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Yule have a cracker at these Christmas markets


Nov 4, 2017 #Business, #Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching, which means there are Christmas markets across the region’s towns and cities for you to enjoy. 

If you’re travelling with the family, our £10 Family Day Ticket offers great value, covering up to two adults and three children aged under 16.

Newcastle International Christmas Market – now until 10 December 

The International Christmas Market takes place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street. While the rest of the world are ticking PlayStations and iPhones off their list, you can get back to the cosy feeling of handmade foods and buying special one-off gifts for your family and friends.

Durham Christmas Festival – 1 until 3 December

Durham’s award-winning Traditional Christmas Festival returns from Friday 1 December for three days, with a wide range of festive entertainment for all the family in and around the World Heritage Site of the Cathedral and the Castle, and throughout the city centre.

Sunderland Park Lane Christmas Market 
– now until 24 December

On weekends until Christmas Eve, a dedicated Christmas market will be running at the city’s popular market spot, giving visitors somewhere new and exciting to pick up gifts and treats.

Shoppers can browse stalls offering decorations, handmade gifts, bespoke festive novelties, food, drink, crafts and more – what better way to get into the Christmas spirit?

Sage Gateshead’s Christmas Cracker 
– 2 December

Join us for a Christmas Fair with a difference! Bringing together independent vendors and products from across the region for a one day event, taking place on our fabulous Concourse in this stunning venue.

There’ll be a special festive blend of free music and family friendly entertainment including demonstrations, children’s face painting, Santa’s Grotto and a special visit from Bjorn the Polar Bear!

North Shields Victorian Christmas Market – 9 and 10 December

The popular North Shields Victorian Christmas Market will return to Northumberland Square and see stallholders offering a wide variety of goods including festive gifts for loved ones, crafts and food. There will also be entertainment, music and a small fairground for the children.

Hadrian’s Tipi and Christmas Village – now until 7 January

Hadrian’s Tipi is a huge double tipi-style tent at Pilgrim Street, offering continental foods, mulled wines and other drinks amid an inviting setting of log fires and lights designed to recreate the days of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s travels around the region in AD122.

As well as the Tipi there is a new stretch tent area with its own 40ft shipping container bar, a street food village featuring North East companies and some German Market Huts with Christmas gift traders.

Tyne Bank Brewery Christmas Market 
– 9 December

Expect mince pies, mulled wine, festive tunes, fine cuisine and a plethora of artisan makers and stalls!

Over the day you can expect some of the most talented makers and creatives in the North East! Artists, jewellers, illustrators, potters, record shops, woodworkers and loads more! It’ll be a perfect opportunity to grab some stocking fillers and handcrafted, bespoke gifts.

Seaham Christmas Market 
– 4 until 9 December

Lots of different unique stalls where you will get some amazing gifts and treats for loved ones this Christmas. With hot food available and a Christmas shopping experience with a difference you don’t want to miss it.

Newcastle Christmas Market – 11 until 17 December

Like the Newcastle International Christmas Market, this one takes place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street, but welcomes stall holders from closer to home. There are beers from local microbreweries, home-made jams, delicious cakes and handmade chocolates. And once you’ve bought something scrumptious to eat, you can find special gifts such as scarves, leather bags, hand-thrown pottery, woolly hats and jewellery.

Etsy Made Local – Durham Christmas Market – 2 and 3 December

Etsy Made Local returns to Durham for its second year at Kingsgate Room and Riverside Café. This two day Christmas shopping event will showcase some of Durham’s best makers from the Etsy Community. This year there will be 35+ makers! This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Blyth Christmas Market – 2 and 3 December

A unique event on Blyth Market Place offering you the chance to buy some unique gifts and crafts, along with fun-filled activities getting you into the Christmas spirit. There will also be food, local dancers, attractions for the kids and artificial snow filling the Market Place.

Newcastle Grainger Market – Christmas Night Market – 
1 December

Kick start your Christmas on 1 December from 5pm until 10pm, with late night shopping, music, food, dancers, tours, sing-a-longs, freebies, offers, a Christmas bar, hot drinks, Santa Claus and much more!

Kells Lane Christmas Market – 2 December

Enjoy a host of traditional treats including artisan gifts, carol singers, mulled wine, hot cider and luxury hot chocolate, as well as a visit from Santa. All of this plus the usual tasty mix of the North East’s finest produce including artisan breads, pies, locally reared meat and game, cheese, handmade cakes and patisserie, freshly brewed coffee, preserves and sauces, locally produced beers, spirits, world street food and more.

By Emily