The magic of the festive season will be coming to Durham City this December for a Christmas in the Park event.
In the enchanting setting of Durham County Council’s Wharton Park, small groups can visit Santa Claus in his yuletide-themed grotto before being taken on a festive journey.
Families can enjoy Santa’s captivating tales of Christmas, and join in to ask Father Christmas for his top festive tips before receiving a small gift from the man himself.
The festivities don’t end there as ticket holders can even meet Santa’s farmyard friends.
Children can get up close and personal with the animals to learn about each of them and discover their individual personalities whilst petting and grooming them.
Festive arts and crafts workshops will also be run on the day where children can work with the council’s education assistants to make a Christmas-themed piece of art to take away.
The Christmas in the Park events will run on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, between 11am and 3pm.
Tickets to visit Santa and his farmyard friends cost £8.50 per child (children aged under one-year-old are free but will not receive a gift). Advance booking is required.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Gala box office on 03000 266600.
Festive arts and crafts workshops cost £3 per child. This is a drop-in event, no booking required.
Visitors on Sunday 17 December are also welcome to enjoy free brass band performances in the park during the event.