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Christmas days out in Northumberland you should book now.

Christmas days out in Northumberland are always going to be something special; holding space for magic in the build up throughout December. Spending a day out during the festive season, will bring joy and wonder to any age, as well as getting you in that festive spirit!

From wreath making classes for grown ups, to Santa visits and light trails, this is your guide to what’s on and what you should be booking ahead of your visit.

November 21, 2022


Be dazzled by the light display at Alnwick Garden.

From November 28th to January 1st, tickets must be purchased online via the Alnwick Garden website. Time slots allocated on a first come first served basis.

Back by popular demand, the Alnwick Garden Light Trail is definitely not one to be missed when planning your Christmas in Northumberland. Don’t just take our word for it, the light trail has won a “GOLD” award at the 2022 North East Tourism Awards for “Experience of The Year”.
Once again the trail returns to the Alnwick Garden with new installations and is quickly becoming a “must see” for everyone in the North East.

Tickets start from £10.50 and are bookable via the Alnwick Garden website.

Explore the grounds and house at Cragside

Next up for the best days out in Northumberland this Christmas we have Cragside National Trust. Open to the public from Saturday 3rd December – admission to the “Twas the night before Christmas” at Cragside House is included with general admission tickets with NO need to book. Check event times on the National Trust website.

Beautiful all year round, Cragside National Trust property in Rothbury, is hosting a Christmas treat for families to enjoy.
The House is decking the halls and trimming the trees to present Twas The Night Before Christmas, with each room inspired by the much-loved poem.

With a present hunt, Festive Photo Station and a Wish Tree, we think adding a visit to Cragside is a must for your Christmas in Northumberland. The best part is, if you are already a National Trust member, this makes for a free day out.

Visit the Christmas spectacle at Bamburgh Castle

Perhaps the most magical of all thanks to its dramatic location: Bamburgh Castle. Open to the public from Saturday 12th November – admission to the Castle’s “Twelve Days of Christmas” spectacle is included with general admission tickets. Book now via the Castle’s website.

Leap into Bamburgh Castle this Christmas for the North East’s largest indoor festive experience. After a successful year in 2021, The Twelve Days of Christmas is back.

Iconic coastal fortress and award-winning theatrical designer Charlotte Lloyd-Webber present The Twelve Days of Christmas. Breathtaking Bamburgh Castle’s interior will be transformed into a spectacular festive experience inspired by The Twelve Days of Christmas.

If you are looking for a magical and breathtaking experience this Christmas then make this at the top of your list.

Christmas Wreath Making and Festive Fizz

Saturday 26th November 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Location: The Creative Studio, Morpeth. Tickets cost £40 and can be booked online.

A gorgeous way to kick start your festivities, with a wreath making workshop and festive fizz. Join The Creative Studio to create a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home. All materials will be provided as well as festive refreshments.
Free Prosecco is available to over 18s attending the event. Other beverages will be available including soft drinks. They say “you just need to bring yourself and a sprinkle of creativity”.

Please be aware that the studio is only accessible by stairs.

Christmas performance at the Alnwick Playhouse

“Remarkable Robin” comes to Alnwick Playhouse. Suitable for all the family. Shows run from Thursday 15th December up until Friday 30th December, with additional “relaxed” performances for young children.
Book your tickets via the Alnwick Playhouse website.

Set in the heart of the market town of Alnwick, the Playhouse hosts a family friendly, Christmas show this December.

“Remarkable Robin” – Join Robin as she discovers magic, good and bad but more importantly, the power of friendship and kindness. Can she save her Grandma just in time for Christmas?

You don’t have to head into the busy city of Newcastle to enjoy a theatre performance this Chritsmas. Opt for a more laid back option as the Alnwick Playhouse welcomes you enjoy the festivities there instead.

Ice Trail at Woodhorn Museum

This event is one to add to your brand new diaries for 2023 but is happening very early January so still in time for the school holidays. Coal and Ice, a brand new ice trail around Woodhorn Museum on 05 and 06 January, will shine a light on the impact of climate change on animals from across the world. It will also encourage children and families to consider how they can reduce their carbon footprint in 2023.
This is a ticketed event so you will need to book your tickets now.

An audience with Father Christmas at Belsay Hall

Weekends only between December 3rd and December 18th. Tickets can be purchased alongside admission tickets and time slots to be pre-booked. Head to the website for Belsay Hall for more information.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is one of Northumberland’s hidden gems. This English Heritage site is not one to be missed when visiting Northumberland at Christmas. Escape into a magical winter wonderland, and meet Father Christmas as he tells festive tales seated amongst the yuletide decorations.

It is worth noting an additional charge applies to see Father Christmas for all children, the price includes a small present, when booking please select the ‘An audience with Father Christmas’ add-on for the time you wish to attend.

This post has hopefully inspired some days out in Northumberland this Christmas. Events that you can enjoy with the whole family, for a date night or even a catch up with the girls. If you enjoyed this post you may also want to read one of my previous posts for more Northumberland inspiration.

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November 21, 2022