Christmas InDurham

Enjoy the festive season with family and friends in Durham City this winter. From quaint and quirky independent retailers to big-brand highstreet names for all your shopping needs, places to eat, drink and be merry, as well as a jam-packed schedule of yuletide events throughout November and December, you can’t afford to miss Christmas InDurham.  

 

Christmas Lights Switch On

Thursday 28th November 5:30pm – 6:15pm 

The Christmas Lights Switch On will begin at 5:30pm in the Market Place and will finish at approximately 6:15pm, giving everyone enough time to use the Park & Ride or even better, head to a restaurant in the City for a family evening meal together! 

Though we are keeping many things about the Christmas Light Switch On secret, it is safe to say that this year will be a feast for the senses, as the power of music is used to bring festive cheer to the City. Choirs and musicians will perform when (and where) you least expect it.

Our musicians will be performing specially composed pieces for the occasion and there will of course be some surprises along the way, with the spectacular finale of the show bound to leave you with tingles down your spine.

Christmas comes but once a year and it’s true what they say – it really is the most magical time of the year.

And where better to spend the festive season with family and friends than right here in Durham City?

Fore more infromation visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/631427400595681/

 

Live Nativity 

Sunday 8th December 3:30pm – 4:15pm

The story of the Nativity live on-stage in an immersive amphitheatre-style. Featuring the three kings, shepherds, a census, overcrowding and the most important baby of all. Choirs, carols and actors will retell a story we may all be familiar with but never tire of seeing at Christmastime. The perfect way to mark the start of the festive season with family in the City.

Also, you and your family will get to meet the 3 wise men’s camels! 

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2453458311433471/

 

Christmas Walkabout Weekend

Saturday 14th December & Sunday 15th December from 11am

Some of your favourite Christmas themed comedy characters will be walking the streets of Durham City Centre and causing mayhem wherever they go. From 11am to 3pm they will be interacting with everyone in the City – so watch out! Head into Durham City for a spot of Christmas shopping and keep an eye out for the funniest characters you’ve ever met! 

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2632312220148936/

 

Snow InDurham 

Saturday 21st December & Sunday 22nd December From 12pm

Despite the unpredictable Great British weather, it will definitely snow in Durham this Christmas! For the final weekend before Christmas, visit Durham City for some Christmas shopping when it is guaranteed to be snowing – minus the ice-y roads!  Artificial snow will cover the City creating the perfect festive scene! The weather report is in and the snow will fall from 12pm!

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/739085609903660/

 

Durham Christmas Festival 

Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December 

Durham's award-winning Traditional Christmas Festival will return from Friday 29th November 2019 for three days, with a wide range of festive entertainment for all the family in and around the World Heritage Site of the Cathedral and the Castle and throughout the City Centre.  

 CLICK HERE for all the information on how to get to the festival.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/339061853374000/

 

Christmas Donkeys at The Riverwalk 

Wednesday 11th December to Friday 13th December

From the 11th - 13th December in The Riverwalk complex you can meet some very friendly donkeys. You'll be able to meet, take pictures and pet the two donkeys below from 10am - 5pm. Perfect for the kids, why not pop down? Or, if you know someone who would love to meet them, pass this info on. 

More Information at https://www.facebook.com/events/830713790678629/

 

Who Sleighed Santa at Hotel Indigo

Saturday 15th December 

Get ready for a Murder Mystery Night with a Christmas Twist! 

Tickets are now on sale at £39.50 per person which includes a three-course dinner, plus you can meet the actors from 7pm in our Rotunda Bar. 

Limited spaces are available! Email events@indurham.com or call 0191 329 3535 to book your place today.

https://www.facebook.com/events/421624491810147/

£39.50

 

 

Prince Bishops Shopping Centre Christmas Activities 

 

Visit Santa & Childrens Christmas Crafts 

Saturday 30th - Christmas Eve 

Santa and his elves return to Prince Bishops Shopping Centre! Santa Claus is visiting Durham and he’s taken up residence in his very own Santa's Lodge, here at Prince Bishops.

You'll be able to visit Santa from Saturday 30th November, and then every weekend from Fridays as below.

- Friday 10am- 4pm
- Saturday 10am- 4pm
- Sunday 10am- 4pm

Throughout December up to and including Monday 23rd December and also Christmas Eve.

