County Durham’s Winter Wonderland: Christmas Town Set to be Bishop Auckland’s Biggest Event Yet


Get ready for a winter wonderland like no other as Christmas Town returns to Bishop Auckland from the 24th to the 26th of November, 2023. With numbers anticipated in excess of 25,000, this Christmas extravaganze stands to rival the mighty Bishop Auckland Food Festival in terms of visitor numbers and start the festive celebrations in style.

With strong contenders for Christmas’ top spot between The Auckland Project’s AGLOW, Limiere and Christmas Town, Bishop Auckland seems to be on its way to becoming the event capital of the county.

Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Town is produced by the same duo who bring the successful Street Food Markets to the town. Both CIC organisations, Baccanalia & Bridge Creative, give thanks to Christmas Town’s principal partner, Bishop Auckland Town Council, and program sponsors, Manor House Hotel & Spa and Care Connect, for their invaluable support. They also thank Durham County Council for their generous funding of Christmas Town.

“Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Town exemplifies a community united to celebrate the potential of our home. As we approach the close of 2023, Baccanalia will have orchestrated over 50,000 visits to the Town Centre, a testament to our commitment to shared success. We eagerly extend this success to everyone who joins us in celebrating Christmas Town.”
– Thomas Wales, Baccanalia.

Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Town is a cherished seasonal family festival that has captured the hearts of residents and visitors alike since its inception. Located in the heart of County Durham, this enchanting event transforms the historic town into a winter wonderland, celebrating the magic and spirit of Christmas. With a rich tapestry of attractions, live entertainment, heartwarming experiences, and opportunities to support local businesses, Christmas Town has become a beloved tradition, bringing the community together during the holiday season with lots of free elements for everyone to enjoy.

“We’re over the moon to bring Christmas Town back to Bishop Auckland again this year; we’re making it bigger, better and more magical than ever before. We’re excited to have the giant tipis this time around, with fire pits, live entertainment and the best mulled wine in the North East! Our team will support adults with learning disabilities and autism to gain work experience.”
– Ben Tinkler, Bridge Creative.

“Christmas Town is more than just a seasonal event; it’s a testament to the enduring bond between our community and local businesses. As the festive lights twinkle, it brings forth a shared spirit of joy and togetherness, enhancing not only our lives but also our local economy. It’s a heart-warming reminder of the strength of our town’s unity during this special season.”
– Sarah Harris, Bishop Auckland Town Clerk

Giant Tipi Bars: Visit the giant tipi bars with cosy fires and drinks aplenty for a merry gathering with friends and family.
Ice Rink: Glide gracefully across the Market Place on the synthetic ice rink sprawling out in front of the iconic Town Hall.
Traditional Ferris Wheel: Soar to new heights of festive joy with breathtaking views of Christmas Town from our Traditional Ferris Wheel!
Christmas Markets: Explore over 40 Christmas traders offering unique gifts, festive treats, and mulled wine across the entire Marketplace. (free to visit)
Victorian Bandstand: Live music and merriment all weekend from local musicians and community groups at our enchanting Victorian Bandstand. (free to visit)
Giant Snowglobe: Step inside a world of wonder and create cherished memories within our Giant Snow Globe, perfect for family photos. (free to visit)
Wreath-Making Workshops: Unleash your creativity at wreath-making workshops where materials, equipment, and even festive beverages are provided.
Santa’s Grotto: Step into a whimsical world at Santa’s Grotto, a 30-minute experience with heartwarming stories, sweet snacks and a photo with the big man himself.
Tipi Events: Unleash your holiday spirit with our Big Christmas Party, get your Christmas Quiz on with Nana Funk, and share magical moments with your favourite characters in our enchanting Character Meet & Greets.
VIP Packages: Exclusive VIP Table Packages in our cosy tipi setting, where you can indulge in comfort, camaraderie, and festive cheer like never before.

Event Details:
Date: 24th to 26th November 2023
Location: Bishop Auckland, Market Place
Tickets: Available online at