Newcastle Christmas Market 2022: opening dates, times and Santa’s Grotto details

Sleigh Bells are set to ring across Grainger Street and Grey’s Monument over the festival period.

Newcastle’s Christmas Market will be expanding its presence in 2022, as the city gears up for another year of festive fare, locally brewed beers and Christmas cakes to fill up even the jolliest of bellies this year.

With the markets becoming increasingly popular, Newcastle City Council have extended the hosting area of 2022’s iteration, as its regular haunts of Grey’s Monument and Grainger Street are now joined by Blackett Street and Northumberland Street.

There’s also whispers that the man of the hour, Santa Claus, will be making a special appearance at the market, ahead of his very busy day towards the end of December.

So what can Newcastle families and friends expect from the market in 2022? Newcastleworld is here to provide you with a list of activities that even Ebeneezer Scrooge couldn’t yell “bah, humbug” at.

What will take place during the Newcastle Christmas Market?

Crowds are set to gather across the city during the tenure of Newcastle Christmas Market once again this year.

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Much like previous years, the Newcastle Christmas Market will bring together local vendors and breweries with the Farmer’s market, specialising over the festive season with culinary sundries dedicated to Christmas and New Year.

Around 30 market stalls will once again be set up around Grey’s Monument to create Newcastle’s very own winter wonderland, and curious audiences can take in locally made pottery, jewellery, local ales alongside choir singing and sizzling bratwurst.

Grainger Street will once again be the home of Santa’s Grotto, with families able to walk through Santa’s Newcastle chamber ahead of his whirlwind trip around the world, meet his elves and maybe even get a pre-Christmas gift from jolly old Saint Nick.

When does the Newcastle Christmas Market begin?

The Newcastle Christmas Market is tentatively set to take place from December 2, 2022 to December 24, 2022, however in a statement from a Newcastle Council spokesmen, they have confirmed that “plans for Christmas in Newcastle are still being finalised and will be announced in the coming weeks.”

Opening times look to be:

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  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – 9am – 6pm
  • Thursday – 9am – 7pm
  • Sunday – 10am – 5pm
  • Christmas Eve – 9am – 4pm

Santa’s Grotto will be open from 10am to 4pm from November 15, 2022, with an early closing on December 24 at midday - Santa has to go to work that day after all.

Is the Newcastle Christmas Market free?

The Newcastle Christmas Market is free to attend, though plan ahead before making the journey to Grey’s Monument, Grainger Street, Blackett Street and Northumberland Street as it will get busy during peak hours.

Tickets for Santa’s Grotto are £11.37 (including booking fee) per person, with a maximum for three children per group, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for Santa’s Grotto are now on sale through the Eventbrite website.