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Christmas 2017 - Our plans so far


I know, I know......another Christmas post. But the early bird really does catch the worm at this time of year and some festive attractions have already sold out!! I will probably add to this list but I've decided to share a list of the activities and events we've booked so far........



Alice in Wonderland at Northern Stage

I love, love, love Christmas at Northern Stage. Their Christmas shows are perfect for families who aren't really into traditional panto but still want to experience some theatrical magic. I already know that Alice in Wonderland will not disappoint but it's going to be hard to top last year's James and the Giant Peach. Tickets are available here. 


Father Christmas visit at Wallington Hall

Despite loving Christmas, we've yet to visit Father Christmas at a National Trust property. We decided on Wallington Hall as the old house feels like it will be the perfect setting. Let me know if you've been! Tickets are available here. 

Manchester Christmas Markets with the girls

I've ALWAYS wanted to visit Manchester Christmas Markets and I'm so excited that we've finally agreed to make the trip this year. We're only staying over on Friday night but it's with my oldest friends and I can't wait. Bring on the mulled wine!! Find out more here.


A Christmas meal at Jesmond Dene House with friends

I think this was the first Christmassy thing I booked - as a special treat for my birthday weekend I'm getting dressed up and visiting Jesmond Dene House for the night with 10 of my North East pals. I can't wait to see everyone all glam and to enjoy some of the best food and wine in Newcastle. Check out Jesmond Dene House at Christmas here. 

Newcastle Panto Company Returns 

I think Newcastle Panto Company is on the other end of the scale from Northern Stage but just as enjoyable. If you're looking for a traditional panto, these guys are the best. They're back with a new show (Sleeping Beauty) and after departing ways with Tyne Theatre & Opera House last year they have a brand new venue too (an indoor theatre at Gateshead International Stadium). Their version of the twelve days of Christmas is always a Christmas highlight. Buy tickets here.

Christmas Cottage

I love a December getaway in a cottage and this year we've booked a stunning cottage in Embleton. It's just a few minutes from the sea, features a wood burning stove and even has it's own hot tub. I can't wait to relax for a few days! You can have a nosey here. (affiliate) 

Christmas and Ice Skating at Beamish

We visited Beamish at Night a few years ago and queued for ages to see Father Christmas and ended up feeling a little disappointed if I'm honest. We're determined to give Beamish another go though as so many people do rave about it. We're planning a daytime visit this time and we can't wait to have a spin on their real ice rink (when I say we - I mean Steve and Heidi). Buy tickets here. 

An Enchanted Christmas at Belsay Hall

As soon as this event popped up in my news feed I knew I needed to book ASAP. I love evening events and as Belsay Hall is our favourite English Heritage property, I think we're going to love it. There's a garden walk lit by fairy lights, vintage fairground rides and mulled wine for sale. Oh it will be lush if it snows a little too! Buy tickets here. 

A Big Christmas Meal at Evan's Bistro, Whitley Bay

Unfortunately, due to there being so many of us and a lot of my family working shifts, we can never all get together on Christmas day (that would be my dream) so instead I usually organise a big Christmas Meal where all of our friends and family get together for the afternoon. This year we've picked Evan's Bistro as they have board games to keep the kids entertained and I know the food will be spot on (it helps that my brother is the executive chef). You can follow Evan's Bistro on Facebook here. 

If you LOVE Christmas, please check out my Mrs Mulled Wine Facebook page and join our 'We Love Christmas - North East England' Facebook group here. 

Do you have anything booked yet? 
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  1. You’re so organised! I definitely need to work out a plan - so far I’ve only got two things in and they were both organised by you!

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