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19 Christmas events in the North East to get booking now

It's nearly the most wonderful time of the year, so what better way to get into the festive spirit early than by booking a slot at some of the North East’s top Christmas events? Check out what’s coming up...

Written by High Life North
Published 16.10.2021
Living North Christmas Fair

Living North Christmas Fair

28 – 31 October

A great way to support local for Christmas, the Living North Christmas Fair brings together more than 250 exhibitors from the UK, all under one roof at Newcastle Racecourse.

Stock up on delicious food and drink and find unique gifts – this one is guaranteed to start getting you feeling festive.

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Hadrian’s Tipi

Opening Friday 22 October

It’s never too early to start getting into the festive spirit. It’s safe to say when Hadrian’s Tipi is back in the Toon, we know it’s the start of festivities. So, after doing a spot of Christmas shopping on a cold day, why not pop into Stack Newcastle or Stack Seaburn to visit the Tipis? Inside, you’ll find a cosy log fire and snug seating areas. Christmas shopping is hard work – treat yourself with some festive favourites, mulled wine and hot cider.

Not forgetting, Stack’s outdoor Winter Beer Garden – the perfect place to enjoy live music and entertainment. And with 12 different street food traders dishing up tasty scran, the perfect excuse to eat, drink and be merry!

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Northumberland Joy of Christmas Fair 2021

Northumberland Joy of Christmas Fair 2021

7 November

Northumberland Joy of Christmas Fair is back and this year will take place at Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club. What screams Christmas more than a market filled with stalls of local businesses giving us our seasonal fix of artisan produce and decoration?

Start the holiday season the right way by exploring all the crafts and foodie goodness you’ll need to get ready for the big day. A perfect place to find some stocking fillers, unique gifts and festive larder fillers for your Christmas celebrations. ‘Tis the season of goodwill – and lots of good food!

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Fenwick Christmas Window Reveal

Fenwick Newcastle Virtual Christmas Window Reveal 2021 Live

7 November, 7.30pm

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for… any guesses as to what the much-anticipated theme will be this year? Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the virtual unveiling of our iconic Christmas Fenwick Window. This legendary Geordie event shouldn’t be missed!

As with last year, Fenwick will livestream the reveal, so we can all enjoy an unrivalled view from the very best seat in the house – your own! Pop on your favourite jumper, pour a festive tipple and watch the reveal live on the Fenwick Newcastle Facebook Page. Enjoy festive magic, a look into the creative process, insider interviews with the talented Fenwick window team, mischievous elves, plus an appearance from Santa on the roof, too.


Brocksbushes Christmas Fayre

Brocksbushes Christmas Fayre

11 – 14 November

It’s always a love-hate relationship when it comes to Christmas shopping, but why not be prepared this year and do it early – giving you more time to really enjoy the festivities?

And we can think of few better spots to do that then at Brockbushes, which will bring us four days of Christmas shopping heaven in the form of three marquees full of local produce, homemade Christmas goodies, decorations, gifts and craft stalls.

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Theatre Royal Pantomime 2021

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

23 November – 9 January 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – is the Theatre Royal’s pantomime the most magical of them all? Following a year without pantos, Newcastle favourites Danny Adams (Muddles), Clive Webb (The Henchman) and Chris Hayward (The Wicked Queen) are back, giving us the slapstick comedy that we’ve all missed.

The production sees X Factor star Joe McElderry (as The Man in The Mirror) join the cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs . Oh no, he didn’t? Oh yes, he did! Expect all the sparkle, scale and spectacle that we just know will come from one of the North East’s most lavish festive productions, in a show packed full of laughter, music, special effects and theatrical magic.

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Winter Wonderland Newcastle Racecourse

Winter Wonderland

19 December – 2 January

Newcastle’s biggest winter fair is back at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth. From thrilling rides and attractions to Santa Claus himself and his reindeer, there’s something for everyone.

Not forgetting, the highlight of it all – food stalls! Serving us everything from tasty Yorkshire pudding wraps to churros and crepes. Our mouths are watering already! Why not wash that little lot down with a cup of warm mulled wine or a German beer?

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The Return of The Jinkx & Dela Holiday Show LIVE!

22 November

‘Tis the season to be jolly so, of course, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are stepping on The Tyne Theatre & Opera House stage once again in a post-apocalypse-mas extravaganza sure to make this yuletide gayer than ever! The Queens of Christmas have risen from the rubble to unearth our favourite holiday tradition.

The wildly successful, internationally-acclaimed Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show is back with its signature, whip-smart comedy, brand new songs, and a few perennial favourites. So, you better watch out, you better not cry, because Jinkx and DeLa are coming to town.

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Dine By The Tyne Newcastle

Dine By The Tyne

 26 November – 31 December

The Dining Society returns to our iconic Quayside with their bespoke dining pods, offering a relaxing space to enjoy intimate celebrations with the ones you love, accompanied by fine food and drinks. What better way to celebrate festivities than inside an igloo?

