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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 the end of a rather challenging 2020! 

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 (hopefully) some hot tickets to enjoy a bite to eat with Santa himself. 

As soon as tickets for Christmas events go on sale, they have sold out with the likes of Fenwick Newcastle's Santa on the Rooftop activities and The Alnwick Garden's meet Father Christmas events being prime examples. With a limited capacity for hosting events and important social distancing measures and restrictions in place, it is understandable that things are a little more difficult to book this year.

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.

Ignite at Gibside National Trust, Gateshead

Ignite at Gibside National Trust is new for 2020! Enjoy a magical winter evening following a sparkling illuminated trail lit by lanterns, flickering flames and majestic sculptures as it winds through the eighteenth–century gardens in Gateshead. Families with children of all ages will be enchanted by the joy of illuminations. This is the perfect outdoor event for friends wishing to meet up safely within the rule of six too. 

  • Book your tickets here
  • Dates available between 11 - 30 December, good availability for early evening for families with young children.
  • Statement from Ignite: In the event that we need to cancel the trail, you can transfer your ticket to the following year, or get a refund. Read their full covid-19 statement here.

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.  

Light Trail Alnwick BLOG

Socially Distanced Panto at Theatre Royal Newcastle

After a really tough year for Theatre Royal Newcastle including the postponement of their scheduled, fabulous Christmas panto, Theatre Royal have managed to bring a glimmer of festive sparkle to end 2020. The Newcastle city centre theatre have announced that they will be hosting a limited capacity, socially distanced pantomime this Christmas. Join local favourites Danny, Clive and Chris alongside Geordie superstar Joe McElderry for a whole heap of festive laughs and panto fun based on the classic tale, Robin Hood. 

Tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday 4 November at 10am and are expected to be snapped up extremely quickly. 

  • Find out more about booking tickets for Robin Hood pantomime at Theatre Royal Newcastle.
  • Performance dates: Saturday 19 December 2020 - Sunday 10 January 2021 and show times include 12noon, 1pm, 3.30pm, 5pm and 7pm depending on the date.
Robin Hood BLOG

A Christmas Carlol at Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Here's one for the adults... join local comedian Carl Hutchinson for a night of comedy and much-needed escapism at Tyne Theatre and Opera House this December. Carl (who recently found himself on BBC One hosting The One Show - fancy) will introduce three fantastic comedy acts doing their best material, with some of his own old and new hilarious stories too! 

Book your tickets in groups of 2 or 4 (this must be within your household or support bubble)

  • Book now for Carl Hutchinson: A Christmas Carlol
  • When: Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm
Carl Hutchinson Christmas Carlol

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.

Hotel father christmases BLOG

It's a Wonderful Life at South Causey Inn

This next Christmas event gives us all the festive feels! Book now to indulge in a festive Afternoon Tea at South Causey Inn while you watch perhaps the most iconic Christmas film, It's a Wonderful Life. Surrounded by twinkly Christmas lights and winter wonderland vibes, settle in for an afternoon tea of Turkey Sandwiches, delicious festive Pastries and Christmas Cakes while you find out (perhaps for the 100th time!) what happens to George Bailey.

South Causey Afternoon Tea BLOG

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