I am taking Jack to see Tallest tales from the furthest forest which is a panto created especially for children under the age of 6 at the Northern stage. Songs, festive fun and giggles are promised. Harry and Heidi will get to see panto with the school, so it's nice that Jack isn't missing out.
On Friday 29th November we will be visiting Newcastle in the dark! This is an annual tradition for us - we'll be visiting Fenwicks window, Newcastle continental market and enjoying our tea in town as a treat.
I am trying to only visit Santa once this year as I feel that the kids sometimes get sick when they see Santa over and over again! We have chosen to visit Santa at a special Evening event at Beamish. I've only heard good things about these evenings and at £12 per person they aren't cheap so I hope it lives up to our expectations.The village will be decorated and illuminated in beautiful Victorian style, there will be mulled wine, homemade mince pies and chestnuts for sale, carol singers will set the scene, there will be a small Christmas market, a real ice rink and the children can visit Santa in his grotto with a real roaring fire. Sounds pretty perfect to me!
We will be enjoying lots of Christmas meals out with family and friends throughout December and I usually host a mini Christmas party at our house where my do friends toddlers come over and we make reindeer food.
I am very fortunate that I'm going to get quite a bit of child free time in December. I am off to York Christmas market with hubby for the day, the Living North Christmas fair with my mam (which is the highlight of my shopping year) and we are going to London for the weekend to celebrate my 30th birthday where I'm pretty sure we'll be visiting the Southbank Christmas market and I will have to buy a new Christmas ornament from Harrods!
On Christmas eve we usually end up rushing about all over the place! Well this year we are just going to stay at home and have an open house with lots of homemade mince pies and mulled wine to help yourself to.
We only have 2 days off together as a family this year over Christmas so We are making the most of it and taking the kids to Thomasland for Jack's birthday between Christmas and New year. We went 2 years ago for his first birthday and although it was freezing we loved it. I love all of the decorations (especially the train station), the Christmas songs and how it snows 3 times per day.
I am undecided whether to take the kids to see a panto as a family or not this year - we are trying to save for various things at the moment and I am not sure whether I can justify nearly £100 for 5 tickets. Especially when the older 2 will be going with school and Jack will be coming with me to the under 6's panto. I do love it though and it's a great family night out so we will just have to see........