With just one weekend left before Christmas is upon us, it seems only fair to try and squeeze in three more festive recommendations before the big day arrives.

There have been more Christmas-inspired events than ever before this year, with Christmas markets, festive extravaganzas and Santa’s grottos popping up all over the place.

So here are the last three before we stop trying to force you to be merry for another year… enjoy!

Saaaaaaaaanta’s coming… Elf screening at Newcastle Castle

Will Ferrell’s fantastically festive comedy Elf, will be screening in the atmospheric setting of Newcastle Castle this Friday evening (December 21).

The one-off event will show Elf, a story about what happens when one of Santa’s Elves (Ferrell) finds out he is really a human and sets off to New York City to meet his biological father.

The delightfully comic tale sees Ferrell’s character try to spread Christmas cheer in a world full of cynics with hilarious consequences.

The film will show in the Harbottle Suite of the Black Gate with doors opening at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Reasonably priced refreshments will be on sale with all proceeds going to the castle that gave our fine city its name.

See the Newcastle Castle website for tickets.

East 17 at Christmas Tyne

It’s more than 20 years since East 17 donned all-white puffer jackets and backwards baseball caps to belt out Stay Another Day surrounded by fake falling snow.

Christmas number 1 in 1994, East 17 even beat Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ off the UK top spot.

The song went on to be a huge festive classic, belted out across dancefloors at many an office party, and this Saturday (22 December) you can hear it live from Gateshead at Christmas Tyne.

Performing ‘Stay Another Day’ and other East 17 hits will be original band member Terry Caldwell, who will be joined by Artful Dodger vocalist Robbie Craig, and Terry John.

They will be performing in the Tipi bar at Christmas Tyne with tickets on sale now online from the Gigs North East website. These are priced £22 and includes a welcome drink and meet and greet opportunities.

The Snowman, accompanied by the Northern Symphonia Orchestra, The Sage Gateshead

This orchestral accompaniment to the screening of Raymond Briggs magical winter’s tale is becoming a firm favourite among Tyneside traditions.

This year’s event will also feature family film ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ for the first half of the performance.

The second half will have families ‘walking in the air’ as the Snowman descends for his annual visit to the Sage.

Showings will take place on Saturday 22 December at 2pm (relaxed performance) and 5pm, Sunday 23 December at 11am, 2pm and 5pm and Monday 24 December at 11am and 2pm. Limited tickets are still available.

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