The Durham Christmas lights and Christmas tree have now been illuminated for 2019 - take a look at them in our picture gallery.

The 2019 Durham Christmas lights switch on took place on Thursday November 28, in front of St Nicholas church in Durham Marketplace. With a large stage set up for the occasion, the show ran from 5.30pm until 6.45pm with music and entertainment.

The lights around the marketplace were then lit, along with the fairylights on a large Christmas tree which is positioned next to the church near to Durham town hall.

You can also keep up to date with Durham Christmas news and events on our dedicated Christmas page.

Our Durham Christmas lights picture gallery shows, from top left, the Durham Christmas tree in front of St Nicholas church alongside two pictures of the lights in the marketplace; the middle row shows three pictures of the Riverwalk Christmas lights, with the strings of fairylights and Christmas tree near to The Works and Savers, and the decorations and tree near to the new Odeon cinema.

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The bottom row shows the Christmas tree and lights next to Elvet Bridge, and the decorations hanging along Prince Bishops shopping centre.

The Christmas lights switch on was accompanied by musical entertainment including drummers dressed as elves, as well as Father Christmas hosting the event.

Today also marked the start of the Durham Christmas Festival, which sees craft markets and events across the city.

Among the events is a craft marquee on Palace Green, as well as festival family entertainment in Walkergate and Millennium Place, a children's lantern procession, and a grotto on palace green.

You can read more about what's on in our Durham Christmas Festival roundup.