29 November – 23 December (Selected Dates)
Wallington This Christmas
National Trust Wallington, Morpeth
Christmas crafts, a festive afternoon tea and even meeting Father Christmas himself; just a few of the great family activities that National Trust Wallington are hosting over the festive period. If you’re wanting to keep yourself warm in the wintery weather, there’s a brilliant Jingle Bell Jog, and there’s also wreath and garland making – make sure to decorate yours well so that Santa definitely sees your house as he’s out delivering presents. At Wallington, creating memories are key, and with the number of traditional activities available to partake in, there are certainly many memories to be made.
16 November – 24 December
Christmas at Beamish
Beamish, County Durham
Father Christmas’ Grotto, the Beamish Bazaar with delightful decorations, traditional trinkets and festive food, and the amazing ice rink will have the whole family skating – not stepping – into Christmas for another year of festivities. Debuting this year is Beamish’s first ever Christmas in their new 1950s Welfare Hall, featuring festive games, crafts and music. For those who enjoying acting, be sure to get involved with the upcoming pantomime with the amateur dramatics society. Spending Christmas with the family at Beamish this year is gauranteed to leave you feeling Santa-mental.
26 November – 1 January
Beauty and the Beast
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Have we cracked a call-and-response joke when describing pantomimes in previous magazines? Oh yes we have. Are we doing it again now? Oh yes we are. No Christmas is complete without going to the pantomime with your family for a night full of laughter, and lucky for you, Newcastle’s Theatre Royal is putting on performances of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast for the first time ever, all throughout the festive period. Starring veteran panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward and filled with hilarious comedy, spectacular special effects and a few surprises along the way, this beauty of a pantomime will have you roaring like a beast.
1 December - 24 December (Selected Dates)
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
You’d be hard pressed to think of a more universally-loved family activity then sitting around the TV to watch a quality Christmas flick. Sitting with your family and watching one on the big screen at Tyneside Cinema is like that, but better. Throughout the Christmas Classics event, the cinema will be screening golden oldies like ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’, ‘Home Alone’ (including a Double Bill), and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. If you want to have an extra-special experience, the ‘Family Event’ screenings of ‘Polar Express’ and ‘The Grinch’ also come with some tasty treats to enjoy with the film. It’s the most wonderful Tyne of the year.
7 December – 21 December 2019 (Selected Dates)
The Word, South Shields
The Word is putting on Christmas Tales events on the Saturdays leading up to the big day, and its a great way for families with younger children to get into the festive spirit. The event features a storyteller recounting mystical Christmas stories, with some festive favourite characters being projected onto the walls in these unique storytelling sessions. Expect festive songs, Christmas games and crafts all wrapped up into this exciting bundle of fun at The Word.
8 December – 24 December (Selected Dates)
Teesside Princess, Stockton-on-Tees
Forget ‘Deck the Hall’ – man the decks of the Teesside Princess, back again for another year of fantastic family Christmas experiences. Santa will be sailing with you along the River Tees on this hour and a half adventure, where you can enjoy the views as well as hot chocolate and cake, and children can learn to make reindeer dust, enjoy an activity bag and games, and that all important visit with Santa. No need for Christmas Blues aboard this Christmas cruise.
13 December – 22 December
Winter Light Trail
The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Though beautiful throughout every season of the year, there’s something extra special about enjoying The Alnwick Garden during the Winter Light Trail. Enjoy strolling through the illuminated gardens, brought to life with sound and light, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. This after-dark spectacular at The Alnwick Garden is a fantastic experience for the family that will leave your heart full of festive fever.
14 December – 22 December (Selected Dates)
Heatherslaw Light Railway, Cornhill-on-Tweed
If you’re thinking about taking the family on a festive train adventure this winter, then you’re on the right track – Heatherslaw Light Railway are inviting passengers to travel from Heatherslaw to Etal Station and back on their steam locomotives for a magical train ride along the banks of the River Till. The journey boasts beautiful views of the Northumberland countryside and Cheviot Hills – you may even spot some otters and swans along the way. Upon returning to Heatherslaw station, enjoy a range of refreshments before visiting Santa in his grotto, who will be presenting a Christmas gift to each child. Need to do some last minute Christmas shopping? The gift shop will also be open for some quality stocking fillers.
14 December – 30 December (Selected Dates)
The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed
If we had three wishes, they would be; that there was a fabulous pantomime adaption of Aladdin, that the pantomime was being performed at The Maltings in Berwick, and that it was happening during Christmas time. *Poof*. Look at that! With a cast of veteran Maltings actors starring in this fabulous production of the classic tale, and the Christmas pantomime last year breaking The Maltings sales records, this year’s Aladdin is sure to be a whole new world of fun.