Christmas money

Money can be tight over Christmas so to try and help, we’ve got details about some low cost and free activities over the festive season.

We also have help and advice to make your money go further this year.

Paying rent and money advice

You can get details about the support we can give to help you pay the rent. This includes information about easier ways to pay on the paying rent pages.

You can get help and advice if you’re having problems with money, benefits and want to develop your skills – just visit our Money Advice pages.

You can also get details about:


Foodbanks offer help for people struggling to pay for food. Find out more on the Trussell Trust website.

Credit Unions

Credit Unions can help with savings and loans if traditional banks can't help. You can find your nearest Credit Union.

Christmas activities

We have details about all sorts of free and low-cost holiday activities in your area:

Christmas events in...


Free festive food: from 12 December to 2 January, organisations in Middlesbrough are offering free festive food. You might need to book so for more details, please have a look at the full list of free festive food.pdf

Christmas events in...


Christmas events in...


  • 20 December: free festive lunch at St Matthew's Community Centre. If you're 50+, join Age UK team for a Christmas lunch. Booking essential: 01642 805 500.
  • 23 to 25 November: Wintertide Festival at the historic Headland. Fun and entertainment for the whole family including festive outdoor market, funfair, art exhibitions, film festival, dance, indoor Christmas craft fair and creative writing workshop. 
  • 30 November: Christmas Lights Switch On 
  • 1 Dec: Christmas Fayre, Alice House
  • 8 and 9 Dec: Christmas market in Seaton Carew