Visits to see Santa are FREE, with all children receiving a gift. We will be welcoming donations on behalf of Treetops Children's Ward.

Admissions to meet Santa will operate on a take a ticket queuing system. Simply take your ticket and enjoy some Christmas crafting with the kids whilst you wait, without having to worry about missing your turn.

Santa's Lodge is located a few steps down the mall from our Saddler Street Entrance, opposite the Gift Company store and right next door to the Cooperative Bank.

Don't forget to ask him for a Santa Selfie!

Full Santa Visiting Times

Sat 30th November - 10am - 4pm
Sun 1st December - 10am - 4pm

Fri 6th December - 10am - 4pm
Sat 7th December - 10am - 4pm
Sun 8th December - 10am - 4pm (Quiet hour 10am - 11am)

Fri 13th December - 10am - 4pm
Sat 14th December - 10am - 4pm
Sun 15th December - 10am - 4pm (Quiet hour 10am - 11am)

Fri 20th December - 10am - 4pm
Sat 21st December - 10am - 4pm
Sun 22nd December - 10am - 4pm (Quiet hour 10am - 11am)

Mon 23rd December - 10am - 4pm
Tues 24th December - 10am - 4pm

 

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Free* Festive Wreath Making Workshop 

Monday 9th December 10am - 12pm

Free* Festive Wreath Making Workshop at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, on Monday 9th December, from 10am - 12pm.

This December, as part of our seasonal adult crafts, we are offering shoppers the opportunity to make their own bespoke wreath creation, which they get to take home at the end of the workshop. The session will be ran under the creative eyes of two professional florists.

- Festive Wreath Making
- Mon 9th December
- 10am - 12pm
- Approx 2 hours long
- Free to attend*
- Reserve your spot by using the 'reverse' button on this event post

The workshop will take place at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in the Christmas Craft Cabin, opposite the Flight Centre Store. Book your place now, as we have limited spaces on this seasonal adult craft session.

*The workshop is offered for FREE, however, we will require a £10 per person donation to attend. All donations go the Treetops Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham. Donations will be collected on arrival.

 

Free* Hand-Painted Baubes Workshop 

Monday 9th Decmeber 1pm - 3pm 

Free* Hand-painted Baubles Workshop at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, on Monday 9th December, from 1pm - 3pm.

This December, as part of our seasonal adult crafts, we are offering shoppers the opportunity to make their own hand-painted Christmas tree bauble, which they get to take home at the end of the workshop. The session will be ran under the watchful eyes of two professional crafters from The Crafthood.

- Hand-painted baubles (adults)
- Mon 9th December
- 1pm - 3pm
- Approx 2 hours long
- Free to attend*
- Reserve your spot by using the 'reverse' button on this event post

The workshop will take place at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in the Christmas Craft Cabin, opposite the Flight Centre Store. Book your place now, as we have limited spaces on this seasonal adult craft session.

*The workshop is offered for FREE, however, we will require a £5 per person donation to attend. All donations go the Treetops Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham. Donations will be collected on arrival.

 

Free* Christmas Crafts With Paperchase 

10th December 10am - 12pm 

Free* Christmas Crafts with Paperchase at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, on Tuesday 10th December, from 10am - 12pm.

This December, as part of our seasonal adult crafts, we are offering shoppers the opportunity to take part in some seasonal Christmas Crafting fun with the team from Paperchase Durham.

- Tree dressing with prize for best dressed tree.
- Present wrapping, with ideas and how to wrap difficult gifts.
- Showcasing Christmas party games.
- 10am - 12pm
- Approx 2 hours long
- Free to attend*
- Reserve your spot by using the 'reverse' button on this event post

The session will take place at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in the Christmas Craft Cabin, opposite the Flight Centre Store. Book your place now, as we have limited spaces on this seasonal adult craft session.

*The workshop is offered for FREE, however, we will require a £5 per person donation to attend. All donations go the Treetops Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham. Donations will be collected on arrival.

Free* Festive Table Arrangement Workshop

10th December 1pm - 3pm 

Free* Festive Table Arrangement Workshop at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, on Tuesday 10th December, from 1pm - 3pm.

This December, as part of our seasonal adult crafts, we are offering shoppers the opportunity to make their own bespoke Festive Table Arrangement, which they get to take home at the end of the workshop. The session will be ran under the creative direction of Inspire Explore Create.

