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25 Years of Durham Christmas Festival

 

Durham Christmas Festival has introduced a new charity preview to its plans as it celebrates its 25th year.

 

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 30th November to Sunday 2nd December.  Visitors will come not only to shop with more than 250 independent traders, but also to enjoy seasonal entertainment.  For the first time, there will be a Special Charity Preview Evening of the Craft and Gift Marquee on Palace Green on Thursday 29th November, in aid of St Cuthbert’s Hospice. 

 

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.  In addition to the regular three days of the festival, for the first time Durham Christmas Festival is inviting shoppers to get an early preview of the stalls and support local charity St Cuthbert’s Hospice at the same time.  Profits from all tickets sold for the preview evening on Thursday 29th November will go to St Cuthbert’s Hospice 30th Birthday appeal.

 

Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Markets which organises the festival together with Durham University, said: “When we introduced the Christmas Festival, we never thought we’d still be here 25 years later.  Over the years the festival has brought thousands of people into Durham City  Centre, both locals and visitors, and many keep coming back. 

 

“Durham Christmas Festival is a great way to showcase this beautiful city, as well all the independent businesses who come along.  The Charity Preview evening will be a wonderful addition to the festival, hopefully an evening event which will attract new visitors as well as support our local hospice in its special year.craft-gift-2017

 

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.  Entertainment planned for the festival includes fire eating and juggling on Palace Green, Carols for All in Durham Cathedral, static birds of prey, children’s Christmas storytelling, 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 1st December, 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 www.durhamchristmasfestival.com.  Full details of Durham Christmas Festival can be found on the website, www.durhamchristmasfestival.com, which will be regularly updated up to and throughout the festival.

 

 

Alfie Joey to lead Festive Lantern Procession

 

BBC Newcastle presenter Alfie Joey will lead this year’s Children’s Lantern Procession, one of the highlights of Durham Christmas Festival.

 

The presenter, who co-hosts the radio station’s breakfast show with Anna Foster, will be joining Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowden, to lead Durham Mini Police and the many participating children and their families in the annual lantern lit parade from Durham Market Place to Durham Cathedral where the annual St Nicholas Service will take place.  The procession will be led by Chester-le-Street Salvation Army Band, playing carols at the beginning and end of the procession, and the finale of the afternoons event will be a fire-juggling performance on Palace Green as the families leave the Cathedral service.

 

Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Markets which organises Durham Christmas Festival together with Durham University, commented: “We’re thrilled to have Alfie returning to lead the Children’s Lantern Procession.  It’s always a wonderful family event, and quite enchanting to see Durham’s streets lit by the children’s lanterns.  Alfie’s popular with everyone, and helps to make it a really special occasion.”

 

Alfie Joey added: “Durham Christmas Festival is fantastic event, when locals and visitors make the most of everything the city has to offer.  Once you hear the carols it feels like Christmas is here!  I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Children’s Lantern Procession.  As the sun sets the lanterns make the city look magical, and the kids love being the ones lighting the way!”

 

The Lantern Procession will leave Durham Market Place on at 3.45pm on Saturday 1st December, winding its way up to Palace Green following 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 reserved (recommended for children up to age 12) for £5.  To reserve lanterns, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-nicholas-childrens-lantern-parade-2018-tickets-49886488831?aff=eac2.  The lanterns, complete with battery-powered candle, are the children’s to keep following the parade.

 

Durham Christmas Festival runs from Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December, and comprises 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.  There is a charity preview evening of the Craft & Gift Marquee on Thursday 29th November.  Entertainment planned for the festival includes Carols for All in Durham Cathedral, static birds of prey, children’s Christmas storytelling and live seasonal music throughout the city.

 

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 www.durhamchristmasfestival.com.  Full details of Durham Christmas Festival can also be found on the website which will be regularly updated up to and throughout the festival.

 

 

 

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