Christmas Wreath

Things To Do In The North East This Christmas

Santa on the Roof


Fenwick Newcastle’s Santa on the Roof returns with plenty of opportunities for families to get festive in the magic of the sky-high grotto.

Tickets are available for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the all-new Santa’s Afternoon Tea. Hop in Santa’s Express Elevator and be greeted with the magic of Christmas at the fantastically festive flagship store in the city.

The perfect family activity to help everyone get in the festive spirit during the most wonderful time of the year.


Santa on the roof


Into the Woods: A Fairytale Christmas


Castle Howard invites you to step foot into the fairytales we know and love as it presents an enchanting, immersive event this winter.

Expect to be drawn into fantastical theatrical installations and magnificent soundscapes for a season packed with glass slippers and pumpkin carriages. Don’t forget to pop in and visit Father Christmas whilst you’re there.


Wynyard Hall Christmas Fair

18 – 20 NOVEMBER

Visit the positively gorgeous Wynyard Hall this November for their annual festive fair.

It’s a must when it comes to the Christmas countdown! Explore bakers, crafters, designers, and more – and see their unique gifts and trinkets, all made with love for Christmas 2022.


The Auckland Project Winter Experience


A whole host of seasonal spectacles are in store this year at The Auckland Project’s Winter Experience. This unique event invites culture vultures to visit Auckland Castle, Auckland Tower and get a first-look at the much-anticipated Faith Museum.

All of that, plus a monumental Neapolitan Nativity scene from the 18th century, 100 Christmas trees and the magnificent Throne Room adorned with a 50ft garland created using more than 300,000 flowers grown in the Walled Garden and Castle Grounds. Prepare to be blown away by the venue’s beauty this winter.


The Auckland Project Winter Experience


Stained Glass Christmas Decorations, Copper Foil Technique


Deck the halls with your own decorations this year after a stained glass workshop at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.

You’ll learn the copper foil technique which was mastered in gorgeous lampshades by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and at the end you’ll have your own festive decorations to add something extra special to your own Christmas tree.


Wreath Making with Susie Hart


Join Susie Hart at Swinton Park this winter for a day where you can escape, be creative and prepare for the festive season.

Susie will help you create your floral masterpiece with greenery and berries from the estate, before you sit down and enjoy a delicious two-course lunch.

Complete with materials, refreshments and festive tunes to spread season’s greetings, it’s guaranteed to be a wonderful day of Christmas crafts.


Susie Hart Wreath Making


White Christmas


If, like us, watching Irving Berlin’s classic musical is a wholesome tradition when it comes to getting festive at home, we’ve got the perfect early Christmas treat for you this year.

White Christmas will be lighting up the Sunderland Empire stage for six days this winter. A heartwarming tale of love and friendship, this timeless musical promises dazzling choreography, stunning songs and the magic of the festive season.


White Christmas Sunderland Empire


Durham Christmas Festival


Join a fantastically festive three day festival in Durham this December. With more than 200 independent stalls to help you tick off your Christmas lists and support local, it’s a great place to soak up the atmosphere and shop to your heart’s content.


Festive Afternoon Tea with Carols


Rockliffe Hall invites you to enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea with warm mulled wine and yuletide cakes served alongside traditional finger sandwiches and clotted cream scones.

You will also be joined by the Hurworth Choir to serenade you with merry voices singing Christmas carols as you eat.


Festive Afternoon Tea


A Christmas Carol Theatre


Embark on a ghostly adventure with Charles Dickens as he shows you his world of frightful festivity and ‘bah humbugs’.

Sit back and enjoy Jonathan Goodwin (Charles Dickens) in a one-man show retelling one of the most intriguing Christmas tales of all time.


Craft Your Christmas with Sara Davies


Join the Dragon as she shows you the best of festive crafts. From garlands and gifts, to crackers and cards – all with a sprinkling of Christmas joy.

Enjoy some time with the queen of the Den and the ballroom as she teaches you how to make the holidays special for those you love with a handmade touch.

Sara Davies will pair her down-to-earth know-how with creative ideas and practical demonstrations.


RNS: Home Alone in Concert


Is it even Christmas if you haven’t watched Home Alone? This year, Sage Gateshead is inviting you to see the much-loved flick in

The Christmas comedy is brought to you with the Royal National Sinfonia carrying the award-winning score. Swap your pjs for something fancy, head to this sparkling Quayside venue and get those festive feels thanks to the spell-binding work of the RNS.


RNS: Home Alone in Concert


Blues & Jazz Christmas Party


Time to get dressed up and indulge in a fabulous three-course dinner with live jazz at Pinchinthorpe Hall near Guisborough – it’s the perfect way to get the party season underway.

Dishes include ham hock terrine, roast turkey dinner and a pear and apple pudding to sweeten the deal.


New Year’s Eve Gala Ball


Countdown to 2023 with Rockliffe Hall this year at the New Year’s Eve Gala Ball. Kicking things off in style with champagne and a four-course menu at the banquet, dancing will follow, as well as the all-important countdown.

A piper will bring you into the New Year with Auld Lang Syne before a phenomenal fireworks display to mark the beginning of 2023.


New Year's Eve Gala


It’s A Wonderful Life + A Night of Good Cheer


This is one of our favourite festive events in the calendar. The seasonal tear-jerker that has everyone reaching for the tissues at this time of year – and it’s back at Tyneside Cinema.

Enjoy a special screening of this feel-good flick, followed by an exclusive after party with fizz, canapes, festive fun and live music until late.


It’s A Wonderful Life + A Night of Good Cheer




You shall go to the ball this year when Newcastle’s Theatre Royal brings Cinderella to the stage.

Starring pantomime favourites Danny Adams and Clive Webb, joined by Joe McElderry and Chris Hayward, expect a sparkling show full of witty humour and clever puns to support the story of everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches heroine.

There are tons of great pantos happening across the region this year.


Cinderella Pantomime


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