You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice, and now it’s time to start buying those Christmas pressies.
If the frantic sensory overload of the major shopping centres exhausts you before you’ve even parked the car and if the idea of shopping local and supporting Newcastle’s artisan and maker community fills you with festive cheer, then you’re in luck.
That’s because there is a wide and eclectic variety of markets happening right across Newcastle in the lead-up to the big day, meaning you can escape the crowds, shop local, and fill that tote bag with some truly unique gifts for friends and family.
Below is a rundown on some of the markets happening around you in the lead-up to December 25.
Happy shopping, and Merry Christmas!
Twilight Markets on the Green
Mayfield Bowling Club – Thursday 1 December
4.30pm to 9pm
Mayfield Bowling Club, in partnership with Nash and Dash will host a crackerjack night of fun, entertainment and shopping that is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
The lawns will be transformed into rows of artisan market stalls featuring an array of local small businesses and brands, live music and kids’ entertainment.
Nash and Dash will also host a daytime market at the club on Saturday 17 December from 9am to 2pm.
Olive Tree Christmas Markets
Civic Park – Saturday 3 & Saturday 17 December
9am to 2pm
The ever-popular Olive Tree Market Christmas series is an absolute must for any Novocastrian festive shopper.
The Olive Tree Christmas Market presents the perfect opportunity to choose small- batch, and one off gifts, straight from the hands of the creator. Give meaningful gifts to the special people in your life, that have been thoughtfully created, and where you will be able to share the maker's story of how and where their goods were crafted.
There will be many 'special feature creatives' who only bring their creations to Newcastle once a year; they specifically create beautiful new work for The Olive Tree Christmas Market.
My Kids Market Newcastle
Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Sunday 4 December - 9am to 12pm
My Kids Market is THE placed to buy, sell, and recycle pre-loved and new baby and kids’ goods.
Shoppers will enjoy huge savings on all the popular brands of clothing, toys, shoes, puzzles, books, prams, highchairs, and much more.
There will also be a selection of local businesses selling unique ansd handmade baby and kids’ items.
Christmas in Paris Market
The Station Newcastle
Sunday 4 December - 9.30am to 3.30pm
Experience the romance of Paris at Christmas time without the travel hassle with the Xmas in Paris Market.
More than 60 stalls boasting a wide range of French food and artisans, will be on offer, allowing you to satisfy those cravings for croque-monsieur, baguettes, croissants and more as well as picking up a unique gift for the Epicurean in your life.
Redhead Twilight Christmas Market
Webb Park, Redhead
Friday 9 December – 4pm to 8pm
Made & Found Markets is a beachside market run by the passionate team behind Homegrown Markets, Made & Found is where handmade meets pre-loved, and where you’ll find all your favourite things in one place!
Plenty of stalls sell pre-loved and vintage clothing and accessories, as well as upcycled goods like hand-painted denim, tie-dyed clothes and more. And you’ll find local handmade magic from your favourite stallholders, selling homewares, ceramics, skincare, the works!
Christmas Twilight Market
Mayfield West Bowling Club
Friday 9 December – From 4pm
Mayfield West Bowling Club’s Christmas Twilight Market is back, bigger and better than ever for 2022.
Browse more than 30 local stalls featuring mouth-watering gingerbread, pastries, candles, hand-made goods, thrifted goods, clothing, personalised glasses, jewellry as well as a BBQ bistro specials and plenty of Christmas cheer.
Conscious Christmas Market
Saturday 10 December - 10am to 1pm
Do you like the gifts you give to have a deeper meaning? Well Wallsend’s Conscious Christmas Market is for you!
An array of stallholders will be offering locally-produced items that have a positive social and environmental impact.
Make sure to stick around for the Little Scallywagz Christmas shows performed at 11am and 12.30pm to add a little extra jingle to your experience.
Newcastle Christmas Market
The Station Newcastle
Saturday 10 December – 10am to 2pm
The ever-popular Homegrown Markets at the Station will be pulling out all the stops for their 2022 Christmas edition.
Browse more than 150 stalls selling local handmade and eco goods while enjoing some chilled-out acoustic tunes, face painting for the kids and mouth-watering food trucks. And if you’re on the nice list, there might even be a visit from Santa.
Twilight Markets on the Green
Wednesday 14 December – 5pm TO 8PM
Club Lambton are getting into the Christmas Spirit with a community-based market that supports Newcastle’s talented pool of local artisans and designers.
Looking for something unique for that special someone? Well, you’re sure to find here.
Poppin’ Tags Market
The Greenroof Hotel, Hamilton
Friday 16 December – 6pm to 9pm
The Christmas edition of this popular pre-loved clothing market is guaranteed to be stocked fuller than Santa’s sleigh.
There will be a huge variety of pre-loved wardrobes on offer, allowing you to shop ‘til you drop while grooving to hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s while sipping on a 10 cocktail.
Newcastle Christmas Pooch Market
Old Fruit Factory, Carrington
Saturday 17 December – 9am to 2pm
Your beloved fur baby needn’t miss out on all the festive fun, thanks to this pawsome event in glorious Carrodise.
You’ll find an array of market stalls boasting a Cornucopia of Christmas gifts for your four-legged friend as well as dog-friendly Santa photos, tasty eats and awesome activities for the kids.