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Booking a ticket to spend some quality time with Father Christmas this year is a tricky ticket to get your hands on! There is understandably high demand for festive fun this year as we all try and add a little sparkle and escapism to make up for lost time! 

We have pulled together six Christmas experiences and events in Newcastle and Gateshead that you can currently book tickets for including two fabulous light trails, a Christmas film must-see and some hot tickets to enjoy a bite to eat with Santa himself. 

Families looking for a Christmas event to enjoy with the children in NewcastleGateshead or big kids who are ready to laugh it off with some festive cheer can still find Christmas shows and events. Booking early is a must this year so take a look at six hot tickets to book now.  

We shall keep updating our website and blogs with information about what's on this Christmas for families and grown-ups alike as well as where you can meet Father Christmas in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East as more venues, attractions and hotels announce their plans for Christmas events.

Christmas at Gibside National Trust, Gateshead


Celebrate the festivities in the build up to Christmas with National Trust's brand new magical light trail - Christmas at Gibside National Trust - on show from Friday 26 November 2021 - Sunday 2 January 2022.

Look forward to some together time as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees drenched in jewel-like colour. Families with children of all ages will be enchanted by the joy of illuminations. This is the perfect outdoor event for groups looking for some festive magic in the stunning eighteenth–century gardens of Gibside in Gateshead. 

    Christmas at The Alnwick Garden: Light Trail

    The Alnwick Garden are gearing up for a glitzy Christmas - they may have broken the internet when tickets went on sale for their meet Father Christmas events but there are still other ways to experience a magical Christmas at the popular outdoor attraction! Venture to The Alnwick Garden and see the grounds come to life by following their spectacular Christmas Light Trail throughout December.  

    Christmas Light Trail: 3 December 2021 - 2 January 2022 (excluding certain dates including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

      Light Trail Alnwick BLOG

      The Snowman at Sage Gateshead

      It's always emotional - and definitely one for all the festive feels; The Snowman at Sage Gateshead is another Geordie Christmas tradition and there are still tickets available for their Christmas Eve, 2pm showing. 

      Gather your families, friends and loved ones for a visit to Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 22 - Friday 24 December 2021 to enjoy Raymond Brigg's classic children book The Snowman adapted for the screen and accompanied by the spectacular Royal Northern Sinfonia. 

      Fenwick Newcastle Rooftop Cinema

      Fenwick have released a new wave of tickets for their fabulous Rooftop Cinema and this time - it's to watch the star of the Fenwick Christmas Window, Shaun the Sheep, in a special Aardman animation compilation. Settle in for Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave sandwiched between a selection of other Aardman hits. Book tickets here for Thursday 11 November - Thursday 23 December 2021. You will be treated to popcorn and a drink while you snuggle up to watch Wallace, Gromit and Shaun the Sheep up to their usual antics. 

      Tickets £7.50 per person but include popcorn and a drink.

      The family fun doesn't have to stop there - Fenwick have some cheeky elves visiting this Christmas who would love to tell you a story. Tickets on sale here.

      For more festive film choices try these options at Tyneside Cinema

      Father Christmas on his holidays in Newcastle

      Breakfast, dinner or tea - Father Christmas loves to dine out and would love you to join him! A number of hotels in NewcastleGateshead have booked the big fella to come for a meal and would love to invite you to join too. Grab a bite with Santa before he takes to the skies at The Vermont or The County Hotel in Newcastle. He's a popular guy – both breakfast and supper club events at the much-loved department store Fenwick Newcastle sold out almost instantly, but there are still other options to dine out with Santa. Many of the hotels require you to call up and book your table so we cannot guarantee which events with Father Christmas are still available.

      Bongo's Bingo Christmas Special, Boiler Shop Newcastle

      This is one for the party people - oh and those who LOVE a great prize! Gather your friends and get ready for the most bonkers of bingo nights packed with hilarity, music, prizes and festive surprises. Bongo's Bingo can only be described as a phenomenon and if you've not experienced it - then what have you been doing? 

      Tickets are usually hot property but there are still some available for this year's Christmas-fueled extravaganzas and with a visit from pop throwbacks, Atomic Kitten at certain dates - there is really not a question of if, but when will you and your friends go to Bongo's Bingo this Christmas? 

      Tickets available for a variety of dates and hijinx between 5 November - 30 December 2021. Book online here

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