Christmas in Northumberland (Updated 2018)

Festive Events in Northumberland

Northumberland is a truly magical place during the Christmas period. Let your excitement build up, right up until Christmas Day, with a variety of events over the next 4 weeks. Spark, a live music and light movement entertainment spectacular, will be making its way through The Alnwick Garden and into Alnwick Town, creating a visually stimulating experience for all involved.

This year why not take the time to admire the beautiful Christmas decorations in each little market town of Northumberland. See all the historical castles and garden transformed into their own little winter wonderland experience.  

Christmas Markets

Christmas shopping is made easier this year with an array of Christmas markets that are springing up across Northumberland. Fill your nearests and dearests stockings with unique and delightful gifts this year, from one of the several markets held this year. With a selection of handmade and traditional gifts on sale you can’t go wrong. There’s always food stalls too – for if you’re feeling a bit peckish during your shop!  


Bring your family to Kielder Forest’s Winter Wonderland and follow the Christmas star through the enchanted forest where festive friends await. The adventure begins when elves guide you to Santa’s secret woodland home, where you will be greeted by Father Christmas himself and given a special gift. The Christmas Marquee will host a mystical theatrical performance for the whole family. Ice skating and snow tubing also offer the opportunity for you to slide and glide your way through the forest. Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre hosts one of the largest collections of birds of Prey in the North of England, including the infamous Snowy Owl. Join Snowy and Father Christmas’s reindeer who have all flown over from the North Pole. Click here to find out dates and booking prices.

The Aurora Night at Kielder Observatory offers a sparkling natural light show that will get you into the festive spirit. The Northern Lights have been observed from the Kielder Observatory multiple times. The Christmas Aurora events provide an opportunity to discover the dancing lights, and learn about the spiritual stories and science behind them.


The Alnwick Garden is a perfect setting to embrace the Christmas spirit. Visit The Winter Wonderland and enjoy a sparkling drinks reception, overlooking the Grand Cascade that will be illuminated by Christmas lights. Then, indulge in a three-course meal and enjoy music from live bands and the resident DJ. The disco mixology party night is also set within the same stunning setting. This event takes you and a friend on a cocktail masterclass journey by a mixologist. There are also various street theatre events this year at Alnwick with a range of favourite characters. The winter trail also offers the chance to solve clues as you and your family go on a magical journey throughout the garden.

Boxing Day in Northumberland

Why not head down to one of Northumberland’s many outdoor parks or National Park Countryside for a lovely boxing day stroll. Or take a drive down to the coastline, for a breath of crisp, fresh air!

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