Festive days out in the North East

Get yourself ready for Christmas away from the hustle and bustle of the high street with Christmas shopping, visits to see Father Christmas and festive days out in some truly magical places.

Festive days out

To truly get into the festive spirit head to National Trust places for some very special Christmas days out. 
  • A trip to Wallington on a December weekend promises a special festive atmosphere with decorations, crafts, a tree trail and stories  with Mrs Christmas. There’ll be festive food in the café with a roaring log fire and a chance to pick up some shopping too.
  • Gibside has some special events taking place in the run up to Christmas. On Festive Fridays at Gibside pub and beer garden there’ll be carol singing, mulled wine, mince pies and late night shopping. There will also be a special Christmas by Candlelight carol concert at Gibside chapel on Thursday 17 December.

Please note that Cragside have unfortunately had to cancel their Christmas events this year due to damage from the recent storms making the grounds unsafe for visitors, staff and volunteers. 


Christmas shopping

National Trust shops have an exclusive range of unique gifts for Christmas, making them great places to pick up that something special. Pop into our shops in Seahouses or on Holy Island to browse our Christmas range. Or combine a festive day out at one of our special places or a wintery walk with a stop in to a shop away from the hustle and bustle of the high street.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas discusses Christmas with a little girl
Father Christmas with a young girl
Father Christmas discusses Christmas with a little girl
Making a visit to Father Christmas adds that extra bit of sparkle to the festive season for little ones, and even more so in enchanting woodland grottos, beautiful houses or lighthouses. So it’s good news that the man himself will be making some special stop-offs at Gibside, Wallington and Souter Lighthouse every weekend in December. He’ll also be dropping into Gibside some Wednesdays with Treats for Toddlers and for exclusive Twilight Evenings at Wallington.
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