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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. To find out more about the events listed please click on the PURPLE links

The Bowes Museum

Raymond Briggs Exhibition 12th Nov - 26th Feb

Brunch with Santa 6th Dec

Visit Santa's Grotto 1-24th Dec

A Christmas Carol Theatre show 18th Dec

Brunch with a Snowman 20th Dec

Beamish Open Air Museum

Christmas (Daytimes) Visit the museum decorated to suit each time period for Christmas 26th Nov - 24th Dec

Visit Santa

Pittington Brass Band 27th Nov

Raby Castle & High Force Waterfall

Plotter Forest enchanted Christmas trail - Raby Castle - Selected dates

12 days of Christmas trail - Raby Castle 26th Nov - 24th Dec

Find the Raby Reindeer trail - High Force - 26th Nov - 3rd Dec

Durham Cathedral

Advent by procession

G4 Christmas - 9th Dec

Festive Family Fun

Christmas by candlelight 20th Dec

The Snowman Tour

A Bublé Christmas

Gala Theatre

Sleeping Beauty 23rd Nov

A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story 27th Nov

A Town Called Christmas 29th Nov

Ushaw Historic House

Illuminating Ushaw 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th December

Father Christmas - Tuesdays & Wednesdays throughout December

The Snowman – Live Orchestra - Saturday 10th December

Elf Academy with Activate Theatre -Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December

Christmas Carols at Ushaw 13th & 15th December

Christmas daytime garden trail 1st - 23rd December

South Causey Inn

Christmas Choir 29th December

Christmas Brass Band 30th December

Aladdin Panto 5th December

Carriage Rides 3rd December

Santa Sundays from 4h December

Christmas Eve Family Funday

Auckland Castle

A traditional winter experience with a twist

Drop in activities at no.42/no.43

Hamsterley Forest

Christmas Festival Weekend 10th & 11th December

Christmas tree sales Jan Vickers Vintage Singer Santa's Grotto pre bookings essential on 01388488872 Mulled wine and mince pies in the courtyard Tree Elf Trail £3 including a hot chocolate Café jams, pickles, biscuits, cakes, luxury chocolates and sweets, candles and gift sets

Viking play trail

Holmside Park

Christmas Adventure - Limited dates remaining

Elf village, Santa's Grotto, Grinch, Games, Activities, Reindeer and lots lots more

Wharton Park

Penguin Parade Christmas Trail 3rd Dec - 3rd Jan

Natural Christmas Crafts 17th Dec *Booking required

Love Exploring App - Minibeasts

Hall Hill Farm

Santa Visits 3rd, 4th,10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December.*Booking is essential Meet Santa, Present from Santa for children, Elves workshop - make your own decoration, Santa's Tractor Ride, See the animals in their winter stables, Meet Dasher the talking Reindeer


A celebration of Christmas - Newton Aycliffe 26th

Light Switch On Spennymoor Town Hall 26th

Santa's Grotto Spennymoor Town Hall 26th

Santa's enchanted garden grotto - Lanchester Garden Centre 26th & 27th November, 2nd - 4th, 9-11th, 17th, 23rd December

Durham Christmas Light Switch On 27th

Darlington Christmas Tree Festival 21st November - 5th December


Durham Christmas Festival 2nd-4th Dec

Brandon Christmas party & light switch on 4th Dec

Snow White - Spennymoor Settlement Everyman Theatre 1st-3rd December

Family Funday - Belmont Industrial Estate 3rd Dec

White Christmas - Shildon 3rd Dec

Christmas Family fun day - The Durham Centre - 3rd Dec

Christmas concert - Wheatley Hill 8th Dec

Christmas go karting - Topgear 21st Dec

Magical Afternoon tea with Santa Poplar Garden Centre 19th Dec

Search for Santa a panto for under 5s - Crook 17th Dec

Jack & The Beanstalk - The Witham 16th-24th Dec

Christmas at Weardale - Weekends throughout December

Markets/ Fairs

Hall Garth Manor - 26th Nov

St Johns Chapel Weardale - 26-27th Nov

Sacriston Christmas extravaganza 28th Nov

Christmas Carnage Castle Great Hall - 29th Nov

Durham Cathedral - 2-4th Dec

Fun Dog Christmas Party - WoofsNScrufs 3rd Dec

Bowburn Community Centre 4th Dec

The Hut - Ushaw Moor 4th Dec

Fair & Funday Belmont community Association 4th Dec

Hamsteels - Esh Winning 18th Dec

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