Christmas in Derby

Make Derby top of your Christmas list

You'll find the best Christmas events and festive activities, great shopping and much more!

The Story of Children’s Television - 15 Oct - 29 Jan

From the earliest days of Muffin the Mule, generations of children have fallen in love with the characters and stories brought to life on the small screen. The exhibition traces the fascinating history of children’s television, bringing together seven decades of iconic objects, memorabilia, merchandise, clips and images.

Christmas in the Farmyard - 5 Nov - 18 Dec

Join us in the farmyard for a bit of festive fun for the whole family. We have a whole host of things to do this Christmas as well as our daily demonstrations and activities.

Christmas at Chatsworth - 5 Nov - 1 Jan

Step into an enchanting winter wonderland this festive season. We are delighted to present the time-honoured classic, ‘The Nutcracker’. Join Clara's adventures as she is swept away by her Nutcracker Prince...

Winter Woodland - 10 Nov - 24 Dec

This November will see McArthurGlen Designer Outlet East Midlands start the Christmas season in style as it’s transformed into a snow-covered Winter Wonderland.

Wonderland at Derby Roundhouse - 18 Nov - 31 Dec

This Christmas VIVID Experience presents their mesmerising new theme; WONDERLAND.

Letters to Santa and Christmas Crafts - 19 Nov - 11 Dec

intu Derby will be opening their very own North Pole postal service within their kids craft area & kids can get crafty this Christmas with their bauble decorating area.

Santa's Grotto - 19 Nov - 24 Dec

Santa's Grotto - 19 Nov - 24 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, School Holidays

There is magic in the air and Christmas is on its way! Come along to intu Derby’s Christmas grotto in association with Playmobil from Saturday 19 November until Christmas Eve.

Snow Garden - 21 Nov - 16 Dec

Snow Garden - 21 Nov - 16 Dec

Christmas, School Holidays

We are bringing our very own winter wonderland to Level 2 from 21 November – 16 December with our snow garden.

Titanic Masquerade - 25 Nov - 23 Dec

Titanic Masquerade - 25 Nov - 23 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss, Food & Drink

Join the Cathedral Quarter Hotel Derby's shared masquerade themed party nights in Opulence Restaurant for a Christmas party night to remember.

Christmas Gourmet Evenings - 26 Nov - 17 Dec

Enjoy an elegant and festive evening at Chatsworth.

Santa in his Country Grotto - 26 Nov - 18 Dec

Santa in his Country Grotto - 26 Nov - 18 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, School Holidays

Take a winter walk through our Christmas trees to see Santa in his Country Grotto.

Christmas at Hardwick - 26 Nov - 18 Dec

Take time with family and friends this season and celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas in the traditionally decorated Hall.

Twelve Days of Christmas Crafts - 26 Nov - 18 Dec

Celebrate the Twelve days of Christmas with self-led crafts throughout the week, and led crafts on the weekends

Christmas at National Forest Adventure Farm 26 Nov - 24 Dec

Enjoy our Christmas experience at the Farm, there’s plenty going on!

Cathedral Quarter 3aaa Christmas Ice Rink - 27 Nov - 5 Jan

Whether out with a group of friends, spending time as a family or looking for a venue for a work Christmas party, a spin on the Cathedral Quarter 3aaa Ice Rink will be a fabulous festive treat!

Wreath Making Workshop - 1 - 9 Dec

Enjoy a hands-on workshop and learn to make your very own wreath using foliage collected locally.

Sherry and Mince Pie Tour of the Hall - 1 - 15 Dec

Come along this Christmas time and enjoy a tour of the Hall and a glass of sherry and a mince pie.

Festive Lunches - 1 - 16 Dec

Festive Lunches - 1 - 16 Dec

Christmas, Food & Drink

Treat yourself to a festive lunch, 2 courses in the delightful Tea Rooms at Sudbury.

12 Days of Christmas Trail - 1 - 20 Dec

Wrap up warm and explore the great outdoors at Kedleston with our festive family trail, inspired by the song the 12 Days of Christmas.

Cookie Calendar Craftiness - 1 - 30 Dec

Enjoy a drink of hot chocolate and a cookie, whilst you make a 2017 calendar from our selection of craft materials.

