We're bursting with festive cheer this season with a host of experiences and special treats that’ll have you jingling all the way round Ouseburn!

Watch out for our cheeky elves who will be getting up to all kinds of antics and activities at an Audience with Santa. Have your kids ever imagined what's it's like to ride in a sleigh? Ever wondered what Santa's favourite bedtime story is? This is your family's chance to ask Santa anything at all - whilst enjoying an indulgent spread laden with tasty treats, yummy cakes and delicious mulled drinks or hot chocolate. 

Magic is in the air and we invite you to join us at our immersive exhibition experience Shifter of Shapes; get set to explore The Lost Spells, a moving, joyful treasure of a book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. Are you ready to bring the book to life and meet Red Fox – the heart of the exhibition, ‘Shifter of shapes and garbage-raider … Messenger, trickster, curfew-breaker’? After your exclusive gallery visit, join our team for a themed craft and refreshments. Our bookshop is filled with special books, including The Lost Spells and other beautiful books by the authors so you can continue to enjoy the magic at home.

A Night Before Christmas, inspired by the iconic poem A Visit from St Nicholas, is sure to get you in the festive spirit! Twas the night before Christmas and our Story Catchers were nestled all snug in their beds, but they just can’t get to sleep! Find out what’s keeping our Story Catchers awake in this festive interactive story performance for the whole family.

There’s lots of fun to be had before we see out 2021 but we’d love you to grab your dancing shoes and join us at our End of Year Party! We’ll explore how New Year is celebrated around the world with crafts and games and exploring traditions. 

Are you ready to deck the halls and party with us this season? 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!