- Durham OnAir
Bringing Christmas stories to life
Children can make the most of traditional Christmas stories from across Europe next weekend.
Durham County Council has organised a series of free Christmas storytelling sessions to be read in a range of European languages at Clayport Library.
Coinciding with Durham Christmas Festival, children can hear stories of Santa, snow
maidens, magical Christmas trees and the sheer joy of Christmas in five different
languages on Saturday 3 December.
The sessions are free of charge, require no booking, and will be supplemented by a range
of free craft activities from 10am until 3pm.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “This is a
fantastic opportunity for children to sit down, enjoy a magical Christmas story and explore
a range of languages.
“As well as learning about Christmas traditions and cultures from other countries, it will
hopefully help to inspire a passion for languages in our young people. This is the perfect
time of year to make learning fun and engage our children with Christmas activities from
far and wide.”
Students from Durham University’s School of Modern Languages and Culture will be
telling the stories in English and a second language at the following sessions:
10am: La légende du Sapin, by Thierry Chapeau, read in French
11am: Snegurochka, The Snow Maiden, a traditional tale read in Russian
12pm: La Magia de la Navidad, read in Spanish
2pm: Pip und Posy und der Weihnachtsbaum, by Axel Scheffler, read in German
3pm: La renne di Babbo Natale, read in Italian