Children's Chocolate Cookie Calendar Craftiness - 1 - 30 Dec

Spoil your children with a treat in the Tea Rooms before making a calendar for 2017.

Alice in Wonderland - 2 Dec - 7 Jan

Alice in Wonderland - 2 Dec - 7 Jan

Christmas, Don't Miss, Family Fun

Join us next Christmas as we journey to Wonderland with Alice and a host of curious and colourful characters. As with Derby Theatre’s brilliant productions of Cinderella and A Christmas Carol, a talented team of actor-musicians will create a sparkling Christmas tale for all the family with original live music, stunning costumes and fantastic set designs. So join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle and Dormouse on their remarkable adventure at Derby Theatre.

Festive Christmas Lunches - 2 - 16 Dec

Festive Christmas Lunches - 2 - 16 Dec

Christmas, Food & Drink

Enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner and dessert in the Great Kitchen.

Christmas at Kedleston Hall - 2 - 18 Dec

See Kedleston decked in all its finery, with themed decorations in each room. There will be crackling fires and caroling choirs, to help you get in the mood for Christmas.

Christmas Carols and Songs at Kedleston Hall - 2 - 18 Dec

Come along and listen to, or join in, with the fabulous choirs that we have coming to Kedleston Hall this December.

The Winter Wonderland at Derby Market Hall - 2 - 23 Dec

This Christmas, Furthest From The Sea invites you to discover The Market Hall, Derby at ‘The Winter Wonderland’.

Walk with a View - 2 - 30 Dec

Walk with a View - 2 - 30 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Tours and Walks

Join the Head Gardener in the restaurant for a hot drink and bacon roll before a walk around Kedleston's Pleasure Grounds and hear the stories behind many of the often forgotten views around the property. Expect to walk around 1.5 miles, so sturdy footwear is essential.

Winter Wonders Walk - 2 - 30 Dec

Winter Wonders Walk - 2 - 30 Dec

Christmas, Tours and Walks

Let the Rangers show you some of the winter wonders the Park at Kedleston has to offer, followed by mulled wine and Christmas cake

Christmas Craft Show - 3 - 11 Dec

Christmas Craft Show - 3 - 11 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Calke will be hosting a festive craft show in the Riding School, featuring fine crafts and unique Christmas gifts to buy.

The Grotto at Kedleston - 3 - 18 Dec

The Grotto at Kedleston - 3 - 18 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Book to visit Father Christmas in his magical Christmas Grotto at Kedleston Hall, and enjoy some craft activities with his little helpers.

Sing-along Carols - 3 - 18 Dec

Join the Kedleston Singers for their last performance of the day in Caesar's Hall as they invite you to become part of the choir and sing along with them.

Santa Breakfasts - 3 - 18 Dec

Santa Breakfasts - 3 - 18 Dec

Family Fun, Food & Drink

Come & have Santa join you for a hot cooked breakfast in our Bluebells barn.

Father Christmas in his Grotto - 3 - 18 Dec

Visit Father Christmas in his magical stable grotto.

Echoes of Calke's Christmas Past - 3 - 18 Dec

Experience a unique Christmas at Calke Abbey - the country house in decline.

Twelve Days of Christmas Craft- Drum and Drummer Boy - 3 & 18 Dec

This year at Hardwick we are celebrating the traditional Twelve days of Christmas in our trail around the Hall.

Breakfast with Father Christmas - 3 - 21 Dec

Breakfast with Father Christmas - 3 - 21 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Experience an extra special Christmas breakfast with Father Christmas in the old kitchen restaurant followed by craft activities in the Hall.

Festive Crafts in Caesar's Hall - 3 - 23 Dec

Escape the hustle and bustle and get cosy in Caesar's Hall with some festive craft activities including making a festive lantern which you could bring along to our lantern walk.

Christmas Arts & Craft Fair - 3 - 23 Dec

Christmas Arts & Craft Fair - 3 - 23 Dec

Christmas, Markets & Fairs

A range of independent crafters selling unique creations.

