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Magical Christmas markets and events in Northumberland

Clare 20 October 2019

Visit Northumberland this winter for a jolly dose of festive cheer!

Twinkling lights, the smell of spices and roasted chestnuts, excited young faces and a hint of magic in the air – a visit to Northumberland in the throes of the festive season is sure to ignite that special Christmas feeling.

From November through to the New Year, Christmas in Northumberland offers up a remarkable array of festive events and experiences, catering for all ages. Kielder Winter Wonderland delights families with Father Christmas and festive activities aplenty, while Charlton Hall’s Christmas Soirées provide an adult alternative, with an elegant evening of food and dancing.

We’ve gathered together a selection of Northumberland’s best Christmas events where you’re sure to find sleigh-loads of fun!

Christmas breaks in Northumberland

Christmas markets in Northumberland

Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

When: November & December 2019

This eagerly anticipated annual event is a special occasion in The Alnwick Garden’s calendar. The gardens are a magical backdrop for the market which brings together a variety of stalls selling inspiring gifts, perfect for picking up that unique present for a loved one. Shop to the tune of seasonal songs and live music, making it more than just a shopping experience, it will be an evening to remember. There is lots on offer for the kids here too including an indoor winter playground and Santa's Grotto so make sure you check out the calendar of events.

Ashington Christmas Market and Light Switch-On

When: 28th November 2019

Running throughout the afternoon and early evening, this family-friendly Christmas market is as much about the festive spirit as it is about the shopping. Music, children’s rides, costumed characters and the jolly man in red himself entertain visitors with plenty of Christmas sparkle, while an eclectic mix of stalls sell food, crafts and gifts. The light switch on is the highlight of the event.

Hexham Christmas Market

When: 14th December 2019

Beaumont Street is lined with a troupe of colourful stalls while the elegant abbey hosts yet more sellers - a beautiful setting for making a dent in your Christmas shopping. Peruse the 70 stalls with a glass of mulled wine in hand, stopping for an indulgent treat from one of the food stands and picking up all manner of unique gifts for your loved ones. Father Christmas’ reindeer also make an appearance in the park, making this an extra special experience for families.

Reindeer in Northumberland

Christmas lights

Christmas in Corbridge

When: 2nd December 2019

Combining late-night shopping with carol singing, a Christmas tree festival, street food, market stalls, and a visit from Santa Claus, the historic village of Corbridge comes alive for an evening of festive cheer. The brass band will also play a jingle or two. 

Ford Christmas Market

When: From 24th November 2019

Hosted by the Ford and Etal Estate, Ford Christmas market promises a stunning selection of stalls selling locally made foods, gifts and crafts. To keep spirits high while shopping, there’s also a choice of street food and refreshments, as well as a visit from Father Christmas and his donkeys (the reindeer are resting up for their big day). The stalls are all undercover, so even inclement weather can’t spoil the festive mood.

Enjoy a visit from Father Christmas

Christmas markets in Northumberland

Winter wonderlands in Northumberland

Kielder Winter Wonderland

When: From 16th Nov – 23rd Dec 2019

A self-proclaimed festive adventure through the heart of Kielder Forest, this fantastic fairy-tale family event is sure to evoke cheer in even the most stalwart of scrooges. The forest becomes a Christmas playground, where charming lodges nestle amongst the trees and creatures such as reindeer and woodland critters bring the experience to life. Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and the beavers can be found here too, with activities and adventures which include a forest kitchen.

Other elements to this magical event are a Christmas Theatre, an exhilarating snow tube experience, elves’ workshop and flying demonstrations at Kielder Water’s Birds of Prey Centre from snowy owl and friends.

Whitehouse Farm Winter Wonderland

When: 23rd November – 24th December 2019

A sparkling selection of activities are on offer at this family-friendly farm from the end of November right through to Christmas Eve. The resident Father Christmas and his elves are on hand to spread the festive cheer, and the winter wonderland enchants little ones with its glitz and magic. Rides on Santa’s tractor and trailer add another element to the experience, and you can visit the farm animals at home in their Christmas stables. As if that weren’t enough, families can also enjoy the adventure playground, soft play area, panning for gold, go-karts and refreshments in the café.


When: 19th – 22nd Dec 2019

Belsay Hall and Gardens invites visitors to immerse themselves in a magical fairy-tale world, guided by festive lights through the wonderful grounds. The themed experience will delight children and adults alike, with mulled wine and toasted marshmallows to keep you warm through the evening.

Enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine

Festive events in Northumberland

Alnwick Winter Light Trail

Enjoy a wander through the glorious Alnwick Garden at night, illuminated by the Christmas lights which fill your heart with a joyful spirit. The garden prides itself on its accessibility, with smooth surfaces, accessible toilets and experiences such as the rope bridges of the treehouse suitable for wheelchairs.

Christmas Soirée at Charlton Hall

A decadent menu of exquisite dishes is served up to guests in the beautiful surroundings of the festively decorated Charlton Hall. Choose from a selection of dates throughout September and enjoy an elegant evening of fine dining followed by a live DJ set.

For more inspiration and ideas check out our guide on how to enjoy Christmas in Northumberland. There are lots of tips on what to do and see!

Stay in Northumberland for the festive season

On a crisp winter night with magic in the air, what could be cosier than curling up in one of our beautiful Northumberland cottages, hot chocolate in hand and heart full of festive cheer? Features such as wood burners and hot tubs enhance your winter getaway and get you in the spirit for the celebrations to come.

Don’t miss out, our Christmas cottages in Northumberland are popular, so pick your perfect festive break today.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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