The perfect Christmas in Northumberland
Spending Christmas and New Year in Northumberland means you will never be short of things to do if you fancy venturing out of your cottage and getting in the Christmas spirit. The region has something for everyone to enjoy, from picturesque walks and markets, to pantomimes and parties. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites below.
The Big Christmas Sing, Alnwick: Get your family and friends together to sing your favourite Christmas carols and songs at The BIG Alnwick Christmas Sing at the Market Place in Alnwick with hundreds of others, and keep warm with a delicious free hot chocolate. This is the fourth year the event has been on and gets bigger and better each and every year.
Christmas at The Alnwick Garden: Go on a magical adventure no matter what day you visit the Famous Alnwick Garden this festive season. There is something for everyone with a chance to meet Father Christmas, go ice skating, have a wander through the independent and unique Christmas market stalls, attend a stunning Christmas lights show, or be entertained by the Snow Lion, the Christmas Belles or the Winter Wonderland Birds.
Kielder Winter Wonderland: Yet again, Kielder Forest is transforming into a festive winter wonderland every weekend until Christmas. A full day experience, visitors can take part in a variety of activities including meeting reindeer, help the elve’s in their workshop meet Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas, go Snow Tubing and much more.
There are some great theatres up and down the region so you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to seeing a traditional Christmas panto. The Maltings in Berwick is putting on the enchanting Cinderella and The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth is showing family-favourite Puss in Boots. Venture into Newcastle to see the ever popular pantomime at Theatre Royal for their rendition of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or the Tyne Theatre and Opera House for your more traditional Cinderella.
Whether you’re wanting to walk off your Christmas Dinner, blow away the new year cobwebs, or simply looking for an excuse to explore the great outdoors, there is a wide range of walks in Northumberland. Breathe in the fresh sea air walking along the many miles of The Northumbrian Coastal Path with spectacular views of the coastline and historic castles. Or, take a brisk walk around some stunning countryside, including the Northumberland National Park and the Hadrian’s Wall path.
New Year Celebrations
One of the county’s most famous traditions, the Tar Barl Festival in Allendale is a very unique way to welcome in the new year. 45 guisers carrying whiskey barrels filled with burning hot tar take part in a procession through the town. At midnight, the barrels are used to ignite the ceremonial bonfire.