Christmas at Gibside

A family walking infront of the chapel in the snow

Christmas is all about traditions. Whether you're looking to celebrate old ones that have been carried on through the generations, create new family memories or simply escape the hustle and bustle of the high street, we're open and hope you'll join us.

Throughout December you can join in the festive feeling at Gibside.

From 1 December at 11am, we need your help to lookout for certain things that don't quite look right.

You see, when Father Christmas said that his elves could give the ranger team a helping hand with some jobs we were over the moon. Unfortunately, we don't think it's quite gone according to plan. Can you spot where the elves have been involved, and have perhaps been a little mischievous?

Pick up a trail sheet from visitor reception and head off to see where Peppermint, Berry, Otis, Merry, Elm and Twinkle have been. Good luck, you can share your findings with us on facebook and twitter.

After your adventure perhaps a well-deserved rest in the cafe is what you need. Here, you can admire the hand work of the Sewing Group. Their handmade '12 days of Christmas' banners are up once more, taking centre stage. 

Set up as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project, the 3 Rs, the group now meet every Thursday to create wonderful pieces of art. Anyone can join in.

This year, the group have produced five wonderful banners which you can see as you wander around Market Place.

There are even more ways that you can get involved too:

Children check their trail notes

Pick up a Christmas chaos trail

Father Christmas' elves are so helpful, they even offered to help the ranger team this year, which is hard work! However, we're not quite sure that things have gone according to plan... can you spot things out of place during the Christmas chaos trail from 1 - 23 December?

Soap wrapped in ribbon

Shop at Gibside's Festive Markets

Escape the busy city crowds - especially at this special time of year - and join friends and family for some relaxation... blended with retail therapy. We know how tricky it can be searching for that something for a special someone and have a range of stalls offering bespoke, quality gifts and handmade crafts. Gibside Festive Market is on Saturday 16 December, 10am - 3pm.

Santas running

Take part in the annual Santa dash

Don your Santa suit and join a crowd of other sporty Santas for a 2K or 5k fun run. It's a run around Gibside's parklands on Sunday 10 December, 9 - 10am. You'll run past the Hall ruins, up through the woodland and back towards the Avenue. It's free to enter however all donations go towards the upkeep of the paths. BE