International Christmas Market
19 November–11 December, free
Chomping on a bratwurst on a chilly December afternoon and feeling its spicy, herby goodness warming you from the inside out is one of life’s great pleasures, but it’s only one of the many pleasures which the international market on Grey Street and Grainger Street brings. There’ll be paella, waffles, crêpes and all manner of cross-cultural deliciousness too. Consider your lunchtimes for the next three weeks sorted.
Beamish Christmas Cookery
21 November, 5 and 12 December, £100
The notion of a proper Dickensian Christmas – snow, spiritual redemption, urchins ferrying unfeasibly huge turkeys around – is one which has a real hold on the British psyche, but sadly time travel remains a pipe dream for most of us. That is, except for anyone heading to this immersive four-and-a-half-hour course in making period recipes from festive pork pies to twelfth night plum pudding.
Berwick Christmas Market
11 December, free
Local produce, mulled wine and hot street food abounds at this market, which will also be serenaded by Berwick Operatic Society, the Spittal Variety Group and the Salvation Army Brass Band. There are no brass bands more Christmassy. Plus, Father Christmas will be there. Not a bloke in a suit and a suspiciously plastic beard. The actual Father Christmas.
Monument Christmas Market
12–18 December, free
A much more localised affair than its sister market, this week-long affair is big on producers from the North East: microbreweries, bakeries, jam-makers, chocolatiers and more will be on hand to make your realise that, actually, you put off doing your Christmas shopping until exactly the right moment.