The Ultimate Christmas Event Guide for Northumberland 

Festive season is here and we can’t wait for our guests to come and join the yuletide fun. All of our homes across the Winter wonderland of Northumberland provide the perfect stay across the festive season – especially if you’re looking to fulfil your Kate Winslet in ‘The Holiday’ movie fantasy. 
So whether you’re an excited Elf or a begrudging grinch, take a look at our full lowdown of Christmas events happening in and around the region.


Christmas Markets 
Derwent Boutique Hotel Christmas Market (4th December)
From 10am – 5pm you can browse the luxury hotel’s market free of charge. Be sure to check some things off the Christmas shopping list here, as well as enjoying a tasty festive sandwich from their bar. 
Hexham Christmas Market and Abbey Christmas Fair (10th December) 
Hexham will be running its own Christmas Market along with the Abbey Fair and Farmers Market. The market will run from 9am – 3pm and they recommended heading over during the first hour if you’re looking for a quieter shopping experience. Join them and their traders for some food, drink, home decor, jewellery and much more. (Remember if you’re staying at our Hexham House Apartments, the market and Abbey Fair is literally right on your doorstep!)


Morpeth Christmas Market (10th and 11th December) 
A bit further down the road is the stunning town of Morpeth. Check out the incredible Christmas lights, strike a pose in front of Sanderson Arcade’s angel wings and explore all of the local traders and independent stores the town has to offer.


Carlisle Christmas Market (2nd December to 11th December)
Carlisle city centre will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland during its market season. The market will be made up of 40 Alpine style chalets with traders selling it all from handmade decorations and gifts to street food and artisan food treats. 


Newcastle Christmas Market (19th November – 23rd December)
One of the biggest Christmas Markets in the North East has to be Newcastle. Head into the city towards Grey’s Monument and find plenty of local stalls in the classic Christmas market style that we all know and love. There’s also plenty of street food on offer as well as Newcastle’s cosy tipis near the station.


Christmas Events 
Christmas in Corbridge (2nd December to 6th December) 
If you’re looking for a full range of cheer filled fun then Christmas in Corbridge have you covered. Join them for their Christmas Tree Festival, late night shopping, carole singing and of course, view all of their twinkling Christmas lights across the town.
Hexham Magical Movie Trail (25th November – 15th December) 
Hexham continues its festive fun with the largest Christmas window trail. Over 60 businesses have joined together with the theme of Christmas Movies. You can pick up your trail guide from one of the participating businesses, and once finished you can drop off your guide and enter a raffle to win a mega hamper! 
Christmas Wagon Run (9th December)
The mobile Christmas event runs through different villages in Northumberland including Kielder, Bellingham, Wark, Chollerford, Wall, Acomb and Hexham. All with different Christmas experiences,food, drink and entertainment. 
Santa’s Enchanted Elf Journey at Whitehouse Farm Centre (26th November – 24th December)
Whitehouse Farm is going all out this year with a full enchanted elf journey. Meet Santa and his elves in this magical experience where kids can make their own soft toy in the Cuddle Factory and enjoy their new show Frozen Grinchmas. 
Winter Wonderland Newcastle Racecourse (17th November – 24th December)
A massive winter fun fair, what more could you want! Thrilling rides, tasty street food as well as a German bar selling beer and mulled wine, it has everything. This winter wonderland is running from Newcastle Racecourse which is only a 30 minute drive from our new Roses Bower homes. 
Kielder Winter Wonderland ( 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd December) 
Travelling with the kids? Kielder has put on a full winter wonderland experience where you can roam the enchanted forest, where you’ll meet some magical woodland creatures and reindeers. The magic doesn’t stop there. You can then go on to meet Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and all of their festive friends.
Dark Skies 
When staying in The Steadings, The Byres, Charlton Gate you’re officially under Northumberland’s Dark Skies. Admire the real fairy lights above, maybe with a freshly brewed cup of hot chocolate and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the big man too!


Christmas Sights that are worth the travel 
Heading out and seeing the twinkly lights is always on the Christmas to do list. Here are a couple places you may want to visit. 
Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth 
A bit further afield but worth the trip is the shopping centre Sanderson Arcade. Suited out with a massive sparkly red bow on the front, with the addition of a stunning tree, angel wings and wreaths, it truly is a showstopping set of lights. 
Alnwick Gardens 
Again, a long trip from some of our homes but definitely worth the journey. The light trail is particularly worth the visit with it even winning the gold the 2022 North East Tourism Awards for ‘Experience of The Year.’ 
Bamburgh Castle
A new attraction has been created in the historic town of Bamburgh. The lavish display is inspired by the Twelve days of Christmas, with lords-a-leaping, gold rings and a partridge in a pear tree. Follow the glittering trail around and take in the wonderful sights. 
Beamish Forest of Light 
An after dark experience that will have you full of wonderment. The once ancient woodland in Beamish will transform into a dazzling spectacle filled with different illuminations and music. 
Are you looking to join us this Christmas time? Head to the link here to see the availability of our homes:

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