We’re getting close to Christmas now and we’re running out of time to get your festive on! If you’ve got little children in the Newcastle area, here are things to do in Newcastle and beyond.
Please check before you travel to these in case things have changed or all bookings are full.
St Mary’s Lighthouse
– Until 23rd December 11/12/1pm – 3pm.
Visit Santa’s grotto on St Mary’s Island and receive a gift. £7.50 booking recommended.
For further info Telephone: 0191 200 8650 or e-mail St Mary’s Lighthouse, or check the website for opening hours.
Luna at Northern Stage
22 December – 24 December 1pm showings still have tickets left.
Also showing on 29 December and 30 December – tickets left for shows at 11am.
An enchanting theatre experience about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark for 2-4 year olds and their families.
Luna is bored up in the sky with no-one to play with. Although she is surrounded by stars, they never quite understand her – it’s certainly lonely being the only moon. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for children. For more information and to book Luna check the Northern Stage website
Peter Rabbit and Friends on screen at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead
The following shows have availability:
21 December 3pm
22 December 11 am, 1pm (only 6 tickets left)
23 December 11am (only 11 tickets left), 1pm, 3pm.
Peter Rabbit and friends, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs Tiggywinkle are some of our most beloved childhood characters, and they will appear on screen inside a starlit setting created just for this show. Recapture some old favourite memories and introduce a new generation to the words and images of Beatrix Potter. Tickets cost £5 each (babes in arms go free). For more information and to book see the website.
21st, 23rd and 24th December, 10.30 -12.30 and 1pm -3pm — ONLY 21st has tickets left!
Enjoy a family film screening in the majestic Great Hall of the holiday classic Polar Express. £3 per person (children under 2 are free but you must have a ticket for them).Click for more information and to book online
Until 23rd December
The Frost of Forgetfulness Winter Quest is a free activity for the whole family. No advance booking needed. £3.50 car parking for the museum.
22nd December Toddler Toy Time (Christmas themed) 10 – 11am
22nd December Christmas Craft 2:30 – 3:30
23rd December Children’s Christmas Party 3 – 4.30 booking essential. Contact info available here.
Friday 23rd December
11am – 12:30pm 1:15pm – 2:45pm 3:30pm – 5pm
Christmas Party by the people who do brilliant parties for children. We’ve been lucky enough to attend a few and they are memorable for all the right reasons. £10 per child 2yrs – 10 yrs Adults £5 (under 2yrs free)
The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1SE More information on their Facebook page, or Telephone: 0191 340 4302
Kirkley Hall Zoo
23rd December 9am.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast with Santa, and deliver presents to the animals in the zoo. £7.50 per adult, £15 per child. Booking essential. For more info Telephone: 01670 841235, email Kirkley Hall or look at their website .
Battle Hill Library
Christmas Crafts 22nd December 2.30 – 3.30 pm Christmas ornaments
23rd December 2.30 – 3.30 pm Christmas gift tags
Contact and address on the North Tyneside website.
Every day to 24th December 10am to 4pm
Visit Santa in his grotto and meet his friendly reindeers. Go early and get a ticket for Santa immediately – I’ve heard of people going at 10:30 for a ticket to see Santa and not getting in there until mid-afternoon. It’s popular! Find some gifts and festive food, visit the winter fair where you can ride the shuggy boats, steam gallopers and enjoy a hot chocolate. Take a look at their website for further info.
Centre for Life
Outdoor Ice Skating 12th November to 26th February (closed 25th December, and 1st January). £9 per adult, £7 per child. Santa will be at the Life Science Centre on Saturday 24th December. We haven’t seen this Santa recently, but a couple of years ago it was the best Santa we saw. He was very relaxed, just chatty enough, and we got a really good gift of a dinosaur holographic picture and a cuddly lion. £4 per gift, but you can meet him for free.
Whitehouse Farm Centre
Every day until 23rd December 10am – 5pm and 24th December 10am – 4pm.
Elf School, Meet Santa in his Grotto (free – all children receive magic hay and a lolly or pay the Elf £3.50 to receive a gift), decorate a festive biscuit to take home in Mrs Claus’ bakery (extra charge applies of £1.50 per biscuit) £9.50 adults, £8.50 children Under 2s go free. Check out Whitehouse Farm’s website for further details.
Hope you have fun taking your toddler out in or around Newcastle before Christmas! Do you know of other events on for young children in the North East before Christmas? Let me know by leaving a comment below or on my Facebook page!