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2022 Christmas Events in Nottingham

Updated: Nov 23, 2023



CITY CENTRE


Nottingham Market Square

Winter Wonderland – Free to enter. Additional charges apply for activities.

15th November – 31st December 2022

Nottingham’s main Christmas event is back and better than ever. Attractions include a Christmas market, ice skating, observation wheel, toboggan slide and more!

 


Victoria Centre

Glow Room

2nd December 2022 – 2nd January 2023 | 20 min slots from 11am daily | Free – Booking required

Come on a journey through a sea of lights, made up of more than 30,000 LEDs and bop to Christmas classics whilst enjoying some fun interactive activities.

 

Ice Centre

Festive Tots Sessions

Monday 12th & 19th December 2022 | 11.15am – 11.45am | Adults £5, Children 5 and under free


Skate with Festive Characters on Ice

Saturday 17th December | 2022 | 10.30am – 12.30pm

Skate with some festive characters at this very special session! Plus carol singers.


Santa’s Grotto

Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Wednesday 21, Thursday 22, Friday 23 & Saturday 24 December 2022 | 10am - 4.15pm | £15 per child

Please note, Santa’s Grotto is £15 per child and includes a meet with Santa, a gift, one skating pass and a drinks token. If your child is aged 5 or under, the skating pass can be used by an accompanying adult as children of this age skate for free at the National Ice Centre.

 

PARKS, NATIONAL TRUST, STATELY HOMES AND CASTLES



Wollaton Hall

Christmas at Wollaton light trail


Wollaton Hall also have a host of Christmas events:

2nd December 22 – 1st January 23

Take a wintery walk inside the Hall to discover Ye Olde Christmas Past and see Santa or his helpers. Explore with our Outdoor Christmas trail. ‘Make and take‘ activities in the Hall

 

Rufford Abbey

A Very Rufford Christmas

Weekends from 26th November

  • A Christmas market

  • A Christmas trail

  • Christmas carvery in Lord Savile's Kitchen

  • Santa's Grotto

  • Festive food and drink

  • A magical tree

Free to enter (normal parking charges apply).

 

Newstead Abbey

Alice in Wonderland Outdoor trail

Saturday 26 November 2022 - Monday 2 January 2023 | £5 includes festive gift

Explore Alice in Wonderland at Newstead Abbey on their self-led Christmas outdoor trail. Includes a festive gift!


Alice in Wonderland Self-led Walk every weekend from 26 November | Adults £12, children go free

Back by popular demand, this festive season, Newstead Abbey is hosting a magical storybook Christmas with the story Alice in Wonderland.

Delight in our festive storybook scenes with a self-led walk through our historic house.

 

Shipley Country Park

Elf Trail

18th December – 8th January (except Christmas Day) | 10.30am-2pm | £1.50

Turn up any time. Self-led activity. Come along to this Christmas themed trail and find the clue cards to help you complete the Elf’s activity sheet and receive a certificate!


 

Elvaston Castle

Winter Trail

17th December – 2nd January (except Christmas Day) | £2

Pop into the Elvaston Castle Information Centre & Shop to pick up a winter trail sheet and enjoy a festive walk around the grounds. Length: Less than a mile. Meet: Information Centre & Shop. Check online or at the shop for current opening hours.


 

Belton House

Christmas at Belton Light Trail

Festive Fun at Belton from 26th November including a Christmas spotter trail, festive crafts and carol singers (Sat 26th Nov and Sun 11th Dec). The house will also be dressed for Christmas.

 

Calke Abbey

Outdoor activities are included in the admission price - Adults £7, Children £3.50 under 5s free.


The Illuminated Trail

Every weekend in December and the week before Christmas (Monday 19–Friday 23 Dec) | 3.30–6pm. No booking or additional charges apply!


Christmas Trail

Take part in a brand-new Christmas trail, running throughout December. Download your copy from home before you go on the website.

 

Belvoir Castle

Cinderella at Belvoir Castle

Friday 19 November 2022 - Sunday 1 January 2023 | Adults £22, Children £9 0-3years Free.

A beautiful Cinderella themed Christmas experience.

Belvoir Castle is also hosting festive afternoon tea and Father Christmas visits.

The Engine Yard will also feature Christmas shopping and ice skating.

 

Gedling Country Park

Breakfast with Santa

3rd, 11th, 17th and 18th December | 9.30 – 10.30am | £11 per child

 



GARDEN CENTRES


Notcutts Wheatcroft Garden Centre

A range of Christmas events including face painting, treasure hunt, meet Santa and the Gruffalo!

 

Woodthorpe Park Plant Centre

Santa Claus Experience.

Every weekend from 26th November | £10 per child. Booking Required

Christmas Market every Weekend from 26th November. Children’s activities £3-£5 including pebble painting and decorating a baby Christmas tree. No Booking required.

