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Best Things to do This Christmas in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Revealed

Best Things to do This Christmas in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Revealed

Stepping into Christmas here in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will have you spoiled for choice this year, with many events back and bigger than ever. As always though, the expert team over at Visit Nottinghamshire will have you wishing it could be Christmas every day with their top picks of things to do this festive season throughout the region. Read on…

There’s loads to do in the run up to Christmas, buying presents, figuring out whose family to spend Christmas with, sorting the last big shop and of course, deciding where to go and soak up some Christmas fun! Don’t worry though, Visit Notts can certainly help with their recommendations of where to go, making your life that little bit easier.

Winter Wonderland

Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 31 December 2022

Old Market Square

Ranked as the 2nd best Christmas Market in the UK, Winter Wonderland returns to Nottingham this Christmas season. Festive fun seekers will be able to skate for 200m around the Old Market Square, metres above the crowds exploring the sixty stall Christmas market offering everything from hand-made gifts to delicious food and mulled wine from local and international traders. If you are a Nottingham City Council resident, you can enjoy a 10% saving on off-peak and super off-peak skating.  Click here for a discount code.

Christmas at Wollaton 2022

Friday 2 December 2022 to Sunday 1 January 2023

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

As twilight descends this December, Christmas at Wollaton takes over the hall and gardens, once again transforming the grounds into a magical wonderland with an illuminated light trail, which is set once again to delight visitors of all ages. Plus, if you are a Nottingham City Council resident you will once again enjoy a 10% saving on tickets for Christmas at Wollaton 2022.

Christmas at Newstead Abbey

Various dates and events between 26 November and 18 December 2022

Newstead Abbey

Head to Lord Byron’s ancestral home this festive season and explore Christmas in Nottingham like no other. There is a cornucopia of things to do at Newstead Abbey this festive season from outdoor trails, self-led walks and afternoon teas to Christmas dinners and festive craft stalls.

Get your skates on

26th November 2022 – 8th January 2023

National Ice Centre

Various Prices

There’s loads happening at the National Ice Centre this Christmas, whether you’re looking to don your best cheesy Christmas Jumper on the ice, take the tots skating or looking for something a little more relaxed with their festive character sessions. There’s plenty going on down at the National Ice Centre so be sure to check out their full programme of events.

Go see a Panto

Saturday 3 December 2022 –Sunday 8 January 2023

Theatre Royal and Concert Hall

Tickets £16.50 to £42.00

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, don’t miss the fairest pantomime of them all! This year’s panto at the Theatre Royal and Concert Hall is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This beloved classic will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery.

Cinderella at Belvoir Castle

Friday 19 November 2022 – Sunday 1 January 2023

Belvoir Castle

Tickets: Adult-£22 | Child-£9 | Infant (0-3)- £0 | Family- £53 | Carers- £11

Your Carriage awaits… As the clock strikes twelve on 18th November 2022, Belvoir Castle will be transformed into a breath-taking Cinderella-themed scene. Wander through the lavishly decorated spaces, for an unforgettable family Christmas experience. With rooms expertly designed by Charlotte Lloyd-Webber, take in the majestic surroundings. Why not visit the Castle for afternoon tea too? Or do a spot of Christmas shopping at the Engine Yard.

Christmas Craft Market at Sneinton Market

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November 2022


FREE entry

The Sneinton Christmas Craft Market will host over 20 local businesses and crafters selling a range of products from food to Christmas gifts. You can also enjoy festive entertainment while you shop!

Go to a lights switch on

There’s nothing which quite says the holidays coming like a lights switch on. There are loads of light switch ons right throughout Nottingham and Nottinghamshire with Beeston, Eastwood, Stapleford, Gotham, West Bridgford, Arnold, Retford, Worksop and Mansfield all hosting switch ons in the county.

Grab a Christmas Carvery

Rufford Abbey Country Park

Every Weekend from 26th November until 18th December | 2022 | Sittings 12 noon and 2pm

Adults £22.95 | Children under 12 £12.95 | Children under 3 Free

Bring the family together for a delicious two course Christmas carvery lunch. This is a festive dining experience for the whole family to enjoy. Indulge in a traditional Christmas lunch in their Victorian kitchen restaurant.

Meet Santa at Creswell Crags

Saturdays & Sunday from 26th November – 18th December | 2022 | 10am – 4pm

Creswell Crags

£7 per child (includes gift and crafts)

Santa will be visiting his grotto at the Crags every weekend this Christmas season. He’s been busy making a list, then checking it twice, and he’s going to meet everyone whether they’ve been naughty or nice! Book your timeslot, and while you’re waiting for your moment with Santa, enjoy doing some festive crafts in the education rooms.

Needlefelt Christmas Bird Baubles

1-4pm | Wednesday 7th December

Cost: £45

Ever fancied having a go at making your own Christmas decorations? Well now you can! Create a range of cute Christmas baubles including a festive Robin. Use the satisfying skill of needle felting to make your baubles. This workshop includes a full festive needle-felt tutorial, time to make your creations, and have some festive refreshments.

Candlelight Ballet – Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Thursday 22nd December 2022 from 6pm

Albert Hall

Tickets: from £25

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a festive classic! Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations never before used for this purpose in Nottingham. Buy your tickets now to discover the music of The Nutcracker, featuring ballet performances, at Albert Hall under the gentle glow of candlelight.

Catch a Christmas Classic

Thursday 29 December at 7pm and Friday 30 December at 1pm

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

Tickets from £25

Elf is quite possibly one of the biggest Christmas films of the last 20 years and has been catching the imaginations of audiences since 2003! Visit the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham to see the film supersized into a live arena spectacular for this Christmas with a massive stage featuring amazing film backdrops on a huge LED screen plus a mobile stage that travels the auditorium, so everyone gets a close-up view of the action.

Patchings Christmas Market

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November 2022 I 10am – 4pm

Patchings Art Centre

Admission – FREE

A very special occasion awaits as Patchings open their doors for their annual Christmas Market. All exhibitors have been selected because they design and make their products themselves, ensuring all the pieces created are unique. You can expect to see a wide range of items including textiles, fine art, ceramics, jewellery and glass products – all made with Christmas in mind. This is the perfect opportunity to browse for a unique Christmas gift so don’t miss out!

We Wish You a Merry Murder

Various dates throughout November & December 2022 | 6:30pm – 10:30pm

National Justice Museum

Tickets: £47.99

It’s 1927. The roaring twenties show no sign of slowing down. A dazzling Christmas party is taking place in Nottingham’s Shire Hall, hosted by movie star, Frankie Faulkner. Guests include a renowned psychic medium, a retired colonel, and the best private investigator in the world. Personalities will clash. There’s bound to be trouble… even murder! This immersive night at the National Justice Museum includes a 3-course meal, drink and plenty of intrigue!

And of course, for everything else Christmas related, head on over to the Visit Nottinghamshire website to check out their full Christmas listings and get even more inspiration!

Posted on 18 November 2022

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