Festive Derby

Festive Derby artwork - Yule Love Derby this festive season

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.

View the Festive Derby Brochure here

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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. 

Make Derby top of your Christmas list

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

Online Mini Festive Fair - 28 Nov

Online Mini Festive Fair - 28 Nov

Christmas, Markets & Fairs

The first ever Derby Cathedral Online Mini Festive Fair will take place on our new Festive Fair Facebook Group.... read more

The Little Mermaid - Christmas 2020 - 2 Dec - 2 Jan

The Little Mermaid - Christmas 2020 - 2 Dec - 2 Jan

Christmas, Don't Miss, Family Fun

The Little Mermaid weaves a magical tale of love, loss and adventure where two fish characters take us on a journey with the ever-curious li... read more

Let's Make Christmas - 3 - 24 Dec

Following on from the success of previous year’s event, and back by popular demand, this autumn sees the return of Let’s MAKE Ch... read more

Santa’s Winter Woodland Experience - 4 Dec - 24 Dec

Wander through Santa’s Winter Woodland this Christmas.... read more

Street Entertainment - 5 Dec - 23 Dec

We’re bringing city centre streets alive with some fantastic festive street entertainers... read more

Tree of Light - 5 December onwards

Tree of Light - 5 December onwards

Christmas, Family Fun

Write a message of love, hope or memory to be hung on the Christmas tree inside the Cathedral to mark this special time of year, for a sugge... read more

A Tale as Old as Time Christmas Afternoon Tea - 5 - 6 Dec

Take a seat and be our guest as you enjoy a magical themed afternoon tea dining experience with surprise visits from some of your favourite ... read more

Wreath Making Workshop - 5 - 6 Dec

Wreath Making Workshop - 5 - 6 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss

Create a stunning Christmas wreath with help from Suzy Blue Flowers.... read more

Painting Fun Workshop - 5 - 19 Dec

Painting Fun Workshop - 5 - 19 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Painting on Canvas - Parent and child (2 places) - £15 for 1 canvas. £20 for 2 canvases.... read more

A Christmas Carol Cinema Screening at Derby Theatre - 5, 12 & 19 Dec

A brand new re-telling of the classic family tale coming to Derby Theatre this Christmas.... read more

Christmas Crafts with Jumping Clay - 5 - 20 Dec

Gingerbread man model making followed by build an elf cuddly toy.... read more

Mosaics Workshop - 6 - 20 Dec

Mosaics Workshop - 6 - 20 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Design and create your own Christmas Decorations, suitable for indoor or outdoor use (when grouted).... read more

Christmas willow: angels, stars and wreaths - 7 -13 Dec

Weave your own willow angels, stars and wreaths to decorate your home or garden this Christmas, led by basket maker Maggie Cooper.... read more

Christmas wreath making - 9 - 11 Dec

Learn how to make a festive wreath from our own Chatsworth foliage, cones and berries.... read more

Advanced Christmas wreath making - 9 - 11 Dec

An advanced workshop working with a wide range of materials, from dried seedheads and fruit to juniper, box and cornus stems, plus learn how... read more

A Georgian Christmas - 9 -12 Dec

A Georgian Christmas - 9 -12 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss, Family Fun

Where to find us

Visit us this December to see Pickford’s House in all of its Georgian Christmas splendour.... read more

Ice Sculptures - 11 -12 Dec

Watch the incredibly talented ice carvers as they turn a block of ice into an amazing festive sculptures including an Elf, an Angel, a Sledg... read more

Family Christmas Lunch with Santa - 13 Dec

Family Christmas Lunch with Santa - 13 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Join us for a family-friendly Christmas carvery. Enjoy a two-course meal, a visit and gift from Santa, plus lots of fun family entertainment... read more

Christmas Films at Quad - 18 - 20 Dec

Quad presents Christmas Films including traditional seasonal favourites.... read more

