The first Christmas will be brought to life at Durham City’s annual live Nativity.
Camels, a donkey, a baby and volunteers from local community groups and churches will recreate the event with Marketplace becoming Bethlehem for the night.
It will take place from 6pm on Thursday as part of Durham BID’s Christmas programme.
Adam Deathe, business engagement manager at Durham BID, said: “After the success of the Christmas lights switch on event, and the award-winning Christmas market which always offers visitors a enjoyable start to the festive season, we’re really looking forward to the next set of events to help spread some festive cheer.
“The live Nativity provides great free family entertainment, so wrap up warm and bring everyone along. We’re excited to see the Nativity brought to life, making the city centre even more enchanting and magical at this special time of year.”
Following the nativity, there will be festive Christmas walkabout acts across the weekend of December 10-11 to bring live entertainment to the streets of the city.
There will also be a digital trail on December 17, Crafts InDurham on December 18 and Comedians and Carols on December 20 at Durham Cathedral which will feature comedy, carols and sing-a-longs.
Adam Deathe, added: “There’s lots going on to help all visitors to the city feel extra Christmassy – whether they’re visiting for Christmas shopping or meeting up with friends and family.
For more information about the full festive events programme, visit: www.durhambid.co.uk