Festive Selfie Station and Woody the Reindeer to see!

 

FARMS


Bluebell Dairy

The Father Christmas Experience

Weekends from 26th November plus 21st-24th December| Adults £15.95-£19.60 Children £27.50 - £32.95 0-12 months free


The experience will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes a variety of activities such as a show, creative tasks, refreshments and a seated session with Father Christmas. Each activity lasts approximately 15 minutes.

All tickets include entrance to Bluebell Dairy for up to 3 hours before your visit. Site opens at 9.30am

 

Manor Farm Parklands

Woodland Wonderland

26th November – 24th December 2022 (not all dates)| 10am-6.30pm | Adults £15 Children £23

A full day farm ticket plus Santa’s Grotto, meet the reindeers, festive scavenger hunt, Pantomime, crafts and other activities.

 

White Post Farm

Once upon a Fairytale Christmas

Weekends in December plus 21st-24th | Adult £15.95-£19.95 Child £22.95-£26.95. Babies free.


Our very magical Christmas 22 event is suitable for all ages, based in the Enchanted Forest there will be characters suitable for all ages small and tall. Includes farm entry

 


SOFT PLAY


Hocus Pocus

Christmas spectacular - sold out

Toddler Brunch with Santa - 13th Dec 10.30 - 1 £10.95

 

Tiny Town

Christmas at Tiny Town Adventures |16th -19th December| £10.95 per child (includes 1 adult)

1.5hr play session, Santa’s grotto visit with gift, Christmas hunt. Booking required

 

Pirates Play Centre

Breakfast with Santa

11th/17th/24th Dec | 8-9.30am | Child £12, Adult £9, under 6 months £2

Full access to the play area, breakfast, gift from santa, unlimited juice, tea and coffee

 


INSTORE AND SHOPPING EVENTS


Hobbycraft Nottingham

Kids' Tree Decorations Workshop | 23rd, 30th November, 7th 14th, 21st December

Kids' Christmas Tree Topper Workshop | 30th November, 7th December

Kids' Christmas Card Making Workshop | 23rd, 30th November 7th, 14th, 21st December

Kids' Christmas Tree Keyring Workshop | 19th – 24th December

Kids' Clay Mache Disco Ball Workshop | 28th December

 

East Midlands Designer Outlet

Santa’s Grotto

1st -24th December | £2.50 per child | booking required

 

Ruddington Village Market

Children’s Wonderland

3rd December 2022


As well as the Christmas market, there will also be a dedicated Children's Wonderland at St Peter's Rooms. As well as Santa visits, White Post Farm are visiting with their mobile petting zoo, Handmade Theatre at 1pm and 3pm with their show ‘Too many cooks at Christmas’, arts and crafts and vintage fairground rides.


 

Four Seasons Shopping Centre Mansfield

There will be magical Christmas creatures for you to meet during Late Night Shopping on 8, 15 & 22 December at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm.


Come along and meet Inka the Polar Bear, Nena the Reindeer and The Snow Lion

 

THEATRE ACTIVITIES See shows here


Royal Concert Hall

Family Carol Concert

Saturday 17 December 2022 | 5pm - 7pm | £12.50 - £23.50

 

Nottingham Playhouse

Panto in a Day workshop (for kids 7-13 years)

Fri 23 Dec | 10am – 4pm | £7


Playhouse Pocket Panto Drama Workshop (Ages 4-7)

Sat 3 Dec | 1pm – 2pm | £7

 

Albert Hall

Kidsophonic - Build a Band

Saturday 17th December 2022 | 11am | Adults £10 Children £5.50

Join us for a journey around the band as we build all different instruments - a family fun concert with games, dancing and singing to get you in the mood for Christmas!

 

Newstart Theatre

Marvel in the Magic of Fairy Tales at Christmastime

Sunday, 20 November 2022 | 11am-4pm|

Meet some favourite characters at the annual Christmas market including Superheroes and Princesses. Booking required.

Christmas light switch on at 4pm

 


CLASS SPECIALS


Nottingham Baby and Toddler Fun and Festive Christmas Event

Saturday 17th December 2022 | 10-2pm

A multifaceted event with classes and activities suitable for parents & their little ones aged from new-born up to 5years

 

My Baby Spa

Christmas Special at Beanblock Café |9th December | £65

Baby or Toddler spa, Photo area, afternoon tea, footprint pottery.

 

Forest Folk Play

Christmas Special | 10th December | More details to be announced

 

Peaceful Possom Yoga @ Beanblock Café

Yoga and Craft Workshop | Monday 19th and Friday 23rd December 10am | £13 1 adult and 1 child

 

Little Lambs Baby and Toddler Group Woodthorpe

Christmas Party | Monday 12th December 10-12pm | £6 per family | Pre booking only

 



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