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Santa bus returns for magical tour of North East - when and where you can see it

The Go North East bus, featuring Santa and his elves, will visit Newcastle, Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham this month

A popular Santa bus will be touring the North East again this year.

Go North East is bringing back its open-top Santa bus to help spread some Christmas cheer between December 15 and December 23

The vehicle has been decorated with Christmas lighting donated by Parkside Community Centre, in Seaham, and will feature Santa and his elves.

Just like last year, the bus will not stop at any of the locations but will be moving slow enough for people to get photos and videos.

It is due to visit areas in Newcastle, Northumberland, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. Scroll down to see the full list of dates and locations.

Stephen King, Go North East’s commercial director, said: “We’re delighted to be spreading some festive cheer again this year.

“We were blown away by how popular the Santa bus open-top tour was last year, and we can’t wait to get started again, seeing all those smiling faces as we pass through the region’s villages, towns and cities.”

This year, families will be able to use a Santa tracker to see where the bus is. You can download the Go North East app and track the vehicle in real-time.

People are advised that the schedule is subject to change. Follow Go North East’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and the dedicated Go North East Santa Bus Facebook page for the latest updates.

Go North East Santa bus tour – locations and timetables

  • Wednesday 15 December – Concord, Usworth, Lingey Lane, Leam Lane, Felling Square, Heworth, Felling, Gateshead, Bensham, Whickham, Swalwell Estate, Dunston, Metrocentre, Swalwell, Winlaton and Blaydon – view timetable and map

  • Thursday 16 December – Houghton-le-Spring, Hetton-le-Hole, Low Moorsley, Easington Lane, South Hetton, Easington Village, Peterlee, Horden, Easington Colliery, Murton, Seaham, New Seaham, Ryhope, Grangetown and Sunderland Stockton Road – view timetable and map

  • Friday 17 December – Sulgrave, Concord, Blackfell, Oxclose, Lambton Village, Ayton, Rickleton, Harraton, Washington Galleries, Washington Village, Barmston, Peel Retail Park, Castletown, Hylton Castle, Town End Farm and Southwick – view timetable and map

  • Saturday 18 December – Newcastle, Coast Road, Hadrian Park, New York, Whitley Bay, Monkseaton, Earsdon, Shiremoor, South Gosforth, Walker, Walkergate, Wallsend, Howdon, Percy Main, North Shields, Tynemouth and Billy Mill – view timetable and map

  • Sunday 19 December – Newcastle, Denton Burn, Swalwell, Winlaton Mill, Rowlands Gill, High Spen, Blackhall Mill, Chopwell, Blaydon, Ryton, Crawcrook, Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Riding Mill, Corbridge, Hexham, Castleside, Derwentside College, Dipton, Flint Hill, Burnopfield, Sunniside, Team Valley, Kibblesworth, Ouston and Perkinsville – view timetable and map

  • Monday 20 December – Durham, Neville’s Cross, Brandon, New Brancepeth, Langley Park, Witton Gilbert, Sacriston, Plawsworth, Chester-le-Street, Barley Mow, Birtley, Angel of the North, Low Fell and Gateshead – view timetable and map

  • Tuesday 21 December – Boldon, Whiteleas Estate, Fellgate, Jarrow, Hebburn, Lukes Lane Estate, Heworth, Felling Square, Wrekenton and Springwell – view timetable and map

  • Wednesday 22 December – Barnes Park, East Herrington, Silksworth, Tunstall Village, Pennywell, Sunderland, Fulwell, Seaburn, Whitburn, South Shields, Chichester and Cleadon – view timetable and map

  • Thursday 23 December – Sunderland, Shiney Row, Bournmoor, Great Lumley, Chester-le-Street, Pelton, Grange Villa, Stanley, Annfield Plain, Greencroft, Leadgate, Bridgehill, Blackhill, Consett, Delves Lane, Lanchester, Witton Gilbert, Durham, Gilesgate and Carrville – view timetable and map

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