December events in the East Midlands and London

Looking for something new to do this December?

Want to explore a new city but not sure where to go, or what to do once you get there?

Take a look at our events calendar – your go-to guide to all exciting events happening across our network this month.


Sheffield Christmas Market

The Sheffield Christmas Market has been transformed over the years from a handful of cabins to an entire Christmas experience of over 50 cabins. With Santa’s Grotto is at the heart of the event, a meeting with the big man himself is guaranteed to have you leaving with a smile!  

The Christmas cabins cover Fargate, Town Hall Square and Peace Gardens with fantastic Christmas gifts, and lots of seasonal food and drink.

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Chatsworth House

Want to explore the Peak District this festive season? You can’t visit without stopping at Chatsworth House to tour their annual Christmas Exhibition.

With a fairy-tale theme taking over this house this year, immerse yourself in a world of make-believe. Don’t forget to pick up the fun family trail at the door if you’re visiting with children, this treasure hunt is guaranteed to keep the kids engaged as you walk around. Please note, booking in advance is advised.

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Winter Wonderland

While away the hours this Christmas at Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland!Browse over 70 traditional, Bavarian-style stalls, searching for the perfect gift among handmade jewellery, woolly winter wear and wooden crafts.

Kids can enjoy the brand-new 30ft toboggan slide, and the whole family can show off their skating skills on the ice rink. Want to chill out after a day of shopping? Why not head to the UK’s biggest mobile ice bar right in the centre.

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Newstead Abbey

This Christmas Newstead Abbey will be transformed into a festive wonderland straight from the pages of treasured storybooks and childhood dreams. Experience the enchantment as fairy tales come to life within the rooms of the historic house, featuring scenes from Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, Beauty & the Beast and Sleeping Beauty.

Why not treat yourself to a traditional Afternoon Tea, with a seasonal twist in the beautiful Victorian Kitchen.

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Wheel of Light

Leicester's Wheel of Light returns to Jubilee Square this Christmas! Take an enchantingly festive ride, in which you'll rise to a dizzying 110 feet! The wheel offers unparalleled views around Jubilee Square and beyond, and you can even catch a sneak peek of all the twirling skaters in the nearby ice rink.

There's no need to book ahead, tickets are available on the door.

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Christmas Stalls

Whilst exploring, be sure to visit the medieval Guildhall in the heart of Leicester city centre to experience a festive shopping experience like no other. There’s a wonderful selection of stalls showcasing local crafts and artists, with a wide range of treasures to inspire you this Christmas.

Pick up unique gifts this Christmas the Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair.

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Kew Gardens

Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The popular after-dark Christmas event returns with its mile-long trail through the famous botanic gardens, lit up with more than 1 million lights. You’ll find enchanting live performances, immersive installations and delightful displays – a wonderfully festive day out for the whole family.

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Somerset House

Get your skates on this Christmas and glide on London’s most picturesque outdoor skate rink at Somerset House.

This popular attraction is open all day and well into the evening – where a top DJ will accompany the Skate Lates sessions. From experienced skaters to wobbly beginners, this gorgeous ice rink is guaranteed to be a fun day out for all.

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Oxford Street

Got some last minute shopping to do? Why not journey to the capital and stroll down the most beautiful high street in the country!

Marvel at the glistening lights above and wonderful window displays as you tick off your shopping list. The must-see Oxford Street Christmas lights include new purple baubles among the 1,178 decorations covering the famous shopping street. #ChristmasIsCalling

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Storytime with Santa

The stunning Liverpool Town Hall plays host to Father Christmas and his friend Buddy the Elf as they share magical stories and sing a song or two in front of their cosy log fire. This wonderful experience leaves you and your little ones spellbound, as each child shares their Christmas wishes with Santa and receives a special gift.

Story Time with Santa is a hugely popular event, so booking is advised.

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Liverpool's Ice Festival

This Christmas be sure to visit Liverpool’s popular Ice Festival, the iconic Pier Head is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with exhilarating rides, delicious food and drink stalls.

 Get your skates on for the huge outdoor rink, race your friends down the triple-lane ice slide and enjoy the UK's only Ice Jet ride at this enchanting Ice Festival.

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Manchester Christmas Market

Visit the UK’s original, award-winning Christmas Market in the heart of Manchester, which boasts its biggest and best offering to date.

Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, tempting you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys. With over 300 stalls, your festive trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without sampling Manchester’s famous traditional bratwurst (German sausages).

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Ice Village

The UK's first and biggest ever ice attraction comes to Cathedral Gardens in Manchester for Christmas 2018. Ice Village Manchester will include an Arctic Bar, Santa's Grotto and Ice Rink.

The frosty festive village promises 'breathtaking ice attractions' and will feature an ice bar and an ice cave housing a frozen toy factory and Santa's grotto.

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