Glitter Sparkle and Shine South Shields Art Gallery
Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th December
Pop into the South Shields Museum and be inspired by the rainforest creepy crawlies to create your own magical creature tree decoration. Drop in sessions, no need to book. Free but donations are welcome. Visit website here for more details.
Magic at the Museum Great North Museum
Saturday 5th December
Magic at the museum will see the museum exhibitions come to life with a yuletide twist. Join in with the festive interactive story, enjoy live music and say hello to the lovely reindeer on the front lawn. Free entry. Visit website here for more details.
Fenwick Unwrapped at the Discovery Museum
Daily until 10th January (various times check website for details)
Find out how Fenwick has brought the magic of Christmas to Newcastle throughout the year. Find out what goes on behind the scenes when creating the famous Fenwick window and remember favourite toys that have features in the toy fair throughout the years. Free entry. Visit website for further information.
Christmas Tree Decorating Springfield Park
11am on 15th December
Email firstname.lastname@example.org must be booked in advance.
Help the park warden to give the park a festive feel and decorate the park tree. Free event but places should be booked in advance. Visit website for further information.
Santa's Grotto and A Christmas Carol Panto, Intu Metrocentre
Daily until 24th December
Visit the Metrocentre's FREE Santa's Grotto in the ground floor of the cube where all children will receive a FREE gift too. Various times - check here for details. Whilst you're there, why not check out the FREE Metrognomes Christmas Carol Pantomime which promises lots of laughs and family fun. Various times throughout the festive season, click here for full details.
Festive Friday Beer Garden at Gibside
4th, 11th and 18th December
Soak up the festive atmosphere at Gibside's pub and beer garden. Expect fire pits to keep warm, mulled wine, roast chestnuts, carol singing and street food. Free entry but food and drinks are chargeable. Click here for further details.
Carols at Dalton Park
Various dates and times throughout November and December
From 12 noon
Join the salvation army, brass bands and city bands as they perform festive favourites and carols. You can even join in. Free performances but donations are welcome. Find out more here.
Weekend of Wonder at Woodhorn
5th & 6th December
With a traditional Christmas craft market, free family art workshop, musical perfomances and a magical fire garden, the Weekend of Wonder is a feast for all of the senses. The above activities are free of charge however there is a small charge for car parking and other activities. Find out more here. Find out more here.
Christmas at The Shipley
Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th December
10am - 5pm
Enjoy a free mince pie and glass of mulled wine on the house as you escape the hustle and bustle to browse the Shipley's range of handmade gifts. There will be 10% off all purchases too. There will be free self-led seasonal crafts for children available. Free entry. Find out more here.
A Winter Picnic by the beach
Finally, if the conditions are right (I'm thinking crisp mornings when there is no breeze, rain or snow) the winter is a lovely time to wrap up and take a walk along the beach. Take a flask of soup to enjoy before heading home. Our favourite beaches for a walk are Alnmouth and Druridge Bay.
If you have any other suggestions for free family days out in the North East this Christmas, please leave them in the comments below. Don't forget to join our North East Family Fun Christmas Group where we'll be sharing more Christmas days out ideas in the run up to Christmas too.