Family Festivities at Markeaton Park - 3 - 30 Dec

Christmas in the Park for all the family. Traditional rides and food, carols, brass bands , visits from Santa, festive face painting and much more.

Christmas Wreath Making - 4 & 18 Dec

Always a really popular event - our workshops on the art of traditional wreathmaking will show you how to make your own Christmas Wreath to hang on your door!

Christmas Lantern Workshop - 4 - 18 Dec

Customise a festive lantern using glass paints and accessories. A perfect personalised Christmas gift.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience - 5 - 7 Dec

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience - 5 - 7 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss, Food & Drink

This globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out in places like Edinburgh Fringe, Raffles Singapore and Sydney Opera House. It returns to The Old Bell Hotel in December 2016, but be warned: it’ll sell out here too, so early booking is essential.

Calke Christmas Dinner - 5 - 16 Dec

Calke Christmas Dinner - 5 - 16 Dec

Christmas, Food & Drink

Indulge in a festive three-course Christmas dinner cooked by our talented Calke chefs.

Christmas Storytime - 5 - 19 Dec

Christmas Storytime - 5 - 19 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Join Mrs Claus on a Monday Morning at 10.30am for some traditional tales with a Christmas biscuit, glass of our own freshly pasteurised milk for the children & a mince pie & tea/coffee for yourself!

Christmas Films at QUAD - 6 - 24 Dec

‘Now Snowing at QUAD’ film season includes the Christmas classics Meet Me In St Louis, It’s A Wonderful Life plus Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder double Bill. For family audiences there will also be a special live version of A Christmas Carol by The Lost Boys, plus screenings of the animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Jack - 6 - 31 Dec

Jack - 6 - 31 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Theatre

Join us for a magical seasonal tale as cheeky little Jack climbs the beanstalk to find a very hungry giant! Not even his magic beans can help him escape but it’s ok, he has a plan… Now if he could just cheer up that angry chicken!

Cinderella - 6 Dec - 4 Jan

Cinderella - 6 Dec - 4 Jan

Christmas, Don't Miss, Family Fun

Derby’s most spectacular all-star family pantomime will be returning to Derby Arena for Christmas 2016.

G4 Christmas by Candlelight 2016 - 7 Dec

G4 Christmas by Candlelight 2016 - 7 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss, Music

Make this Christmas a “G4 Christmas”! Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

Estate Farm Shop Christmas Pie & Pea Supper - 7 & 14 Dec

Enjoy an exclusive shopping experience in our award winning estate farm shop and receive a 10% discount.

Christmas Up-cycling - 8 Dec

Christmas Up-cycling - 8 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Join us in the workshop and be inspired to transform off-cuts, spare parts, workshop bits and bobs and unused materials in to beautiful Christmas decorations!

Stinxville - 8 - 11 Dec

Stinxville - 8 - 11 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss

A Steampunk Circus meets an Anime Adventure, Stinxville is a rich mix for the run up to Christmas, and unlike anything you’ve ever seen in a theatre before!

Captain Sprout and the Christmas Pirates - 8 - 28 Dec

The Babbling Vagabonds return to Derby's Guildhall Theatre for a Christmas treat!

Funhouse Comedy Club at The Old Bell Hotel - 9 Dec

Funhouse Comedy Club brings a Christmas Special night of comedy to The Old Bell Hotel, Derby on Friday December 9th.

Floral Demonstration, Christmas at Chatsworth - 9 & 10 Dec

In this festive demonstration Jonathan Moseley will share tips and techniques required to adorn your homes lavishly for the holiday season.

Twelve Days of Christmas Craft- Peg Dancing Lady - 10 Dec

This year at Hardwick we are celebrating the traditional Twelve days of Christmas in our trail around the Hall.

'Messiah' by Candlelight - 10 Dec

Experience Handel’s iconic ‘Messiah’ in the beautiful surroundings of Derby Cathedral, bathed in candlelight

Jack & The Beanstalk - 10 Dec

The Farmhouse, 60 Ashbourne Road, Derby, DE224LY

Pantomime fun at The Farmhouse.

Winter World Minecraft - 10 Dec

Winter World Minecraft - 10 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Giant snowmen, Santa’s workshop or a magical ice palace.

