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Top Christmas Markets


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Fancy wrapping up in warm woollen mittens to get your fix of festive cheer as snowflakes fall on your nose and eyelashes? Look no further than this season’s range of Christmas markets – you might even come away with a few brown paper packages tied up with

Newcastle Christmas Market 
Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6JG
16 November–16 December

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 feel with a wander around the huge range of stalls to find gorgeous gifts for loved ones.
The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market 
Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU
17 November–23 December (weekends only)

A magical sight is in store for visitors to Alnwick Garden this Christmas, in the form of a pop-up Christmas market at the foot of the Treehouse. Wander round the dazzling display of crafts and gifts – you’ll be sure to pick up some beautiful Christmas presents (and maybe something for yourself, too).

The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market 
Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 5AW
2 December

Take a creative approach to your Christmas gift and food shopping at The Hepworth Christmas Market. With a truly eclectic range of arts and crafts from some of the UK’s most talented artists and designers, selling everything from stationery to ceramics, your basket will soon be bursting with unique finds. The festival promises to treat the tastebuds too, with a street food market and a food and drink tent crammed with artisan delights. 

Durham City’s Traditional Christmas Festival 
Durham City
30 November–2 December

Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit and get involved at this festival, which will take over various venues in the city, from the Cathedral cloisters to the historic market place. Singers from far and wide can join forces at the Cathedral’s ‘Carols for All’ services and children will love being part of the atmospheric lantern procession (booking recommended). 

Kelham Island Museum Victorian Christmas Market 
Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY
1–2 December 

Step back in time at this Dickensian-themed market, with traditional fairground entertainments and stallholders in Victorian fancy dress. History is at the forefront of what’s on offer, with a nod to the region’s industrial heritage in the emphasis on produce that is ‘Sheffield, Made’.
Knaresbrough Christmas Market 
Market Place, Knaresbrough HG5 8AG
1–2 December 

Visit this pretty market town for a feast to greet the senses. Fine local food and drink stalls are matched by a great selection of handmade gifts on offer. Venture away from the marketplace to explore the picturesque surrounding lanes and cobbled courtyards to discover independent boutiques, pubs and cafes, all offering a warm Yorkshire welcome. 

Grassington Dickensian Festival 
Grassington, North Yorkshire
1–2 and 8–9 December

Grassington’s cobbled streets and unspoilt marketplace make it easy to believe you have stepped into a Victorian Christmas, as you wander amongst stallholders, shopkeepers and villagers in Dickensian costume. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate or mulled wine by a warming brazier and watch the magic unfold; you might even might spot Mary on a donkey during the torchlit children’s nativity procession
Skipton Christmas Market 
High Street, Skipton BD23 1DT
2 and 9 December

You could get your Christmas shopping done all in one day at Skipton Christmas Market, voted the UK’s Best Large Speciality Market at this year’s Great British Market Awards. With carol singing, brass bands, reindeer, a Santa’s grotto and torchlit procession, the market promises to deliver on atmosphere too.

Beverley Festival of Christmas 
34 Butcher Row, Beverley HU17 0AB
9 December

Nestled within three traditional Victorian marketplaces, there are over 120 stalls at the Beverley Festival of Christmas. Kicking off with a festive parade, this lively market includes dancing, live music and pantomime performances and will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.   

Leeds Christkindelmarkt 
Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD
9 November–22 December

With over 40 chalet-style stalls, this pop-up market transforms Millennium Square into a traditional German village, featuring handcrafted toys, jewellery, festive decorations and authentic German food. Sample Bavarian delicacies at Alp Chalet, before raising a festive glass in the Ski Hutte bar.

Hexham Christmas Market and Abbey Fair
Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LT
7–8 December

Real reindeer and owls add to the magic of this bustling market of over 70 stalls in the shadow of Hexham’s magnificent medieval abbey. Sip a warming glass of mulled wine as you browse the selection of artisan crafts and sample the foodie delights on offer. Don’t miss the Aladdin’s cave of hand-made local produce inside the Abbey itself.

Raby Castle Festive Food and Gift Market 
Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH 
8–9 December 

For unique gift ideas and inspiration, head to Raby Castle’s Christmas Food and Gift Market, which will be packed with seasonal produce and presents for all the family. Pick up stocking fillers, delicious food and drink for festive guests and check out their more unusual gifts for friends and family. 

Beamish Museum Bazaar 
Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG 
17 November–24 December 

Enjoy Christmas at Beamish by taking a trip to the outdoor Bazaar in the Town Park, a treasure trove of charming and quirky gifts you’ll love browsing through. Take home some traditional trinkets, pretty presents and enjoy local festive food. 

York Castle Museum’s Victorian Christmas
Eye of York, York YO1 9RY
17 November–31 December

Take a stroll along the cobbles and step back in time, to learn all about how Christmas was celebrated over 150 years ago in York. With a month-long festive celebration, there’s plenty to see and do at York Castle Museum this Christmas. Father Christmas and his elves will be there for the little ones, while the grown-ups try their hand at Victorian gingerbread making. 

Published in: November 2018

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