Christmas programme underway in Durham City

A host of Christmas events are helping visitors and residents of Durham City feel merry and bright this December, as Durham BID’s Christmas programme is well underway in the lead up to the big day.

This week will see the return of the popular live Nativity to Durham. The tale of the first Christmas will take place in the heart of the city in the Marketplace. Spectators can enjoy the retelling of the world’s most important Christmas story with the historic city as a backdrop. Camels, a donkey, a baby and volunteers from local community groups and churches will help bring the nativity to life.

Adam Deathe, business engagement manager at Durham BID, said: “After the success of the Christmas lights switch on event, and the award-winning Christmas market which always offers visitors a enjoyable start to the festive season, we’re really looking forward to the next set of events to help spread some festive cheer.

“The live Nativity provides great free family entertainment, so wrap up warm and bring everyone along. We’re excited to see the Nativity brought to life, making the city centre even more enchanting and magical at this special time of year.”

On December 17, the digital trail will be launched while Crafts InDurham returns on the December 18.

Comedians and Carols will also be returning to the City on December 20. After the show’s sell-out performance in 2015, the acts will be making 2016’s event bigger and better as they take over Durham Cathedral for the evening. An alternative Christmas show, the event offers an entertaining night of family fun for the whole community with comedy, carols and sing-a-longs to enjoy.

Adam added: “There’s lots going on to help all visitors to the City feel extra Christmassy – whether they’re visiting for Christmas shopping or meeting up with friends and family.

“We hope everyone has a fantastic festive season and we hope our events programme will help to spread some festive cheer. Merry Christmas to all our visitors, business partners and stakeholders from Durham BID.”

The events are part of Durham BID’s festive events programme, which offers a range of special activities in the City throughout December.

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