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Snow White cuts the ribbon to open Christmas Market

We hope you’re all feeling festive now, over 1,600 of you turned out to support our annual Christmas Market on Saturday 25th November. This year the market was a huge success this year and we raised a huge £17,500 from the day.  

We were delighted to welcome the pantomime cast of Snow White from the Tyne Theatre Company who officially opened the markets this year. With Christmas choirs carolling some festive favourites throughout, market-goers fled into the Hospice grounds eager to snap up the best bargains and get into the Christmas spirit.

Santa gave us a call to let us know how amazing and well behaved all the young children were. His elves were hard at work all day and the children visiting had grins from ear to ear after giving the big man himself their Christmas lists.

Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books were spreading some Christmas cheer reading some snowy stories to the young children waiting to see Santa. Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones and looking around the market, the joy in people’s faces was beaming, even if they did have plenty of crumbs around their mouths after satisfying their Christmas cravings from the food and drink stalls.

Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire Service turned up setting the ultimate challenge for the day, with water going here, there and everywhere, it was an icy spectacle with their water squirting challenge gathering a lot of attention.

Check out if you were a winner during the day from one of our raffles here.

Laura Hargreaves, Fundraising Coordinator at St Oswald’s, said:

We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who came along and supported us as well as all our wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to help us on the day. We are delighted to have raised a fantastic sum of money for the Hospice and could not have done it without our supporters.


It was fantastic to have the cast of Snow White from the Tyne Theatre Company, our visitors loved meeting them and it really got the Christmas Market off to a flying start. We hope everyone who came along managed to grab a few bargains and enjoy themselves whilst getting into the festive spirit

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