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A festive wonderland for all to enjoy this Christmas

As the Christmas season fast approaches, the air becomes crisper, and the malls of Eldon Square light up with dazzling decorations, there’s no better place to experience the magic of the season than Eldon Square.  In the centre of Newcastle Eldon Square, brands offer an abundance of festive delights to discover. From gift shopping to festive dining and photo opportunities, here’s your guide to a memorable Christmas at Eldon Square.

Places to Enjoy Meals with Friends & Family this Christmas.

After a full day of shopping or for the perfect place to meet friends and celebrate the festive season, why not check out Eldon Square’s selection of restaurants. Recharge and celebrate in style with festive menus from Ask Italian, TGI Fridays, Chaophraya, Chiquito’s, The Alchemist and more.

Discover Eldon Square restaurants and festive menus here.

Christmas Part at Eldon Square

Christmas Party Outfits

Sparkle this festive season with head-turning outfits from work, Christmas party-worthy numbers to sequins galore, and more! If you’re looking for festive outfit inspiration, look no further.

We have carefully selected some of the most eye-catching items from Eldon Square brands, including ALL SAINTS, Fenwick, New Look, H&M, Next, and more for you to discover in our Christmas outfit 2023 guide.

View our Christmas Outfit 2023 Guide here.

Christmas 2023 Outfit Guide

Gift Guides for Him

Shopping for gifts is an integral part of the holiday season for many, and Eldon Square has you covered with a wide range of stores catering to both the easy to buy for and those harder to choose for friends and family members.

At Eldon Square, our brands have options to suit all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re shopping for your father, sons, brothers, partner or close friends, we’ve created the ultimate gift guide to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

View Gift Guide for Him Here

Foot Locker Trainers

Gift Guides for Her

This holiday season, show the special women in your life just how much they mean to you with carefully selected gifts from Eldon Square.

If you’re hunting for the perfect gift for that special woman in your life, Eldon Square has some ideas from our brands to help you find that special something, including gifts from Pandora, Prezzybox, Fenwick, John Lewis & Partners and Whittard of Chelsea

Whether you’re shopping for your friend, sister, mother, daughter or partner, our gift guide will make your holiday shopping a delightful experience.

View Gift Guide for Her Here

Lush Cosmetics Bath Bombs

Festive Treats

Christmas is a time for giving, but it’s also a time to indulge and have fun. Eldon Squares’ offering of cafes and delis from Costa, Fenwick Food Hall, Starbucks to Ori Caffe which are filled with sweet treats and hot beverages including hot chocolate and coffee make the perfect place to hide from the hustle and bustle outside. Catch up with friends and share stories of old and new while you sit back and savor the flavours of the holiday season.

Discover Coffee Shops here.

Fall Drinks at Eldon Square

Photo Opportunities

Capture the magic of the festive season and create lasting memories with photo spots at Eldon Square this Christmas. From The giant Christmas tree, Jingle and Bell the Eldon Express Train to the Christmas Flower Wall, there are lots of photo-friendly opportunities around the centre for you to discover in between your Christmas shopping spree and festive meals with friends and family.

Don’t forget to tag us on social media in your Christmas snaps!

Photo Opportunities at Eldon Square

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

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.

Christmas Crafts in Association with Age UK

We’ve teamed up with local charities Age UK Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland from 2 to 18 December 2022 to share our space and provide Christmas craft activities for all of the family.

Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas by decorating Christmas cards, wooden baubles and your own reindeer food to make sure Santa stops at your house. Shoppers can also share a natter with the Age UK team and hear all about their wonderful volunteering opportunities and how to get involved.

Our community space will be open daily from 11am to 4pm in St Andrew’s Way opposite MONKI. Why not stop by for a day of shopping to participate in one of our craft activities, including colouring in one of our Christmas cards?  All decorated cards can then be posted in our postbox, which will then be donated to clients of Age UK Gateshead, Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Craft Activities:

Age UK North Tyneside

  • Friday 2 December: Share a cuppa and natter
  • Saturday 3 December: Decorate a Christmas Card
  • Sunday 4 December: Make your own Reindeer Food

Age UK Northumberland    

  • Friday 9 December: Share a cuppa and a natter
  • Saturday 10 December: Decorate a wooden bauble
  • Sunday 11 December: Decorate a wooden bauble

Age UK Gateshead

  • Friday 16 December: Share a cuppa and a natter
  • Saturday 17 December: Make your own Reindeer Food
  • Sunday 18 December: Make your own Reindeer Food

Would you like to volunteer for Age UK? Find out more about volunteering roles at your local Age UK here.