Shopping is a great excuse for a city break any time of the year but when Christmas approaches, it brings a whole list of reasons to get on a train and make a weekend of it. Write your Christmas shopping list, gather together your friends or pack your partner's suitcase and head to NewcastleGateshead. These are our recommendations for where to shop, where to stay, where to eat and where to drink.

Festive markets

Christmas market season in Newcastle begins with the Newcastle International Christmas Market (Fri 18 November – Sun 11 December) which is bursting with mouth-watering festive foods, delicacies from across the globe and gifts that will leave all stockings bulging. One market flows seamlessly into another with the Winter Christmas Market running from Mon 12 – Sun 18 December.  Both Markets take place around Grey's Monument underneath sparkly Christmas lights. The historic Grainger Market host an indoor Christmas Arts & Craft Market which will take place on Sat 10 December as well as a special, Festive Night Market on Thu 1 December buzzing with live music and dancing. Newcastle Castle will transport you to Christmas in Narnia with a festive market bustling with craft stalls, food and entertainment from some of C.S. Lewis’ most famous fantastical characters (Sat 10 – Sun 11 December).

Christmas at Fenwick

Christmas in Newcastle wouldn't be complete without a visit to Fenwick. Each year, Fenwick unveils a beautiful Christmas Window which is enjoyed by thousands of young families and passing shoppers. This year’s window is Fenwick’s 45th and celebrates the charming tales of Beatrix Potter with characters from her much-loved books which have been brought to life in honour of the author and illustrator’s 150th anniversary. Lose yourself in Fenwick’s Christmas Floor which is a wonderland of luxury toys, unique gifts, decorations and perfect stocking fillers. To tie in with their Beatrix Potter themed Christmas Window, Fenwick have styled the Christmas Floor to match and even have a quaint Beatrix Potter inspired tea room in one corner.  No visit to Fenwick would be complete without a browse around their exclusive Food Hall which stocks everything from specialist wine, handmade truffles and artisan breads to locally roasted coffee and culinary gifts. Take a seat and indulge in fine patisseries from bakery-patisserie-café Mason + Rye.

Personal Shoppers

Let someone else make your festive outfit choices this Christmas or inject some style and variety into your wardrobe ready for 2017. Book a personal shopper at two of Newcastle’s best department stores:


Fenwick

Sit back and let the clothes come to you at Fenwick. The personal shopper will bring the selected items to a suite, to be tried on in luxury and privacy. The service is entirely complimentary, with no obligation to purchase. Appointments available by calling 0191 232 5100 or click here to book.


John Lewis

Book your 1 hour, complimentary Style Express service by following this link.


Shop Local



If unique gifts are what you’re after, why not browse the variety of independent shops found in NewcastleGateshead’s arts and cultural venues. Considered the creative hub of Newcastle, the Ouseburn is home to art galleries, studios and Seven Stories independent children’s Bookshop.  Pick up affordable original art, prints and much more from The Biscuit Factory who welcome shoppers all year round but whose Festive Weekends (26-27 November, 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 December) add a little extra Christmas sparkle to your shopping experience with choirs singing and tasty seasonal treats. Take a look at BALTIC Shop and Sage Gateshead on the Quayside to find quirky homeware, jewellery, books and even musical themed gifts.

intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre

NewcastleGateshead has a choice of two indoor malls to keep you nice and warm while you shop for gifts for friends and family or gifts for yourself. The UK’s largest city-centre shopping centre, intu Eldon Square is home to over 130 stores, including Apple, Hollister, John Lewis, and the region’s largest department store, Fenwick. A recent refurbishment brought over 20 new restaurants to intu Eldon Square as part of their swanky Grey’s Quarter providing the ideal pit stop to refuel before you carry on shopping. A short bus or car ride away, intu Metrocentre is Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex, with over 300 stores. It's packed with high street favourites, designer names, quirky boutiques, an IMAX cinema and 60 restaurants.

The Herb Garden

Specialising in fresh, stonebaked pizzas and rustic Italian salads and sharers, The Herb Garden is tucked away in Arch 8 of Westgate Road, just beside Central Station and Newcastle Castle (it's the one with the jazzy model horse in the doorway!). If you don't make it there for dinner, how about a breakfast pizza? Not a meat feast left over from the night before but one from the Sunday Brunch menu at The Herb Garden. The 'Twisted English' is topped with sausage, parsley, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, ricotta, egg and rocket.

Wylam Brewery

If all this shopping has worked up a thirst, head to the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park where Wylam Brewery have converted the striking 1929 building into 30 barrel micro-brewery. A host of events from live music extravaganzas to food festivals take place on a regular basis at the Palace of Arts or relax with the freshest Wylam Beers on Keg and Cask in their trendy Tap Room. If you’re not a beer-lover, fear not, Wylam Brewery also stock spirits and artisan wines so you’re sure to find your favourite tipple.

Marriott Gosforth Park

Finish your weekend with a bit of me time and book your stay at Marriott Gosforth Park to take advantage of their excellent spa facilities. Make the most of their beauty salon, sauna and pool after all that shopping or enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday evenings in their onsite restaurant. The 4-star hotel is set in 12 acres of parkland yet is within 20 minutes of Newcastle city centre making it both relaxing and convenient.

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