• Kelly

The Ultimate guide to Christmas events in the North of England

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

The festive season isn't too far away and there are already loads of events you can book. This year I think is going to be the last year that Elliot truly believes. He is 9 now so we will be visiting as many events as we possibly can and making it extra special for all of the boys. It is great to see so many fab events back on again and I hope they are still going ahead closer to the time.

I have scoured the internet, read magazines and hunted high and low to find as many different events for you all as I could. I will also be keeping an eye out for any attractions that have yet to announce anything and as soon as they do I will add the event to this post.

(If you are an attraction and I don't have your event listed, please email with the details)

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North East Events

Winter Wonderland - Newcastle Racecourse

Thrilling rides, Christmas market, food stalls, Bars, ice-skating, Santa grotto, crafts, games, characters, reindeers, children's rides, Christmas tree maze and more!

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Grounds

Illuminating Ushaw trail - 4th, 5th, 11th 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd December - Tickets coming soon

Christmas trail (day time) and Christmas Tree Festival - throughout December - included with admission

Aladdin Panto - From 14th - 24th December - booking required

Fenwick - Newcastle

Santa on the rooftop is back! Tickets go on sale 30th Sep

Find out more HERE

Alnwick Garden Christmas Light Trail 3rd Dec- 2nd Jan

A spectacular Light and Sound show

Father Christmas at Bamburgh Castle, 20 Nov - 24th Dec

Come along and meet the big man himself. (Further fees apply on top of entry fee)

Raby Castle Various dates

Fireside stories with Father Christmas

Enchanted Festive Forest

Festive afternoon tea

Bowes Museum various dates from 1st Dec

Santa's Wonderland Grotto

Woodland fairy trail

Kielder Winter Wonderland from 20th Nov - 23rd Dec

Please be aware this is a full days experience.

Road to the North Pole 17th Dec - 24th Dec

An indoor immersive walkthrough attraction at Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle.

Believe at Hardwick hall 4th Dec - 23rd Dec

An immersive theatrical experience.

Dobbies Garden Centre (across the country)

Santa's Grotto

Santa Breakfast

Santa Paws (dogs can visit Santa!)

Beamish Hall 12th Nov - 16th Jan

Forests Of Lights

Christmas at Gibside 26th Nov - 2nd Jan

Illuminated Trail

Rainton arena 26th Nov - 2nd Jan

Winter Wonderland

Various activities including Ice skating, funfair and lots more FREE ENTRY (charges apply for activities)

Durham Wildlife Trust

They usually have a winter trail on. We took part in Rainton Meadows and Low Barns last year.

Seven Stories Wonderland. Various Dates

Afternoon Tea with Santa

An Audience with Santa

Breakfast with Mrs Claus

English Heritage

Christmas Adventure Quests at Belsay Hall and Whitby Abbey

Hall Hill Farm Santa Visits 27th Nov - 23rd Dec

Meet Santa, Elves workshop, Tractor rides & more

Whitehouse Farm 27th Nov - 24th Dec (Pre booked only)

Santa's Enchanted Elf Journey

Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir 11 Dec 7.30 (ticketed event)

Christmas at the Inn, South Causey Inn. Various dates

Wreath Making workshops

Festive afternoon tea

Christmas choir

Horse Carriage rides

Christmas even family fun day

Beamish Museum


The National Glass Centre

Flameworked Christmas Decorations 13th Nov - 19th Dec

Ceramic Christmas Decorations 4th- 11th Dec

Stained Glass Christmas Decorations 5th - 12th Dec

Ice Skating

So far, I have found details of the following ice rinks for this festive season...

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields November 26 - January 9

Keel Square, Sunderland November 27 - January 3

Winter Wonderland - Newcastle Racecourse 19 November - 2 January

Manor Walks, Cramlington December 2 - January 2

Life Science Centre, Newcastle November 13 - January 9

Bishop Auckland's Christmas Town 26 - 28 November

Lumley Castle, Chester Le Street 15 - 22 December

Rainton Arena, Houghton le Spring 26 November - 2 January

We also have 2 fab, permanent ice rinks at Whitley Bay and Billingham.

Bishop Auckland's Christmas Town 26 - 28 November

Christmas Village in Bishop Auckland Market Place, with:

Santa's Grotto

Ice Rink

Real Reindeer

Mulled Wine

Delicious street food

Christmas traders from across the region

Head Of Steam Darlington various dates from 4th Dec

Santa at the station with entertainment.

Fenwick window display 8th Nov - 31st Dec

It will be streamed live on Facebook again.

Holmside Park's Christmas Adventure

Various dates from 4th Dec

Beautifully lit elf village, Santa's Grotto, The Grinch, all day park admission and more.

Tynemouth Park Winter Wonderland

From 4th Dec

Walk through winter wonderland, meet Santa, and more. Pre Booking is essential

The Snowman Durham Cathedral 20th Dec

Ormesby Hall NT

Various dates

An enchanted winter - See the house decorated for Christmas and join in with festive activities.

Meet Father Christmas

Percy the park keeper trail

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

A Magical Victorian Christmas

Meet reindeers

Enjoy festive music in the Victorian Street

Drop-in family crafts

Festive drinks will be available from the tearoom

WWT - Washington

Elf Academy

Elf training workshops for children age 4+

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I will be updating the list once I receive more details on other attractions/events in the North East.

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North Yorkshire Events

The Snowman at York Minister

Castle Howard Christmas in Narnia 13th Nov - 3rd Jan

Christmas at Mother Shiptons Dates TBC

Wander through the beautiful woodlands to see the Christmas village, Lots of surprises along the way.

York Christmas festival takes place 18th Nov- 23rd Dec

North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Santa Express

Various dates

Read our review HERE

Yorkshire winter wonderland 19th Nov - 9th Jan

North East's Largest outdoor Ice Rink. Lots going on to keep you all busy.

Bolton Abbey Father Christmas

Various dates from 27th Nov.

City Cruise York Festive Santa Experience

Various Dates

Read our review HERE

Christmas at Lightwater Valley

From 4th Dec

More info to come.

Piglets Adventure Farm Winter events

Various dates. Magical sleigh Rides and more.

Sewerby Hall Winter wonderland

From 3rd Dec

Go on a magical outdoor journey

Stockeld Park

Various dates

Winter Illuminations

There's is absolutely loads to do here!

Whitby Festival 26th - 28th Nov.

Market, Christmas tree sales and more.

Lake District Events

The World Of Beatrix Potter

Santa's Best ever Christmas - Starts 19th Dec

Ulverston Dickensian Festival

Details still to be confirmed.

Blackpool Events

Blackpool Illuminations

3rd Sep - 3rd Jan

Christmas By The Sea

19th Nov - 3rd Jan

Ice Rink, Simulator, Cabins, Magic Forest and lots more

Winter Gardens Wonderland

9th Dec - 3rd Jan

Bavarian style market, Santa, Live entertainment and more.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at The Grand Theatre

3rd Dec - 2nd Jan

If you feel like travelling a bit further, how about some of these festive events

Alton Towers Santa Sleepovers

Blenheim Palace at Christmas

Chatsworth House at Christmas

Hogwarts in the snow at Warner Bros studio

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

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