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Festive Family Fun in Durham this Christmas




There are so many fantastic events going on throughout the festive period this year. My Festive Family Fun In Sunderland Guide was really popular, so I thought I would share guides for other parts of the North East. Durham is only a 15 minute drive away from Sunderland and we love spending time in the gorgeous city and county. There's so much to choose from this year.

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AGLOW promises to be one of the most spectacular Christmas light trails in the North East!

'O CHRISTMAS TREE' The largest Christmas tree in the North of England, over 30 metres tall.

TUNNEL OF LIGHT The longest outdoor light tunnel in the country, over 100 metres long.

SON ET LUMIÉRE A captivating light show projected onto Auckland Castle.

PLAYING WITH FIRE Daring illuminations featuring real fire.

DANCING FOUNTAINS Watch the River Gaunless spring to life.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE See Santa and his mischievous Elves in Santa's village.

FAIRGROUND RIDES Take a ride on our vintage fairground rides.

FOOD AND DRINK Indulge in festive delights as you wander, including mulled wine and the opportunity to toast your own marshmallows on our fire pit.

22 November - 31 December



Bishop Auckland Christmas Town

24th, 25th & 26th November 2023 to Bishop Auckland Marketplace!

The Elves' Arms inside our Giant Tipis with fire pits, fairy lights and cosy seating A Christmas Village with over 40 traders from across the North East including some delicious street food, mulled wine, hot chocolate and gift stalls. Traditional ferris wheel Ice rink Santa’s grotto experience Children’s character sing-a-long, meet & greet experiences Wreath-making Workshops Carol singing Christmas tree festival Festive roaming performers Free Giant Snow Globe Free live music and performances throughout the weekend on our Victorian bandstand stage! & much more!!



Christmas (Daytimes) Visit the museum decorated to suit each time period for Christmas 25th Nov-25th Dec You can also purchase Santa visits

*The evenings have now sold out





Plotter Forest enchanted Christmas trail - from 18th November

Christmas trail in the deer park - 18th November - 24th December

Fireside Stories with Father Christmas - Until 24th December

Raby Christmas Trees from 25th November



A Christmas Carol - 24th-25th November

Festive Afternoon Tea - 2nd December


Cinderella - 23rd Nov- 6th Jan



Christmas Tree Festival - 1st-22nd December

Family Christmas Crafting - Throughout December

Father Christmas Tales & Treats - Throughout December

The Snowman Live Orchestra - Throughout December






Aglow - 22nd November - 31st December




Christmas Adventure - Throughout December




Christmas Story corner - 2nd December

Natural Christmas Crafts 25th November


Adventure Valley

Winter Wonderland 17th November - 17th December then 20th December - 24th December


The Flying Scotsman centenary festival - 16th December - 2nd January



Santa Specials - from 25th November - 24th December

Mince Pie Specials - 28th -30th December


Winter Light Parade - 26th November


Sacriston Christmas Extravaganza

27th November


A family Christmas - 16th,17th December



The Wizard Of Oz - Various dates through December

Santa Rocks - 18th December


Enchanted Garden Grotto - from 25th November

Fireside Story & afternoon tea - 15th December


Race The Reindeer Christmas Go Karting 23rd-24th December


Toddler Tales & Trails - 29th November - 2nd December

Father Christmas In The Park - 9th, 16th December





Durham Christmas Festival - 1st - 3rd December


Jack & The Beanstalk - 1st -31st December


Free Christmas Family Fun Day - 2nd December


Candy Cane Ball - Throughout December


The Grinch & Cindy Lou - 3rd & 20th December

Little elves Christmas Hunt - 16th,17th,23rd December


Light Up

1st December



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