First up, Gateshead. From the Quayside to Team Valley, we’ve picked out some fabulous Christmas markets that will make you feel oh-so festive ahead of the celebrations this year. Tick off your gift list, sip seasonal favourites, check out the festive food and visit Santa’s Grotto.
Gateshead Christmas Village 2017
Imagine this… one, snow-topped village packed with all the festive fun you could possibly imagine and more. A Christmas wonderland in the North East. The Gateshead Christmas Village is back and promises to put the fun back into Christmas shopping, making sure it’s as feel-good as the season itself. Gateshead International Stadium will play host to this dazzling display from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November. With entertainment scheduled throughout the weekend including performances by the cast of Sleeping Beauty (Newcastle Panto Ltd), it’s the perfect place to get festive with the whole family. Youngsters will get the chance to share their wish lists with Santa in his Grotto complete with a live nativity. Expect carol singing, mulled wine, hot chestnuts, mince pies and much more family fun all set up in a large marquee. In keeping with previous years, North East Markets will be donating profits from Santa’s Grotto to a local children’s charity nominated by their social media followers. A percentage of the entrance payments will go to another North East charity. Entry charges are £2 per adult, £1.50 for concessions and children up to 16 free.
BALTIC Shop Christmas Discount Weekend
Spread some Christmas cheer as you shop festive at BALTIC this November. The gallery’s shop invites people of the North East and beyond to join this fabulous festive shopping weekend where you’ll receive 15% off and a glass of fizz as you browse and tick off your wish list with quirky gifts for the whole family. From striking jewellery and stylish home accessories, to cool children’s toys, artist gifts and stocking fillers galore, you’re bound to bag something unique here – even for those difficult to buy for family members. The discount is available to all BALTIC Shop mailing list subscribers. Sign up throughout the weekend or before Tuesday 14th November at: shop.balticmill.com.
Christmas Cracker 2017, Sage
Sleigh ride over to Sage, Gateshead this December for a Christmas fair with a difference. A sparkling one-day event bringing together independent vendors and festive products from across the region on the Sage’s concourse level. This stunning venue will be home to a festive blend of free music and family friendly entertainment including exclusive demonstrations, children’s face painting, Santa’s Grotto and a very special visit from Bjorn the Polar Bear! Pick up something unique at the craft stalls, sneak in a foodie treat, join the singing elves and have a go at ice carving. It’s a real cracker of a fair – don’t miss out on Saturday 2nd December 10am – 6pm.