festival in durham
|| Held in early December,
this festival takes place throughout the city and features
singers, dancers, street entertainers and musicians.
A major exhibition in the Town Hall showcases work
by craftspeople and artists from the region, including
goldsmiths, potters, photographers and wood turners. This
is a great opportunity to find unique and original
gifts not found on the High Street.
On Palace Green, with the stunning backdrop of the magnificent
castle and cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is
an enormous marquee selling crafts, gifts and speciality
foods – an Aladdin’s cave of tempting Christmas
The 2004 festival saw Father Christmas travel all
the way from Rovaniemi in Finland – considered to
be his official home, to Durham for the Christmas Festival.
The visit marked the City of Durham becoming the official
UK link to the home of Father Christmas and featured a
signing ceremony in the city for this new agreement.
Durham is a beautiful historic city that has been celebrating
Christmas for almost 1,000 years. It is worth a visit
at any time of year, but especially during December when
it can be enjoyed at its festive best.
For further information about the festival you can contact
Durham Tourist Information Centre on 0191 384 3720.