Looking for fun festive activities for kids this Christmas in Newcastle? Look no further - we've got you covered, from afternoon tea with the man in red and Storycatcher fun in a 'Christmas' panto to quiet Christmas shopping after work and a New Year's Even party for the whole family.

Catch the main man himself, for the most magical afternoon tea of the year – Afternoon Tea with Santa. Tuck into a delicious spread of festive food and enjoy story time and activities with Santa’s Elves who'll gift you a Christmas craft activity from their workshop to take home. Then with a Ho, Ho, Ho you and your family will be whisked to our twinkly Grotto for a VIP private audience with Santa. Our bookshop is looking like the book department of Santa's workshop - packed full of beautiful gifts and book-themed stocking fillers - so why not pop in afterwards to top up on your Christmas shopping? Kids can enjoy the giant tiger, the books and even a babycino, if they can fit anything else in, whilst you shop.

Looking for something magical to do but need a break from the usual festivities? We get it. Our immersive exhibition experience Once There Was Magic is perfect for over 7s, and is a lot of fun for parents and carer too! The 'live-theatre' hour-long experience takes you on a journey into the Wildwoods of Cressida Cowell's Wizards of Once series. Guided by a wise wizard, you'll encounter amazing special effects, stunning original artwork, and fiendish challenges that will take all your ingenuity and teamwork to solve. Think Crystal Maze - but for kids!

Have you heard? 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring...apart from the Seven Stories Story Catchers who just can’t get to sleep! The Night Before Christmas event is inspired by the iconic poem A Visit from St Nicholas - find out what’s keeping our Story Catchers awake in this festive interactive story performance (a Christmas panto!) for the whole family.  

Finally, say goodbye to 2021 and say hello to 2022 at our End of Year Party! Explore how New Year is celebrated around the world with crafts and games, plus don't forget your dancing shoes!

Head to our homepage to see everything on offer and to book your tickets! 

PS. Fancy avoiding the crowds and doing your Christmas shopping under the twinkly lights in our bookshop with a mince pie and a hot chocolate instead? We're holding Early Evening Shopping events throughout December - see you there!