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 (both will be updated soon).

This post has just been updated for September, I expect I will add more events and ideas in the coming weeks and months so do check back. 

Santa Must Die 

Santa Must Die is a 'pay as you feel' show at Alphabetti Theatre recommended for ages 14+. It is a different kind of Christmas story sharing the highs and lows of working zero hours contracts over Christmas and finding the joy in the small moments. Find out more and book here. 

Arctic Lodge Seaton Delaval 

Book dinner / drinks at the Secret Garden Alpine Lodge (coming this Autumn/Winter). Live music is available on selected evenings. Find out more here. 

Ice Skating - Various Locations 

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

It has to be a real ice rink for older kids so check out the rink at Keel Square in Sunderland or Times Square Newcastle. I will updated this section with ice skating rinks / locations as soon as they are released. 

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. 

Gremlins/ Classic Christmas Movies at the Cinema

Cinemas usually run classic Christmas films in the run up to Christmas. Check out what's on and book one of your old favourites on the big screen. I will update this post with listings as we approach Christmas. 

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. 

Hadrian's Tipi Sunderland & Newcastle 

Hadrian's Tipi usually pops up in Stack Newcastle and Sunderland Keel Square. A fab cosy spot to grab a hot drink around a fire with older kids. I will update this section once we know this year's locations. 

Christmas Panto 

My teens' favourite panto is Newcastle Theatre Royal closely followed by The Custom's House. I would also recommend the Christmas show at Northern Stage, always magical for the whole family and not too 'babyish'. 

Enjoy a Caribbean Christmas Lunch at Turtle Bay - book here

Christmas Days Out for Teens in North East England - turtle bay christmas lunch menu

The vibe at Turtle Bay is very teen-friendly and the menu is canny too. Plus they have mocktails! Perfect when teamed with a morning shopping. The above menu is from a previous year, we are still awaiting a menu for this year. 

Create Your Own Christmas Decorations at Sunderland Glass Centre - book here 

This event says it is for adults only this year but I know in the past they have stated ages 12+ so it is worth enquiring if you think this is something your teen may enjoy. 

Friends Fest & Blackpool Illuminations 

This trip from National Holidays departs on 14 November and includes an overnight stay, entry to FriendsFest at Blackpool Winter Gardens and free time in Blackpool. Find out more here. 

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. 

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Let me know if you have any ideas to add to my list x


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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