Durham Christmas Markets
Here comes Christmas – and here comes the perfect shopping event!
Christmas is coming … and so is Durham Christmas Festival from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December, 2023. Feel the festive spirit and tick loads off the Christmas shopping list with a visit to this fabulous festival!
For shoppers, there are three festive markets; the Craft & Producers’ Marquee* on Palace Green packed with gift ideas, seasonal food and drink and handcrafted items; the Festive Outdoor Market in Durham Market Place which is great for gifts and warming take-away food and drink, and Durham Market Hall, home to 40 businesses all ready to welcome Christmas shoppers!
For families, the Children’s Lantern Parade**, on Saturday 2nd December, is a festive treat, when hundreds of children carrying lanterns will lead their families up through the city as the light fades, arriving at Durham Cathedral for the St Nicholas Service.
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(*Entry charge applies/ ** to reserve a lantern please visit our website)