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This year has done its worst to dampen our spirits at every turn – but we will not let a little thing like a global pandemic stop us having some festive fun with the kids this year.

Written by High Life North
Published 30.10.2020

This year has done its worst to dampen our spirits at every turn – but we will not let a little thing like a global pandemic stop us having some festive fun with the kids this year.

While we won’t be able to celebrate with gay abandon, there are still loads of events and experiences to enjoy despite distancing requirements. Santa’s welcoming children at events all over the North East, many of which are, predictably, already sold out. So we thought we’d look for some slightly alternative Christmas events around the region to add a little festive cheer to your calendar.

Ignite at Gibside

New for 2020, this after-dark experience leads visitors around lantern-lit pathways of twinkling lights to experience the splendour of the 18th century Georgian gardens in a very different and festive atmosphere.

Tickets are limited and start from £10 per child and are available from 11-30 December.

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A socially distanced pantomime

While so many pantomimes around the region have been forced to cancel, the show will go on at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle. Jack and the Beanstalk is a 75-minute rib-tickler of a show, with no interval and socially distanced seating.

Tickets start from £22 and are available for shows from 18-24 December.

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Christmas at the Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is quintessentially Christmassy – don’t you think? And 2020 does not disappoint at the stunning venue, with a range of festive occasions to enjoy. From the annual Christmas market to Santa’s enchanted Wonderland Grotto, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and enter the Christmas spirit.

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Meet Father Christmas at Bamburgh Castle

Stately, impressive and world-renowned – and that’s just Santa!

Father Christmas will hold a special workshop and receive visits from children throughout December. Tickets start from £14.95 per child and are available from 21 November – 23 December

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Make a pizza with Santa

Join Santa at the Holiday Inn in Jesmond and make your own pizza to enjoy. Santa will visit and each child will receive an activity pack to make and create too.

The pizza making workshop will take place on Saturday 5 December and costs £12.95 per child.

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Boogie with Santa at Ramside Hall

Join Santa for a Christmas Party at Ramside Hall this year. On Thursday 17 December from 6pm, enjoy a disco, seasonal buffet, party games and a visit from the big man himself.

Tickets cost £9.50 per child and £7.50 per adult.

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Christmas at Raby Castle

Visit Raby Castle in Staindrop, County Durham this year and you can’t fail to leave feeling festive. With everything from an Enchanted Festive Forest, Christmas tree sales and the chance to visit Santa, there’s something for everyone.

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