Christmas Fairs and Markets in the North East in December

It’s approaching December 25th, so if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, it’s time to hit the panic button.

But do not be afraid! Not only are Christmas fairs and markets a great way to support independent local businesses, but it’s also a chance to get away from the crowded crowds in closed malls for those worried about the coronavirus.

From up north in Berwick all the way to Hartlepool, with plenty of stops in between, here’s a guide to the Christmas markets you need to know across the Northeast in December 2021.

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Christmas market in Newcastle


When: December 2 – 24

Venue: Newcastle city center

Starting in the usual mid-November, this year’s edition of the Newcastle City Center Christmas Market aims to create a ‘winter wonderland’ that has been scaled back from the massive market that dominated the center in 2019. However, it will remain that way. A convenient place for Christmas shopping with a much more local focus than before.

Christmas market in Durham

Durham Cathedral in the snow
Durham Cathedral in the snow

When: December 3 – 5, 10:00 – 18:00

Venue: Durham Cathedral

You have one weekend to make the most of the Christmas market in Durham, which is actually quite a few markets combined into one. In addition to the city’s regular markets, there will be a marquee for handicrafts and gifts at Palace Green, the Regional Producers Market at Durham Abbey Cathedral, and the open-air festive market at Durham Market and Market Hall.

Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter Christmas Market

When: December 3-4

Venue: Newcastle Cats and Dogs Shelter

The Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter is hosting a weekend of carols, crafts and more on 3 and 4 December. Hot chocolate in the Christmas lights and night market should be enough to keep you warm. There will also be Santa’s Grotto, food trucks and many more gifts. Entry costs £2 pre-paid or £3 per day. Kids and dogs go free.

Christmas market at Rabi Castle

Rabi Castle in the Snow
Rabi Castle in the Snow

When: 4-5 December

Where: Raby Castle, Darlington

Raby Castle’s Coach Yard is set up for the festivities, with stalls selling seasonal produce and homemade products from local suppliers. If your Christmas tree isn’t finished yet, those planted at Raby Estates can be purchased here. Parking and entry is free.

Christmas Craft Fire

When: December 5, 10.00 – 15.00

Where: Blue Flames, Whitley Park, Whitley Rd

The Blue Flames Sporting Club in Paignton hosts the annual Christmas Craft Fair at its Callerton Pavilion on December 5th. Mulled wine and street food vendors will be on site and entry for only £1 at the door.

Christmas market in Berwick

When: December 5, 11:00 – 16:00

Venue: Marigate, Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Berwick Rotary Club is planning to host the annual Christmas market in Marygate after it was canceled last year. Final details haven’t been confirmed yet except for the December 5th date.

Morpeth Vegan Christmas Market

When: December 5, 9:00-16:00

Venue: Morpeth Market

Unsurprisingly from the name, this market promises to offer all things vegan from over 20 stalls. They not only sell food and drinks, but also clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and general Christmas gifts.

The money raised at this event will go to local businesses and Farplace Animal Rescue.

Northumberland Christmas Food and Crafts Market


When: December 5, 10:00 – 15:00

Venue: Northumberlandia, Caramlington

Northumberlandia’s Food and Crafts Market is held on the first Sunday of every month. Expect handicrafts, the usual gifts, Northeast products, and artisanal foods with added wine on offer in December.

Christmas Markets at South Cause Inn

When: 7, 14, 21 December, 10:00 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 21:00

Where: South Causey Inn, County Durham

County Durham opens the Durham Suite on the first three Saturdays of December (and the last Saturday of November) and claims it will host “the best artisans of the Northeast”. There is a giant tree and Christmas lights to put you in a festive mood.

Old Coal Square – Christmas Market

When: December 11, from 12:00 to 17:00

Where: Old Coal Square, Elizabeth Street, Baker

A group of local businesses and vendors will be at Byker’s Old Coal Yard on December 11th. Unique items such as vintage clothes, lingerie, natural soap and food will be offered at the market hosted by Sister Shack, a feminist company of community concern.

Sister Shack also hosts a Christmas market the next day at the Cumberland Arms in Ouseburn, also from 12:00-17:00.

Hexham Abbey Christmas Market


When: December 11, 10:00 – 15:00

Venue: Hexham Abbey

In an effort to expand attendance over two Saturdays (the market was also held on November 27), Hexham Abbey will have booths, raffles, festive food and drink as well as entertainment for all ages in the main part of the 12th-century listed building and its building. Function rooms on the upper floor.

Christmas Market in Victorian North Shields

When: December 11, 10:00 – 17:00 and December 12, 10:00 – 16:00

Where: Northumberland Square, North Shields

About 100 North Shields stalls are expected to descend on the annual Victorian Christmas Market on Northumberland Place. Local choirs and schools will perform Christmas carols over the weekend as shoppers search for crafts, gifts and food.

Christmas Market in Maritime Hartlepool

When: December 18, 09.30 – 15.00

Venue: National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool

The Royal Naval Museum in Hartlepool hosts a monthly market day throughout the year. However, with only seven days left until Christmas, expect more festivities than usual at this celebration!

Christmas at the wharf


When: December 18-19, 09.30 – 16.00

Where: Quayside, Newcastle

One of the city’s most popular Sunday attractions is the Quayside Market in Newcastle. With only one week left until Christmas, there are two full days to allow last minute Christmas shopping. In addition to small, independent businesses selling a range of goods, there will also be the usual selection of street food stalls.

Ouseburn Market

Families enjoying the outdoor Christmas market in Ouseburn Newcastle in December 2020
Families enjoying the outdoor Christmas market in Ouseburn Newcastle in December 2020

When: December 18-19, 10:00 – 15:30

Where: Ouseburn

Ouseburn held its inaugural Christmas market last year, with a follow-up event in May 2021. In December, the market will be in a new location off Stepney Bank, with about 40 stalls showcasing the work of local artists and creators.

Entry is free, but donations to secure the future of the market are welcome.

Christmas market

When: December 17-19, 10:00 – 16:00

Venue: Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle

One of The Bowes Museum’s many Christmas events, it hosts three days of festivities the past weekend before Christmas at its annual market. Dozens of craftsmen and small businesses will sell their wares. Delaying that on the calendar means it’s one of your last chances – unless you’re a MetroCentre fan on Christmas Eve!

Entry to the Bowes Christmas Market is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. There is also a charge of £5 for parking, although blue badge holders go free.

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