Derby Bach Choir Christmas Concert - 10 Dec

St John the Evangelist, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3HZ

Derby Bach Choir is one of the leading choirs in the East Midlands. Their annual Christmas concert is the place to get you in the Christmas mood.

Twelve Days of Christmas Craft- Festive Wall Hangings - 11 Dec

This year at Hardwick we are celebrating the traditional Twelve days of Christmas in our trail around the Hall.

Floral Workshop at Chatsworth - 11 Dec

Jonathan Moseley will guide you through creating two festive floral designs. More information will be available in early autumn.

Christmas with the Sitwells - 12 Dec

St. John the Evangelist, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 1DY

A concert of festive favourites, new carols and traditional carols for you to join in with. This is sure to get you in the mood for the Christmas season.

Only Fools & 3 Courses - 12 - 13 Dec

Only Fools & 3 Courses - 12 - 13 Dec

Christmas, Food & Drink

Join us for the dinner event of the year which combines fine food and classic comedy action as Marlene and Boycie invite you to a Gala Dinner.

BBC Radio Derby Carol Service - 14 Dec

The recording of BBC Radio Derby's carol service for broadcast on Christmas Day.

Scarlett Daggers and Déda: LaDéDa Christmas Cabaret and Party - 15 Dec

Add a touch of sparkle to your Christmas with a naughty but nice night out to remember!

Ian Anderson Plays The Christmas Jethro Tull - 15 Dec

Derby Cathedral plays host to rock legend and classical musician Ian Anderson, who will be performing a special Christmas Jethro Tull benefit concert. All proceeds will go towards the fabric and upkeep of Derby Cathedral.

Christmas Masquerade Ball at The Silk Mill - 15 & 16 Dec

Christmas Masquerade Ball at The Silk Mill - 15 & 16 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss, Food & Drink

Join us this festive season at The Silk Mill Christmas Masquerade Ball – if you are looking for somewhere fabulous for your Christmas Party, then why not celebrate on the site of the world’s first factory!

Derwent Brass Christmas at the Cathedral - 16 Dec

Christmas at the Cathedral! Featuring the massed bands of Derwent Brass with special guests the band of the Derby Central Salvation Army.

Scarlett Daggers and Déda: LaDéDa Christmas Cabaret and Party - 16 Dec

Add a touch of sparkle to your Christmas with a naughty but nice night out to remember!

Steven Battelle - Xmas Show - 16 Dec

There really isn't anyone else quite like Steven Battelle. A man obsessed with music, it's creation and it's history - he has spent the last year travelling around the world and writing, recording and finding inspiration in all that is around him.

Super with Santa - 16 Dec

Super with Santa - 16 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Children will be greeted by our elves who will be on hand to help through the night.

Masquerade Ball at Chatsworth - 16 Dec

Enjoy a champagne reception in the Painted Hall and a magical tour through the North wing of the house decorated for Christmas at Chatsworth

Twelve Days of Christmas Craft- Gold Ring Decoration - 17 Dec

This year at Hardwick we are celebrating the traditional Twelve days of Christmas in our trail around the Hall.

Derby Choral Union: A Jazz Christmas - 17 Dec

This Christmas the Choir will demonstrate its willingness to push boundaries and explore exciting modern works by performing Nils Lindberg’s Christmas Cantata.

Christmas Arts & Crafts at Mount Cook Adventure - 17 Dec

Rosanna from Antony Gell Secondary School in Wirksworth will be leading a festive creative workshop, suitable for all ages and abilities.

Tea with an Enchanted Character - 17 - 21 Dec

Tea with an Enchanted Character - 17 - 21 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Enjoy a two-course meal which includes a visit from an Enchanted character who will arrive bearing gifts for the children.

Christmas Fine Food Fair - 18 Dec

Christmas Fine Food Fair - 18 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Local food producers will provide delicious foods to taste and buy in the Riding School. Produce on offer is grown, raised or baked within a 30 mile radius of Calke.

Festive High Tea - 18 - 19 Dec

Festive High Tea - 18 - 19 Dec

Christmas, Food & Drink

Join the cathedral Quarter Hotel Derby for an indulgent festive afternoon tea while listening to the talented Derby Cathedral Choir sing a selection of traditional Christmas carols.

