A magical Christmas on the Northumberland Coast

Woman walking and drinking hot tea on Christmas Market.

Christmas at a coast & country stays cottage

The Northumberland Coast, with its rugged landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites, transforms into a winter wonderland during the Christmas season. If you’re yearning for a festive escape, Coast and Country Stays has a wonderful choice of holiday cottages along the Northumberland Coast. Whether you’re looking to cosy up in front of a log burning stove or enjoy a large get together in a fanstastic house for up to 18 people, look no further than Coast and Country Stays for a memorable Christmas retreat.
Once you’ve booked your holiday retreat, you can look forward to the many local activities on offer – we’ve selected a few of our highlights below;

festive christmas markets

To add a touch of magic to your holiday experience, Northumberland boasts many charming Christmas markets. Wrap up in your warmest coats and scarves and head to nearby Alnwick or Berwick-upon-Tweed, where you’ll find festive stalls offering local crafts, seasonal treats, and unique gifts from a variety of independent local traders. Adorned with sparkling fairy lights, these market towns are magical to visit at Christmas.

Christmas grandeur

For a dose of history and grandeur, venture to the stately homes that dot the Northumberland landscape. During the Christmas season, many of these historic estates open their doors for festive events and decorations. Here are a few of the highlights:

Bamburgh Castle - England

Bamburgh Castle

From mid November through to early January, Bamburgh Castle undergoes a breathtaking metamorphosis, evolving into a captivating Christmas Kingdom that promises visitors an unforgettable festive experience. The castle, perched majestically on the Northumberland Coast, becomes a beacon of holiday cheer, with its historic state rooms adorned in twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.  

Alongside this magical transformation at Bamburgh Castle, there are also an array of delightful activities to engage visitors of all ages. One highlight is the opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself, adding an extra layer of joy and wonder to the holiday experience. In addition, there’s also festive wreath making and carols from local choirs.  For an up to date list of dates and events, visit the website via the link below.

Alnwick Gardens

In addition to the festivities in the market town of Alnwick, the Alnwick Garden has an award winning Winter Light Trail. Perfect for families, these visits have proved extremely popular and offer an enchanting experience that will be remembered for years to come. For information and to book tickets follow the link below. 


Cragside is a National Trust property and whilst the house is closed during this Christmas season, there’s still plenty of outdoor family fun to be had. With an outdoor maze, festive decoration making, mischievous mice, wish tree and of course plenty of winter walks to stretch the legs and breathe some crisp fresh air.


A little further afield but well worth the visit is English Heritage Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens. There’s an annual Christmas Fair on 25th and 26th November 2023 which features traditional handmade crafts and gifts from local artisan makers, set in the beautiful backdrop of Belsay Hall. In December, there are several events including Festive Stories with Father Christmas. For more information visit their website here.

christmas on the Coast

A Christmas getaway to the Northumberland Coast promises a unique and memorable holiday experience. From the cosy comforts of your holiday cottage to the festive markets and stately homes, every moment is an opportunity to create cherished memories with your loved ones. Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape or a family adventure, the Northumberland Coast welcomes you with open arms, ensuring that your Christmas is filled with warmth, wonder, and the magic of the season. 

coast & country stays

Book your festive stay at one of our charming holiday cottages in Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell.  Our thoughtfully designed accommodations offer the perfect getaway to explore the impressive Northumberland coastline.  

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