Christmas at Beamish 2021

27th November to 24th December 2021 (open Wed-Sun up to 17th December, daily from 18th-24th December, 10am-4pm)

Come along for Christmas at Beamish daytimes from 27th November to 24th December 2021 and enjoy truly traditional celebrations at the museum.

Take part in festive fun and see your favourite parts of Beamish beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. Visit Father Christmas (pre-booked Grotto ticket essential, subject to availability), savour the aroma of delicious homemade goods cooking on the range and listen to merry music.

Start your own special family traditions and tick off important Christmas to-dos before the big day.

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy Christmas at Beamish daytime visits.

As well as a valid pass/membership, all visitors aged five and over need a pre-booked entry timeslot. Timeslots for visits up to 24th December are available to book online now. Grotto tickets must be pre-booked online when booking timeslots, these are available to book now (subject to availability).


Beamish winter opening times

1st November to 17th December (inclusive): Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

18th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022 (inclusive): Open daily, 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2021).


Every day we are open during the festive season

From Georgian times right the way through to the 1950s, hop aboard one of our traditional trams or buses and be immersed in an enchanting Christmas through time at Beamish – the perfect way to count down to the big day!

Wander through Elf Wood in Birch Wood and spy the mischievous elves in their houses. We’re sure they’re supposed to be helping Father Christmas?!

Have a go at the Elf Trail and spot the naughty elves hiding around the museum. Download here.

Try the delicious yuletide treats in the sweet shop and bakery in The 1900s Town, and visit the homes of Ravensworth Terrace and admire the traditional festive decorations. Be sure to buy that perfect present from the market stalls in the street – we’ve added a range of new Beamish-inspired products, including items especially for Christmas! Visit our Online Shop to see the fantastic festive range.

Take a spin on the gallopers at The Fairground (small charge applies).

Pop up to Pockerley to learn about a traditional Georgian Christmas, including 1820s celebratory food and drink.

Visit Francis Street in The 1900s Pit Village and discover how the miners and their families celebrated Christmas in Edwardian times, enjoy a warming hot chocolate, and don’t forget to pay our pit ponies a festive visit!

Discover a forties Christmas at The 1940s Farm, see how the season was celebrated at home during the Second World War when rations were in place.

Find out about festive 50s celebrations in the welfare hall, the first building to open as part of The 1950s Town.

You can pre-book timeslots for visits up to 24th December 2021 online now.


During weekends or local school holidays only during the festive season

Come along to Beamish for the Christmas opening weekend on 27th and 28th November. Father Christmas will be out and about around site during the day in a traditional car, be sure to give him a cheer as he passes by! Please note, there will be no Christmas launch parade this year.

Father Christmas will also be escorted by a marching band on Saturday, 27th November. Keep an eye out for him as he makes his way through The 1900s Town and around site.

During weekends, see Father Christmas travel around the museum site in different forms of traditional transport… will it be an Armstrong Whitworth car? A horse and carriage? Or a bicycle? Be sure to give him a big wave and a cheer as he makes his way round!

Pop up to the Tea Rooms in The 1900s Town and enjoy delicious Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings (Christmas dinner only available during weekends and local school holidays).

Take a ride on The Waggonway in The 1820s Landscape during weekends from 27th November until 12th December then daily from 18th to 24th December. Operating dates and times from 27th December onwards to be confirmed.

Enjoy live music during weekend afternoons in the bandstand in The 1900s Town.

You can pre-book timeslots for visits up to 24th December 2021 online now.


Father Christmas’ Grotto

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Rowley Station Goods Yard every day that we are open from 27th November to 24th December, 10am to 4pm (last admission 3pm). Please see above for full opening times.

Grotto tickets (0-16 years) must be booked in advance online and visitors aged five and over must also have an accompanying timeslot ticket (both subject to availability) as well as a Beamish Unlimited Pass/Friends of Beamish membership to come to the museum. No Grotto tickets will be available to buy from the museum on the day of your visit.

Grotto tickets are £6 (0-16 years) and include a small traditional toy.

If the Grotto slots have sold out for the day you have selected, there will be an option to “View other available dates”. Please note that, if you choose to book a Grotto ticket for a different day, you will need to rebook your timeslot ticket for the same day as your Grotto ticket.

Grotto session timeslots:

  • 10.15am – 10.45am
  • 10.45am – 11.30am
  • 11.30am – 12.15pm
  • 12.15pm – 1pm
  • 1pm – 1.45pm
  • 1.45pm – 2.30pm
  • 2.30pm – 3.15pm
  • 3.15pm – 4pm

Tickets for Father Christmas’ Grotto are available to book online now (subject to availability).


What you need to visit Beamish (all should be pre-booked online):

  • Each person aged five and over needs a free timeslot booking (subject to availability). Under 5s do not need a timeslot.
  • Each person aged five and over needs a valid Beamish Unlimited Pass/Friends of Beamish membership. Adult, child, senior/student and family passes available. Under 5s do not need a pass/membership.
  • If you wish to visit Father Christmas’ Grotto (subject to availability), each child between 0-16 years needs a Father Christmas Grotto booking (£6 each). Accompanying adults do not need a Grotto booking. Grotto tickets need to be pre-booked online in advance and won’t be available at museum on day of visit.

Please ensure that if you wish to visit Father Christmas’ Grotto that you also have timeslot tickets to enter the museum on the same day and in sufficient time for your Grotto visit, and also a Pass/membership.


Father Christmas Video Calls

Families will also be able to enjoy a video call with Father Christmas, as he sits by the fireside in his cosy Edwardian cottage at the museum. They will also have the chance to invite other family members to join them on the call.

Father Christmas will be chatting to children about their present wish list and he’s sure to know a few things about them already, as he checks his naughty or nice list!

Video calls last up to 10 minutes and take place in the comfort of your homes and do not involve a visit to the museum.

Calls are £20 (for up to four children), £2 extra for every additional child.

Calls will be available on 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December. More dates may be added if these are fully booked.

Keep an eye on our website and social media or sign up to our e-newsletter for more information on when you will be able to book video calls with Father Christmas!


Twelfth Night Celebrations

Our Twelfth Night Celebrations run from 27th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022. Enjoy live music, traditional food and dancing – the perfect outing to blow away the post-Christmas cobwebs! We’ll keep everyone updated on when timeslot entry tickets for visits from 27th December onwards will be available to book.


As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy Christmas at Beamish. All visitors must also have a pre-booked timeslot to enter the museum. Visits to Father Christmas’ Grotto must also be pre-booked online in advance (subject to availability).

For more information about Beamish events, see our website, follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or sign up to our e-newsletter here.

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our first priority as always, and we continue to have a range of COVID-19 Secure measures in place, in line with industry best practice and guidance from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Find out more about visiting Beamish here.

Details correct at time of publishing/printing. The museum reserves the right to alter the programme without prior notice.