Welcome in Christmas with Durham Christmas Festival


Durham Christmas Festival returns from Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December 2019, bringing festive shopping and seasonal fun to the heart of the stunning city.


The three-day festival combines markets full of gift ideas and Christmas treats with special festive events, including Carols for All in Durham Cathedral and the annual Children’s Lantern Procession.


Durham Christmas Festival will once again entice thousands of visitors from across the North of England and beyond into the city, not only to enjoy the special markets but also to make the most of the city’s attractions, cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. The four festive markets are the Craft & Gift Marquee on Palace Green, the Regional Food and Drink Producers’ Market in the Cloisters of Durham Cathedral, a Festive Outdoor Market in the Market Place, and the Market Hall, open each day of the festival including the Sunday.


This year for the first time, carers visiting the festival on the first day with the person(s) they care for, will be entitled to free entry to the Craft & Gift Marquee on Palace Green. The regular price for entry is £4 per person, with tickets bought online in advance having a £0.50 discount.


Festive entertainment planned during the festival includes Santa’s Grotto on Palace Green, the Children’s Lantern Procession from the Market Place to Durham Cathedral’s St Nicholas Service on Saturday 30th November, and Carols for All in the Cathedral on both the Saturday and Sunday. There will also, as always, be numerous performers throughout the city centre bringing a Christmassy feel wherever you are. A new addition for 2019 will be a Full Moon Street Food Market in Millennium Place on Saturday 30th November from 10am to 6pm.


Always a highlight of the Festival, the Lantern Parade will leave the Market Place at 3.45pm on Saturday 30th November, winding its way up to Palace Green behind the Chester-le-Street Salvation Army Band, and arriving at the Cathedral in time for the St Nicholas Service at 4.10pm. Lanterns can now be booked for the Children’s Lantern Parade (recommended for children up to age 12).


Tickets for the Craft and Gift Marquee can now be purchased in advance at a discounted price from the festival website. Full details of Durham Christmas Festival and how to purchase tickets the Craft & Gift Marquee and Children’s Lantern Procession can be found on the website, www.durhamchristmasfestival.com, which will be regularly updated.

Reserve your Festive Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Pre-concert supper or Dinner at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Durham HERE.

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