Welcome to the City of Durham Christmas Festival
Friday 5 December - Sunday 7 December 2014
Durham's award-winning, 21st annual Christmas Festival returns from Friday 5th December 2014 for three days, with a wide range of festive entertainment for all the family in and around the World Heritage Site of the Cathedral and the Castle. (Click here for all the information on how to get to the festival.)
Buy your advance tickets for the Craft and Gift Marquee here as soon as possible.
The huge, heated Craft and Gift Marquee on Palace Green will feature over 190 stalls across all three days of the event. It's open Friday 5th December from 10am to 6pm, Saturday 6th December from 9am to 6pm and Sunday 7th December from 10am to 4:30pm. Tickets for the Craft and Gift Marquee can be purchased at the entrance or online in advance of the event (a discount is available for online purchases).
To purchase tickets for the Craft and Gift Marquee in advance, click here. Please tick 'Collect at Christmas Festival' when buying and bring your confirmation email with you to the Festival to exchange on entry.
In the Cathedral Cloisters, a Local Food Producers Market featuring another 30+ traders will operate each day. It's open Friday 5th December from 10am to 6pm, Saturday 6th December from 9am to 5pm and Sunday 7th December from 12 noon to 3pm. No tickets are required for this market.
In the Cathedral itself, Carols for All services take place on both Saturday and Sunday. Weekend entertainment on Palace Green, between the Cathedral and the Castle, will include live reindeer, a static falconry display, children’s arts and crafts in the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, and children’s entertainer Nathan White. There will also be a wide range of local entertainers and musicians throughout the city centre. The Children’s Lantern Procession takes place on Saturday 6th, leaving the Market Place at 3.30pm and arriving at the Cathedral for the St Nicholas Service at 4.10pm. Lanterns can be booked for children at a cost of £3 per lantern and battery-operated candle. The lanterns and candles are yours to keep after the procession. Please click here to book lanterns. The procession and St Nicholas Service are open to all.
Please note, some people are currently experiencing problems completing purchases of the Lanterns for the Lantern Parade. Click here to download an appliction form if the link will not work for you.
There will also be a range of refreshments available on Palace Green. Visit the Café on the Green in the Almshouses, open daily from 9am to 5pm. There will also be the Yum catering van supplying hot beverages, sandwiches, soups and more. Also, the Crepe van will be supplying pancakes and sweet French treats. If you wish to enjoy your refreshments under cover, please use the seating area available on Saturday and Sunday in the ground floor of the Pemberton Rooms.
HOW TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL
There are a number of Park and Rides in operation throughout the festival, as well as a Free Park and Stride on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, for anyone who may have difficulty walking up to Cathedral and Palace Green site, there is an Accessible Shuttle Bus running each day of the festival, between Claypath and Palace Green. For further information on all these, please click here.
Would you like a listing of music, craft and children's events for each day of Durham City's Christmas Festival? These will be available to download nearer the festival dates.
Please view our Events page for further details of all that is happening, and browse the site for other important information including parking options.