Newcastle Christmas markets: Review

Are the Christmas markets worth the hype? One of our writers investigates.

Kai Palmer
5th December 2022
Image credit: Kai Goulder
It’s irrefutably one of the nicest aspects that the festive season brings to the city: the Christmas markets. The stalls arrived in Newcastle on the 19th of November, and are due to stay until the 23rd of December, so plenty of time to pop down in your winter coats (seriously, you’ll regret going in anything else right now). But does the market live up to the excitement, and how does it compare to Christmas markets in other cities?

If you turn up to the market on an empty stomach, you’re in luck, because this year’s market at Grey’s Monument had a decent amount of food stalls, including Redhead’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Acropolis Greek food, bratwursts, and Gourmet Sausage rolls. Quite a wide variety of cuisines: it’s not JUST Turkey, mince pies, and pigs in blankets that are acceptable!

If you turn up to the market on an empty stomach, you’re in luck

The market also serves a generous sweet tooth too, with at least three hot chocolate stalls (one of them selling Bailey’s hot chocolate for those in need or in want of booze). There’s also stalls for fudge, crepes, and churros! Among others of course. The prices range from £6.00 for a bratwurst, and from £6.00 to £11.00 for churros, depending on portion.

I tried a ‘Flanders Hot Chocolate’, for £3.20, which consisted of lots of little marshmallows, whipped cream, and finished off with a scorched marshmallow on top. 10/10 for effort with this one.

One stall keeper advised that it was their last day on the Christmas market, but that they would be back at their permanent stall in the Grainger market. So, if you really enjoy any of the stalls you see when visiting, it may not be the last time!

Besides from food and drinks, there were also more practical Christmas stalls, such as a 3D cards stall, which adds a nice flare to the usual, plain, predictable cards. Prices for these were £3.99 for a small card and £5.99 for a large. This is a bit more than your average card but justified if you can pay a bit more and support a small business (but of course no pressure, cost of living crisis and all).

This year, the market also brought a second flurry of stalls to Hippie Green. A great and much welcomed expansion, helping Newcastle to compete with other cities: Edinburgh’s market has fair rides and over 60 stalls - Newcastle’s counted to around 40.

the market also brought a... great and much welcomed expansion

This second lot of stalls is less oriented towards our hunger and instead consists of more gift stalls. From vintage stores, selling some cool, old-school clothing, to woodwork stalls, displaying hand-made, swan-shaped, wine bottle holders! Prices for some of the smaller crafted gifts from this stall ranged from £10.00 to £25.00, but there were also larger items such as handcrafted chairs and coffee tables, which seep into the triple digit price range.

Other stalls in this section include a Native American style clothing store, which sells beautiful kimonos for £45.00, and of course a hippie store selling psychedelic prints and Bob Marley themed merchandise. It is Hippie Green after all, there’d have to be at least one.

This is not exhaustive! There are many other fantastic stalls, so pop down at some point and see for yourself. Newcastle’s Christmas Market has certainly upped its game this year and is worth the visit.

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