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Durham Christmas Festival returns for its 25th year - with 5 markets in the city centre, and plenty of festive entertainment for all ages.
Friday 30 November - Sunday 2 December 2018 with Special Charity Preview Evening on Thursday 29 November
Durham's award-winning Traditional Christmas Festival returns from Friday 30th November 2018 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 and throughout the City Centre.
The huge, heated Craft and Gift Marquee on Palace Green will feature over 180 stalls* across all three days of the event. It's open Friday 30th November from 10am to 6pm, Saturday 1st December from 9am to 6pm and Sunday 2nd December from 10am to 4:30pm.
For the first time this year, there will be a special Charity Preview Evening in aid of St Cuthbert's Hospice, on Thursday 29th November, with the Craft and Gift Marquee open from 3 to 7pm. For more information, click here.
At the entrance, tickets for the Craft and Gift Marquee will cost £4. To save £0.50 per ticket, purchase in advance online.
In the Cloisters of Durham Cathedral, discover a Local Food and Drink Producers Market featuring more than 30 traders*. It's open Friday 30th November from 10am to 6pm, Saturday 1st December from 9am to 5pm and Sunday 2nd December from 12 noon to 4.30pm. No tickets are required for this market.
Durham Market Hall will also be open each day of the Christmas Festival, and there will be an additional Festive Market in the Market Place.
In Durham Cathedral, Carols for All services take place on both Saturday and Sunday. Weekend entertainment on Palace Green, between the Cathedral and the Castle, will include a static falconry display, storytelling, a children’s entertainer, and Father Christmas's Festive Grotto.
Additionally, there will be plenty of local entertainers and musicians throughout the city centre. For information on events and entertainment during the Christmas Festival, please see our 'Events' page.
You will find refreshments on Palace Green throughout the Christmas Festival. The Café on the Green in the Almshouses is open daily from 9am to 5pm and the Courtyard Cafe in Palace Green Library is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
For more details, and tickets, please see our website www.durhamchristmasfestival.com