Festive Fun in Northumberland this Christmas

Published: Wednesday 25th Nov 2015

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

‘Tis the season to be jolly and this is easily achieved in Northumberland this Christmas, with a full range of festive events coming up over the next 4 weeks.

Northumberland is a magical place to be during the run up to the big day. Wrap up warm and become nostalgic with the glorious atmospheres of traditional Christmas markets, an award-winning Winter Wonderland and Santa Specials on board steam trains to name but a few.

Whatever you fancy, or whatever your age or interest, there is plenty to choose from in the list of events below.

  • Kielder Winter Wonderland, Kielder Forest and Water Park – every Saturday and Sunday from 21st November until 20th December. Extra dates Friday 18th December, Monday 21st December and Tuesday 22nd December.

Elves will guide you through the enchanted forest where you will visit Father Christmas in his woodland home. After this you can make a wooden keepsake with the elves in their toy shop. This wooden gift you can take home.

Following this you can help Mrs Christmas complete some of her jobs in time for Christmas Day.

There is a host of other festive activities to do and friends to meet including a Christmas Theatre, Ice Skating, The Beavers, Snowtubing, Meet the Reindeers, Snowy Owl and friends, gifts for adults and children and letters from Father Christmas.

There are also places to eat while enjoying the Winter Wonderland experience such as hog roast and chicken rotisserie stalls, coffee and cocoa stalls, a Christmas Carvery in the onsite restaurant and the seasonal snack stalls selling roasted chestnuts.

Tickets for Winter Wonderland need to be booked in Advance and are £35 each.

  • Ashington Christmas Festival – 28th and 29th November, 10am to 3pm

This is a two day Winter Wonderland with a twist. While visiting here you can eat delicious food, hear music from the steel pan band, meet Santa in his grotto and have a photo taken inside a huge snow globe.

This event is supported by Arch – The Northumberland Development Company. Admission to the event is free and any monies taken inside will go into supporting local businesses.

  • Christmas Market, Alnwick Gardens – every weekend from 28th November until 20th December, 10am -5pm. Extra dates are 18th, 21st and 22nd December, !0am – 5pm.

Enjoy seasonal live music played by local talented performers in the festive marquee and find those stocking fillers with a range of stalls selling unique and eclectic delights. Entry to the Christmas market is free.

On the same dates as the Christmas Market, Alnwick gardens also hosts other Christmas activities. You can make enchanted willow lanterns with Santa’s Elves which you can bring back on the 20th December and participate in the lantern Parade. You can also meet Santa in his grotto, although booking in advance is essential and tickets are now limited. There is a charge for these other activities.

  • Santa Specials 2015 at Ford and Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light railway – Weekends throughout December. £9 per child.

Passengers are invited to travel to Etal Station and back on the festively decorated steam train. On return to Heatherslaw, passengers are then taken to visit the model railway room where refreshments will be served. Children can be entertained by the model railway while waiting to see Santa. Families will then be shown into the decorated grotto to see Santa and he will provide each child with a quality Christmas gift.

Why not enjoy the festivities in Northumberland by accompanying them with a short break in one of the cottages provided by Grace Darling Holidays. Many of the cottages have open fires or log burners, are in walking distance of pubs and restaurants and near beaches for those brisk winter walks. Some are cosy cottages for two, others are large enough for the whole family to get together and celebrate Christmas in Style. 

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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