Festive Family Events in Northumberland this Christmas

29th November 2023

There truly is no place quite like Northumberland to visit during the festive period. Our picturesque market towns are lit up with fairy lights, you can marvel at our mind-blowing castles decorated to the nines, and wander through illuminated grand gardens on Christmas light trails. There’s so much fun for the whole family to get involved in this Christmas in Northumberland, so keep reading to discover some of our favourite attractions…



Top 5 Festive Family Events in Northumberland


Alnwick Garden Winter Light Trail (13th November 2023 – 7th January 2024)

This Christmas, the whole family will be delighted by a trip to the beautiful Alnwick Garden, where you’ll find the return of their incredible Winter Light Trail. Watch as this magical garden comes to life like you’ve never seen it before, with fantastic sound and light displays at their after-dark spectacular. The light trail is now open for longer than ever before, so you’ve got plenty of opportunities to visit this breath-taking family attraction.

Distance from Village Farm Cottages: 10-minute drive


Snow White at Alnwick Playhouse (13th – 30th December 2023)

No Christmas family holiday is complete without a trip to the theatre! This festive season, Alnwick Playhouse are telling the classic story of Snow White… but as you’ve never heard it before! Mad magic combines with ridiculous rhymes and silly songs in this sensational new retelling of Snow White featuring eight dwarves, a talking dog, a nasty frog, and an exploding chicken! It’s bound to be an unforgettable night for the whole family, perfect for children aged 4+ and their grownups.

Distance from Village Farm Cottages: 10-minute drive


Christmas at Cragside (2nd December 2023 – 1st January 2024)

There’s endless family fun to be had at the gorgeous National Trust estate of Cragside this Christmas! The house is now closed for the season, but outdoors there are still plenty of adventures to embark on. Track down the Mischievous Mice helpers who have been causing Christmas chaos, blow away the winter cobwebs with a wonderful walk around the stunning grounds, help decorate the Wish Tree in the stables by writing your hopes and dreams for 2024 on one of the tags provided, wind your way around the Merry Maze and find jolly selfie props along the way, and make beautiful wooden decorations to take home for Christmas. It’s true festive fun for the whole family!

Distance from Village Farm Cottages: 25-minute drive


The Christmas Kingdom at Bamburgh Castle (11th November 2023 – 1st January 2024)

Take a festive trip to Bamburgh Castle this year and enter their Christmas Kingdom. Promising to be their most dazzling Christmas experience yet, you’ll enter a magical world inspired by Northumbria’s myths and legends. Journey through the castle’s staterooms, steeped in stories and folklore, and discover a world sprinkled full of fairy magic. You’ll encounter fantastical creatures flying through frosted forests full of faerie magic, as well as mermaids and shape-shifting selkies diving through shell-encrusted lagoons. This unmissable experience is enchanting for visitors of all ages!

Distance from Village Farm Cottages: 30-minute drive


Christmas at Wallington (2nd – 23rd December 2024)

Searching for an awe-inspiring stately home to explore this festive season? Head to the National Trust’s Wallington estate, where you’ll find an abundance of family fun inside and out! You can explore the house dressed in all its seasonal splendour, enjoy live music, listen to stories with Mrs Claus, and meet the main man himself. Outdoors, you can wander around the courtyard accompanied by thousands of twinkling lights, take family photos in front of the huge Christmas tree, and say hello to the reindeer pulling the Wallington sleigh. You can even indulge in a festive afternoon tea – delicious! Find out more about all the festive events taking place at Wallington this year.

Distance from Village Farm Cottages: 40-minute drive



Festive Family Escapes with Village Farm Cottages

Searching for the perfect accommodation as a base for your incredible family getaway to Northumberland this festive season? Look no further than Village Farm Cottages! Our stunning cottages sleep anywhere between two and 12 people, so no matter the size of your family getaway, we’ve got you covered. We are now fully booked for the week of Christmas, but we do still have some availability remaining for New Year’s stays from Friday 29th December in The Farmhouse (sleeps 10), Farriers View (sleeps eight), Murrayfield (sleeps six), Kielder Chalet (sleeps four), and Brooks Cottage (sleeps two). During your stay at Village Farm Cottages, you’ll also have unlimited access to our fantastic Health Club and Spa, so you can truly relax this Christmas with some quality ‘me time’. Book your festive family stay at Village Farm Cottages today!