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Online Father Christmas at Beamish Museum Event page Online Father Christmas, Beamish Museum

Christmas in NewcastleGateshead will be filled with festive cheer...

... it might just look a little different from previous years! "What is there to do at Christmas in NewcastleGateshead?" we hear you cry! Attractions, hotels, restaurants, museums, theatres and venues are working hard to find ways to bring their festive fun to you either in person or online this Christmas. Some of NewcastleGateshead's staple annual events including ice skating at Life Science Centre and a number of the usual pantos and performances have been postponed for this year. However, there will be festivities in the city and across the North East - we will continue to update this section with events that are taking place as more are announced.

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy great food and drink events this winter in NewcastleGateshead. Choose from Christmassy afternoon teas and festive brunches at restaurants and hotels - if you're lucky, Father Christmas himself might even join you. Indulge in a festive Afternoon Tea at South Causey Inn to takeaway near Gateshead. 

Gifts for kids Newcastle Event Family Christmas activities at Seven Stories

Experience brand new seasonal shows with virtual performances from Northern Stage who have a new family Christmas show and Live Theatre who have released a special Christmas boxset of plays to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa with mince pie in hand this December. We will keep up to date with where you can get your laughs at pantos and performances this year in NewcastleGateshead too. Unfortunately, Theatre Royal Newcastle have postponed their socially distanced panto until April 2021.

Families looking for Christmas children's events can enjoy a family afternoon tea takeaway from Seven Stories or a wander around their enchanting Bookshop in Ouseburn.

Ignite Light Trail at Gibside Christmas Event page Ignite light trail at Gibside National Trust

Attractions across the North East have also successfully taken to the digital realm this year and they're not holding back this Christmas either. Beamish Museum invite children to meet Father Christmas online for an exclusive family-friendly video call live from his Edwardian fire side.

2020 has been a year of enjoying the fresh air! Get outdoors to safely enjoy the magic of a festive light trail this Christmas at venues like The Alnwick Garden and Gibside National Trust.

Traditional Christmas events such as wreath making for the hands on crafters amongst you, carol concerts for the warblers and ice skating for the active, may be on hold at the minute but we will update you on which events are going ahead and when.

It's worth planning ahead so you don't miss out on events as capacity may be limited due to coronavirus restrictions. Currently (until at least 2 December), NewcastleGateshead is in a national lockdown so venues are closed but still planning ahead in the hope that Christmas and New Year's Eve events will go ahead. However, please make sure to check any terms and conditions or cancellation policies with the organisations directly so that you can be sure of what will happen in the event of further covid disruptions.

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Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at Wylam Brewery

22 Dec 2021 to 22 Dec 2021

Live Music

Fenwick Newcastle's Christmas Window

8 Nov 2021 to 31 Dec 2021


Christmas at Beamish Museum

5 Dec 2021 to 3 Jan 2021


Christmas at Life Science Centre

7 Nov 2021 to 31 Dec 2021


Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Together at...

15 Dec 2021 to 15 Dec 2021

Live Music

Humpty Dumpty Pantomime

23 Nov 2021 to 9 Jan 2022


Slade - 2021 Christmas Tour

23 Dec 2021 to 23 Dec 2021

Live Music

Snow White at Sunderland Empire

4 Dec 2021 to 9 Jan 2022


Postponed: Sleeping Beauty Pantomime

3 Dec 2021 to 4 Jan 2022

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