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  • Writer's pictureKelly

The Christmas Market Guide to The North East

We are originally from the North East, Sunderland to be exact. We still visit the North East quite regularly and attend various events in the region. Christmas is just a special time of the year and I adore spending time with my family getting into the festive spirit.

Here is my Must visit list of Christmas events to visit in the North East 2018


One of the largest Christmas fayres in the area with lots of food and craft stalls, a

nd so much more. There is wheelchair access and both parking and entrance is FREE.

'Get ahead of the Christmas rush and into the festive spirit at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens this November. Our traditional festive gift fair is a fantastic alternative to the high street with a wide variety of specialist crafts and handmade gifts for sale. You’ll be sure to find the perfect present for friends and family amongst the stalls.

Local choirs will be singing all of your favourite carols so do join in if you're feeling in the festive spirit! Good little girls and boys will also have the chance to meet our Victorian Father Christmas and receive an early Christmas gift. This is bookable on site, on the day and there is a small charge for each child.'

'Each year Christmas comes early with the famous Festive Shopping Fayre. The smell of gingerbread, mulled wine and the sweet sound of the Christmas choir will get you in the Christmas spirit. There’s lots to see and do, including more than 150 stalls filled with the finest handmade gifts, jewellery, fashion and food.'

17th - 18th St James's Park

'Come along to St. James’ Park this November and discover a fantastic array of local traders, showcasing unique handcrafted gifts and decorations that you won’t find on the high street.

A variety of traditional festive food and drink will be on offer too for the ultimate Christmas shopping experience.

Tickets are £3 per person when purchased in advance or £5 on the door.'

'This three-day shopping experience is the perfect way to prepare for all the festive fun of Christmas with more than 80 stalls offering unique and original gifts.  Beamish Hall’s Christmas Fair isn’t your standard high street shopping experience.  Save yourself the stress of traipsing through chain stores and grab a bargain from an independent produces everything from wood furnishings, handmade jewellery, unique christmas pet toys and treats.  See the hall at its fabulous festive best and peruse stalls displaying their specialist wares, you won't want to go to the hustle of the high street! Under 5's go free!'  

TICKETS ARE ALMOST ALL GONE! Only a couple of days until this exciting event in Norham. Local stall holders will be offering a fantastic range of beautiful gifts, wonderful art, decorations and delicious regional produce. Don't miss it! some tickets may be available on the door but there are no guarantees . Proceeds will be split between two very good causes... Great North Air Ambulance & Northern Soul Kitchen.

'Christmas is coming, and the challenge is on to find interesting and unique presents for friends and relatives of all ages. At Brancepeth Castle’s Christmas craft fair there will be something for everyone, with over 70 craftspeople showing what they have made, including jewellery, woodworking, soft furnishings, sweets, cosmetics, cheese, cakes, plants, upholstery and glassware. If you can’t see exactly what you want, you can usually discuss what you are looking for with the stallholder, who will also be the maker. Many will be able to take commissions for bespoke items. There are also 2 cafes with a wide variety of home-made food and drink for lunch or just a snack. The number of days for Christmas shopping is getting less; make one of those days a visit to Brancepeth – see inside the historic castle and enjoy the craft fair. '

' A fine selection of quality stalls who supply unique and inspired gifts.  This year located in the accessible car park at the foot of The Treehouse.'

' With stalls selling beautiful arts and crafts, jewellery, trinkets, decorations and unique festive food, this is the perfect place to pick up a fantastic selection of presents.

It's a great opportunity to purchase a gift or a nice treat for yourself, while at the same time you are supporting some of our most talented crafts people and traders from around the area'

' This popular market returns in 2018, offering a wide range of stalls selling local and artisan foods, gifts and crafts. With around fifty stalls there is certainly plenty to choose from, whether shopping for Christmas gifts or simply treating yourself. 

Alongside the stalls there is a selection of delicious street-food and refreshments, including locally reared hog-roast, wood-fired pizza baked as you wait, and a traditional fish and chip van. Children can watch Santa arrive with his donkeys then visit him, and his donkeys, at his grotto. 

'We can't help but love good food & drink during the Christmas Festivities as our taste buds crave exciting flavours and hearty drinks. We're thrilled to be joined by a variety of food & drink exhibitors bringing street food to Sedgefield along with homemade jams, cheeses and delights for the perfect Christmas gift to takeaway. You'll sure to be in foodie heaven, entertained by live music and why not bring the kids along to visit Santa Claus on the Saturday. The funfair will be attending with their Teacups, Miami Ride & Train Ride.. something for the whole family to enjoy!'


'The annual Family Christmas Fair’ is a festive day out for all the family. Visit a range of stalls offering gifts, crafts, foodie treats and Christmas goodies.

Children will love the woodland reindeer hunt, taking part in the Elves craft activity workshop and of course a visit to Father Christmas to find out if they are on the Naughty or Nice List!'

6th - 9th North Sheilds Victorian Christmas 'With over 100 stalls selling all manner of seasonal gifts and crafts, the North Shields Victorian Christmas Market remains one of the most popular events in the North of England.

There are fairground rides for children, some great street food and traditional bandstand entertainment.'

'It is that time of the year when the LTSDA are getting ready for the Christmas Fair on 8th December starting at 1pm till 3.30pm.  The LTSDA would kindly ask for donations for the adult tombola and it would be most appreciated if as many pupil’s as possible could bring in a Mystery Jam Jar/s which is to be filled with sweets/goodies and wrapped in Christmas paper for the Junior Department stall.'

'Enjoy a weekend full of festivities at our traditional Christmas Bazaar on the Victorian Street and Music Room. Find unique gifts for all of the family from our hand-picked market stalls.'

'The International Christmas Market will take place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street. This year - get ready for an even bigger, festive experience as the traditional International and local Newcastle Markets combine forces for a month-long extravaganza in the heart of Newcastle!

Embrace the festive feels with a cosy wander around Newcastle's Christmas Market - your senses will be overwhelmed with the smell of food and drink from around the world as well as finding gifts for loved ones (and some for you too!)'

'The Bowes Museum and grounds are once again set to come alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of the annual Christmas Market. A firm favourite in the regional calendar, the ever-popular event takes place in the Museum grounds, with entrance to the Museum and tradition fairground rides included. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of fabulous locally sourced foodstuffs and crafts from some of the finest suppliers in the area, with around 80 hand-picked vendors offering superb ideas and products for those extra special presents or last minute treats.'

'Krisalin Krafts Christmas fair will be the place to be on the 15th December just off Stanley High street, there will be signs to help you find us. There is a big car park and 1 minute from Stanley bus station. FREE ENTRY There will be lots of stalls including Christmas Decorations, Personalised Christmas Decorations, Handmade gifts, Jewellery, crystals, handcrafted pendulums, handmade Toys, preloved Angel/Tarot card decks & Books, Crystal Reader, Aura Reader, Reflexology Taster sessions, Mediums and much much more.'

'Traditional festive fayre - food and craft stalls, gifts, santa.'

There you have some fantastic Festive Markets and Fairs to visit and get some Unique gifts.

Will you be visiting any Festive events in the North East?



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