Festive Season

Festive Dining Experiences

Many festive events get booked up early but don’t despair, plenty more will be added to the list over the coming months. If you’d like to keep up to date when new events are added why not like us on Facebook.

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Afternoon Tea with Santa (The Vermont Hotel)

Sat 14th & 21st Dec

Castle Garth, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ
Tel: 0191 233 1010

Enjoy a family festive afternoon tea in the Gold Room, with a visit from Santa and a gift for children on the nice list. Plus face painting throughout.

Adult: £21.95
Child: £12.95

Breakfast / Tea / Sunday Lunch with Santa (Spanish City)

Selected dates Sun 1st  – Mon 23rd Dec

Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay, Tyneside, NE26 1BG
Tel: 0191 691 7090

Christmas Eve Breakfast: Join Santa on Christmas Eve to enjoy a breakfast feast with a special waffle and pancake station, followed by a family disco.
Afternoon Tea: Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea then a visit from Mr Claus.
Sunday Lunch: Enjoy a festive three course Sunday Lunch and a visit from Santa Claus followed by a family disco.

Booking required.
Breakfast: £11.95 per person (aged 1 and over)
Tea: Adult: £25, Under 12: £12
Lunch: Adult: £19.95, Under 12: £10.95

Breakfast / Tea with Santa (Dobbies Garden Centre, Birtley)

Selected dates from 30th Nov – 24th Dec
Breakfast: 8am
Tea: 3.30 or 4pm

Durham Road, Birtley, Durham, DH3 2BQ
Tel: 0191 410 2556

Includes a cooked breakfast or hot or cold meal, fun activities and a gift from Santa.

Book online.
Breakfast: £6.99 – £13.99 per person.
Tea: £5.99 – £13.99 per person.
Suitable for 12 years and under.

Breakfast / Tea with Santa (Dobbies Garden Centre, Gosforth)

Selected dates from 24th Nov – 24th Dec
Breakfast: 9am
Tea: 3.30 or 4pm

Gosforth Park, Newcastle, NE3 5EP
Tel: 0191 236 7111

Includes a cooked breakfast or hot or cold meal, fun activities and a gift from Santa.

Book online.
Breakfast: £6.99 – £13.99 per person.
Tea: £5.99 – £13.99 per person.
Suitable for 12 years and under.

Breakfast With Elsa (Runhead Bar and Grill)

Sat 21st Dec, 10am – 12pm

Holburn Lane, Ryton, Gateshead, NE40 3HJ
Tel: 0191 413 9517

Elsa invites you to have a magical and delightful breakfast with her. Please come and join us for a sing a long and plenty of entertainment here with Elsa. ” Let it go! Let it go!”

£6 per child, tickets available from The Runhead.

Breakfast with Mrs Claus (Pineapple and Bears)

Sat 21st & Tues 24th Dec, 9am

Spa well Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RT
Tel: 0191 447 2050

Breakfast, craft and play session. Children can play in the play hub, craft and enjoy breakfast with Mrs Claus, with a gift for each child.

£10, booking required.
Under 6 months: £5 (no breakfast)

Breakfast with Mrs Claus (Seven Stories)

Every Tues-Fri from 3rd-20th Dec, 9.30 – 11.00am

Enjoy breakfast with Mrs Claus in her cosy Christmas kitchen. The cafe will be open for breakfast with festive themed games, crafts and activities, including biscuit decorating. Breakfast includes toast, a glass of milk, fruit juice or hot chocolate and a small bowl of mixed fruit.

Drop-in, no booking required.
Child’d breakfast: £3.25
The last food orders 10.30am.

Breakfast with Santa (Holmside Park)

Tues 24th Dec, 9am

Edmondsley, Chester le Street, Durham, DH7 6EY
Tel: 0191 917 2205

Enjoy a cooked breakfast with a visit from Santa at your table, then receive a special gift in Santa’s woodland Grotto. Next there’s cookies and hot chocolate with Mrs Claus, make a Christmas decoration, decorate a cookie then story time with Mrs Claus. Experience lasts around 90 minutes.

