The Grainger Christmas Night Market is back this Thursday evening for shopping, entertainment and a journey back in time.

The Grainger Market will stay open until 10pm on Thursday 6 December for the Christmas Night Market event which will also see music, dancing, workshops and festive pop-ups.

Santa will even be making an appearance all the way from Lapland.

But this year there will also be the chance to explore the historical secrets of the 180-year-old Grade 1 listed market building.

Visitors can book a tour down under the market hall and see a series of tunnels which were used during the war as air raid shelters.

There is also the chance to explore the market’s past with city guide Freda Thomson and learn about the varied history of the market, the oldest traders and lots of weird and wonderful facts.

As well the chance to explore the history of the beautiful Grainger Market, there will be three stages of live music with bands, choirs and DJs, and a special festive sing-along for everyone to join in with at 8pm.

There will also be a gourmet goodies and delicious delicacies from Grainger Market food traders and pop-up bars selling mulled wine and other seasonal tipples.

Market traders will be opening for the evening, giving visitors the chance to support local businesses whilst Christmas shopping.

Councillor Ged Bell of market operator Newcastle City Council said:

“We want residents to come and join us in our beloved Grainger Market.

“This is a market that we shouldn’t just love, we should use it as well, so please come along for entertainment and everything you’d want to see in your local market.”

Many traders are offering discounts, special offers and tasters and there is everything from food and drink to crafts and vintage treasures on offer.

Here’s our pick of some of the coolest gifts on offer:

Dog beer anyone?

Terrify your child into behaving with this dolly from Fantastic Toys

Sells more than just the Imperial March and there’s 10% discount

A more original take on festive smellies…

Quality vintage gaming and there’ll be arcade games to play on for the night market

The Grainger Market also has extended opening hours on Sunday 9,16 and 23 of December  11am-4pm.

Air raid and history tours last 30 minutes and include a mince pie and mulled wine on the balcony, as well as a Grainger Market branded bag for your shopping (£10 per tour for the air raid tours and £6 for history tour – booking required).

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