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What’s on this Winter in the North East?


With Christmas just around the corner, many people will be thinking about planning some magical days out with the family. But what are the best wintery days out to enjoy this year in the North East?

Festive Events

Located in the town of Stanley in County Durham, Beamish is an attraction that focuses on life in the early twentieth century in the era of industrialism. Celebrate a truly traditional Christmas, with all the appropriate sights, smells, sounds and tastes from 14th November right through to Christmas Eve.

Departing from Tanfield Railway, a journey on the North Pole Express is a magical experience for children and adults alike. Celebrate with mince pies and hot chocolate before arriving your North Pole destination where Santa will be waiting!

And if trains aren’t your thing, you can still embark on a festive adventure…this time by exercising your sea legs! On various dates throughout December there will be festive cruises up the Tyne river where children can enjoy delicious food and drink, meet Santa and enjoy a festive disco.

Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit like a festive musical, show or pantomime and there are no shortages of these throughout the North East. Durham Cathedral Choir will be giving a candlelit concert, while a family performance of A Christmas Carol will take place at Beslay Hall. For those wanting something a little more modern, a Christmas performance featuring hit acts such as Dappy and Olly Murs is set to take place at the Metro Radio Arena on 7th December.

Making the Most of Local Attractions

Gibside 600-acre parkland spot is open throughout the winter and offers wonderful woodlands to walk through on a crisp wintery day. With plenty of wildlife to see or even a weekly Parkrun to take part in – Gibside is a great place to soak up the sights of winter.