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Elf School

Elf School at Eldon Square is the perfect place to immerse your children in the magic of Christmas and become an elf for the day.

Join us on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November and Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December for a fun-filled festive event at upper-level Grey’s Quarter (opposite Chatime)

Children will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the whimsical world of Santa’s little helpers and become full-fledged elf.

Eldon Square’s Elf School offers a one-of-a-kind experience for children of all ages. During a delightful 30-minute session, your little ones can transform into Santa’s cheerful little helpers. This enjoyable activity will transport them to a world of creativity, imagination, and, most importantly, Christmas spirit!

Please note that the 11 am session of each day will be a quieter experience for children; no music or singing will occur at this session.

Only children attending the event are required to have a valid ticket. 

Book your time slot on the 25th of November here.

Book your time slot on the 26th of November here.

Book your time slot on the 9th of December here.

Book your time slot on the 10th of December here.

What to Expect at Elf School

Transform into an Elf

Transform your little ones into an elf as they step into Elf School. Greeted by our head elf, Candy Cane, you will receive your very own elf hat and rosy cheeks face paint as you embark on your journey to graduating from Elf School.

Sing-along and Storytime

Delving into the world of Santa and all things Christmas, you will hear a Christmas story to remember. Plus, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear in our Christmas sing-along.

Present Stacking game

Full of fun, laughter and games, you will work with your fellow elves to stack the tallest tower of presents ever!

Reindeer Food

It’s time to make your reindeer food for Christmas Eve; grab a bag and fill it with our special magic reindeer food to leave out for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph.

Graduating

All children will receive a certificate, a chocolate lolly, and a colouring-in sheet to take home.

The Children’s Foundation

During the event, donations will be welcomed to The Children’s Foundation. The charity was established in 1990 in response to the country’s worst children’s health levels to improve the health and well-being of children and young people in the Northeast.

Today, The Children’s Foundation continue to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable and marginalised children and young people from birth to 18 in the Northeast by Making Serious Stuff Fun!

All The Children’s Foundation’s work is based within the North East of England, and their main focus remains set on Early Years, children’s Mental Health and Children’s Physical Health and are proud of our delivering in each of these child health themes.

FAQ’s

  1. Can I amend or cancel my booking? Please email clare.cannon@eldonsquare if you wish to amend or cancel your booking.
  2. Do you accept walk-ins?– Walk-ins are accepted on the day if the time slot is not at full capacity; we cannot guarantee a place. Please book a ticket to guarantee your place.
  3. I am an adult do I need a ticket to accompany my child? No, only children are required to have a valid ticket.
  4. When should I arrive?– Please arrive 5 minutes before the start of your timeslot. We cannot guarantee entry to late arrivals.
  5. What is the minimum age? – Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  6. Is the event wheelchair accessible?– Yes.
  7. Tickets are showing as unavailable. How do I book?– Please choose a different day or time slot, as the time slot may be fully booked
  8. Is there a SEND Session?– Yes. Our 11:00 am time slot on the 25 & 26 November and 9 &10 December will be quiet; no music or singing will occur during this session.
  9. Will I see Santa? Santa will not be attending Elf School.

Fancy a bite to eat after Elf School? Why not check out our child-friendly restaurants here.

Experience the Magic of Christmas with a Family Day Out

The festive season is upon us, and there’s no better place to embrace holiday cheer than at Eldon Square, Newcastle. This Christmas Eldon Square is transforming into a winter wonderland, offering a variety of family-friendly activities and enchanting experiences that will make your visit truly unforgettable.

Christmas Launch with Spark Band

Make your Christmas shopping truly special by enjoying live music from the Spark Band. This talented group will be playing tunes and creating a magical atmosphere on Saturday 25 November, inside Eldon Square.

Spark Band Performance Times 

13:00 – 13:30 PM  – Heading towards Grey’s Quarter

14:00 – 14:30 PM – Heading towards Chevy Chase

Spark Band

Elf School: Where Dreams Come to Life

It Is the most wonderful time of year and there is no better way for your children to immerse themselves in the magic of the season than to send them off to Elf School at Eldon Square.

