Christmas and New Year in Northumberland
Luxury Festive Breaks
Northumberland is beautiful in wintertime – what better time to experience Christmas and New Year in Northumberland?
The shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs of Northumberland embrace the season with wonderful displays of decorations and a cheerily festive atmosphere. The towns and villages are extremely pretty after dark with lots of twinkling fairy lights laced from tree to tree and highlighting the historic buildings.
We particularly like to walk along the beach or riverbanks and castles on a clear, crisp and sunny winter’s day and follow it with delicious home-made soup in a little cafe or traditional Northumbrian pub – mmm!
All our luxury cottages are beautifully and tastefully decorated for the Christmas season with pretty and quirky decorations.
You may not want to holiday over Christmas itself, but what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a weekend away in front of the fire in a cosy Northumbrian holiday cottage, getting wrapped up and exploring some of our lovely Christmas markets and shopping evenings – perfect for finding those last-minute gifts!
“What a wonderful cottage. When we drove up and saw the Christmas tree there were lots of ooh’s and ahh’s and when we got inside it got even better. We have absolutely loved our holiday here and can honestly say that we don’t want to leave! A huge thank you again and when we come back we’ll definitely give you a call!”
– Guests at Coquet View
Christmas in Northumberland
There is something very magical about Northumberland at Christmas time, and you’re never far away from some great community spirit and Christmas cheer through Winter! Many of the pretty Northumbrian villages such as Warkworth, Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Corbridge and also Alnwick have Christmas shopping evenings in the run up to Christmas. Christmas carolers, the ceremonial switch on of the Christmas lights, Gluhwein and cold, frosty nights – heaven!
The Alnwick Garden hosts Christmas-themed days and nights throughout the whole of December, including an ice rink and a Christmas market. You can make Reindeer food, follow the Christmas trail through the gardens and meet Santa! At Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth they have a Grotto where you can meet Santa too!
Read more below to see what’s on around Northumberland.
Cosy Cottages Decked out for Christmas
We make a big effort to ensure that our luxury cottages are beautifully and tastefully decorated for the Christmas season with pretty and quirky decorations. Where space permits, decorated and illuminated Christmas trees are provided, but in the smaller cottages where space may not permit, there are still festive decorations, but we leave the scope and style of decoration up to the individual owners.
Your Christmas and New Year in Northumberland is guaranteed to create memories of a very special time!
What's on over the Festive Season?
From Alnmouth Train Station, we’re lucky enough to have what is arguably the best Christmas Market in the UK just 1 hour away – Edinburgh! The Christmas Markets are made up of stunning wooden pods and huts, with handcrafted gift ideas, delicious food and of course a number of mulled wine stalls. The display of Christmas lights is magnificent, particularly in George Street. There is an outdoor ice rink with pop up bar and some impressively high swings for kids and adults alike.
The Christmas Markets in Edinburgh run from around the 3rd week in November right through until the end of the first week in January, and with trains running every hour (from 7am until 10pm), every day of the week (different times at weekends) from Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed railway stations they really aren’t to be missed. Book your train tickets quickly and easily using the Trainline website.
Check out the Edinburgh Christmas Market website, which is really good for knowing what’s going on where and giving some extra ideas for making the most of your trip – we usually include a trip to the theatre for the childen to see the pantomime of the season!
Amble Festive Fun in November
Amble is small but lively Fishing Town, and will shows off its reputation as ‘The Friendliest Port’ on the 3rd Sunday in November (please contact us to check the date for the year you’re going to be staying). The pavements of the main street of the town fill with locals and holiday makers of all ages, while a procession of kids from the local schools, local bands, dancers, some well-known characters (on stilts!) and floats made by the local businesses flow down the middle of the street and on to the Town Square.
The square is filled with delicious food stalls and entertainers – last year there was even a fire-breather! Around the harbour, you’ll find Santa sitting in his coastal grotto, and the lovely wooden pod shops all lit up and open for business. The procession starts at 4pm – be sure to get a good spot on the street and join in behind after the floats have passed. Pre-book dinner in one of the local restaurants or bistro’s to round off the night in style!
Winter Wonderland at Belsay Hall
There are plenty of gorgeous heritage properties dotted all over Northumberland, and one of our favourites is hosting a Winter Wonderland event every evening from the second Friday in December to the last Saturday before Xmas (please contact us to check for exact dates depending on which year you will be visiting). Belsay Hall is opening after hours and lighting up its Quarry Walk leading to the castle, where you’ll find vintage fair rides, hearty food stalls, and toasted marshmallows! With art installations tastefully incorporated into the festivities, there really is something for everyone. Belsay Hall is situated just 15 minutes’ drive from the A1 exit at Morpeth, and the events run from 4.30pm until 9pm. English Heritage Members receive a discount on tickets, but all are welcome! Be sure to book in advance by following the link to the official website. Please note, the website states this isn’t technically a Christmas event, to avoid any disappointment for little ones hoping to see Santa – He’s sitting this one out!
Wallington Hall Christmas Evenings
Another fantastic estate is opening its gates for some after-hours festivities, as Wallington Hall hosts Christmas evenings every weekend through December. This includes festive baking in the vintage AGA, musical performances in the Central Hall, and Mrs Christmas will be telling some festive stories in the stunning Library. Just seeing the house lit up and beautifully decorated is enough to get anyone in the festive spirit, and the gift shop has some stunning decorations and present ideas for you to take away from Northumberland with you.
Christmas at the Alnwick Playhouse
Alnwick Playhouse is a great, central venue for some cosy Christmas Shows. There are usually musical performances of Christmas Classics, a Christmas Party night, Christmas Crooners, and a Comedy Improv Panto Night (adults only at this one!) The Christmas shows begin from mid December, and exact dates and details can be found on the official Alnwick Playhouse Website Events Page.
Welcome the New Year in Style
Whether you like a big celebration at New Year or a quiet evening in front of the fire, we have lots of gorgeous cottages that will suit your type of celebration. From cosy cottages for 2 to 5 bedroom cottages fit for a New Year feast, Northumberland is a beautiful place to be to welcome in 2018.
Planning your Christmas or New Year break?
We know all of our cottages inside out, so if you have any particular queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’re more than happy to help!