Plenty of Christmas treats are in store

A Christmas Carol at Belsay Hall
A Christmas Carol at Belsay Hall

From magical meetings with Santa to markets and Christmas carols – a sleighful of fun awaits visitors to Northumberland tourist attractions this festive period.

The joy of the season is well and truly alive at The Alnwick Garden with a range of Yuletide treats.

Father Christmas at The Alnwick Garden.

Father Christmas at The Alnwick Garden.

Some of the highlights include enchanting storytelling in The Snow Bear on December 6, 13, and 14, and a stunning lantern parade on December 21.

Throughout December, The Garden will provide a grotto for Santa and his troupe of elves. Booking is essential.

A Christmas market is setting up shop and runs each weekend from today up to and including December 20 and 21, from noon to 6pm.

For details, visit alnwick or call 01665 511350.

Father Christmas is coming to the Aln Valley Railway, in Alnwick, on December 13 and 14, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Children will receive a goody bag, Christmas card and gift from Santa. Tickets (£15 per child) must be pre-booked by tomorrow, by calling Lesley Wolf on 01665 602181.

Heatherslaw Light Railway holds Santa Specials on Sundays, December 7, 14 and 21.

Trains will run at 12.30pm and 2pm and tickets (£9 per person) include return ride on the railway, refreshments, children meeting Santa and a gift. Booking is essential. Call 01890 820317.

The Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band performs a Christmas concert at Bamburgh Castle on December 20. Mulled wine/mince pies served in the interval. Tickets are £10. Call 01668 214208. The venue holds Christmas arts/crafts on December 21.

Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum provides the stage for a Christmas carol concert, with the Bailiffgate Singers, on December 12, at 7.30pm. Tickets, including glass of wine, are £4. Accompanied U12s free. Call 01665 605847.

The RNLI Grace Darling Museum, in Bamburgh, holds children’s Christmas activities on December 20 and 21, from 11am to 3pm. Call 01668 214910 for more details.

Christmas lunches are being served at Cragside, each Friday to Sunday, up to and including December 19. Tickets are £25 and booking is advised on 01669 622038,

Today and tomorrow, Belsay plays host to the seasonal show, A Christmas Carol. Over the next few weeks, there will be a Victorian Christmas and Christmas carols at the venue.

Call 01661 881636 or visit English Heritage’s website.

At Wallington, there will be visits from Santa, wreath-making workshops and the Christmas by Candlelight. For details, visit the National Trust website or call 01670 773600.

Woodhorn’s Winter Weekend takes place today and tomorrow. It includes a Christmas fair and a chance to meet Father Christmas. On Sunday, from 4.30pm, there will be show filled with ice and fire. Visit the website or call 01670 624455.