Barnard Castle Christmas Festival

Don’t miss this magical five-day Christmas Festival involving cultural venues in Barnard Castle adding extra sparkle to the town this week in this seasonal extravaganza.


The first Christmas Festival launches on 13th December with a Traditional Fair in The Bowes Museum grounds – which will come alive after dark to offer delicious food, fairground amusements, rides, side-shows, games and entertaining family activities. Santa will welcome children to his magical wonderland grotto, while an elves’ workshop, Christmas crafts and a fun festive trail promise to delight and entertain.


The Museum’s eagerly anticipated annual Christmas Market has been extended this year, opening on the afternoon of 15th December and running all day on the 16th and 17th. Bigger and better than ever, over 100 hand-picked stallholders will offer a dazzling array of original locally sourced Christmas produce, along with live music, seasonal entertainment, prize draws from Smooth Radio and the popular park & ride ‘Santa’ buses. The Bowes Museum remains open during both the fair and the market for all to enjoy.


The Festival also offers an exciting mix of art, exhibitions, music, theatre, comedy, film. Amazing light sculpture installations at The Bowes Museum and The Witham will generate a trail between the two venues, further  fostering the festive spirit.


The Witham sets the seasonal scene beautifully with a screening of the family favourite classic film Miracle on 34th Street on 14th December, with further festive offerings from the comedian Chris Ramsey – Work in Progress 2, sellout performance; a warming supper coupled with a performance of A Christmas Carol by the acclaimed Castle Players; and Teesdale Christmas Art Fair.


Completing the picture will be fantastic musical performances at the TCR Hub on 16th December, featuring local performers and regional talent. While aimed at families, the event will continue late into the night, complemented by seasonal refreshments in the café, the ensure you leave in the festive mood.