Christmas family fun in the North East

'Tis the season for festive fun and we’re getting ready for Christmas at special places across the North East. Wrap up warm and hunt for clues on festive trails and enjoy a frosty family walks followed by hot chocolates and yummy treats. Explore houses and gardens glowing with thousands of twinkling lights, make Christmas decorations to take home and enjoy magical moments with Father Christmas.

Family looking at a chirstmas tree at Wallington

A magical Christmas at Wallington  

Make memories and start a new family tradition with a visit to Wallington this Christmas. Marvel at the giant Christmas tree in the courtyard and get into the spirit with festive music, Christmas baking, crafts and stories from Mrs Christmas in the house glowing with thousands of twinkling lights. Kids a bit too excited for Christmas? Burn off some festive energy on the Jingle Bell Jog fun run on Sunday 15 December. Christmas jumpers not essential but definitely encouraged.

child looking at chirstmas tree

Enjoy a traditional Christmas at Cragside  

Bring the whole family to Cragside this December for cosy winter evenings and traditional decorations. Step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas in the house and visit the elves for festive crafts. Warm up after taking on the winter wildlife trail with yummy hot chocolates and festive treats like mince pies and yule log.

young girl running through gardens

Explore a winter wonderland at Gibside  

Stroll through the gardens to find Gibside’s 12 trees of Christmas. Follow the Christmas Tree trail up to the stables and step inside the woodland grotto, you might spot a familiar face. Round off your adventures with a hot chocolate in the café. Stay a little longer for the nights before Christmas evenings and get into the festive spirit with carols by candlelight in the atmospheric Gibside Chapel.

Girl making Christmas crafts

Festive crafts at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas 

Tis the season for festive crafting and this Christmas you can get stuck in at Souter Lighthouse. Create something unique to take home or give as a special Christmas gift. Make your Christmas list and post it to the North Pole. Once you've posted your letter you’ll find Father Christmas in his secret grotto.

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Festive lights at Washington Old Hall  

Wrap up warm and experience Washington Old Hall illuminated for the season. Stroll through gardens brought to life with ribbons of light and discover decorations glowing amongst the trees. Meet The Green Man in his indoor woodland grotto and if you've been good, you'll receive a special gift.

Father Christmas reads a festive story in Fountains Hall

Christmas at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 

Join us for a very Yorkshire family day out this Christmas holidays. Wrap up warm for a wander through wintery abbey ruins and get stuck into Christmas crafts on a full day out at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Family looking at a large decorated Christmas tree

Christmas at Ormesby Hall 

Enter a winter wonderland of Christmas angels and twinkling lights in the house and garden to really get into the festive mood. Each room is decorated with a different handmade angel and you can also get a glimpse into the past to hear how the Pennymans celebrated Christmas at Ormesby.

Father Christmas talks to a little girl with a brightly-lit tree in the background

Meet Father Christmas in the North East  

Visiting Father Christmas is magical for little ones. Even more so when his grotto is somewhere a little different. He's a busy man at this time of year but you can meet the jolly fellow at special places across the North East this December.