Durham’s Traditional Christmas Festival enjoys 21st year

Durham's streets were busier than usual at the weekend with visitors flocking to the city's Christmas Festival. A large marquee covering Palace Green was packed with a large variety of stalls selling food, sweets and crafts.
Durham's streets were busier than usual at the weekend with visitors flocking to the city's Christmas Festival. A large marquee covering Palace Green was packed with a large variety of stalls selling food, sweets and crafts.
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A CITY was filled with festivities as it played host to a day of Christmas celebrations.

Durham’s Traditional Christmas Festival marked its 21st year at the weekend with a showcase of 200 of the region’s best produce and crafts laid on in a marquee on the Palace Green.

Durham's streets were busier than usual at the weekend with visitors flocking to the city's Christmas Festival.'Students singing carols in the shadow of Durham Cathedral.

Durham's streets were busier than usual at the weekend with visitors flocking to the city's Christmas Festival.'Students singing carols in the shadow of Durham Cathedral.

Palace Green was filled with stall-holders displaying a variety of goods, while Saturday’s session also saw Durham Cathedral’s Cloisters welcome a local producers’ market for the afternoon.

A lantern parade brought together 300 youngsters as they walked up from the Market Place to the cathedral to the sounds of Chester-le-Street Salvation Army Band, with a St Nicholas Service then held in the church.

A regional producers’ market and festive indoor sales were also held in the Market Place, with entertainment taking place throughout the city centre, with live music, children’s entertainers, live reindeer and birds of prey among them.

A series of Carols for All concerts were also held in the cathedral during the weekend, featuring songs and readings.