Guide to the 3 Best Newcastle Christmas Markets for 2023 in Newcastle UK

Not the weather, or the economy, in fact, nothing can stop the tradition of family outings to the Newcastle Christmas markets of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland in England.

Here’s a complete guide to the best Christmas markets for 2023 – opening hours, locations, parking, unique gifts, street food, and local produce to get in the mood for a merry Newcastle Christmas!

Newcastle’s three main Christmas markets open in 2023

Newcastle Gateshead has the largest Angel sculpture in the world, and the Northumberland countryside is full of folk festivals and old New Year’s Eve traditions.

If you’re headed to the north this festive season, support the local businesses and artisan makers of handcrafted goods by doing some of your Christmas shopping at the 3 biggest Christmas markets.

Northumberland Street at Christmastime, Newcastle, UK
Northumberland Street at Christmastime, Newcastle, UK

The tradition of coming out on gloomy days and dark afternoons to see the city lit up with lights and carnival attractions helps transform the city center into a bustling and vibrant winter wonderland during the holiday season.

The three main Christmas markets open in 2023 are the Newcastle Christmas Market, the Grainger Market, and the Quayside Market. Here’s everything you need to know about each Christmas market.

Newcastle Christmas Market


2 December until Christmas Eve (24 December) 2023


Monday9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday9 am – 6 pm
Thursday9 am – 7 pm
Friday9 am – 6 pm
Saturday9 am – 6 pm
Sunday10 am – 5 pm
Christmas Eve9 am – 4 pm


Grey's Monument is the epicenter of Newcastle's main Christmas Market
Grey’s Monument is the epicenter of Newcastle’s main Christmas Market

Grey’s Monument, Grainger Street, Blackett Street, and Northumberland Street, Newcastle City.

What to See, Do, and Buy

This largest and best-known Christmas market is simply known as Newcastle’s Christmas Market.

In 2023 it will spread around Grey’s Monument and Grainger Street but will include Blacket and Northumberland Streets. There will be at least 30 stalls.

Newcastle Christmas Market Plant Stall
Newcastle Christmas Market Plant Stall

This market has a focus on local products (and it incorporates the Farmer’s Market).

You’ll find a brilliant range of locally brewed beers, locally made Christmas cakes, and handmade gifts such as jewelry and pottery.

Locally made produce and Christmas decorations at the Newcastle Christmas Market, Newcastle, UK
Locally made produce and Christmas decorations at Newcastle Christmas Market, Newcastle, UK

Christmas choirs mulled wine, and street food, including roasting chestnuts, add to the festive atmosphere.

Newcastle, UK Christmas Market
Newcastle, UK Christmas Market

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Grainger Street Christmas Market

Although the stalls of the Newcastle Christmas Market spill over into Grainger Street, if you step inside the Grainger Market, you’ll find another Christmas market.

The Market won “Britain’s Favourite Market” in 2020 and it gets into the Christmas spirit in November and December each year.

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Grainger Market, Newcastle, with Christmas decorations in every shop

Grainger Market Santa’s Grotto

The Grainger Market Santa’s Grotto is a major drawcard again in 2023 and Santa himself will be making a special appearance as Christmas approaches.


November 25 to December 24, but opening hours change according to the date.

The cost to enter Santa’s Grotto is around £14 with no optional add-ons.

Tickets can be purchased on the Eventbrite website where you can also see the upcoming events for the Christmas and New Year period.

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Visits are restricted to 4 minutes. There is a North Pole Post Box if your kids would like to post a letter to Santa.

And inside Santa’s Grotto, they can meet Santa’s elves and receive an early Christmas present from Santa who will be there from November 15 until Christmas Eve.

Quayside Market


Newcastle Quayside, Swing Bridge to Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 3DE


Christmas opening hours: for 5 weeks leading up to Christmas Eve – from about the middle of November, until December 24, Saturday and Sundays, 9 am to 4 pm.

What to See, Do, and Buy

Sunday Quayside Market, Newcastle, UK
Sunday Quayside Market, Newcastle, UK

The origins of the weekly Quayside market go back almost 300 years when it first opened as a fair (and you’ll still find a fortune teller selling readings).

It is a local market held every Sunday and as Christmas nears, you’ll find it becomes very Christmassy on both days of the weekend.

Northumberland Cheese Company, Red Hot Dutch Cheese
Northumberland Cheese Company, Red Hot Dutch Cheese

Independent traders from across Northumberland come to sell handmade crafts and products including toys, jewelry, ceramics, and clothing so it’s a good place for some Christmas shopping.

There are dozens of food trucks and stalls where you’ll find locally produced conserves, sweets, and baked goods.

You’ll find Geordie Bangers, the Northumberland Cheese Company, and many other regular vendors at the Quayside Market.

Geordie Bangers, a Quayside Market fixture, Newcastle, England
Geordie Bangers, a Quayside Market fixture, Newcastle, England

There’s a lot of emphasis on northeastern culture – you’ll find vintage books on football, Newcastle United shirts, Angel of the North drawings, and even a pop-up pub.


There is limited paid on-street parking near Grey Street, free after 6.30 p.m. The John Dobson paid car park can be booked online in advance and is close to the Christmas markets.

Quayside Car Park, Newcastle, UK
Quayside Car Park, Newcastle, UK

Parking for the Quayside market is difficult on the street but there are two multi-story car parks. The Quayside Multi-Storey Car Park has a £3.20 fixed charge on Sundays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. It’s close, cheap, and is always my parking place in Newcastle.

Parking in Newcastle is a website that is the easiest way to find the closest car park, its opening hours, and prices, and you can book your slot before you set out.

Final Thoughts

I hope this roundup of the best Christmas markets has inspired you to support Newcastle’s local traders by stopping by a Newcastle Christmas market, picking up some Christmas gifts, and enjoying the city center transformed for the Christmas season.

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