Where can I see Santa in the North East? - From socially distanced St Nicks to virtual Kris Kringles

Christmas might be a little different this year but there are still plenty festive events in and around the North East to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Father Christmas learns how to use Zoom on a laptop in the grotto at Bamburgh castle in Northumberland,
Father Christmas learns how to use Zoom on a laptop in the grotto at Bamburgh castle in Northumberland,

This Christmas will be like no other after a year of lockdowns and restrictions many Christmas events have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

But there are still virtual and socially distant experiences to enjoy over the festive period.

With most of the UK under the strictest tiers, tier 2 and 3, as well as social distancing still in place this year’s Santa experiences have proved difficult.

Children will still be able to meet Santa Claus at events across the North East, while adhering to the government’s social distancing and face covering guidelines.

And there will still be the option to speak to Santa virtually and over the phone!

Here is where youngsters can see Father Christmas:

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh NE69 7DF


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You can have a magical personalised Father Christmas experience via Zoom at Bamburgh Castle.

The event is running until December, 23 and tickets cost £14.95 per child.

For booking information click here.

Fenwick Newcastle


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Northumberland St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AS

You can meet Santa on the rooftop at Fenwick in Newcastle and help the elves decorate gingerbread biscuits before being treated to a complimentary marshmallow topped hot chocolate and slice of cake.

The event is running until December, 24 and tickets cost £12.50.

You can find booking information here.


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Santa's Grotto at Liberty Brown

The Palm, Timber Beach Road, Sunderland, SR5 3XG

You can visit Santa and his elves every Saturday and Sunday throughout December.

Tickets cost £9.95 per child.


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You can book here.

West Boldon Lodge

NE36 0BG

Children can train as Elf Helpers in Santa’s Winter Woodland throughout December at West Boldon Lodge.


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Tickets cost between £12 and £18.

More details on booking can be found here.

Hartlepool Round Table

Video calls with Santa.


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Hartlepool Round Table are offering personal video calls for children after cancelling meet and greet Santa events.

There is a £5 donation charge with all proceeds to be donated to local causes by Hartlepool Round Table.

To book your child’s call go to the website.