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Festive fun in the North East
It's nearly Christmas which can only mean one thing. Time to revisit those family traditions that make this time of year so special. Whether it's a visit to see Father Christmas, making your own Christmas decorations or listening to festive music, rekindle the magic of Christmas this December with the National Trust.
Meet Father Christmas
For the past 12 years, volunteer Frank Creswell has taken a leading role in Christmas at Wallington and this year is no exception. Frank's tradition is to dress up as the big man himself - Father Christmas. Kids love the magical experience of meeting him face to face.
The giving of gifts
The giving of gifts is probably the most popular of all Christmas traditions. If you're stuck for ideas, there are plenty of really lovely gifts to choose from in our shops. You can also pick up gifts at Gibside Farmer's Market or the Christmas Craft Fair at Souter Lighthouse.
We have some craft activities for everyone this festive season. At Wallington you can learn how to make traditional wreathes using foliage or some really cool contemporary ones. For the kids, we have crafty workshops to make Christmas cards and decorations.
All dressed up for Christmas
Christmas is a great chance see our places in a new light. Visit Wallington to see the house decorated for Christmas or, Lindisfarne Castle, where a team from Northumberland College at Kirkley Hall will be transforming some of the rooms with traditional foliage and decorations.
The North East's top 5 Christmas traditions
- Decorating the tree and house
- Eating mum's Christmas dinner
- Seeing Christmas lights
- Opening your stocking
- Christmas pop music
How to wrap a present
Want to make your gifts look extra special this year? We've got some simple top tips to share with you on how to wrap presents beautifully and make your own elaborate bows.
Just because it's getting colder doesn't mean your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ adventures have to end. Winter is the best time to go star gazing and to go on a nature walk at night.