Santa Paws Pooch Parade - 19 Dec

Join Santa Paws for a festive stroll around the park at Kedleston. Doggies dressed up in their finest festive costumes will receive a treat.

Dick Whittington's Dinner Invite - 19 - 21 Dec

Featuring characters from the classic story – Sarah the Cook, Idle Jack, King Rat and more – this not-for-children re-telling of adventures is a must for your Christmas outing ...

Breakfast with Father Christmas - 19 - 21 Dec

Breakfast with Father Christmas - 19 - 21 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Come and enjoy a full English breakfast in the café and see Father Christmas himself.

Georgian Jollies: Red Robins - 20 Dec

Join us at Pickford’s House and create a beautifully bright red robin to add some Christmas sparkle to your week.

WinterWalker: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King - 20 - 23 Dec

This funny and playful adaptation of Hoffmann's timeless Christmas tale is full of storytelling, dance and original music inspired by tunes from the classic ballet, The Nutcracker.

Winter Tree ID Walk - 20 - 29 Dec

Winter Tree ID Walk - 20 - 29 Dec

Christmas, Tours and Walks

Enjoy a gentle stroll around the park, and learn how to tell the difference between different trees when they are not in leaf.

Lost Boys - A Christmas Carol - 21 Dec

Lost Boys and QUAD present a new spin on Dickens' classic tale. Lost Boys bring their unique irreverent style to Dickens’ ghost story enhanced with digital magic by QUAD.

The Art Hub: Christmas Collage - 21 Dec

Pop in to The Art Hub as we create a Christmas scene in the Museum! Transform your favourite Museum objects – from pangolins to paintings, monkeys to mummies – and get them ready for Christmas!

Winter Holiday Fun Club - 21 Dec

Winter Holiday Fun Club - 21 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Get kids crafting in our Winter holiday fun club: an action packed day of discovery for children 5-11 years. A set theme will be

Christmas Tower Tour - 21 Dec

Christmas Tower Tour - 21 Dec

Christmas, Tours and Walks

Get a peregrine's-eye view of a Derby Christmas from 212ft up!

Christmas at Derby Cathedral - 21 - 25 Dec

All are welcome to Derby Cathedral's Christmas services.

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk - 21 Dec

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk - 21 Dec

Christmas, Tours and Walks

Bring along a lantern (or make one at our Festive Craft session 11.00am - 3.00pm) and join us for a walk through the Park as it begins to get dark.

Signing Father Christmas - 22 - 23 Dec

Book onto special sessions in our grotto aimed at deaf or hearing-impaired children, and also for children with additional needs such as autism.

The Rat Pack at Christmas - 23 Dec

Queens Hall, 125 London Road, Derby

With hits such as "Come Fly with Me" and "Mr Bojangles"plus many other Christmas hits.

Family Friday: The Big Christmas TV Party - 23 Dec

It’s Christmas Eve Eve! Take a break from last minute Christmas shopping and celebrate with us at the Museum & Art Gallery.

A Christmas Carol - The Lost Boys at Sudbury Hall - 23 & 28 Dec

Following the success of The Brothers Grimm and Christmas Carol 2016, The Lost Boys return to Sudbury Hall with their irreverent take on the Dickens Classic story of rebirth and redemption.

Boxing Day Walk - 26 Dec

Boxing Day Walk - 26 Dec

Christmas, Tours and Walks

Bring the family, bring the dog and blow away those Christmas cobwebs, and walk of that Christmas pudding.

The Art Hub: 12 Toys Of Christmas - 28 Dec

Bring along your favourite new toy to this celebration of 12 of our favourites from The Story of Children’s Television exhibition.

Family Friday: Calendar Creations - 30 Dec

Be dazzled by your own creativity every month of 2017 by joining us to create your very own 12 month calendar!

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball - 31 Dec

For the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, join the Cathedral Quarter Hotel Derby at their New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball.

New Year's Day Walk - 1 Jan

New Year's Day Walk - 1 Jan

Christmas, Tours and Walks

Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk around the Hardwick park.