20+ Christmas Events for Kids across North East England

Advert - I have worked with many of the attractions mentioned in this post this year and some attractions have paid to be included in this post as part of that on-going relationship. 

Christmas at Seven Stories 

The Seven Stories' elves are going all out this year with twinkly lights, festive cheer and wonderful story times. All events have been planned with social distancing in mind and numbers will be limited. Here is a little taster of what to expect and available to book now: 

The Night Before Christmas Story Time 

A festive, interactive story performance with story time, games and activities. Find out more and book here. 

Breakfast with Mrs Claus 

Join Mrs Claus in the Seven Stories Cafe for festive storytime, a themed Christmas breakfast and a keepsake craft which you can take away. Find out more and book here. 

Afternoon Tea with Santa 

Join Seven Stories for an extra special yuletide Afternoon Tea. Elves will welcome guests and show you to your seats where you will enjoy a festive afternoon tea alongside stories and crafts with the elves. 

Afterwards, you will be taken to Santa's grotto (household by household) where you can say hello and ask Santa any questions in your personal visit. Find out more and book here. 

An Audience with Santa 

Bring your family to Seven Stories for an extra special audience with the man himself. Elves will be on hand to welcome and entertain everyone with storytime and festive crafts and a selection of seasonal canapes, sweet treats, festive bakes, mulled drinks and hot chocolates will be brought to your table where you can relax and enjoy. Find out more and book here. 

Nightfall A Steller Rainbow Winter Light Trail 

This trail takes place at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough from 2-5 December. Expect a magical family-friendly outdoor event with beautiful coloured light artworks around the park, an interactive children's train, storytelling, music, creative workshops and food and drinks stalls. 

Relaxed sessions are available 4-4:30pm and pathways around the park are fully accessible for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Find out more and book your tickets here. 

Christmas Events to Enjoy at Home
I would like to start this post by saying that you really do not need to spend a fortune to have a magical Christmas. Your kids won't remember whether Santa had a real beard or if they received a premium meeting with Father Christmas.

They will remember the feeling of magic, the twinkly lights and the excitement. Yes, the big events are fantastic but if they are out of your budget or you miss out on tickets, please don't be disheartened, I promise you will still have a fantastic Christmas even if you do not get to see your #No1 choice of Santa. 

I will also say that it is usually the premium events that announce their tickets first (in Summer / early September) and if you wait until closer to Christmas, there will be plenty of drop-in events, low-cost activities and experiences to enjoy too. I will update this post right up until December with new events as they are announced so please 

Booking Christmas activities is at your own risk and some events may be cancelled. I imagine popular events will sell out quickly so advance apologies if some of these events have sold out before you get a chance to book. 

Christmas Events & Trails with No Pre-Booking Required

  • Meet the Reindeer at Preston Park. Daily from 27 November - 24 December. Reindeer food will be available to purchase from £1. Find out more here. 

  • Various events at Whitley Bay Ice Rink. No need to book, normal admission applies. Check the Whitley Bay Ice Rink Social Media for further info. 

  • A Magical Victorian Christmas at Preston Park. Weekends from 27 November - 19 December. Expect festive music and decorations in the Victorian Street, the chance to meet reindeers, drop-in festive crafts and festive drinks available to purchase from the Victorian Tearoom. Find out more here. 

  • Wallington has announced that all of their Christmas events will be available on a drop-in basis this year. So far they have planned Christmas in the House, a Winter Activity Trail, Christmas Crafts and storytelling with Mrs Christmas. Find out more here. 

  • An Enchanted Winter at Ormesby Hall with 'Patience the Polar Bear' and Percy the Park Keeper's Winter Trail. On selected weekends there will be storytelling with Mrs Claus and Christmas Card crafts. Find out more here. 

  • Winter Wander Trail at Cragside. Find out more here. 

  • Bamburgh Castle Saints & Angels at The Christmas Kingdom (with Reindeers to visit from 18 November). Find out more here 

  • Christmas Adventure Quest at Belsay Hall. Find out more here. 

Christmas Events with Santa to Book Now 

Christmas Events at Garden Centres 

  • Dobbies Christmas events are super popular and generally recommended by others as offering good value for money.  At the moment, breakfast with Santa, Santa's Grotto and Santa Paws are available to book. Find out more & book here. 

  • Red Fox Garden World run a popular Journey to Santa's Toyshop including an autism-friendly event. Find out more and book here.  They also organise a grown-up grotto which is something a little different! Find out more and book here. 

  • Lanchester Garden Centre Christmas events are again, very popular and some events have already sold out. At time of publishing, there is availability for their Forest School Elf Hunt on 27 December plus Snowflakes and Marshmallows event on 3 January. Find out more and book here. 

Christmas Events at Farm Parks 

Coming soon.......

Christmas Events with NO Santa Visit Included 

These events do not mention Santa Claus in their write-ups but there is a chance he might be a surprise so if no Santa is a deal breaker for you, please contact venues direct to confirm. 
  • Christmas Horse Carriage Rides at South Causey Inn - find out more and book here 

  • 18 December | Sponsored Jingle Bell Walk with Chris Lucas Trust at Rising Sun Country Park with Christmas hats, wands, a gift for children, refreshments and a chance to meet Sizzle the Dragon and Santa - find out more and book your tickets here

  • Elf Workshop & Elf the Movie at Beamish Park - find out more and book here

  • Enchanted Festive Forest Trail at Raby Castle (tickets are just £5 per child / £2 per adult) - find out more and book here

  • Newcastle Winter Wonderland at Newcastle Racecourse - find out more and book here 

    This event runs from 19 November - 2 January and includes: 
    *Funfair rides
    *Ice Skating 
    *Yorkshire Pudding Wraps
    *Churro & Crepe Stalls 
    *Chocolate Kisses
    *Mulled Wine

Christmas Lights / Christmas Trails 

Festive Meals with Santa 

Christmas Theatre & Cinema 


If you'd like to add and event to this list, please email Sam@northeastfamilyfun.co.uk

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Please follow social distancing rules & Government guidelines , respect the local area, leave no trace, take litter home, park responsibly and if somewhere is busy on arrival, please consider leaving and returning at a later date. 

Remember face coverings are required for indoor attractions / shops for those aged 11+ (usual exemptions apply)  

Check for local lockdowns / travel restrictions before visiting anywhere. Booking events in advance is done so at your own risk. 

Always check updated opening hours / protocols with venues direct before setting off as things may have changed after this post was published. 



  1. You're a life saver, we've no events booked in the diary yet and this is so helpful. I fancy a few of these for us!

  2. Ahh! What a fab post! There is so much going on up here over the festive season. I am wanting to go to a Christmas market and take the kids ice skating :)

  3. Has anyone ever been to Believe at Hardwick Hall? Very few tickets have been sold and there are no reviews online - which is a worrying sign!


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