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25 Christmas events in the North East to get booking

It's the most wonderful time of the year, so what better way to get into the festive spirit than with these festivities?

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 02.12.2021

CHRISTMAS TIPIS

22ND OCTOBER 2021 – JANUARY 2022

Hadrian’s Tipi

It’s safe to say that we know it’s the festive season when Hadrian’s Tipi is back in the North East. After doing a spot of Christmas shopping, why not pop into Stack Newcastle or Stack Seaburn to visit the Tipi? Inside, you’ll find a warm log fire and cosy, snug seating areas and stalls serving festive favourites. Eat, drink and be merry!

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THURSDAY 2ND ­– THURSDAY 23RD DECEMBER

Christmas In The Tipi

There’s nothing like a cosy tipi to get you in the holiday spirit. From festive food and drink to classic Christmas tunes and a chance to hang out with Santa and his elves, even all the bah humbugs will be excited for Christmas thanks to this event at Pow Hill Country Park.

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26TH NOVEMBER – 31ST DECEMBER

Gino’s Winter Chalet Quayside

Festooned with twinkly lights and scattered with faux furs, the Chalet offers the perfect winter escape to enjoy with family and friends. Home at INNSiDE by Melia Hotel, the Chalet has a mix of dining areas and informal high stools to ensure you’ll be able to relax with a festive tipple, or tuck into an Italian feast, in comfort.

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FESTIVE LIGHT DISPLAYS

21ST NOVEMBER 2021 – 16TH JANUARY 2022

Forest of Light at Beamish Hall

Discover the magic of Christmas by exploring the woodlands around Beamish Hall Hotel and experience a fun, festive evening under the stars. Enjoy a captivating, illuminated display and discover a world filled with music, interactive props and projections that’ll dazzle and amaze.

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26TH NOVEMBER 2021 – 2ND JANUARY 2022

Christmas at Gibside

Wrap up warm and be transported into a winter wonderland where you will discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees illuminated in Christmas colours.  This magical trail, featuring spectacular light installations and classic Christmas music, has transformed The National Trust’s Gibside’s Garden.

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3RD DECEMBER 2021 – 2ND JANUARY 2022

The Alnwick Garden Winter Light Trail

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. See 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, this one’s sure to and fill your heart with festive spirit.

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WREATH MAKING

SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER

A Christmas Workshop Social & Pop Up Shop

Our friends at Muscari Studio have paired up with Horticulture to bring us the ultimate Christmas workshop. This is not just your average wreath making class, think dried floral wreaths or tables centrepieces paired with a brunch and plenty of cocktails.

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ICE SKATING

13TH NOVEMBER  2021 – 9TH JANUARY 2022

Skating at Life Science Centre

Ice Skating at Life returns for another year! Get your skates on and slide into Christmas by making magical memories on the only outdoor ice-skating rink in Newcastle. All finished off by warming up with a hot chocolate.

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS

 19TH NOVEMBER 2021 – 2ND JANUARY 2022

 Winter Wonderland

Newcastle’s biggest winter fair is back at Newcastle Racecourse. From thrilling rides and attractions to Santa Claus himself (and his reindeer), there’s something for everyone. Not forgetting, the highlight of it all – stalls serving all our festive food faves!

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FRIDAY 17TH – SUNDAY 19TH DECEMBER 

Christmas Market At The Bowes Museum 

The galleries and grounds of The Bowes Museum are set to come alive with the sights, sounds and seasonal fragrances of their annual Christmas Market. A firm favourite in the regional calendar, the event hosts around 90 stalls selling a wide variety of wares from artisan makers and small businesses around the region.

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26TH NOVEMBER – 9TH JANUARY 2022

Ocean Beach: Ice Skating & Winter Wonderland

Discover South Shields’ festive outdoor Ice Skating and Winter Wonderland this Christmas. Step onto their real ice skating rink, tuck into festive food and drink and take a whirl on your favourite rides.

