A guide to North East Christmas Fayres and Markets 2015

Christmas isn't Christmas without a trip to to a few Christmas markets. This year, they are starting at the beginning of November so I have created a handy guide to what's on and when.

It has been impossible for me to include everyone, so if you know of a market/fayre in the North East that isn't on our list, please add the details as a comment.

Living North Christmas Fair - 5th-8th November 2015

Celebrating it's 10th year, this event will see over 260 handpicked exhibitors, live music and cooking demonstrations. Tickets cost £6 in advance or £8 on the door. For timings and further details visit:-  

Living North Chrismas Fair

The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market 
28th & 29th November and every weekend before Christmas in December

Fill your Christmas stockings with unique and eclectic delights from around the region. Hand picked by The Alnwick Garden, the market hosts a selection of handmade, artisan and traditional gifts, and offers shoppers the chance to indulge in festive nibbles and live caroling. Free Entry. For more information and timings visit:- 

Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

The Ocean Club Christmas Shopping Event, Seafield Park, Seahouses - 14th November 2015

With free entry this event is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping with local gifts and exhibitors and taster treatments available in the health and beauty suites. For more information and timings visit:-

Ocean Club Christmas Shopping Event

Newcastle Continental Market - 14th-29th November 2015

With festive gifts and food stalls from around the world, Newcastle Continental Market is always a hit with it's perfect location around Grey's Monument in Newcastle. Don't forget to sample some mulled wine. For timings and further details visit:-

Kirkley Hall Countryside Christmas Fayre - 14th-15th November 2015

Over 8500 people visited this family event last year. Entry is only £3pp including access to the Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens. Bargain! Remember to pack your wellies as this fayre can get a little muddy. For timings and further details visit:-

Kirkley Hall Countryside Christmas Fayre

Auckland Castle Christmas Food and Craft Market - 20th-22nd November 2015

With quality local gifts, music from the Salvation Army and and outdoor ice rink set against the beautiful castle back drop, this is a Christmas Market the whole family can definitely enjoy. Free admission too (charges apply for ice skating). For timings and further details visit:- 

Auckland Castle Christmas Food and Craft Market

Wynyard Hall Christmas Fayre - 20th-22nd November 2015

With 150 local stalls, crackling fires, mulled wine and carol singers - the Wynyard event really captures the Christmas spirit. Tickets cost £4 in advance or £5 on the door. Sensible footwear is recommended. For timings and further details visit:-

Wynyard Hall Christmas Fayre

Vallum Christmas Market - 21st November 2015

Expect fantastic gifts and foodie treats, street food for sale and of course Santa Claus himself. Entry is £3 per car which will be donated to charity. For timings and further details visit:-

Vallum Christmas Market

Team Valley Christmas Market - 26th-29th November 2015

With 115 stalls, a craft tent, live entertainment, visits from Santa Claus and his reindeer plus the chance to support local charity Cash for Kids, Team Valley is one of the largest Christmas events in the North East. Entry is £2 per adult, £1.50 for concessions and under 16's are free. For timings and further details visit:-

Team Valley Christmas Market

Gosforth Christmas Family Fair - 28th November 2015

Located on Trinity Church on Gosforth High Street, this Christmas Fayre promises to bring festive cheer to the high street with face painting, local stalls, craft activities and a visit from the main man Santa himself. Entry is £2.50 for adults, £1 for children and free for under 5's. For timings and further information visit:-

Gosforth Christmas Family Fair

St Nicholas Festival, Whitley Bay - 4th-5th December 2015

With Northumbrian stalls, a lantern parade, carol singing, family entertainment and performances from local schools, the St Nicholas Festival highlight includes a lamp lit parade from Marine Park first school at 4:15pm on Friday. For timings and more details visit:-

St Nicholas Festival, Whitley Bay

Royal Quays Christmas Market - 4th-7th December 2015

With shops, stalls, street food and Santa Claus himself plus free entry and plenty of free parking. For timings and further details visit:-

Royal Quays Christmas Market

Durham Christmas Festival - 4th-6th December 2015

Durham's traditional festival takes place around the magnificent Cathedral and Castle. There is lots going on including a local food market, carol services, live reindeer, children's crafts and entertainment and a lantern procession. Entry charges apply to certain areas. For more information and timings visit:-  

Durham Christmas Festival

Newcastle Christmas Market - 4th-8th December 2015

Situated around Greys Monument and Grainger Street, the Newcastle Christmas Market features gifts from local microbreweries, homemade jams, cakes and chocolates as well as beautiful jewellery, scarves, bags and more. For more information and timings visit:-

Newcastle Christmas Market

Bede's World Yule Festival - 4th-6th December 2015

Gift-giving, live music, traditional crafts and carols with fill Bede's World over this weekend during their popular annual Yule Festival. For more information and timings visit:-

