Best Christmas Events North East 2021 – Meet Santa and More

There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2021 in the North East. I’ve put them into one post so here you will find the best Christmas events in the North East – County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear where you can meet Santa and more – Not all events include Santa. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible.

Things to do Christmas 2021 North East – County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events, please consider this before booking and check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

Please also double-check the event descriptions on the attraction’s website as the below information could change. It is essential that you read their own information carefully.

Best Christmas Events North East 2020 – Meet Santa and More

Adventure Valley – Winter Wonderland – County Durham – Tickets on sale

Winter Wonderland is back for 2021 at Adventure Valley. Creating festive memories to cherish forever. Lasting 90 minutes, you’ll be taken on an enchanted Christmas journey and we aim to make your visit as magical as possible from the moment you arrive. Jump onboard the Winter Valley Express, enjoy our cute ride-on animals and bounce high on our huge winter inflatable. You’ll also be able to meet REAL reindeer!

Adventure Valley

Address: Union Hall Farm, The Bungalows Finchale Abbey F, Durham DH1 5SG

When? Selected dates from 27th November until 24th December.

How much? Adults from £14.95-17.95, children 2-16 from £29.95-32.95. Other pricing options are available.

Alnwick Garden – Christmas Light Trail – Northumberland – Tickets on sale

See the Garden come to life like you have never seen it before with fantastic sound and light at this after dark spectacular! Fun for all the family and filling your hearts with festive spirit. Another addition to this year’s event is that we have extended the Light Trail into the Alnwick Market Square.

Plus Christmas Visits from Santa….tickets coming soon

Alnwick Garden

Address: Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU

When? Selected dates in December

How much? Tickets are £12.10 per person

Bamburgh Castle – Christmas at Bamburgh – Northumberland – Tickets on sale

A visit to see Father Christmas is an additional £14.95 per child plus the regular ticket price to the castle (please note we may have to restrict the amount of adults that can accompany the child/children to 2 adults depending on any restrictions in place at the time of the visit)   Each child will sit with Father Christmas for a personalised magical experience and will receive a special gift which is exclusive to Bamburgh Castle. If you add Reindeer moss to your booking this can be collected from Father Christmas when you visit him.

Plus there will be a Saints and Angels Christmas Extravaganza (see link above)

Bamburgh Castle

Address: Bamburgh NE69 7DF

When? 20th November to 24th December

How much? £14.95 per child plus regular ticket prices for entry.

Best Christmas Events North East 2020 – Meet Santa and More

Christmas Events North East 2020

Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens – Christmas Adventure Quest – Northumberland – Tickets on sale

Explore Belsay Hall with our festive family-friendly adventure quest. Follow the trail, find the clues and discover the hall’s amazing stories and secrets.

English Heritage

Address: B6309, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 0DX

When? Weekends from 27th Nov – 23 Dec, Daily from 26 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 

How much? Free for members of English heritage. Adult ticket £11, child 5-17 £6.60. Other pricing options are available.

Gibside – Christmas at Gibside – Tyne and Wear – Tickets on Sale

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. For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the specially chosen illuminations and don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

National Trust

Address: Rowlands Gill NE16 6BG

When? 26th November until the 2nd January

How much? Non-member adult ticket with parking for 1 car £26, other adults £18.00 Children from £13.

Hall Hill Farm – Christmas – County Durham – Tickets are SOLD OUT

This year we will having our very popular Santa visits again. Booking is essential. Meet Santa. Present from Santa for children. Elves workshop – make your own decoration. Santa’s Tractor Ride. See the animals in their winter stables. Meet Dasher the talking Reindeer.

Hall Hill Farm

Address: Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham DH7 0TA

When? Selected dates from 27th November – 23rd December

How much? Sold out

Kielder Winter Wonderland – Northumberland – Tickets on sale

Kielder Winter Wonderland is a full day experience packed full of festive activities to keep you and your little ones entranced all day. Your full day will include everything from helping Mrs Christmas get ready for Christmas to helping in the elves workshop to walking through the forest to find Father Christmas plus lots more! With the forest home to Father Christmas and his festive friends you never know who you could bump into!


Address: Kielder Forest Park, Kielder Waterside (Leaplish Waterside Park NE48 1BT

When? Selected dates from 20th November – 23rd December

How much? Ticket prices start from £29.50 per person. If your child is under 2, the ticket price is £5. A £5 booking fee applies.

Raby Castle – Enchanted Festive Forest – County Durham – Tickets on sale for festive forest – Santa Sold Out

Follow the trail through our Enchanted Festive Forest in the Walled Gardens to discover our magical Christmas scenes. Enjoy our twinkling lights and Christmas music as you wander around our winter wonderland and indulge in a luxury hot chocolate from the Stables Café as you soak up the sights and smells of Christmas. Find all the hidden clues to collect a small prize.

Raby Castle

Address: Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Children £5, adults £2

Best Christmas Events North East 2020 – Meet Santa and More

Tweddle Farm – Santas Grotto – County Durham – Tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for our Santas Grotto and Winter Wonderland 2021. Please note we do not accept any vouchers or special offers for Xmas Bookings. Season Ticket holders – please call 0191 5863311 to book and pay for your Xmas tickets 

Tweddle Farm

Address: Filipoke Lane, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool TS27 4BT

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Princes from £10.95 per child, from £5.95 per adult.

Wallington Hall – Festive Feels – Northumberland – Tickets on sale

The courtyard Christmas tree is back for those all-important photo opportunities and don’t forget your oohs and aahs for the thousands of twinkling icicle lights hanging around the courtyard. Outside the House there’s a new arrival pulling the sleigh too, don’t worry, you can’t miss him. And this year, a winter trail awaits you in the West woods where you’ll meet Percy the Park Keeper for an outdoor adventure. Mrs Christmas is back with her sparkly shoes and piles of books; live music greets you in the central hall and family Christmas crafts can be found in the Servants’ Parlour and the big man himself will be popping in so be ready to give him the biggest wave if you spot him.

There are no bookable events this year, so don’t worry about choosing a specific day or time to visit, have a more spontaneous experience here this year.

National Trust

Address: B6342, Cambo, Morpeth NE61 4AR

When? TBC

How much? Normal entry applies, see website for further information.

Whitehouse Farm Centre – Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey – Northumberland – Tickets on Sale

This VIP Christmas experience will create magical memories to treasure with your loved ones.    We have a jam-packed programme of Festive Fun all included in the cost of your experience:
Your journey starts with ride on our Festive Tractor & Trailer to the Enchanted Forest where you will meet the Fun Forest Elves, who will help you on a special search for your very own personalised bauble, as a special memory of the day. The Enchanted Forest is also home to Santa’s real Reindeer, you can help the Elves feed them and of course there will be lots of fabulous photo opportunities with them too. Plus much more…..

Whitehouse Farm

Address: Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth NE61 6AW

When? Various Dates – 27th November – 24th December 2021

How much? Adults £15, children £31.95, other pricing options are available.

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