Santa

Santa Claus is coming to Toon... and he’s a very busy man making appearances right across the North East. Things may be slightly different this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean families won’t get their dose of Christmas magic. Get your diaries out and start booking your appointment as visitors wishing for their children to meet Father Christmas this year in Newcastle and Gateshead will find he is in high demand. However, Old St Nick is not hard to find and will be making appearances at Santa’s Grottos, hotels and attractions across the North East.  Father Christmas is already dusting off his suit, practicing his ‘ho ho ho’s!’ and packing up his sleigh, ready to meet all the boys and girls on his nice list in the North East!

Tell your kids to get their Christmas lists at the ready and be on their best behaviour to meet the jolly fella himself!

Discover where you can meet Father Christmas in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East this winter with our useful guide below…

Santa beams into your home from Beamish

Father Christmas on Video Call at Beamish Museum

Christmas at Beamish is always a truly magical affair, and this year is no exception! Although Santa will be safely keeping his distance this Christmas, little ones can still enjoy an exclusive festive experience with a personal video chat with the man himself. Throughout December, Santa will be chatting to children via video call from his cosy Edwardian cottage at Beamish Museum. Thanks to the wonders of technology, your friends and family can join in the joy from all over the world and witness the happiness on your children’s face as they talk to Father Christmas. Put your Christmas pyjamas on, grab a hot chocolate and don’t forget your phone charger!

Book tickets and find out more information here.

The museum is currently closed to visitors due to the national lockdown, but Christmas events at Beamish will be open to attend during December once the lockdown is lifted; in line with COVID-19 safety guidance. You can make the most of your visit by validating your ticket for a year so you can return to Beamish again for free at any time!

Mrs Clause at Seven Stories

Mrs Claus doesn't want to miss out on the festivities

Christmas events with Mr & Mrs Claus at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books

Mrs Claus doesn't want to miss out on the merriment this Christmas and will be hosting her own event at Seven Stories in December. Both Mrs Claus, Santa and the Snow Queen will all be providing Christmas magic for families looking for a way to celebrate the season. Join Mrs Claus for a sumptuous breakfast in the Ouseburn-based visitor attraction or tuck into Afternoon Tea with Santa himself. There will be hot chocolates galore, festive treats, prosecco for the grown ups and even a chance to have a chat with the man of the moment. Father Christmas has generously offered to stick around for another family-friendly event at Seven Stories this December and will be taking part in An Audience with Santa where children can ask all their burning questions.

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Father Christmas loves to dine out in Newcastle and Gateshead

Family Afternoon Tea at The Vermont Hotel

Breakfast, dinner or tea - Father Christmas loves to dine out and with a choice of top-quality hotels and eateries across the North East you'll be able to grab a bite with the big fella before he takes to the skies. 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. Enjoy a sumptuous Sunday Lunch with Santa or a festive Family Afternoon Tea with the jolly fella both at Vermont Hotel Newcastle.

Book your tickets here! 

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Festive feasts with Santa and friends at the Caledonian Hotel

Father Christmas at the Caledonian Hotel

A whole host of familiar faces are celebrating Christmas alongside Santa at the Caledonian Hotel in Jesmond. Start your day in the merriest way with breakfast with Santa and his Naughty Elves, a sure way to bring Christmas magic to your little ones. If Afternoon Tea is more your thing, expect to be joined by Santa and his Disney friends for sandwiches, cakes and a glass of prosecco for adults and a packed lunch for the kids. If you want to make sure your children’s dreams are sprinkled with Christmas magic, then enjoy a visit to Santa’s grotto before a delicious supper, followed by a bedtime story and hot chocolate with Peppa Pig and George.

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Father Christmas visits the beach

Father Christmas at Jesmond Beach Box

There may be no sun or sea but Jesmond Beach Box certainly brings the sand as part of this beachy urban oasis nestled in the suburbs of Jesmond. Once the kids have visited Santa and his Elves in his beach-side grotto, the whole family can enjoy an array of Christmas food stalls and even festive glitter tattoos. Rumour has it, there’s a special appearance from The Grinch on certain dates throughout December!

Find out more information here.

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Start the day with Santa

Santa at The Holy Hobo, Jesmond

The Holy Hobo in Jesmond is on Santa’s long list of places to visit throughout December! The trendy hangout is hosting breakfast with Santa in his very own Grotto and if the kids make their way onto his Nice List, St. Nick even give them a free gift. Oh he's a good'un! Father Christmas loves the North East so much he has even found the time to make an appearance here on his busiest day of the year; you got it, Christmas Eve bookings are available!

Plan your visit to Santa's Grotto here.

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While our list of places to meet Father Christmas in NewcastleGateshead is not exhaustive, you’ll find plenty more dates and locations to be added should you miss out on any of the above! Check back for more information or tweet us at @altweet_pet and we’ll let you know where Santa is setting up shop near you!

Please be aware that dates and events are subject to change and it's always best to check directly with the venue first, before making nay bookings.

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