As we start to edge closer to December my diary is beginning to fill up with Christmas markets, they are my favourite way to get that special festive feeling. Whilst there are a fair few happening in Newcastle the one that I'd urge you all to go to is the Christmas Night Market which is back for its second year at the Grainger Market this Friday, 1 December.
A Christmas market with a difference, it's an evening of supporting local businesses, celebrating our wonderful Geordie history and getting into the Christmas mood by eating your way round some of the best street food in the Toon and, if you're a bit partial to a good ol' seasonal sing-along, then you're in luck!
This year at the Christmas Night Market you can take part in a huge sing-along of the classic Fairytale of New York!
Yes, at 8:00 pm we'll be raising the roof (and hopefully not shattering any windows!) with a very enthusiastic festive sing song and I really hope you'll all be coming along to show your support, I don't know about you but nothing gets me in the mood more than some festive singing.
Offering the perfect chance to get your Christmas shopping finished (or, in my case, get started!) you can get everything on your Christmas "to do" list ticked off in one evening.
I've already made myself a little list of things to get done at the Grainger Market Christmas Night including:
Visiting the lovely lasses at Pet Lamb to try some of their festive cupcakes. They honestly do make THE best cakes in the Toon and we love going in for a little gossip and to try out their latest creations - I highly recommend their gingerbread men cupcakes.
Putting together a Christmas cheeseboard with Matthew's Cheese. I always love to have a good nose at the counter whenever I wander past, there's so much choice and I wouldn't dream of getting my cheeseboard from anywhere else - they have all of my favourite cheeses so I always make sure that I'm the one in charge of the cheeseboard!
Buying the little ones in our family some beautiful gifts at The Simply Small Co. With no kids of our own buying for the smallest members of our family isn't easy so going to the shop in Grainger Market gives us a great personal shopping experience, perfect for the confused Christmas shopper (they're also offering adult face painting after 7:00 pm on the night - just try and stop me!)
Gathering plenty of stocking fillers at Ellen's Cosmetics and Scented Melts. Grainger Market is my favourite place to pick up all the little bits and bobs to fill my sisters' stockings. I always leave with enough presents to fill about twenty stockings!
Getting our cupboards fully stocked for Christmas Day with a huge range of fresh local produce - meat, fish, nuts and fruit, we'll be getting it all at the Market. Oooh don't let me forget the wine!
The Grainger Market Christmas Night Market takes place this Friday, 1 December between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm - entry is free or, if you're feeling extra fancy, you can bag yourself a special VIP ticket which includes some delicious freebies, offers and a chance to access parts of the market most never get to see! For more information about the evening and how to get your VIP tickets check out the Facebook page and I look forward to seeing you all there!
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