Search For Santa Trail: Newcastle
Christmas is shaping up to be special in Newcastle this year, with NE1 unveiling their programme of festive events, including the welcome return of much-loved favourite, NE1’s Search for Santa, which is always a hugely popular, family-focused event.
The event will return for its third year on Saturday, 4th December, and consists of a free, festive trail which takes participants on an adventure across the city. Starting at Eldon Square, groups of children and their parents and guardians will collect Santa hats and a map which will provide clues and a trail to lead them to Father Christmas. With stops along the way for children to enjoy Christmas craft activities, the Search for Santa will finish at Newcastle Cathedral where there will be another festive craft stop, hot chocolate and a chance to meet Santa, as well as receiving a festive gift.
Details of how to book can be found at www.newcastleschristmas.co.uk, NE1’s online directory for all things Christmassy in Newcastle city centre. Packed with festive things to see and do, if it’s happening in Newcastle, details will be available on the Newcastle’s Christmas website. Kids’ events, festive screenings, ice skating, as well as any new Christmas events and activities, and all the details of NE1’s own festive programme will feature on the site. Add the website to your watch-list to avoid missing out on any Christmas fun this year!
Ben Whitfield, Head of Marketing and Events at NE1 said: “The excitement is building at NE1 and we can’t wait to bring some festive cheer to the city centre with our Christmas events programme. We’ve brought back some festive favourites including the Search for Santa which is well-loved by children and adults alike. All of NE1’s Christmas activities are designed to play to the city’s strengths showcasing some of Newcastle’s most historic and iconic buildings and locations as well as creating a festive buzz in the city. We are really excited to be able to celebrate Christmas in the city again this year and are looking forward to a packed programme that will bring extra cheer and allow people to celebrate Christmas together in-person.”
All of NE1’s Christmas events are free to attend but booking is essential. In previous years when the Search for Santa event was held, the event was so popular that tickets were snapped up within hours of booking opening. This year, the ticket link will go live at 10.30am on Wednesday 17th November.
Durham Walking Tour – Durham’s Architecture and History
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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme
Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.
The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.
Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.
Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.
Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.
This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.
The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.
Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.
There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.
This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.
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