Panto season is about to burst onto the stage (Oh no it isn’t… no wait, it really is!).

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a family trip to the Panto or festive performance. If you are looking for Christmas family events in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East then you're in luck, there are a whole range of side-splitting, festive pantos and performances tailored for children. There are classic pantomimes, new performances, theatre for the kids and shows for the big kids at popular venues across the North East which run throughout the festive season.

Let us help you find the perfect panto or festive, family performance in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East...

Pantos and Performances in Newcastle and Gateshead

Tyne Theatre and Opera House: Aladdin

Friday 6 December 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020

What would your three wishes be? Enchanted Entertainment return to Tyne Theatre Opera House this Christmas with a family-fun performance of Aladdin. Laugh, boo and sing-a-long to this good old festive pantomime.  

Book tickets for Aladdin at Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Sunderland Empire: Cinderella

Friday 13 December 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020

You’re never shout of laughs, cheeky quips and panto puns at Sunderland Empire and this year is no different. Get ready for another fairytale classic as Cinderella sparkles onto the stage. Cinderella is a panto favourite and Sunderland Empire’s festive performance will be brought to life by a glittering cast including Gogglebox star and queen of the jungle, Scarlett Moffat. You'll be rolling in the aisles at this show-stopping, larger-than-life panto performance.

Book tickets for Cinderella at Sunderland Empire.

Theatre Royal Newcastle: Beauty and The Beast

Tuesday 26 November 2019 – Sunday 19 January 2020

Watching the panto at Theatre Royal has become a Geordie Christmas tradition and with nearly an 8-week run, families will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy this year’s performance. Theatre Royal never fail to bring the very best in panto glitz and glam, gags and giggles. This year will be no different so head along to see their version of fairy tale classic Beauty and The Beast and enjoy the return of comedy trio Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward for another magical performance.

Book tickets for Beauty and the Beast at Theatre Royal Newcastle

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books: The Polar Express Festive Story Workshop

Family Workshops: Every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 23 November to Sunday 22 December & Monday 23 December

At Seven Stories you are getting more than just a festive family show. Step into the enchanting world of The Polar Express and enjoy an interactive telling of this beautiful story whilst sipping a warm drink and tucking into a tasty treat. Families can also create their very own decoration to take home and add to their Christmas tree. Seven Stories' children's Christmas events are always a must-do in Newcastle so get booking!

Buy tickets to The Polar Express Festive Story Workshop.

Northern Stage: The Snow Queen

Saturday 30 November 2019 – Saturday 4 January 2020

Long before there was Queen Elsa of Arundelle, there was the spellbinding tale of the mysterious Snow Queen. Discover the age-old Hans Christian Andersen fable at Northern Stage this Christmas when it is brought to life in their new production. Each year, Northern Stage pull out the stops to bring you an imaginative and vibrant production and this year’s offering promises to deliver once again.

Book tickets for The Snow Queen at Northern Stage.

PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay: Jack & The Beanstalk

Saturday 30 November 2019 – Saturday 4 January 2020

Fee-fie-foo-fum, panto season gets underway early at PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay and Jack is in need of your help. Jack & The Beanstalk is a favourite on the panto scene so pop out to the coast and join in with great songs, enjoy amazing dance routines and plenty of laughs.

Buy tickets for Jack & The Beanstalk

Sage Gateshead: The Snowman

Sunday 22 – Christmas Eve 24 December 2019

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Sage Gateshead to experience Christmas classic The Snowman accompanied by the incredible Royal Northern Sinfonia. This is a truly atmospheric experience combining live orchestral music with Raymond Brigg’s poignant story of The Snowman. Families who want to launch the festive season early will also enjoy watching cult-classic ET whilst RNS perform the rousing score, live. Tickets are on sale for ET on Sunday 1 December 2019.

Book tickets for The Snowman.

Sage Gateshead: Michael Morpurgo’s Best Christmas Present in the World

Sunday 8 December 2019

Sage Gateshead team up with Seven Stories to blow festive magic into a spellbinding story. One of Britain’s most-loved children’s authors, Michael Morpurgo will read his enchanting Christmas story The Best Christmas Present in the World live at the stunning music venue. The former Children’s Laureate and author of War Horse, will be accompanied by award winning actress Virginia McKenna and a choir singing carols.

Buy Tickets for The Best Christmas Present in the World.

The Customs House: Snow White

Wednesday 27 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020

A fairytale classic is coming to South Shields this winter. Experience Snow White at Customs House the panto way. With vibrant costumes and the unique Customs House twist, you're in for a treat. For families with little children, don’t miss The Elves and the Shoemaker at The Customs House (Saturday 30 November – Christmas Eve).

Book tickets for Snow White at The Customs House.

Book tickets for The Elves and the Shoemaker.

The Stand Newcastle: Cinderella & The Beanstalk

Saturday 7 – Monday 30 December 2019

After the success of their first ever pantomime last year, The Stand Newcastle are back with another bite at the apple for 2019. This Christmas enjoy their mashed-up family pantomime, Cinderella & The Beanstalk full of laughs and special guest.

Tickets available for dates throughout December

People’s Theatre: Dick Whittington

Monday 7 – Tuesday 15 December 2019

The People's Theatre's festive offering this year is Dick Whittington – such a classic panto! Join Heaton’s local, community theatre for a Christmassy performance which is sure to tick all the pantomime boxes.

Book your Dick Whittington tickets.

There are festive performances galore and something for all tastes. Check out full details of What's On using our Winter Festival guide.

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