Join us for a celebration of all things seasonal, as Derby gets festive this year. We’ve put on a series of events to get you into the festive spirit, ranging from family delights with an Elf Encounter, a Dickens of a time with A Christmas Carol, the magical sounds of Christmas Brass or sample the delights of Festive Markets in Derby Market Place. We have planned all activities so that they can be enjoyed in a COVID compliant manner and within current government restrictions so please help us by following your local guidelines.
Around the city, on various days, you'll also find ice sculptors, street entertainers, light displays and more. There's lots of central parking, Covid-secure measures, food and drinks, and a really warm welcome.
Capacity for markets and events will be limited to allow for social distancing but there will be plenty to do and see, so please be patient, queue respectfully or come back later when its quieter. We look forward to welcoming you into Festive Derby city centre this Christmas – Yule Love It!
Save on your parking with MiPermit
Whilst you explore the festive season in Derby use MiPermit to pay for your parking stay. MiPermit allows you to either:
- Pay for your parking using your phone
- Pay in advance
- Extend your stay on the go
MiPermit is a contactless and cashless payment method with exclusive parking offers.
Alternatively, save 20% on your parking at the Assembly Rooms and Bold Lane car parks when you have your ticket validated at the Market Place Box Office. Opening hours in line with Elf Encounter performances.
Derby City Council, Derby Museums, Derby Cathedral, Derby Theatre, Sinfonia Viva, Quad, Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), and Intu are among the partners involved in bringing Christmas to the city.
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