IT’S CHRISTMAS! And where better to spend it than in one of the UK’s top trending destinations.*

The lights are on, the tree is up, and the mulled wine is at the ready, all you need to do is book your trip to NewcastleGateshead and enjoy.

This year, Newcastle’s Christmas Market is bigger and better. Located around Grey’s Monument, the market will be packed with more stalls selling local, independent traders as well as a festive bar.

The Grainger Market will play centre stage in the city’s festivities this year, with a festive overhaul, Santa’s grotto and a programme of special events and performances.

The Market will run from Saturday 19 November until Friday 23 December and be extended this year to Grey Street and also Old Eldon Square.

No visit to Newcastle over the festive period would be the same without a visit to the famous Fenwick Christmas Window. The tradition of Fenwick decorating their window in their flagship store on Northumberland Street started back in 1971 and has become a cornerstone event of the festive calendar. This year the store has teamed up with bestselling author and illustrator Lauren Child. Clarice Bean: Think Like an Elf tells the story of the popular book character as she struggles to save Christmas. The display is in place until early January.

Get your skates on and take a spin around the annual outdoor ice rink at Life Science Centre, the only open-air ice rink in NewcastleGateshead this Christmas.

But if it’s gift ideas you’re looking for why not give them the gift of a new adventure. Head to and you’ll find all sorts of amazing experiences, tours and activities which will knock the Christmas socks off your loved ones!

Book a Starry Knights experience where they not only get to enjoy a night in a 14th century Castle hotel, but also an amazing stargazing experience in Kielder Forest, Europe’s largest Dark Skies Park.

Or if you have an adrenalin junkie at home treat them to something amazing like a Tyne Bridges Kayaking experience, or the chance to snorkel with grey seals off the Northumberland coast.

There’s also foodie tours to suit all tastes from a Street Food Tour of Newcastle to a five-course tasting menu at one of Newcastle’s top restaurants – Dobson and Parnell.

What are you waiting for, come and join in the festive fun in NewcastleGateshead –

*Newcastle was named one of the five top, trending cities in the UK by