Top 9 Christmas Markets In Durham, England

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Durham is a county in North East England, convenient for both Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle International Airport. There is plenty to see and do in this area. Just south of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Durham City is nestled on the River Wear. It is home to Norman Durham Castle and Romanesque Durham Cathedral. Those interested in history should visit Oriental Museum, which houses exhibits relating to Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and Asian artifacts. Head to Bishop Auckland to visit Auckland Castle, or take a turn at Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. Also make a plan to visit Durham County and its surrounding areas during the festive season to explore some of the top Christmas markets in Durham, UK. Scroll below to find out more.

1. Durham City's Annual Traditional Christmas Festival

Christmas Market, Durham (23851143031)
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Durham City’s Annual Traditional Christmas Festival is a festive affair, with many activities available. The festival includes great Christmas gift opportunities and musical entertainment. A craft and gift marquee will be set up on Palace Green, with more than 170 stalls selling gifts, toys, handcrafts, knitwear, and more. You can also explore the Regional Producers’ Market in the cloisters of Durham Cathedral. There will be plenty of food outlets serving all kinds of delicious snacks for you to try out. Carol Services will be held at the cathedral and a Children’s Lantern Procession will lead everyone here to attend the St. Nicholas service.

Durham City's Annual Traditional Christmas Festival

Address: Palace Green, Cathedral & Market Place, Durham City, County Durham, DH1 3NJ, Kent, UK

Dates: December 3 - 5, 2021

Website: Durham Christmas Festival

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Nearby Christmas Markets

2. Winterfest Christmas Market

Southbank Centre's Winter Festival - Christmas market - wooden huts - Hungerford Bridge / Golden Jubilee Bridges
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Winterfest Christmas Market is a vegan affair held in Leeds Town Hall in the city center. A choice of more than 100 stalls will be available, serving vegan produce, including chocolate, cakes, takeaway food, cheeses, clothing, makeup, and pet treats. A small charge is payable at the door and all proceeds will be sent to animal welfare charities.

Winterfest Christmas Market (Leeds)

Address: Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, UK

Website: Winterfest Vegan Christmas Market

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3. Hartlepool Maritime Christmas Market

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This outdoor Christmas Market is held at the Navy Museum in Hartlepool. A range of stalls will offer funky handmade gifts, alternative clothing, art, recycled and eco-friendly products, artisan food, vegan and gluten-free treats, homeware, street food, and plenty more. Live music and entertainment will be held during the run of the market.

Hartlepool Maritime Christmas Market

Address: The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool, Durham, UK

Website: Hartlepool Maritime Christmas Market

Date: December 18, 2021

Hours: 5:30pm - 11pm

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4. Christmas Markets at South Causey Inn

South Causey Inn, Stanley
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The Christmas Markets at South Causey Inn is the ideal venue for purchasing high-quality gifts, festive treats, decorations, homewares, fashion, arts and crafts, and beauty products. Daytime and evening festive markets will be held in the Durham Suite. The inn’s restaurant and bar will be open to serve scrumptious meals and tasty drinks. You can book a table in advance and make a fun night out of it!

Christmas Markets at South Causey Inn

Address: South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0LS, UK

Website: Christmas Markets at South Causey Inn

Dates: November 30, December 7, 14, and 21, 2021

Hours: 10am - 2pm; 5pm - 9pm

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5. Berwick Christmas Market

Berwick Town In Winter
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Hosted by Berwick Rotary, Berwick Christmas Market offers the chance to buy the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones, including hand-made items, arts and crafts, traditional gifts, toys, and more while enjoying a background of live Christmas caroling. Also, enjoy traditional Christmas treats and drinks at several of the stalls. Bundle up and enjoy exploring this festive location.

Berwick Christmas Market

Address: Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Durham, UK

Website: Berwick Christmas Market

Date: December 5, 2021

Hours: 11am - 4pm

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6. Raby Castle Christmas Market

A Christmas Market will open at Raby Castle where visitors can enjoy browsing and buying the best Christmas gifts, items for the home, festive decorations, toys, jewelry, arts and crafts, and more. Visitors will be welcomed by a free glass of champagne. Santa will be there to meet every child and give them a Christmas gift to place under their tree. Kids can also meet Santa’s reindeer while here. Over at the castle, enjoy exploring the decorated medieval interiors, which include a sprawling deer park, walled gardens, an adventure playground, a collection of ancient carriages, and Stables Cafe and Shop. Have fun with your family here this Christmas.

Raby Castle Christmas Market

Address: Raby Castle, Staindrop, County Durham, DL2 3AH, UK

Website: Raby Castle Christmas Market

Dates: December 4 - 5, 2021

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7. Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

This Northumbrian Christmas market is held at Alnwick Garden and offers stalls overflowing with gift suggestions, stocking fillers, arts and crafts, jewelry, knitwear, festive snacks, and delicious drinks. The market will also feature a magical, illuminated world called “Sparkle” as well as live music, carols, and more in front of the Grand Cascade. Enjoy a tour of the gardens while here to view the beautiful water fountain and the ornamental rose garden.

Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

Address: The Alnwick Garden, The Gardeners Cottage, Greenwell Road, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1HB, UK

Website: Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

Dates: November 29, 2021 - January 2, 2022

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8. Darlington Christmas Market

old town christmas market
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Darlington Christmas Market will have a variety of stalls offering Christmas gifts, arts and crafts, festive decorations, jewelry, street food, and warm drinks. A variety of musical entertainment will also be on offer.

Darlington Christmas Market

Address: Darlington Covered Market, Horsemarket, Darlington, DL1 5PX, UK

Website: Darlington Christmas Market

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9. Northumberlandia Christmas Food and Craft Market

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The Northumberlandia Christmas Food and Craft Market features a Christmas fair and a wide range of fun activities for the whole family. Stalls will feature quality gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, candles, and delicious street food. Please note that all children should be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are also welcome and must be put on a leash.

Northumberlandia Christmas Weekend

Address: 7 Birchwood One, Dewhurst Road, Birchwood, Warrington, WA3 7GB, UK

Website: Northumberlandia Christmas Weekend

Date: December 5, 2021

Hours: 6pm - 11pm

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Appreciate the season of joy in and around Durham

While visiting the quaint and historic cities and their surrounding towns, enjoying the museums, attractions, local shopping, and cuisine during the upcoming festive season, make sure you experience some of the top Christmas markets in and around Durham, UK.

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