Afternoon Tea with Santa - 18 - 23 Dec

Afternoon Tea with Santa - 18 - 23 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, Food & Drink

Enjoy a fun and festive themed Afternoon Tea in Bourne’s Coffee Shop & Bistro this December.... read more

The Salvation Army Brass Sextet - 20 Dec

Derby Central Band has been proclaiming the Christian Gospel message for over 120 years, and their sound is bound to fill you with festive c... read more

Virtual Peak District & Derbyshire Christmas Market - 5 Nov - 24 Dec

Get into the festive spirit, start your Christmas shopping and step inside the Peak District & Derbyshire Christmas Market, brought to y... read more

The Christmas Market Online - 7 Nov - 6 Dec

The online Christmas Market and is looking beautifully festive and filled with over 100 small, independent businesses selling the most gorge... read more

Christmas Party of Six - 4 - 20 Dec

Let's still celebrate with festive table games, music & Christmas fayre.... read more

Santa's Sleigh School - 5 - 24 Dec

Santa's Sleigh School - 5 - 24 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Learn to pass your Sleigh Proficiency Test this year with the help of Jingle and Jangles the Elves, Mother Christmas and Betsy Bakewell and ... read more

A Christmas Fair - 13 Nov - 20 Dec

A Christmas Fair - 13 Nov - 20 Dec

Christmas, Markets & Fairs

Design 44 are hosting a Christmas Fair this festive season, selling gifts, food, handmade crafts, festive gifts, jewellery & homeware.... read more

North Pole Adventure - 22 Nov - 24 Dec

North Pole Adventure - 22 Nov - 24 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun, School Holidays

Join our magical Christmas journey.... read more

Christmas at Chatsworth - 7  Nov - 3 Jan

Discover the magic of Christmas at Chatsworth.... read more

Preparing for Christmas Textile Tour - 15 Dec

A fascinating insight into the work that goes into preparing for the Christmas season.... read more

Winter Wonderland Forest Walk and Santa Visits - 28 Nov - 24 Dec

Winter Wonderland Forest Walk and Santa Visits - 28 Nov - 24 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

Wrap up warm and get ready for a silly Elf adventure as you arrive at Waterside Winter Wonderland, where Santa's Chief Elf and his team will... read more

Santa’s Sleepover - 27 Nov - 23 Dec

A Santa’s Sleepover is the most magical, wonderful Christmassy Escape.... read more

Alpine Lodge Winter Pop-Up - 4 - 27 Dec

Alpine Lodge Winter Pop-Up - 4 - 27 Dec

Christmas, Food & Drink

Escape city life and embrace the spirit of an apres-ski themed pop-up marquee in the grounds of Kedleston Country House.... read more

Christmas Cracker - 5 - 24 Dec

Christmas Cracker - 5 - 24 Dec

Christmas, Family Fun

Have a cracking Christmas celebration at the Adventure Farm!... read more

Twycross Zoo’s Christmas Spectacular - 5 - 24 Dec

Twycross Zoo’s Christmas Spectacular - 5 - 24 Dec

Christmas, Don't Miss, Family Fun

Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland at Twycross Zoo’s Christmas Spectacular Event this December!... read more

Mercatum Winter Artisan Market - 11 - 14 Dec

The Christmas Markets will run for three weekends this year - November 19th-22nd, 26th-29th and December 3rd-6th.... read more

Christmas Screenings Drive-In Films - 19 Dec

Who will you park with at this years XMAS movie night in Derbyshire? 19th December in Mickleover.... read more

New Years Eve at The Horseshoes - 31 Dec

Come and see this year out here at The Horseshoes, dining on delicious dishes whilst listening to a live Saxophonist.... read more

New Year’s Eve Shindig 2020 - 31 Dec

New Year’s Eve Shindig 2020 - 31 Dec

Christmas, Food & Drink

A rip-roaring night of opulent celebration to say ‘So Long’ to 2020 and countdown to 2021.... read more

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