Durham is the culture county with extraordinary attractions and experiences waiting to entertain all the family this Christmas. From the UK’s longest outdoor light tunnel to yuletide time travelling, there’s something for all ages to enjoy this Christmas in Durham.

A family walking under a lit arch

AGLOW at Auckland Castle

See the tallest Christmas tree in Northern England and the longest outdoor light tunnel in the UK at AGLOW!

AGLOW is a dazzling new light trail which will illuminate the grounds of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland this festive season. Featuring 17 incredible light illuminations, this glittering one-and-a-half-mile long trail snakes through the ancient Deer Park with surprises around every corner, including Santa’s Village!

When? 22 Nov - 31 Dec

Where? Auckland Castle, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NR

Family visiting the Plotters Forest at Christmas

The Plotters' Forest Enchanted Christmas Trail

See The Plotter’s Forest miraculously transformed into a magical space as you journey along its illuminated Enchanted Christmas Trail. Enjoy listening to the festive tunes as you follow the charming glowing lights through the trees. What wonders will you find along the way? Once you have reached the end, children will receive a special treat! Don’t forget you can also pop into the Yurt Café for a delicious hot chocolate.

When? 18 Nov - 24 Dec

Where? Raby Castle, Staindrop DL2 3AH

Christmas scene at Bishop Auckland

Bishop Auckland's Christmas Town

Get the family together for a whole host of Christmas fun in Bishop Auckland across three days this November. Have a blast skating across the Christmas Town Ice Rink, browse the stalls at the Christmas markets full of wonderful gifts, make a visit to Santa and much more! Christmas wouldn’t be complete without some merry music so remember to visit the Christmas Bandstand where you will see fabulous performances from local musicians and community groups.

When? 24 - 26 Nov

Where? Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NJ

Oriental christmas illustration

Countdown to Christmas Craft Workshop

Get creative this Christmas! Feel inspired by the incredible objects in the Oriental Museum and make a ceramic decoration. Ever wondered how other countries celebrate the festive period? Take the opportunity to find out during your visit!

Activities are generally suitable for families with children aged 5 - 11 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking is required for the activity.

When? 16 Dec

Where? Durham University’s Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham  DH1 3TH

A man in traditional christmas clothing at Beamish

Christmas at Beamish Daytimes

Decked out in beautiful decorations, at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North you can step back in time to celebrate the season. Get into the Christmas spirit by joining in traditions from the past, including jolly Georgian merriment and 1950s festive fun. Don’t miss Father Christmas in his Grotto at Rowley Station Goods Yard!

Make sure you book your Grotto tickets online in advance, they will not be available to buy at the museum (subject to availability).

When? 25 Nov - 24 Dec

Where? Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, Beamish DH9 0RG

People at a stall at Durham Christmas Markets

Durham Christmas Festival

Get your friends and family together for the Durham Christmas Festival. It’s the place to be for browsing delightful markets. The Craft & Producers’ Marquee is where you’ll find handcrafted gifts and mouth-watering treats, have a look round the pretty homewares and clothing at the Festive Outdoor Market and there’s even the Durham Market Hall for more Christmas shopping. On Saturday, a highlight is the Children’s Lantern Parade, gather in the Market Place and follow the Christmas tunes of the Street Salvation Army Band up to Durham Cathedral for the St Nicholas Service.

When? 1 - 3 Dec

Where? Durham Market Hall, Durham Market Place, Durham City DH1 3NJ

woman playing the Mighty Wurlitzer organ during a Christmas event

Celebrate the Festive Season with Howard Beaumont at the Mighty Wurlitzer for our Traditional Christmas Concert

This December, hear the only Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in the North East! Talented Howard Beaumont will play your Christmas favourites at the Mighty Wurlizter and is welcome to a few tune requests. Sing your heart out as you join in with some of the songs and carols!

When? 17 Dec

Where? New Victoria Centre, High Street, Howden-le-Wear, Crook DL15 8EZ

Visit our dedicated What's On Guide for more spellbinding Christmas events across Durham.




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