The festive season is upon us and we've rounded up some of the North East's Christmas markets to fill your diaries with...


Kickstart the festivities with a trip to one of the most enchanting cities at Christmas time. The most wonderful season of all starts with the Christmas light switch on in York.

Stroll down the Parliament Street Christmas Market, visit Santa’s grotto in Coppergate and take in the whimsical winter vibes as a season of family fun gets underway.

Be part of the magic under the warm glow of the lights that bring colour to the city’s landmarks, such as York Minster and the Shambles.

21 – 24 NOVEMBER

Always one of our first festive diary dates! Christmas comes early at Wynyard Hall as the Festive Shopping Fayre returns with more seasonal treats than ever before.

Discover stalls packed with the finest local artisan food and drinks, homeware, clothes and handmade jewellery.

Whether it be with friends or family, Christmas at Wynyard Hall is the perfect place to start a season full of fun festivities.

This year’s fayre welcomes a fabulous new Food Court in the Wellington Restaurant, with the ever-popular pulled pork buns and mulled wine still being served in the cosy Tepees.

Round up the gang and spread festive cheer at the ultimate festive shopping trip in the North East – make sure it’s part of your early Christmas plans this November.


Lose yourself in the winter wonderland that is Durham Christmas Festival this season.

A must for North East Christmas calendars, the event returns for three days of festive entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

Based in and around the World Heritage site of the Cathedral and Castle and throughout the city centre, shoppers can enjoy everything from the craft and gift marquee that encompasses over 180 stalls, to the outdoor food market and special, seasonal entertainment throughout the weekend.


A mooch through Malton’s Christmas Market is an absolute must.

Head over to Yorkshire’s Food Capital for a day of street food, festive gifts, live music and seasonal entertainment.

As always, the market will be awash with local food suppliers delivering their very best Christmas produce, as well as stalls lined with unique treats and trinkets – perfect for stocking fillers.

Expect figgy puddings, perfectly-prepared meats, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, handmade gifts and much, much more.

Set in and around the Milton Rooms and located in Malton’s central Market Place, this fantastic festive market is a great December day out for the whole family.


Spend the second Saturday in December by the seaside, where Saltburn Farmers’ Market will once again line the streets – bringing more festive goodies than ever before.

This mouthwatering monthly market is home to over 100 stalls of local produce, helping foodies to stock up their cupboards for the winter season ahead.

Go here with the family, and gather some of the finest Christmas produce in the North East – ready to cook up a storm on the big day.

Finish with a stroll along the beach and pier – what a way to spend a winter weekend.


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