Christmas lunch in Northumberland

Celebrate the festive season in Northumberland

Christmas and New Year
Dust off your Christmas jumpers, woolly hats and chunky scarves; it’s time to get into the festive spirit. Wrap your hands around a steaming cup of mulled wine at Christmas Markets and experience a New Year’s Eve fire festival in Northumberland.

In one year and out the other...

There’s snow place like Northumberland the festive period. Market towns strung with fairy lights, Christmas shopping for trinkets and gifts, quirky New Year’s Eve parties and dazzling stars that embed the county’s gold-tier dark skies are all waiting for you at the most wonderful time of the year.

Soak up the atmosphere of our market towns and marvel at mind-blowing castles that become illuminated in Christmas lights at dusk throughout winter. Sweet mulled wine, indulgent nibbles and trinkets fit to fill your Christmas stockings are just a few of the delights waiting for you at Northumberland’s Christmas markets. Be sure not to miss out on Northumberland's wonderful local produce and discover festive treats and tasty tipples to prepare you for that all important Christmas Day lunch.

Head to one of the fantastic Christmas Events for festive fun taking place throughout November, December and January. Discover Christmas party nights, meet Father Christmas, attend a wreath-making workshop and see in the New Year with the unique Tar Bar’l Festival in Allendale. This 160 year-old ceremony sees 45 men carrying flaming barrels through the streets in a spectacular fire festival.
Go on a Boxing Day walk in Northumberland and watch the waves crashing on windswept beaches, breathe in the crisp air in Northumberland National Park, feel the tranquillity of Kielder Water and Forest Park and be at one with history on Hadrian’s Wall. Find a route to suit on our Walking page.

Start a new Christmas Eve tradition with Northumberland’s sky full of stars. Make a flask of hot chocolate, get the family bundled up and admire the canopy of nature’s own fairy lights twinkling above you. You might even see Santa Claus dashing across the sky towards a coastal village in his sleigh! You can stargaze on the coast or in Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park, where you can feast your eyes on up to 2,000 stars at any one time. Find out more about where to stargaze.
 

Christmas Markets in Northumberland

Wrap-up warm and feel inspired at a Northumberland Christmas market. Come along to grab your stocking fillers and Christmas crafts, find the perfect present for the mother-in-law you never know what to buy and treat yourself to some mince pies, gingerbread men and other festive treats.

Festive Events for 2022 in Northumberland

Get into the festive spirit this Christmas with a trip to Bamburgh Castle where their state rooms have been transformed into a spectacular festive experience running inspire by The Twelve Days of Christmas. From Monday 28 November through to January, The Alnwick Garden have their award winning Winter Light Trail back by popular demand which see's the the garden lit up after hours. 

Our Christmas Markets and fairs kicked off on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November with the Morpeth Christmas Market. Don't worry if you missed the event at Morpeth as the festive market returns on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December as we get closer to the big day. Christmas in the Park comes to the recently updated Hirst Park on Sunday 4 December. Festive entertainment will be available for all the family throughout the day, leading up to the highlight of the day, the Christmas lights switch on! If your after a bit of late night Christmas shopping then head over towards Hadrian's Wall for Christmas in Corbridge on Monday 5 December. Rounding up our Christmas Markets for 2022 is the Hexham Christmas Market taking place on Saturday 10 December where you will find the traditional Beaumont Street lined with colourful and elegant stalls with the backdrop of Hexham Abbey close by for a true Christmas experience. Belsay Hall's Christmas Fair took place on Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 November, where you could find Christmas gifts and crafts from local producers for your loved ones. It was also the Ford Christmas Market on the same weekend, 26 - 27 November, hosted by Ford and Etal Estates in North Northumberland.

Winter Wonderlands in Northumberland

Festive fun is available at Kielder Winter Wonderland this Christmas between Saturday 19 November - Friday 23 December 2022 but sadly this event is now SOLD OUT. This full day experience is packed with family activities to keep your little ones mesmerised all day. Help Mrs Christmas and the elves in their workshop prepare for the big day, whilst trying to find the big man himself, Father Christmas who will be relaxing in his grotto before his travels. Be sure to keep an eye on the Kielder Winter Wonderland website from early next year to get booked up in 2023.

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