Father Christmas has had a few months off but is gearing up for a rather busy month or two. The big fella is dusting off his suit, practicing his ho ho hos and is packing up his sleigh ready to meet all the boys and girls who are on his nice list (surely that’s all of them?!).

We have it on good authority that Father Christmas will be popping up at many a fair, market and event near you so make sure you’re on your best behaviour!

Here's where you will find Father Christmas in NewcastleGateshead this year...

intu Metrocentre

Santa's Grotto: Saturday 11 November - Sunday 24 December

Take a break from shopping for stocking fillers or hunting out that perfect, sparkly dress for the Christmas party and drop into Santa's Grotto on the ground floor of the Qube. Not only is this event FREE but all children aged 18months+ get a Playmobil gift too! Thanks Santa.

If your child is deaf or has hearing difficulties, intu Metrocentre have 3 signing Santa and Mrs Claus events on Sunday 3, 10 and 17 December from 10am – 11am. Slots are 5 minutes long and you are required to book in advance to secure your place. Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Sunday Lunch with Santa at County Hall

Sunday 3 & Sunday 17 December arrival from 12noon.

Enjoy a festive carvery followed by a delicious dessert while the children are entertained with party games, disco and most importantly a visit by the big man himself; Santa Claus will be bringing a gift for each child.

Fenwick

Dates are still to be announced!

Fenwick is the place to feel festive – what with their world-famous window and dedicated Christmas Floor decked out with all the seasonal trimmings. So this is perhaps the perfect city centre location for a trip to Santa’s Grotto. However, the dates have yet to be revealed of the Big Guy's arrival at Fenwicks. Keep checking back but be warned, this is a popular place to meet Father Christmas and advance bookings must be made.

Beamish Museum

Christmas at Beamish: every day 10am - 4pm from 18 November - Christmas Eve

Travel back in time to experience a truly idyllic Christmas at Beamish. Not only can you meet Father Christmas in his magical Grotto, Rudolph will be waiting to say hello too. Tickets for Father Christmas' Grotto are £5 per child which includes a small, traditional gift, craft activity, hot chocolate and reindeer food. Tickets available from the Admissions Desk on the day from 10am, on a first come, first served basis.

Gibside

Santa Dash 5km, Sunday 11 December

Father Christmas will have some competition at Gibside this year as the National Trust venue is calling all Santa wannabes for a 5KM dash on Sunday 10 December 9-10am. Don a red suit and beard and burn off those mince pies.

Grottos, dates throughout December but many sold out. Available dates are 6, 13, 22 December.

Santa, however, will be saving his energy in his festive grotto. Slots are filling up fast so make sure you book in if Gibside is your Grotto of choice. £8 per person plus admisison. Booking essential. Book your place early as there is limited availability.

Stephenson Railway Museum

Santa Specials, weekend dates available from Saturday 2 - Saturday 23 December

Take a unique, festive heritage train ride to meet Santa Claus and his guests. This is an enchanting choice where families can meet Father Christmas with the backdrop of traditional festive music, on-board entertainers, and refreshments when you get back to the museum. Book you tickets in advance, £14 per person which includes a gift for children, the train ride and refreshments. More information here.

As You Like It

Every Saturday & Sunday in December from 2nd - 24th, 11.30am - 4pm as well as Tye 19 & Wed 20 December, 2pm-5.30pm

Stylish Jesmond bar and restaurant, As You Like, is once again offering families 30 fabulous minutes with Santa and his elves. Tickets £10.95 per child (£12.95 on Christmas Eve), call 0191 281 2277 to book.

Sage Gateshead

Santa's Musical Grotto, Saturdays and Sundays in December with additional time slots on Mon 18 & Fri 22 December 

Join the elves in the toy shop at Sage Gateshead as they finish making the combobulator to take you on a trip to the North Pole to visit Father Christmas! Santa is joined by his elves to show off their musical talents at Sage Gateshead's Musical Grotto for all believers aged 1 and over. Buy your tickets here.

Gateshead Christmas Village

Gateshead International Stadium, Fri 24 - Sunday 26 November

Christmas shopping at over 200 market stalls. Tick. Carol singing. Tick. Father Christmas in his Grotto. Tick. Sounds like the perfect festive family day out. There's a small charge on entry. More information here.

We’ll keep you updated with any changes or new events.

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