THIS Christmas is more like the festive time we are all used to, as the 2021 Durham Christmas Festival returns in December to the historic city.
After having to settle for a virtual version last year, event organizers announced that the festival can now safely return to the city center for three days, from December 3-5.
To bring Christmas shoppers to the event, the Durham Christmas Festival will feature four markets: the Craft and Gift Marquee on Palace Green, the Regional Farmers’ Market in the Cloisters of Durham Cathedral, a Festive open air market in Durham Market Square and the Durham Market Hall which will be open on all three days.
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During the festival, there will be more than 200 independent businesses between the four markets, offering gifts, handcrafted housewares, art, Christmas decorations, festive food and much more.
The Craft and Gift Marquee will house 100 small businesses, while the Durham Cathedral Cloisters Regional Farmers Market will house 24 food and drink producers.
In addition to the markets, the city will be filled with the sounds of the holiday season with buskers and performers throughout, including college choirs from Durham University in a Christmas carol competition on Saturday on Palace Green.
Festival favorite Carols for All also returns to Durham Cathedral on Saturdays and Sundays.
Colin Wilkes MBE, Managing Director of Durham Markets Company which hosts the Durham Christmas Festival with Durham University, said: “We are really delighted that the festival is back this Christmas. Retailers and downtown sites have had a very difficult 18 month period; The Durham Christmas Festival has always been the busiest retail weekend of the year in Durham, and we certainly hope with the measures we’ve put in place that shoppers will make the most of the festival. , will support these small independent businesses, and of course, tick many items off their Christmas shopping list.
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