Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with festive festivals, cracking crafts and enchanting outings


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Durham’s Traditional Christmas Festival kicks off from tomorrow and lasts all weekend. Three days full of carol singers, live reindeer, craft and foodie stalls and festive nibbles in the Cathedral grounds. 

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Pick up tons of crafty festive delights at ARC’s cool Christmas market on Saturday. Nibble on stollen and turkey and stuffing ciabatta and sip on Bailey’s hot chocolate and gingerbread lattes while you shop.

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Hardwick Hall’s flurry of Enchanted Christmas events begin this weekend. Watch classic Christmas films, eat festive food and sing and dance at its Family Festive Show on Sunday.

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timewebSage Gateshead’s Christmas Cracker weekend sounds like a good’un. Festive cooking demos and live music for the grown-ups, and grotto magic, crafts and face painting for the little ones.

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Vallum Farm launches its Festive Fridays from tomorrow. Head there for celebratory yummy feasting boards, seasonal veg picked fresh from the farm, Christmassy cocktails and flaming puds.

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foodwebClink and croon at Gisborough Hall’s Festive Jazz Supper Evening on Saturday. Indulge in a three-course meal and after-dinner drinks by the fire. Jazz duo, Utopia, will provide the tunes. 

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