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3RD   FRIDAY – 5TH  SUNDAY DECEMBER

2021 Durham Christmas Festival

What better place to do your Christmas shopping than at a market with more than 170 independent traders, plus a spot of seasonal entertainment alongside? With three markets and three days of entertainment throughout the city, it’s a great way to start Christmas.

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SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER

Newcastle Cat & Dog Shelter Christmas Market

‘Tis the season of goodwill, so why not give something back at Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter’s Christmas Market?  Enjoy festive carols, Christmas crafts, boozy delights, food trucks, Santa’s grotto and gifts of all kinds,before watching the animal shelter light up as they turn their Christmas lights on.

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SATURDAY 11TH – SUNDAY 12TH DECEMBER

Morpeth Christmas Market

Nothing screams Christmas more than a market. In Morpeth Christmas Market, you’ll find festive food, delicious drink and gorgeous gifts from all the very best local producers that’ll have you feeling ready for the big day.

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SATURDAY 11TH – SUNDAY 12TH DECEMBER

North Shields Victorian Christmas Market 2021

The popular North Shields Victorian Christmas Market returns with over 100 stalls offering traditional crafts, gifts, food and lots of festivities. To make you feel that extra bit more Christmassy, local choirs and schools will be performing Christmas carols throughout the weekend.

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FESTIVE NIGHTS

26TH NOVEMBER – 31ST DECEMBER

Dine By The Tyne

 The Dining Society returns to our iconic Quayside with 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?

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21ST NOVEMBER – 31ST DECEMBER

Festive Afternoon Tea at Spanish City

Celebrate the Christmas cheer with a three-tiered festive afternoon tea. Savouries include festive favourites such as turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches, pork sausage rolls, truffles, and mince pies, giving us a real taste of Christmas.

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SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER

Martin Kemp Back to the ‘80s Tour – Christmas Special

What better way to celebrate the festive period than with Martin Kemp? He’s coming to Sunderland with his sensational ‘80s Party, but this time with a Christmas twist! As well as bopping along to our favourite ‘80s anthems, Martin’s set will be jam-packed with some absolute Christmas crackers at The Point.

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TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER

Merry QUIZmas!

We can guarantee a fun-filled Christmas quiz night at The Cumberland Arms in aid of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland. Have yourself a merry little quizmas with your friends and don’t forget to bring cash for the tombola and raffle, too!

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FRIDAY 17TH  DECEMBER

The Holiday Popcorn & Prosecco Event

Don’t miss the ultimate festive night out with a screening of The Holiday, accompanied by prosecco and popcorn at Tyneside Cinema. An instant Christmas classic that is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.

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TRADITIONAL CELEBRATIONS

23RD NOVEMBER 2021 – 9TH JANUARY 2022

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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, including special guest actor and (X Factor star) Joe McElderry (The Man in The Mirror), giving us all the slapstick comedy we’ve missed.

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27TH NOVEMBER – 24TH DECEMBER

Christmas at Beamish 2021

Enjoy truly traditional festivities at the museum, including an exciting Elf Trail, yuletide treats, fairground rides and enchanting Christmas celebrations through time. Take part in the festive fun and see your favourite parts of Beamish beautifully decorated for the Christmas season.

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WEDNESDAY 22ND – FRIDAY 24TH DECEMBER

The Snowman – Sage Gateshead

We’re walking in the air…It’s not Christmas until you’ve been to Sage Gateshead and let yourself be whisked off into the cold, starry night by The Snowman. This enchanting screening of the family favourite film is accompanied live by Royal Northern Sinfonia to bring the magical soundtrack to life.

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FRIDAY 24TH – SATURDAY 25TH DECEMBER

Candlelit Midnight Mass at Newcastle Cathedral

Celebrate Christmas Eve with a visit to Newcastle Cathedral for their beautiful Candlelit Midnight Mass service. Expect a beautiful, atmospheric service with traditional carols. You can either join in person or watch live from the comfort of your home via the Cathedral’s YouTube channel.

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SEE 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.

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.

Want to know more about what’s going on in the North East this month? Visit our What’s On Calendar for more festivities!

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