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by Margaret Waters (subscribe)
A former teacher and charity worker from the North East of England, I love people and places and like to try out new experiences wherever possible. Capturing that 'perfect pic' is all part of the pleasure. Access issues are a particular interest.
Published November 11th 2014
A Winter Wonderland of Festive Fun for all the Family
Kielder at Christmas
Image from kielder.com


In a deep dark forest in the far north of England, Christmas trees are growing and little elves are busy in their workshop making toys to fill the stockings of little children on Christmas Eve. Mrs Christmas is baking delicious seasonal treats and Father Christmas is reading letters and finding out secrets as he prepares for all the children who will be visiting his woodland home in the weeks before Christmas Day.

Out in the forest little red squirrels gather in the nuts that will help to see them over the winter, while reindeer can be seen from time to time. Overhead thousands of stars fill the sky in what is the darkest place in Europe while the lure of fresh air and the smell of pine trees draws in the visitors.

Kielder Water and Forest is holding its annual Winter Wonderland to trill adults and children of all ages. You can have a great day out in the wilds of Northumberland and meet Santa and Mrs Claus in the beautiful forest setting with fir trees and a lake.

View of Kielder Water and Forest
View of KielderWater and Forest


Get excited at the elves leading you through the forest to see Father Christmas in his home, help Mrs Christmas with her many tasks, laugh yourself silly in a jolly theatre show and make sure you meet Mr and Mrs Beaver and the Snowy Owl before you go. It's all part of the experience on your amazing day out at Kielder Winter Wonderland.

snow lodge at kielder
Snow Lodge at Kielder - image from


You can also shoot down a snow tube, try a bit of ice skating and see the snowy owls that live in the forest. There's so much to do.

Prices are per person and range from £32 - £35 (depending on the date) for a full day of entertainment.

All tickets are subject to a £4.50 booking fee.

Tickets are selling fast so book as soon as you can if you want to meet Santa and Mrs Claus in their Kielder Forest home.

Mrs Christmas
Mrs Christmas - image from kielderwinterwonderland.com


Bookings MUST be made in advance and there is still some limited availability. Call 0845 155 1553 to book your great day out.

Some new dates for November and December have just been added but current availability is as: follows.

Saturday 15 November £32
Sunday 16 November £32
Saturday 22 November £35
Sunday 23 November £35
Saturday 29 November £35
Sunday 30 November - Sunday 22 December SOLD OUT

All adults will receive a gift to take home and children will receive a gift from Father Christmas. Remember when you book to tell Santa's helper a secret about each child who will be visiting. For example a pet's name or favourite colour.

lodge for hire
One of the lodges available for hire at Kielder


If you fancy staying a little longer, Kielder has some great lodges available for short breaks. There are seven types of lodges each sleeping between 4-6 people - including the newly refurbished Lewisburn Lodge with outdoor hot tub. So why not get a few of your family members or friends together for a festive break with a difference. Click here to view prices.

Lodges can only be booked by telephone so to book your short-break Call; 0845 155 1553

Situated about fifty miles north west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Kielder can be reached via the A69 from the city centre. For more detailed directions click here.
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Why? Great family day out, Meet Father Christmas, Visit Elves Workshop, Ice Skating, Theatre, Snow Tube, Wildlife, See Where Christmas Trees Grow, Have a Short Break
When: Between 15 November - 22 December 2014- Booking Required
Phone: 0845 155 1553
Where: KielderWater and Forest Park,Northumberland
Cost: £32 - £35 per person
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