Christmas Days Out for Teens in North East England

A few people have asked for ideas for Christmas days out ideas for teens so I thought I would put a little post together. Don't forget to check out my guide to what's on for kids and guide to Christmas markets too .

Teens can be fickle and one day might say they'd like to do one of these activities and then the next decide they are too mature for this kind of thing. It's a tricky time when trying to plan festive days out and not all of these suggestions may be right for your family. Hopefully you can find some inspiration in this post though. 

Wishes On The Wind at Live Theatre Newcastle 

Suitable for ages 14+, this piece of live theatre is set across five different New Year's Eves. Expect a tender, modern and relatable romantic comedy to get you into the festive spirit. Find out more & book here. 

Laffs 4 Kids Evening Show 

For ages 16+ at Newcastle City Hall, this comedy show provides lots of laughs with well known comedy faces, music and surprises whilst raising cash for chairity. Find out more and book here. 

Candlelit Tours of Arbeia Roman Fort 

Suitable for ages 12+. This is a unique opportunity to explore Arbeia Roman Fort after hours. Find out more and book here. 

Lazy Bear Tipi 

Find this pop up festive tipi outside Newcastle Central Station. You can expect epic pies and desserts, firepits and hot chocolates. Find out more here. 

Christmas Markets 

Some teens (like Dee) love visiting Christmas Markets. There are LOADS taking place across the North East this year (see this post for a big list of North East Christmas Markets).

Watch Die Hard at Tyneside Cinema 

Some (not me) would say this is the greatest film of all time so where better to watch than on the big screen. Suitable for ages 15+. Find out more and book here. 

Watch Gremlins at Tyneside Cinema 

A Christmas Classic! Rated 12A. Find out more and book here. 

Newcastle Winter Wonderland 

Newcastle Winter Wonderland runs from 17 November - 24 December and is a big hit with teens who can enjoy ice skating, thrill rides and street food stalls. Find out more here. 

Rainton Arena Winter Wonderland 

Similarly, Rainton Arena Winter Wonderland includes an ice rink, festive food, funfair, tipi bar, FIFA World Cup Fan Zone and more. Find out more here

Christmas Ceilidh 

A unique chance to celebrate the festive season at Great North Museum - you can sing, dance and enjoy festive refreshments. No prior experience is neccessary and you can expect lots of fun with both traditional and contemporary Ceilidh music. Find out more and book here. 

Watch the World Cup 

The World Cup coincides with the build up to Christmas this year. If you're looking for somewhere you can watch the match with U18s, here is a list of child-friendly venues showing the world cup

Light Trails 

Some teens may still enjoy a light trail and there are a few different ones to choose from in the North East including Nightfall in Middlesbrough, Christmas Lights at Gibside and Alnwick Garden Winter Light Trail. 

Christmas Shopping at the Metrocentre 

My teens love a little after school trip to the Metrocentre for some shopping and tea. It's a good opportunity for them to give Santa some ideas too. 

Christmas Mocktails in Newcastle 

Lots of bars offer mocktails now and some even have Christmas specials. I recommend checking out The Alchemist for the wow factor. 

Ice Skating - Various Locations 

Christmas Days Out for Teens in North East England  - ice skating

Ice Skating is always a popular choice with teens and there are a few locations where you can enjoy this across the region including Newcastle Winter Wonderland, Rainton Arena and Times Square, Newcastle. 

Hot Chocolate Date 

Christmas Days Out for Teens in North East England  - hot chocolate

Teens can always be tempted to a local cafe for a hot chocolate with marshmallows. I recommend the insta-worthy hot chocolates at Proven Doughnuts or Hotel Chocolat Cafe at intu Metrocentre/Teesside Park. Check out my guide to hot chocolates here. 

A Festive City Shopping Break 

Over the past few years we have enjoyed some fab city breaks over the festive period including Leeds, York, Liverpool and Edinburgh. It is nice to get a change of scenery and try a new Christmas market/shopping centre. 

Festive Afternoon Tea at Spanish City - book here

Christmas Days Out for Teens in North East England - festive afternoon tea spanish city
Credit - Spanish City

Festive Afternoon Tea at Spanish City is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with teens - especially if they have a sweet tooth! I recommend booking 1910 for the perfect sea view. 

Wreath Making 

Lots of venues offer wreath making and many welcome teens. 

Christmas Truffle Making 

Learn how to make your own truffles together with a workshop at La Choclatrice. Find out more and book here. 

Make Your Own Christmas Bauble 

There are limited tickets available for this but I think it's a lovely activity to enjoy together. For ages 12+. Find out more and book here. 

Flameworked Christmas Decorations Workshop

Again, limited tickets for this but it looks good for crafty teens. For ages 16+. Find out more and book here. 

Twilight Spa 

Both Seaham Hall and Rockliffe Hall allow over 16s to enjoy their spa when accompanied by an adult and have Winter / Festive packages available (do double check this when booking). 

A Family Meal at The Woodmans Arms / South Causey Inn 

Both of these options offer cosy, instagrammable dining options as well as delicious food and big portions. 

Let me know if you have any other suggestions for this post. If I spot any other teen-friendly events, I will add them to this post. 


1 comment

  1. Ooooh I had no idea about the Night Before Christmas at Gibside - AMAZING! Going to see if I can cram that in (diary has started to go a little crazy!)

    Love so many of the ideas in here, ET at the Sage sounds epic!


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