Bede's World Yule Festival

North Shields Victorian Christmas Market - 12th-13th December 2015

North Shield's Market Square will be transformed over this weekend into the popular Victorian Christmas Market. Expect traditional stalls, a bandstand with choirs, entertainment, fairground rides and food stalls. Some of the stallholders will even be dressed up in their Victorian outfits. Entry is free. For more information and timings visit:- 

North Shields Victorian Christmas Market

A Medieval Christmas at Newcastle Castle Keep and Black Gate - 12th-13th December 2015

With FREE entry to the Castle and Keep across the weekend, festive stalls will line the walls selling food, drinks and heritage crafts. Expect lots of entertainment too. Dressing up is not compulsory but highly recommended. 

I hope you get to visit a few of these fantastic Christmas events this year - we are so lucky to have so much going on in the North East over the festive period. Remember to leave a comment if you know of any other events and make sure you read the comments below to find out about other events too.

If you love Christmas, don't forget to join our North East Christmas Facebook Group for lots of ideas and inspiration.



  1. Well this has made me excited for my first Christmas in the North East! I had no idea about any of these so I'm going to try and visit as many as possible. Thanks for this Sam x

  2. I love this time of year....I am so excited for Christmas!
    Thank you for this post! I didn't realise there was so many in the North East x

  3. Hi Sam

    The North East Business and Innovation Centre have a Christmas Market taking place on Thursday 3rd December. Here is a link to the further details on our website http://www.ne-bic.co.uk/event/christmas-market-at-the-bic/

  4. I'm trading a a few of these and more it's going to be a busy season!

    V x

  5. Pumpkin patch events have 2 Christmas markets.
    Seaham town hall on 21/11 and the Glebe centre, Murton on 28/11.
    Both are proving very popular and full details can be found on their facebook page.

  6. CAOS are holding their annual Christmad Fair on Friday 20th November 2015 at Chester le Street Golf Club from 7.30pm. Large selection of stalls including jewellery, gifts, homeware, stocking fillers, cards etc plus raffle, tombolas and lots more. For more information on this and other CAOS events, please visit our page at www.facebook.com/Chesterlestreetaos

  7. Wow the NE does Christmas well doesn't it! Great list!

  8. National Trust at Gibside, Rowlands Gill
    Gibside Festive Farmers Market
    First and third Saturday every month, 10am to 3pm
    Enjoy a wide range of tasty seasonal food, drink and craft stalls while supporting local farmers and producers, plus roast chestnuts, live music from a brass band and mulled wine. Free entry

  9. Heather Crawford9 October 2015 at 19:30

    Sunderland Minster Craft and Vintage Fair, Saturday 7th November 10am-3pm, Fabulous and friendly local crafters in this beautiful historic building, not only the spiritual heart of the city but a vibrant meeting place for the whole community. Refreshments available, tea, coffee and homemade cake and soup.

    Sunderland Autumn/Christmas Fair Saturday 14th November 10am-12pm.

    All profits from both events go to support Sunderland Minster, the maintenance of the building and its ministry to the people of Sunderland

  10. https://www.facebook.com/events/593434074129964/

  11. Wynyard Hall is 19th November too! ;) x

  12. I didn't know there were so many North East Christmas markets! Been going to the Durham one every year since I was little and I love it so much- definitely need to check a few of the others out thanks for the list!x

  13. I'm based in Sunderland and have visited the stalls outside of the Bridges over the past couple of winters. Thanks for sharing these ideas, as Christmas markets are great for getting into the spirit of the season.

  14. There's a brilliant Christmas event at the Rothbury Christmas Festival.

    Skating, North Pole Owl Post, Fun fair, Christmas craft and food market, Crib exhibition, Christmas story treasure hunt, live music, free concerts, street food, gift wrapping service, shopping creche ... and FUN!

    See here for details https://www.facebook.com/RothburyChristmas2015/

  15. There is a one on at Brockbushes farm near Corbridge but I think it ends shortly.

    I'm sure I seen a poster about a Christmas market on at Colbalt business park.

    I've never been to so many Christmas fairs before in my life! Haha

  16. There is a Christmas market at Holystone Primary School in North Tyneside on thurs 19th November 7pm-9pm- lots of stalls selling Christmas crafts, jewellery and handmade driftwood items ideal for Christmas presents. Entry is only £3.

  17. brilliant there are still some available for me to attend love the Christmas fetes/markets

  18. Ridiculous how early the majority of these are. And over before December has even begun.

  19. A wonderful blog post and some markets I really must visit this year. There is nothing more festive than a good market with incredible food from far fetching German villages. :)


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