Winter is a beautiful time of year in Hexham, made even more special by the lovely events taking place throughout December.

One of the main events in the town, as ever, is Hexham Community Partnership’s annual Christmas Market.

And the event is back this year with a difference.

Beaumont Street will not be closed to traffic to allow for the usual rows of stalls as far as the eye can see.

Instead, the market will be set within the footprint of the impressive Hexham Abbey and Grounds, and inside Trinity Church Hall.

Between 9am and 3pm on Saturday, December 14, visitors can allow themselves to be caught up in the Christmas spirit while they browse a huge range of stalls brimming with gifts, arts, crafts, decorations and artisan offerings.

From home-made wares for the house and garden to locally-produced food and drink, clothing, and handcrafted jewellery, the event promises to provide the opportunity to pick up something special, as well as those last-minute Christmas decorations and gifts for loved ones.

In the town’s Market Place, the popular Farmers’ Market will join in the festivities with around 25 stalls selling products produced within a 50-mile radius of Hexham.

The market, which takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, is known as a heaven for food fans, and will give shoppers the perfect opportunity to pick up some Christmas cheese or Boxing Day chutney.

Santa’s real-life reindeer will be in the Abbey’s Refectory Garden while Santa himself will be in his grotto in the Trinity Church Hall.

There visitors will also find a plastic-free Christmas cracker making workshop, which runs from 10am to 2pm, as well as children’s crafts aimed at keeping younger visitors entertained while they wait to visit Father Christmas.

Trinity will also play host to a range of charity stalls selling their wares to raise funds for good causes across Hexham.

Within the Abbey itself, visitors are in for a Christmas treat as dozens more stalls full of festive fare will be open for business between 10am and 3pm as part of the popular Hexham Abbey Christmas Fair.

Also in the town centre, the whole family can enjoy children’s fairground rides and face painting.

Or relax and soak up the carol singing and live music while enjoying some mulled wine, mince pies or roasted chestnuts.

Communications and tourism officer at Hexham Community Partnership, Rachel Ladd, said: “There really is something for everyone at this year’s market.

“I would encourage people to head into Hexham and enjoy a magical Christmas experience.”

The full event programme and timings can be found online at www.visithexham.net