CHRISTMAS AT THE BOWES MUSEUM
The Bowes Museum, 16 November – 5 January
Time to revel in the magic of Christmas time at The Bowes Museum. This November, a fabulous array of displays and installations will create a narration that will revive the spirit of Christmas.
Did you know… This iconic museum set in the market town of Barnard Castle is also holding its annual Christmas market on 13, 14 and 15 December. With fairground rides, live music and stallholders tickling the taste buds with local gin, Belgian waffles and homemade pie – visitors can look forward to a wide range of festive activities.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Newcastle Theatre Royal, 26 November – 19 January 2020
Our Christmas calendars are not complete without a trip to the Theatre Royal’s panto spectacular. This year, Beauty and the Beast comes to Newcastle, starring family favourites and legendary Theatre Royal stars, Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward. The trio will once again set off on a fairytale adventure, complete with side-splitting comedy, special effects – and a few surprises along the way.
Did you know… The Theatre Royal will also be hosting audio described performances, relaxed performances and senior performances throughout the festive season.
FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA
The Parlour at Blagdon, from 28 November
With idyllic, rustic and rural surroundings, The Parlour at Blagdon is offering a festive afternoon tea with freshly made farmhouse sandwiches, home-baked mini fruit scones and mouthwatering mini desserts – with mixed nut Christmas cake thrown in for good measure. Festive food aplenty – it’s Christmas time after all, you’re allowed!
Did you know… The Parlour will also be hosting festive party nights throughout December, with a festive cocktail on arrival followed by a three-course menu. Following the food, you can dance the night away with a live DJ. Drink, dance and be merry this Christmas!
REINDEER & ELF TRAIL
Wynyard Hall, 30 November – 31 December
Let the smells, sounds and sights of Christmas draw you in at Wynyard Hall this year. Round up the kids and get lost in a Reindeer & Elf Trail, where little ones will get the chance to meet Santa’s reindeer in The Gardens, enjoy a 3km woodland walk through the grounds and enjoy festive refreshments at The Garden Cafe. Go here for a day of family festivities – guaranteed to get you in the mood for the most wonderful season of all.
Did you know… Those with an eye for design should check out Wynyard Hall’s Gingerbread House Making Workshop on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December. Delicious Christmas crafts for little budding chefs.
THE GRINCH AND THE GROTTO SUNDAY LUNCH
The County Hotel, 1, 8, 15 & 22 December
Don’t let The Grinch steel Christmas this year. Take the little ones down to The County Hotel in Newcastle, where they can meet with the man in the big read suit, and also catch up with Mr Grinch. While the kids are enjoying their festive experience in the grotto, a delicious Sunday lunch will be served alongside games and a Christmas disco!
Did you know… You can also see the New Year in at The County Hotel. Get your gladrags on for an evening featuring hits from Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Great entertainment is paired with a lavish five-course meal and lots of fizz for the festivities.
SEASONAL DINNER PARTIES
Swinton Cookery School, 3 December
Inspire your home cooking this winter season at Swinton Cookery School – with breathtaking views of the Swinton Estate grounds and Yorkshire Dales. These fantastic, festive cooking courses will inject some seasonal inspiration into your home cooking and will fill you with knowledge on how to tackle the very best Christmas recipes. Techniques covered will include: artisan bread making, sweet pastry production, knife skills, shellfish prep and more.
Did you know… The Swinton Cookery School has a four-acre walled garden located behind the hotel which is planted with sustainable local produce such as fruit, vegetables and herbs, providing a ready source of fresh seasonal ingredients for the cookery courses. It doesn’t get much better than that!
FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA AT THE MOVIES SHOWING A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
Beamish Hall, 11 December
Join Beamish Hall in their grand Baronial Shafto Hall for a big screen viewing of the Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street. Watch as the story of Kris Kringle unfolds in the sparkling New York City, as you tuck in to tasty afternoon tea treats.
Did you know… Exclusive accommodation from £50 per room is available at Beamish Hall when attending this event. Enjoy a fine festive getaway at this stunning four-star hotel with high-beamed ceilings, stone walls and large chandeliers.
HEXHAM CHRISTMAS MARKET 2019
Hexham Market Square, 14 December
Sitting in a stunning spot on the Market Square right next to Hexham Abbey, the Hexham Christmas Market is back this year, expected to be bigger and better than ever before. With singing, entertainment, unique stalls, cafés and restaurants to keep friends and family entertained this Christmas, this merry market is the perfect setting to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year under winter stars.
Did you know… Hexham has a fortnightly Farmers’ Market. It has won awards for its fantastic foodie produce – make sure you check it out this winter, filling those cupboards with festive goodies in the run up to the big day.
THE NUTCRACKER 2019 – ROH
The Princess Alexandra Auditorium, 17 December
You know the big day is really on the horizon when you’re watching The Nutcracker. This December, settle in at The Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm for a glorious screening of The Nutcracker at The Royal Opera House. It’s Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure. The magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, with Tchaikovsky’s glittering score setting the scene along the way. Don’t miss out on a date with the Sugar Plum Fairy this Christmas.
Did you know… The Nutcracker was created by Peter Wright in 1984 and continues to wow audiences as an all-time ballet favourite, particularly over the festive period. This screening of The Nutcracker was recorded live at The Royal Opera House on Thursday 8th December 2016, and will be bringing its festive sparkle to Yarm this December.
WHITE CHRISTMAS SCREENING
Tyneside Cinema, 21 December
Dubbed ‘the most wonderful holiday musical films ever made’, White Christmas is showing at the Tyneside Cinema this Christmas, and it’s a must on our merry calendars. Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. But when they run into their World War II commander, the group hope and pray for a yuletide miracle throughout this fun-filled musical extravaganza.
Did you know… The White Christmas screening at the Tyneside Cinema is part of the Christmas classics season and can be enjoyed with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to really get you into the festive spirit!
THE SNOWMAN IN CONCERT WITH ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA
Sage Gateshead, 22 – 24 December
We’re walking in the air this Christmas on Tyneside as the Royal Northern Sinfonia return to Sage Gateshead for a seasonal screening of the Snowman. He’s whisked us away on enchanting, snowy adventures a hundred times over, but this Christmas brings an extra magical surprise as the Royal Northern Sinfonia join in on the festive favourite.
Did you know… Relaxed and BSL interpreted performances will also be available. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience this Raymond Briggs Christmas classic alongside live orchestral music – a Tyneside tradition for all.