here’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 events 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 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, m
eet Father Christmas, attend a wreath-making workshop and see in the New Year with the unique Tar Bar’l Festival
. 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.