Way, Gateshead, NE11 9YG
Tel: 0191 493 0200

Free family panto, the tale of Aladdin with Metrognomes Herbert, Sherbet, Maggot and Rusty. The Metrognomes help Aladdin fulfil his destiny to become a prince and marry the princess, overcoming the evil and cunning Abanazar along the way.


The Snow Queen Panto (Northern Stage)

Sat 30 Nov – Sat 4 Jan

Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 7RH
Tel: 0191 230 5151

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable is thrillingly reimagined. When her best friend Kai disappears, Gerda embarks on a quest all alone into the icy unknown. A magical fairy tale treat for the whole family that you won’t want to miss this Christmas.

From £10.

Access performances:
Audio Described: Sat 21 Dec
Captioned: Sat 28 Dec
Relaxed: Sun 29 Dec
BSL signed: Fri 3 Jan

The Snowman (Sage Gateshead)

Sun 22nd – Tues 24th Dec

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661

Performance of the classic film in which a little boy has built a new friend in a snowy garden, accompanied live by Royal Northern Sinfonia. But first wrap up warm, because we’re going on a bear hunt – along with the whole orchestra.

Tickets: £17.50 – £22
Family ticket: £60 – £65
Children two and under free sitting on knee.

Relaxed performance/BSL interpreted: 2pm Sun 22nd Dec

Winter Festival Performance (St Mary’s Heritage Centre)

Sat 21st – Tues 24th Dec

St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU
Tel: 0191 433 4699

A unique family performance ‘In a Nutshell.’ A wonderful introduction to theatre for children, with a warm and touching story told through puppetry. St Mary’s Centre is transformed with a festive tree, twinkling lights and winter model village.

Tickets: £10/£7. Online booking.
Ideal for children aged 3–6, but all children welcome
Children under 2 free sitting with an adult

Wolf! (Northern Stage)

Sat 23 Nov – Sat 4 Jan

Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 7RH
Tel: 0191 230 5151

From Kitchen Zoo comes a festive spin on Aesop’s classic fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf! Jack is bored of sheep, find out what happens when Jack cries WOLF! With original music and puppetry. For under 5s, 45 minute show (plus meet the puppets!)

From £8.

BSL signed performance Sat 14 Dec & Sat 21 Dec.