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We're back - Durham Christmas Festival 2019, from Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December


Often cited as one of the UK’s best Christmas Festivals, Durham Christmas Festival is expected once again to bring thousands of visitors from across the North of England and beyond into Durham City Centre from Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December, 2019.  Visitors will come not only to shop with more than 250 independent traders, but also to enjoy seasonal entertainment. 


Festive entertainment being planned include Santa’s Grotto on Palace Green, the Children’s Lantern Procession from the Market Place to Durham Cathedral’s St Nicholas Service and Carols for All in the Cathedral, as well as numerous performers throughout the city centre bringing a Christmas feel to the entire city.


The heart of the festival is a double marquee on Palace Green, housing more than 180 independent traders offering gifts, homewares, decorations, food and drink.  



Durham Christmas Festival is made up of four markets; the Craft and Gift Marquee on Palace Green; the Regional Producers’ Market in the Cloisters of Durham Cathedral; the Festive Outdoor Market in Durham Market Place and Durham Market Hall just off the Market Place.  Children's entertainment includes fire eating and juggling on Palace Green, static birds of prey, Christmas storytelling, facepainting, sandart, the annual Children’s Lantern Parade and much more.  Always a highlight of the Festival, the Lantern Parade will leave the Market Place on 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, including tickets for the Charity Preview Evening, can now be purchased in advance at a discounted price from the festival website  Full details of Durham Christmas Festival can be found on this website, which will be regularly updated up to and throughout the festival.






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Online advanced tickets to the Christmas Festival Craft and Gift Marquee are now closed.