​Take in the sights of our city’s stunning bridges across the River Tyne for something entirely out of the ordinary. Here, you’ll have an unforgettable experience with each pod have its own speaker system, indoor heating and WiFi – it’s time to sleigh your Christmas celebrations!

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Christmas at Gibside

26 November – 2 January

Wrap up warm and be transported into a winter wonderland, where you’ll discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees illuminated in Christmas colours. The National Trust’s Gibside,near Gateshead, fhas been completely transformed for the festive season, with spectacular light installations and classic Christmas music making it the perfect backdrop for an ‘elfie.

Spend time together and create everlasting memories as you wander between the specially chosen illuminations. Pause at the mesmerising flames in the fire garden and don’t forget to try and glimpse Santa along the way. Oh, and there’s street food vendors bringing a delicious twist to tasty festive treats.

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Adam Kay – ‘Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas

30 November

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. Following the multi-million-selling success of This Is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.

‘Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year. This heart-warming and hilarious live show at Utilita Arena Newcastle mixes highlights from the book with Kay’s award-winning stand-up comedy and exclusive new content.

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Where to meet Santa

Although Fenwick’s Santa on the Roof has now sold out, there are still plenty of other spots where the little ones in your life can meet the big man himself.

So, whether they’re on the naughty or nice list, old Saint Nick will be taking some time out of his busy schedule and popping by at the Rising Sun Country Park, The Blue Flames, Route 72 Cafe and Emirates Riverside for some milk and cookies, and to give out lots of very special gifts.

Cathedral Christmas Celebration

2 December

Going back to the biblical story of Christmas, start the festive season off in a wholesome way with this moving, one hour service at the stunning venue of Newcastle Cathedral.

Giving us a time to reflect, worship and grab a bit of peace before the big day, celebrate Christmas the traditional way. And, of course, you’ll get to sing some carols that’ll be sure to get you in the holiday spirit in no time.

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Christmas In The Tipi

2 – 23 December

There’s nothing like a cosy tipi to get you in the festive mood. We can guarantee you’ll have a fun-filled time. From festive food and drink to Christmas classic tunes to a chance to hang out with Santa and his elves, even all the bah humbugs will be excited for Christmas, thanks to this event.

Pow Hill Country Park is spreading festive cheer from the start of December right up until the 23rd. After visiting the Tipi, why not explore the Christmas Tipi Village and see their beautiful lights? Giving you a chance to make your build up to Christmas that extra special.

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Alnwick Garden Winter Lights

The Alnwick Garden Winter Light Trail

3 December – 2 January 

Alnwick Garden’s winter trail is back and this time it’s set to be bigger and brighter than ever, (plus, the event will run for longer, too). Witness the Garden come to life as you’ve never seen it before, with fantastic sound and luminous lights at this after-dark spectacular. Fun for all the family and filling our hearts with festive spirit.

The largest trail of its kind in the region, it will feature 3D projections, augmented reality holograms and more magic. And there’s also a chance to see Santa himself, who’ll be in his grotto on selected dates.

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Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Party

Saturday 4, 11 & 18 December

It’s safe to say, the best part of Christmas is the party! And Emirates Riverside really know how to be throw a good party. Walk through the frostbitten furnishings and get ready to dance the night away at their signature Jingle Bell Rock party night – the perfect way to get you into the festive spirit.

For a less formal evening, but still retaining all the joy of Christmas, this night is perfect for groups big and small – but the more the merrier, right? On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a Christmas cocktail before tucking into a carvery and desserts before the disco starts.

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St James Park Christmas

Black and White Ball at St James’ Park

10 December

Celebrate in style at our favourite football club’s Black and White Christmas Ball. You can enjoy Champagne and canapés followed by a four-course Christmas dinner. There’ll also be live entertainment and a DJ to dance the night away.

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Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

15 December

The nation’s favourite and most-loved musical duo – Michael Ball and Alfie Boe – join forces and return to the Utilita Arena Newcastle. After all, who doesn’t love a good Christmas carol sing-along?

Two of the greatest voices in the world, Michael and Alfie, are back doing what they love the most – but this time, with an album packed full of holiday cheer! 2020 has been a year of isolation and social distancing and Michael and Alfie want to make this year’s holiday season more memorable than ever, however you’re together at Christmas.

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Smoove & Turrell Xmas Party

18 December

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the festive season isn’t complete without a good ol’ Christmas party. And Christmas comes early at the Boiler Shop, who’ll put on one heck of a bash.

 Smooth & Turrell bring the groove and the magnificent Voices of Virtue choir bring the soul to a night of dancing. Time to pull out all your best dance moves with your colleagues and friends – after all, tis the season to be jolly!

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