CROWDS turned out in force for some seasonal solace as Durham’s Christmas Festival came back with a bang at the weekend.

Following the Covid-enforced cancellation of last year’s event, the annual festival returned to the city centre streets, which were thronging throughout the weekend.

The three-day festival attracted both local people and visitors alike to the city and was also enjoyed by Durham’s large student population, some of whom gave musical performances at different venues.

It included students taking part in a Carol-a-thon to raise funds for worthy causes, plus performances by several other college ensembles and groups.

There were more than 200 independent traders represented, three markets with plenty of festive fare and seasonal entertainment on offer.

Despite the general lifting of restrictions this year, festival-goers were asked to wear face coverings at the indoor venues featured including Durham Market Hall, the Craft and Gift Marquee, on Palace Green, Durham, plus the cathedral’s cloisters, as well as in other shops around the city.

Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also follow our dedicated County Durham Facebook page for all the latest in the area by clicking here.

For all the top news updates from right across the region straight to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter here.

Have you got a story for us? Contact our newsdesk on or contact 01325 505054