- Festive Table Arrangement Workshop
- Tue 10th December
- 1pm - 3pm
- Approx 2 hours long
- Free to attend*
- Reserve your spot by using the 'reverse' button on this event post

The workshop will take place at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in the Christmas Craft Cabin, opposite the Flight Centre Store. Book your place now, as we have limited spaces on this seasonal adult craft session.

*The workshop is offered for FREE, however, we will require a £5 per person donation to attend. All donations go the Treetops Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham. Donations will be collected on arrival.

 

Free Cupcake Decorating & Sugarcraft 

Wednesday 11th December 10:30am - 12:30pm / 1:30pm - 3:30pm.

Free* Cupcake Decorating & Sugar-craft at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, on Wednesday 9th December. Session one from 10:30am - 12:30pm then session two from 1:30pm - 3:30pm.

This December, as part of our seasonal adult crafts, we are offering shoppers the opportunity to take part in our Cupcake Decorating & Sugarcraft session. Also, you get to take home your cupcakes at the end of the workshop.

- Wed 11th December
- 2 separate sessions

from 10:30am - 12:30pm
then 1:30pm - 3:30pm

- Each session is approx 2 hours long
- Free to attend*
- Reserve your spot by using the 'reverse' button on this event post

The workshop will take place at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in the Christmas Craft Cabin, opposite the Flight Centre Store. Book your place now, as we have limited spaces on this seasonal adult craft session.

*The workshop is offered for FREE, however, we will require a £5 per person donation to attend. All donations go the Treetops Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham. Donations will be collected on arrival.

 

Free* Merry Mixology Class With Whisky River 

Thursday 12th December 12pm - 1pm 

Free* Merry Mixology Workshop with Whisky River at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre on Thursday 12th December, from 12pm - 1pm.

This December, as part of our seasonal adult crafts, dont miss the Merry Mixology class with Whisky River. Enjoy a fun-filled hour of drinks mixing, tasting delicious cocktails and learning how to prepare your favourite festive tipple with the pros!

- Merry Mixology Workshop by Whisky River
- Thursday 12th December
- 12pm - 1pm
- 1 hours long
- Free to attend*
- Reserve your spot by using the 'reverse' button on this event post

The workshop will take place at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in the Christmas Craft Cabin, opposite the Flight Centre Store. Book your place now, as spaces are limited.

*The workshop is offered for FREE, however, we are inviting people to make a voluntary Donation to the Treetops Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham.

 

Free* Festive Wreath Making Workshop 

Monday 16th December 10am - 12pm

Free* Festive Wreath Making Workshop at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, on Monday 9th December, from 10am - 12pm.

This December, as part of our seasonal adult crafts, we are offering shoppers the opportunity to make their own bespoke wreath creation, which they get to take home at the end of the workshop. The session will be ran under the creative eyes of two professional florists.

- Festive Wreath Making
- Mon 9th December
- 10am - 12pm
- Approx 2 hours long
- Free to attend*
- Reserve your spot by using the 'reverse' button on this event post

The workshop will take place at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in the Christmas Craft Cabin, opposite the Flight Centre Store. Book your place now, as we have limited spaces on this seasonal adult craft session.

*The workshop is offered for FREE, however, we will require a £10 per person donation to attend. All donations go the Treetops Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham. Donations will be collected on arrival.

 

Free* Merry Mixology Class With Whisky River 

Thursday 19th December 12pm - 1pm 

Free* Merry Mixology Workshop with Whisky River at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre on Thursday 19th December, from 12pm - 1pm.

This December, as part of our seasonal adult crafts, dont miss the Merry Mixology class with Whisky River. Enjoy a fun-filled hour of drinks mixing, tasting delicious cocktails and learning how to prepare your favourite festive tipple with the pros!

- Merry Mixology Workshop by Whisky River
- Thursday 19th December
- 12pm - 1pm
- 1 hours long
- Free to attend*
- Reserve your spot by using the 'reverse' button on this event post

The workshop will take place at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in the Christmas Craft Cabin, opposite the Flight Centre Store. Book your place now, as spaces are limited.

*The workshop is offered for FREE, however, we are inviting people to make a voluntary Donation to the Treetops Children's Ward at the University Hospital of North Durham.