Sunday 13 December 2015

Last Minute Christmas Celebration Ideas In The North East

Christmas is just under two week's away and everyone is getting into the festive spirit and getting excited for the big man in red arriving on Christmas morning. This time of year is the perfect time to celebrate with family, friends and work colleagues and have some fun in the lead up to the big day itself. However if like me you have left organising a Christmas celebration to the last minute then fear not as I have come up with some ideas suitable for all kinds of people that will certainly get you in the festive mood. 

If you are looking for a work, family, friend or couple night out then Durham County Cricket club have some great party nights on the 18th and 19th December. The 18th of December sees a host of amazing sounding tribute acts take to the stage followed by a two-course meal and a night of dancing the night away. If  Bond is more your thing then 'A Bond night in Monte Carlo' will be just the thing to get you in the mood on the 19th when the black-tie casino night hits the club. This night sounds right up my partners street as it includes casino tables, a formula one simulator and a disco as well as plenty of martinis at the bar. These sound like great night outs that I would enjoy going on with my friends or partner and are priced at only £39.95 per person, which is incredible value.

If you are looking for something a bit more family friendly then why not book to see a pantomime at one of the many theatres in the region. My eldest loves going to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle to watch pantomimes each year, it is something I remember fondly from my own childhood. Pantomimes really get you in the Christmas spirit and you could make a real day or night of it by going out for a meal before or afterwards, making it the perfect family Christmas celebration. 

Another great family activity would be to visit Beamish which hosts magical Christmas activities over the festive period. You can visit Santa and his reindeer's, skate on the outdoor rink or visit the festive market stalls to try some roasted chestnuts. We love visiting Beamish and it makes such a lovely day out so I am sure that visiting at Christmas would be a great family celebration and make you feel all festive.

My eldest daughter is at the age now where she wants to go out with her friends on her own and do her own thing and she has been asking if she can go to the outdoor ice rink at the centre of Life in Newcastle. This would be a great thing to do with a group of friends as a fun activity in the run-up to Christmas as we all know getting teenagers excited about anything is pretty hard work. So if you have a teen why not take them and a few friends ice skating and then for hot chocolates afterwards to warm up, and you never know you might actually get a smile or a thank you from your teen. 

And lastly if you a bit of a party animal and just want to go out with a group of mates or work colleagues and have a drink then why not just head into Newcastle. Lots of bars like Revolution offer cocktail making masterclasses which are fun, or you could just head out with your group of mates to your favourite bars and enjoy a drink and a dance. Every year myself and my friends use to have a Christmas night out just before Christmas (Hi Karen if your reading this) and one year we all dressed up as Mrs Clause and we had a great night and felt very festive.

Whatever you are up to these holidays I hope that you have a fantastic time celebrating with your friends and family whatever you get up to. If you try out any of my suggestions then please let me know how you got on in the comments below as I would love to hear what you thought. 

This is a collaborative post. 



  1. Some fab ideas! I bet the ice rink is fab to go to! I've also heard Beamish is good at Christmas too :)

    Gemma xx

    1. I really want to visit Beamish at Christmas as we have never been as we always go in the summer xx


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