It is only two sleeps until Christmas but children across the region are already having problems nodding off because of all the excitement.
If you are wondering how you are going to get them to go to bed tomorrow night, do not panic, help is at hand.
Katie Oakes reports.
The Archbishop of York has spoken of the tough challenge he faced during his battle with cancer in his Christmas message.
Dr John Sentamu reflected on his illness and called for communities to unite in difficult economic times. Mark Whitty reports.
For many, this Christmas will be a time of celebration with their families. However, hundreds of North East servicemen and women will be spending Christmas day away from home, in places like Afghanistan.
It means their children, partners and parents are here without them at what can be a very difficult time. We have met one family in Morpeth who share what it is like to be an army family at Christmas. Frances Read Reports.
Families across the North East are raising awareness about how difficult Christmas can be when a loved one is serving in the armed forces. Hundreds of the region's troops are currently serving in Afghanistan.
Claire Brownlee, the partner of Staff Sergeant Jon Travers, said: "It's hard to be able to do it all on your own."
A man from Teesside has brought a bit of festive cheer to his neighbourhood by putting up a 28ft Christmas tree in his front garden. With a bit of help, it took Nigel Gregory from Billingham two days to decorate the evergreen and he needed scaffolding to help lift it into place.
The contractor said the eye-catching addition, complete with 3,500 light bulbs, is getting a 'tree-mendous' reaction. He hopes to do something similar again next year to raise money for charity.
Police are investigating after a gaggle of Christmas geese was stolen in North Yorkshire.
More than 100 birds were taken from the farm in the Flawith area overnight between Saturday 7 December and Sunday 8 December.
The total value of the stolen geese is £17,600.
Officers are appealing to anyone who has been offered a large number of geese for sale recently to contact them with information.
They are also urging any witnesses to the theft to contact them.
Passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro will benefit from extra services running throughout the festive season.
More trains will run until January 3 to help shoppers and party goes get around the region.
The run-up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for bars and pubs in the North East, as well as for those looking out for the people who drink in them.
Last night, we reported on the work police are doing in Newcastle. Tonight we follow a group of volunteers in Sunderland who patrol the city's streets until 4am: handing out water, blankets and even flips flops.
The street pastors work with a mobile treatment unit, taking the pressure off the ambulances and A&Es.
Katie Oakes reports.
Now, with Christmas round the corner, you've probably got your presents planned but what about your recycling rota?
Most of us throw away more waste at this time of year than any other so councils across Cumbria are urging us to plan ahead, especially when it comes to food.
Katie Hunter reports.