Festive cheer is served-up in abundance with a programme of events and experiences including an outdoor ice rink and the return of Enchanted Parks.

Start planning your trip at www.newcastlegateshead.com/winterfestival

Festive Performances

Enchanted Parks: The House of Lost and Found

Tuesday 4 - Sunday 9 December 2018
Saltwell Park, Gateshead
This winter, journey through a magical travelling fair and discover a world of extraordinary things both lost and found.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council's family-friendly, after-dark arts adventure returns with specially commissioned artists, transforming Gateshead's Saltwell Park into a mysterious wonderland.

This year's theme, The House of Lost and Found, tells the story of a travelling fair, but not a fair of fast, over-priced rides and candy apples - a fair that has been travelling in one guise or another for centuries.
For more information and to buy tickets visit www.enchantedparks.com

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Wed 21 Nov - Sat 24 Nov (£)
Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle
Kick start the festive season with this magical musical! Full of colourful characters and feel-good musical numbers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has all the ingredients for a cracking family night out.
tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

Home Alone in concert with Royal Northern Sinfonia
Sun 25 Nov (£)
Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays
One kid, one house and two seriously unlucky burglars. Experience every gag, tumble and splash of aftershave accompanied live by John Williams' delightful score.
sagegateshead.com

A Christmas Carol
Sat 1 – Wed 5 Dec (£)
Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne
Ding, dong, ding, dong, the bells are ringing and the clock is ticking because Scrooge is coming to town – and he's meaner and greedier than ever. Bah Humbug! 
northernstage.co.uk

Mixtape Xmas
Wed 5 – Sat 8 Dec (£)
Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne
Part comedy sketch show and part music quiz, Mixtape is one of the funniest concepts around. Featuring a mash up of Mixtape favourites from throughout the eras, as well as a stocking load of sketches inspired by classic Christmas tunes. 
live.org.uk

Christmas Crackers
Thurs 13 Dec – Sat 22 Dec (£)
Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne
A city at Christmas. A time of happiness and joy. But look a little closer behind the advent calendar door and there is a world of festive stories untold. Expect laughter, turkey, tears and sarcasm. 
live.org.uk

The Frog and the Princess 
Sat 22 – Mon 24 Dec (£) 
St Mary's Heritage Centre 
St Mary's annual show will delight audiences of all ages, telling the story of a Princess and a frog and their amazing journey, where they discover that deep down, they are not so very different after all.
gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

The Snowman
Sat 22 – Mon 24 Dec (£)
Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays
We're walking in the air! A magical journey through the winter sky featuring live orchestral music from Royal Northern Sinfonia to accompany the annual showing of the festive classic.
Sagegateshead.com

Pantomimes

The Three Bears at Christmas
Tues 27 Nov – Wed 5 Jan 2019 (£)
Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne
Deep in the snowy forest, Mammy, Daddy and Baby Bear are preparing for winter. As Christmas arrives, their cosy home is turned upside down. A Christmas adventure with original live music, puppetry and a tale you thought you knew.
northernstage.co.uk

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Tues 27 Nov - Sun 20 Jan 2019 (£)
Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street Newcastle upon Tyne
ROLL UP, ROLL UP! The big top family panto extravaganza, stars the much-loved panto trio of Danny AdamsClive Webb and Chris Hayward. Packed full of hilarious comedy routines, laughter, dazzling effects and this year a new dimension, the most exciting circus acts in town!
theatreroyal.co.uk

Cinderella
Fri 7 – Sun 30 Dec (£)
Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Join the festive fun with the lovable Buttons (played by Charlie Richmond), the handsome Prince Charming, the wicked Ugly Sisters, the magical Fairy Godmother and of course, the beautiful Cinderella and make it a Christmas to remember! 
tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk

Festive Events

Christmas at Tyneside Film Season 
Sat 1 – Sun 23 Dec (£)
Tyneside Cinema
All your favourite festive films pulled into one truly cinematic experience. Be sure to book early!  
tynesidecinema.co.uk

Festive Family Fun Run 
Sun 2 Dec (£)
Intu Metrocentre
Get ready to don your Christmas jumper or festive onesie and join the festive family fun run this December! A 1km run around intu Metrocentre in partnership with Global Radio's Make Some Noise foundation.
Intu.co.uk/metrocentre

A Christmas Carol Live 
Sat 15, Sun 16, Sat 22, Sun 23 Dec (£)
Newcastle Castle
Head to Newcastle Castle for an unforgettable trip to Christmases past, present and future as Charles Dicken's classic fills the Great Hall with music, merriment and the odd ghost too!  
newcastlecastle.co.uk

Skating at Life 
Sat 10 Nov – Sun 24 Feb 2019 (£)
Life Science Centre 
The perfect place for a spot of wintery fun with family and friends. Open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. No need to book, just turn up and take to the ice!
life.org.uk 

Festive Shopping

Christmas at Fenwick
Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
You can always rely on Fenwick to make this wonderful time of year a little bit more special!  Their famous Christmas window features magical moving characters, bespoke soundtrack and twinkling lights. The ultimate shopping destination, with a unique in-store experience and incredible Christmas Department, sure to bring a smile to every face. 

Intu Eldon Square
Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
With department stores, 130+ high street names and specialist shops, you can get all your Christmas shopping in the heart of the city centre. Before or after you hit the shops, refuel in style at one of the many restaurants in Grey's Quarter.
intu.co.uk/eldonsquare

Living North Christmas Fair
Thurs 1 – Sun 4 Nov (£) 
Kingston Park Stadium, Newcastle upon Tyne
Hosted in the largest marquee of its kind in the North East there's something for everyone with 250 of the best local, regional and national designers, makers and retailers plus artisan food producers and chef demonstrations.  
livingnorth.com

BALTIC Shop Christmas Discount Weekend
Sat 17 – Sun 18 Nov
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays
BALTIC Shop's Christmas Discount Weekend is back with a fantastic 15% discount. Get everything you need for your festive stockings from their amazing collection of striking jewellery, stylish home accessories, children's toys, artist gifts and stocking fillers galore.
balticmill.com

Newcastle Christmas Market 
Fri 16 Nov – Sun 16 Dec
Grey's Monument, Newcastle 
A bumper festive market in the heart of the city. Local traders offer a range of festive gifts and decorations and delicious food from across the world.

St. James' Park Festive Fayre 
Sat 17 – Sun 18 Nov (£) 
nufc.co.uk 
0191 201 8525
Discover a fantastic array of local traders, showcasing their unique handcrafted gifts and decorations as well as a variety of festive food and drink.

Stay at:

Jesmond Dene House 
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2EY
http://www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk/
Cosy up in one of Newcastle's most luxurious hotels, situated in a quiet woodland setting just minutes outside of the city centre. Jesmond Dene House Hotel and Restaurant offers understated luxury, contemporary style and award-winning food. One of Newcastle's leading independent hotels, the style is a mix of townhouse, boutique and country house hotel. In truth, it's probably a mix of all three. The striking Arts and Crafts building has been carefully updated to create 40 distinctly individual bedrooms: sleek, spacious, modern.
Rooms from £120 per night / room only.

Eat at:

Dobson and Parnell
www.dobsonandparnell.co.uk
Dobson and Parnell on Newcastle Quayside specialises in refined British and European cuisine and is owned by award-winning restaurateur Andy Hook who also runs Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and Hinnies Restaurant in Whitley Bay. Set within a Victorian Grade II listed building, the elegant high-ceilinged dining room is open six days a week serving lunch and dinner.