Christmas and New Year

Dust off your Christmas jumpers, woolly hats and chunky scarves; it’s time to get into the Christmas 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 at Christmas. Market towns strung with fairy lights, Christmas markets selling 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.

Head to one of the fantastic Christmas Events taking place throughout November, December and January. Follow the illuminated band ‘Spark’ on a Grand Lantern Parade through the cobbled streets of Alnwick, meet Father Christmas at one of our Stately Homes 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 walking in a winter Northumber-land on Boxing Day 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 streaking across the sky 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.

 

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