Get ready as Jessica Chipman takes you on a joyful ride through the region’s best Christmas markets. Discover the enchantment, nostalgia, and fun that make these markets the ultimate festive experience this Christmas…
Newcastle Christmas Market
18 November – 23 December
Newcastle’s festive extravaganza, sprawled along Grey Street, Grainger Street and Old Eldon Square, and headed up by Newcastle City Council, promises to be a wondrous experience for all the family. You can kickstart your visit by sipping on a hearty mulled wine from Moosenwirt Alpine Bar or savouring a festive bratwurst from a local vendor.
Afterwards, explore the myriad stalls, brimming with unique Christmas gifts that are perfect for your loved ones, or to treat yourself. This year, an awe-inspiring 10-metre illuminated Christmas tree will grace Old Eldon Square and the new performance area near Grey’s Monument will host live music, choirs, and various other entertainment.
What sets Newcastle’s Christmas Market apart is its strong emphasis on local talent and independent businesses. The market celebrates the creative artisans, makers, and independent traders of the region. You’ll discover a wide array of local delights, from bespoke jewellery and eco-friendly beauty products to clothing, churros, chutneys, and everything in between.
Wynyard Hall Christmas Fair
17, 18 and 19 November
Prepare to be enchanted by the charm of Wynyard Hall’s annual Christmas Fair, as the year’s most joyous shopping event returns. Once again, Wynyard Hall will undergo a magical transformation, turning into a bustling hub for regional bakers, crafters, designers, and an array of talented artisans. They’ll be offering a splendid collection of unique, handcrafted gifts that you won’t find on the high street.
As you explore this magnificent estate, spread across 120 acres, you’ll be enveloped by the rich tapestry of history and the natural beauty that surrounds you. The Christmas Fair is a testament to Wynyard Hall’s commitment to celebrating regional talent and craftsmanship while providing visitors with a truly unique shopping experience.
So, mark your calendar and make your way to Wynyard Hall to immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas and discover exceptional, handcrafted treasures.
Berwick Christmas Markets
Explore the best that Northumberland has to offer, with the wonder of Berwick’s Christmas Market. Held in the Marygate area of the town centre, it features a variety of local and regional vendors. Perfect for gift ideas this Christmas.
You can expect to find stalls offering a wide range of products, including handmade crafts, festive decorations and seasonal treats. In case that wasn’t enough, there’s also an array of local food and drink stalls, where you can indulge in traditional festive fare like mulled wine, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, and a variety of tasty street food.
Berwick’s Christmas markets often feature live entertainment. Including carol singers, local musicians, and Santa’s Grotto, for those who are on the nice list to meet Father Christmas himself.
Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Markets
24 – 26 November
Step into Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Markets and prepare to be transported to a winter wonderland. Featuring a collection of traders who’ve travelled from near and far to offer their creations.
Amidst the market’s charming setup, you’ll discover exclusive gifts, expertly crafted artisanal treasures, and irresistible treats, creating a treasure trove
of winter-themed inspiration.
The marketplace is not just a destination for shopping; it’s a journey into the heart of Christmas spirit. Whether you’re on the hunt for that perfect, sentimental gift, or simply yearning to envelop yourself in the warmth and euphoria of the season, Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Markets are the perfect place to be.
With a multitude of attractions such as Santa’s Grotto, an enchanting ice rink, captivating live performances, creative workshops, exciting rides and attractions, warm mulled wine, and a mouthwatering selection of festive foods, it’s an experience that encapsulates the true essence of the joyous season.
Raby Estates Christmas Shopping Event
As the sun sets, Raby Castle will transform into a Christmas dreamland. The Stables Shop Christmas shopping event is your go-to destination for one-of-a-kind gifts, charming stocking fillers, and special Raby-made products.
While you explore the delights that are on offer, immerse yourself in the festive
ambience, surrounded by shimmering ornaments and the sweet harmonies of Christmas carols.
Savour a glass of sparkling wine or warm mulled wine as you make a start on your Christmas shopping list. If you’re taking the little ones along with you, make sure you keep a watchful gaze on the magnificent portcullis gates; you might just catch a glimpse of Father Christmas himself.
For those craving a cosy winter meal, The Yurt Cafe will be open for business. They will be serving scrumptious hot food and beverages. So, settle down with a comforting hot chocolate and take in the gorgeous surroundings that embrace you.
South Causey Inn Christmas Markets
28 November and 5, 12, 19 December
What better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than with delicious street food, handmade crafts, and homemade treats?
Head to the South Causey Inn, where you can explore the delights that await at their festive market. All taking place in the enchanting Durham Suite. South Causey’s festive market is an invitation to experience the joy, warmth, and wonder of Christmas.
Discover some of the best crafters the North East has to offer. With stylish homeware, handmade jewellery, personalised presents, tasty treats and more.
The York Christmas Market
16 November – 22 December
Celebrate the wonder of Christmas in one of the UK’s most festive cities. Each corner is adorned with breathtaking decorations. All setting the stage for a truly wonderful winter experience that promises an incredible array of festive events.
Stroll through the cosy alpine chalets, where a world of holiday delights awaits. Each chalet is aglow with charming fairy lights and brimming with an assortment of exclusive handmade crafts and special treats.
Satisfy your taste buds with delectable street cuisine, uncover unique stocking fillers, and relish in the seasonal delights brought to you by a range of local vendors.
For a truly unforgettable York Christmas, consider staying in one of the city’s welcoming hotels, cosy B&Bs, or self-catering accommodations, allowing you the luxury of time to savour every moment of the festive atmosphere with your nearest and dearest.