£30 per child, booking essential.
£8.80 adult cooked breakfast (optional).
Cost includes park entrance, regular entry fee applies for parent/guardian.

 

Breakfast with Santa (IKEA)

from Sat 7th Dec, 9 – 10.30am

Metro Park West, Pinetree Way, Gateshead, Swalwell, NE11 9XS
Tel: 0191 493 2021

Join Santa for a festive breakfast for the whole family and an early present. Tickets are free for IKEA Family members – just pay to book breakfast.

£1.50 – £2.95 per person. Booking required.

Breakfast with Santa (The Coachman)

Sat 14th & 21st Dec, 1 – 3pm
**21st Dec fully booked**

BurntHouse Lane, Whickham, Gateshead, NE16 5AW
Tel: 0191 680 0519

A late breakfast with Santa, including a full breakfast buffet and gift for each child.

£6.95

Christmas Eve Family Fun (South Causey Inn)

Tues 24th Dec

Beamish Burn Road, Stanley, Durham, DH9 0LS
Tel: 01207 235555

Traditional Christmas Eve Menu from 12pm, with a face painter turning little ones  into mini Elfs or Fairys. Santa will pay a visit with presents for only the good girls and boys! A Live Entertainer will begin at 2pm for a good old sing along.

Adult: £25.95
Under 10s: £19.95

Disney Sing Along Afternoon Tea (The Nest)

Sat 14th Dec,  1 – 3.30pm

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

Sing along afternoon tea with crafts included, taking you through the ages of Disney whilst tucking into some amazing cakes and scones.

Adult: £15
Child: £10

Elves Do Lunch (The Nest)

Mon 23rd Dec, 11am – 1.30pm

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

Merry Tinsletoes and her elf friend Cookie will be spreading Christmas cheer. Enjoy singing and a fun meet and greet, with pics with the elves and their selfie frame. Includes child’s meal, hot chocolate and a cookie. Hosted by Elfin’ Around

£10 per child.

Festive Choir Afternoon Tea (South Causey Inn)

Sun 8th Dec, 12 – 3pm

Beamish Burn Road, Stanley, Durham, DH9 0LS
Tel: 01207 235555

The Old Barn will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with fairy lights, life-size  reindeer and giant Christmas Trees. Enjoy a very generous Festive Picnic Table and cocktail/mocktail, with choral Christmas Carols and Festive Songs from 1pm.

Adult: £34.95
Child: £24.95

Lunch with Santa (Alnwick Castle)

Sun 8th, 15th & 22nd Dec, Sat 21st Dec
11.30am – 3pm

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1NQ
Tel: 01665 511 086

A delicious family lunch in The Courtyard Restaurant with roast turkey and all the trimmings plus dessert, followed by a visit from Santa as he presents every child with a gift.

£18 per Adult
£15 per Child (under 12yrs)
Under 2’s are free

Lunch with Santa’s Helpers (Sage Gateshead)

Sat 7th – Tues 24th Dec, 11.30am – 4pm

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

Join us and treat the family to a roast turkey dinner (alternatives available) with Santa’s magical elves this Christmas at Sage Gateshead’s Brasserie!

Over 12 years: £10.95
Under 12 years: £7.95

Lunch with the Grinch (Runhead Bar and Grill)

Sat 21st Dec, 1 – 3pm

Holburn Lane, Ryton, Gateshead, NE40 3HJ
Tel: 0191 413 9517

Join us for an amazing lunch, fun games and entertainment from The Grinch! Come along and have fun with The Grinch who stole Christmas.

£6 per child, tickets available from The Runhead.

Santa Sunday (Hardwick Hall Hotel)

Sun 22nd Dec, 12 – 4pm

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

Family festive lunch plus great entertainment for the children including face painters, stilt walker, magician and a gift from Santa. Includes 3 course festive dinner, live entertainment and disco.

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

Santa’s Grotto (Porky’s Low Fell)

Weekends throughout December

168 Kells Lane, Gateshead, NE9 5HY
Tel: 0191 491 4343

Meet and greet with Santa, receive a toy and treats. Includes kids meal and activities.

£5 per child.