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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.  Online sales of tickets will close at 5pm on Tuesday 2nd December.


And download the Christmas Festival leaflet here - giving you all the information you need about what's happening where, and making sure you can make the most of Durham City Traditional Christmas Festival 2014.


The huge, heated Craft and Gift Marquee on Palace Green will feature over 200 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.  Please note, online sales of tickets will close at 5pm on Tuesday 2nd December.


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 3.45pm and arriving at the Cathedral for the St Nicholas Service at 4.10pm.  All lanterns have now been reserved.  Those who have reserved a lantern should have received a voucher.  The lanterns can be collected in Durham Market Place from 2.30pm, and the procession leaves from outside Boots in the Market Place at 3.45pm on Saturday 6th.  The lanterns and battery-operated candles are yours to keep after the procession. The procession and St Nicholas Service are open to all.


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.




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.







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Tickets available to purchase from July 2014