Our guide to the go-to gatherings and quirky Christmassy happenings near you...


It’s the festive tear-jerker that gets everybody reaching for the tissues this time of year – and it’s back by popular demand at Tyneside Cinema this December. 

A story of hope, family and the power of perspective, it tells the tale of frustrated business man, George Bailey, whose life seems hopeless until a loveable angel, Clarence, arrives on earth to show him just how much life is worth living. Whether you’re yet to see it, or have watched it a hundred times, the age-old heart-warmer never loses its magic, so grab a loved one or two (and a box of Kleenex) and prepare to feel all fuzzy inside when you leave. Oh, and remember you can upgrade your ticket to include minced pies and mulled wine if you fancy a little extra sparkle.

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
December 2-28
From £9.75 per person


CHRISTMAS CRACKERSThe Vermont Hotel does all things festive and fancy very well indeed – and its Christmas events are definitely no exception. This glitzy, black-tie do will take place up in the hotel’s exclusive Sky Lounge, where you’ll be treated to a festive four-course dinner paired with world-class Verve Cliquout Champagne. Panoramic views of the stunning city skyline provide the perfect backdrop for schmoozing under the stars at this sparkling event.

The Vermont Hotel, Newcastle
December 1-21
£94 per person


CHRISTMAS CRACKERSEveryone deserves a bit of festive pampering. This year, Seaham Hall invites guests to enjoy its beautiful Serenity Spa. This wonderfully enchanting spa evening is a great way to relax and catch up with friends throughout the holiday season. The Festive Twilight package includes a delicious two course meal in the on site Pan Asian restaurant. And as it’s the season to be jolly, why not update to a sparkling package complete with festive bubbles.

Seaham Hall, County Durham
Sunday – Thursday, £50 per person / Friday – Saturday, £60 per person



Join Jon Chadwick of Durham Gin for a masterclass in festive, gin-based cocktails, perfect for Christmas parties and get-togethers. It promises to be a fun, interactive session (as all gin-filled activities should be) during which you’ll muddle together four of your own Christmassy creations and be treated to hot and cold canapé-style grub as you go.

Auckland Castle, County Durham
December 9
£55 per person

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