This fun-filled festive event will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November, and Saturday 9, and Sunday 10 December.  Eldon Square’s Christmas Elf School is a unique experience for children of all ages. In a delightful half-hour session, your little ones will have the chance to undergo a magical transformation into Santa’s cheerful little helpers. This fun activity will transport them into a world of creativity, imagination, and, most importantly, Christmas spirit!

Book your ticket here

Eldon Square Elf School

Christmas Countdown Clock

This is not a drill! The countdown to Christmas has begun here at Eldon Square with the arrival of our much-loved countdown clock. The renowned clock hangs proudly above the doors of our Northumberland Street entrance, ready and waiting for Santa to spread joy far and wide on the 25 December.

All Aboard the Eldon Express

Located in St. Andrew’s Way, Eldon Square’s Christmas Train is the perfect pit stop for you and your family to visit in between the holiday shopping and dining scene at Eldon Square.

This enchanting train provides a magical photo opportunity for you to look back on and cherish memories for years to come.

Child-Friendly Restaurants: Festive Dining for the Whole Family

After Elf School, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Eldon Square boasts a wide selection of child-friendly restaurants that cater to even the pickiest of eaters. From classic comfort food to international cuisines, you’ll find a variety of dining options to please the entire family.

View child-friendly restaurants here. 

Christmas Child Friendly Restaurants

Gift Guide for Kids: Finding the Perfect Presents

Shopping for the little ones can be a breeze at Eldon Square. The shops are brimming with toys, clothing, and accessories perfect for Christmas presents. Whether your child is into the latest tech gadgets or classic board games, our gift guide will help you find the perfect gift to light up their faces on Christmas morning.

View Gift Guide for Kids here.

John Lewis Board Games

Bowling: Fun for All Ages

Eldon Square offers a range of activities for all ages. Better Bowling provides the perfect place for friendly family competitions and a break from Christmas shopping. The whole family can unwind and have a blast, ensuring everyone leaves with smiles on their faces.

Eldon Square is the ultimate destination for a family fun day out this Christmas. With a range of activities catering to every age and interest, you’ll be surrounded by the spirit of the season and create magical moments that will stay with you and your family for years to come. Come and make this holiday season unforgettable at Eldon Square!

Find out more about Gorilla Bowling here.

Gorilla Bowling, Eldon Square Newcastle

Find out more about what’s on at Eldon Square this Christmas here.

Superhero Fans Assemble!

We’re not saying we can save the world, but we can save you from half-term boredom!

If you’re looking for something fun with the family this half term and your kids are mad for superheroes, then we have just the event for you!

Join us for a jam-packed, fun-filled day that your young superheroes will enjoy! From snapping a superhero pose with Supergirl and Spiderman to creating your own superhero mask, adventures await!

How can you get involved? Head down to Eldon Square, Newcastle on Wednesday 22 February in upper Grey’s Quarter (opposite Chatime) and discover what it means to be a superhero.

Superhero Pose:

If you and your family want to see if you’ve got what it takes to strike the perfect superhero pose, photography opportunities with Supergirl and Spiderman will run from the below times. Don’t forget your phone/camera!

  • 11.00 am – 11.30 am
  • 12.00 pm – 12.30 pm
  • 1.00 pm – 1.30 pm
  • 2.00 pm – 2.30 pm
  • 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Superhero Crafts:

Kids can become mini superheroes with our free creative colouring in card masks and even take them home to show friends and family!

From blue, green and pink, we have all the colouring in pencils sure to set the creativity alive.

The creative colouring in mask activity will take place in upper Grey’s Quarter (opposite Chatime) from 11am – 4pm.

We can’t wait to see all of your superhero masks come to life and look forward to seeing you all soon!

Feeling peckish? Why not check out our child-friendly menus available before and after the event here.