This week is the last week of Newcastle’s annual International Christmas Market, which means you only have a few days left to visit this yuletide wonderland! The area around Monument is beautifully adorned with Christmas lights, wreaths, wooden stalls and all things festive. Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for someone special? Fancy some street food under the stars followed by a warming, Christmas drink? These markets bring everything that is great about European Christmas Markets to our very own Newcastle, so make sure you get there before they finish for the year!
Here are four reasons why these markets should be on your Christmas to-do list:
1) The International Street Food
If you’re anything like me, the prospect of tucking into some Spanish paella, or digging into the perfect French patisserie in the open air has a certain charm about it. As long as you wrap up warm, you are sure to have a fantastic Christmas culinary experience, trying street food from places as close to home as Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and as far-flung as China and Thailand. These humble wooden huts produce some really delicious international food for you to enjoy, as you stroll around Newcastle and take in the fact that Christmas really isn’t that far away!
For me personally, the churros stand at Newcastle’s International Christmas Market deserves its own paragraph. Much to my delight, this stand is legendary and has been there every year I have gone to the markets. No matter how many pots of noodles and Bratwurst sausages you’ve already had, your trip to the Christmas Market is not complete without some crunchy, sugary churros! There is pretty much always a queue for this popular stall, but this gives you plenty time to mull over the long list of things you can cover your churros in. From almost any chocolate bar you can think of, to different fruits and sauces, there is sure to be something that will tickle your tastebuds and ensure your visit to the markets finishes on a sweet note
3) Location, location, location
The Newcastle Christmas Market transforms the centre of Newcastle around Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street, into a festive hub of the most enchanting sights, smells and sounds. This area of Newcastle is also home to an array of fantastic bars, in which you can finish off your Christmas-themed day with some delicious cocktails or a winter-warming mulled wine. My recommendation would be to head to The Botanist in Monument Mall, who have made the best roof terrace in Newcastle even better by making it into a magical winter wonderland, and have recently opened a brand new mezzanine! A visit to this renowned bar will certainly make you feel jolly and bright!
4) A Christmas Fanatic’s Fantasy
Not only does the Newcastle Christmas Market contribute to our local economy, but it helps boost everyone’s Christmas spirit too! There is nothing more Christmassy than gathering with friends and family, with a cup of luxurious hot chocolate in your hand, and walking round the festive market in time to your favourite Christmas songs. Hand-crafted Russian dolls, artisanal crafts and Dutch plant gardens are all familiar sights to frequenters of Christmas markets, and the Newcastle market offers you all that and more. Let me assure you, a trip to the Newcastle Christmas Market is sure to make the most wonderful time of the year, even more wonderful!