In Notts we love to celebrate Christmas!

Nottingham Old Market Square - Ice Rink

Notts will come alive again during the festive period with numerous events happening throughout the city and county which will keep all the family merry. Here’s our round-up of what’s on in Notts over the festive period.

For a whole programme of Christmas magic, make sure to visit our Christmas page or What’s on page.

D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre – 16th November to 22nd December 2013: Go to the birthplace of literary legend D.H. Lawrence in Eastwood to post your Christmas letter to Santa, visit the enchanted wood and meet the beautiful fairy. On 26th November, watch the magical season come to life at the Eastwood Christmas Lights Switch-On or step back in time to experience a traditional Victorian Christmas. Don’t miss your chance enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie. Visit the website for more details.

Major Oak in the snow

Sherwood Forest – 23rd November until 26th December 2013: Robin Hood’s famous hideout, Sherwood Forest, has plenty of seasonal treats including Christmas wreath making, tree dressing and the Big Christmas Light Switch-On which takes place on 1st December. Visit St Nicholas in his medieval grotto or escape the last-minute Christmas rush and enjoy the fresh air as you explore some of the forest’s midwinter magic on a forest walk or a self-guided trail. Visit the website for more details.

Newstead Abbey – 30th November to 15th December 2013: Stop by Lord Byron’s home for lots of delightful Christmas treats. Enjoy Christmas afternoon teas and tuck into festive sandwiches, indulgent mince pies, cream scones, homemade trifle and a glass of sherry. Experience a traditional Christmas as the rooms in the house are adorned with twinkling Christmas trees and beautiful displays, and join singer Jonathan Brown in some familiar Christmas songs. Visit their website for more details.

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Photograph by Trevor Bartlett

Wollaton Hall – 30th November to 23rd December 2013: Nottingham’s beautiful Elizabethan mansion, Wollaton Hall, will host numerous fun packed events throughout the joyful season. Be serenaded with classical hymns, post your Christmas letter to Santa, or make a wish and place it on the Christmas tree. Experience a Victorian Christmas in the courtyards, decorate cookies in the Tudor kitchen and create a festive Christmas pomander. While here why not try to spot Rudolf among the deer living in the park? Visit the website for more details.

Nottingham Castle – 1st December until 22nd December 2013: Located in the heart of the city centre, Nottingham Castle will come alive and host some fantastic Christmas events for all the family. Visit Santa in his grotto in the picturesque setting, plus stop by the festive shop, see the sparkle of Christmas lights and decorated bandstand and join in with seasonal children’s activities in the Long Gallery. Don’t forget to stop by the café and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine. Visit their website for more details.

The Aurora Winter Illuminations at Rufford Abbey

Rufford Abbey Country ParkFrom 6 to 22 December, the magical Aurora Illuminations will come to Rufford Abbey. Layers of coloured light will transform the stunning gardens into a winter wonderland, enhanced by a memorable soundtrack. Wander the trails through the winter garden and experience surprises and colours at this family event. 

From 23 November 2013 to 5 January 2014: During your visit, see Santa in his beautiful grotto and purchase personalised gifts, including a photograph with Santa. If you’re after a Christmas themed trail then make your way from the Abbey to Rufford Mill solving clues along the way – there will even be a reward at the Mill Tea Shop for completing the trail. Meanwhile, be entertained by the robot dance band organ playing magical Christmas music. Visit their website for more details.

Winter Wonderland, Old Market Square – 20 November 2013 – 5 January 2014: A traditional Christmas card scene will be recreated in Nottingham’s Old Market Square this year – complete with ice rink, Christmas trees and snow-topped cabins. Nottingham’s Olde English themed Christmas attractions will include a licensed bar, food and drink, a bandstand for great live entertainment and a Christmas market where visitors can browse and purchase an array of quality Christmas gifts from local traders and craftspeople. Visit the website for more details.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Nottingham Playhouse

Jack and the Beanstalk, Nottingham Playhouse – 29 November 2013 – 18 January 2014: Come prepared for laughs aplenty, madness and glitter galore at Nottingham Playhouse’s pantomime. A giant, magical family adventure awaits and this year marks Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 30th year at the venue and his last reign as the dame. Oh yes it is! Visit the website for more details.

Santa Specials, Great Central Railway – Nottingham – 30 November – 24 December 2013 (every Saturday and Sunday): Come along for a steam-train trip through the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside, with Santa. All children receive a quality gift during their journey and everyone will receive seasonal refreshments. Visit their website for more details.

A Victorian Workhouse Christmas, The Workhouse – 6th December 2013: Visit The Workhouse for a taste of Victorian festivities. Entertainment, carols, a brass band and seasonal refreshments will greet you on this special day. The Victorians were the ambassadors of modern Christmas celebrations. Meet Victorian paupers and inmates and get into the Christmas spirit. Visit their website for more details.

A Christmas Carol, Lakeside

A Christmas Carol, Lakeside Arts Theatre – 6th – 29th December 2013: Experience a brand new adaption of Dickens’ timeless Christmas story, written especially for Lakeside by Toby Hulse. There will be music, fun and laughter, as well as some surprises with original interpretations of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Don’t miss the magic, warmth and hope of Dickens’ classic at the Lakeside. Visit the website for more details.

Peter Pan, Theatre Royal NottinghamPeter Pan, Theatre Royal Nottingham – 7th December 2013 – 12th January 2014: Put the date in your diary for the magnificent adventures of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. This year’s swashbuckling line-up features international star David Hasselhoff, children’s TV favourite Barney Harwood and Nottingham-born entertainer Su Pollard. It’s a family tradition not to be missed! Did you know J.M. Barrie lived in Nottingham, and Neverland was inspired by our beautiful Arboretum? Visit the website for more details.

Christmas by Candlelight, Framework Knitters Museum – 14th December 2013: Visit Ruddington near Nottingham and experience the unique Victorian setting plus see Santa in his grotto at the museum with gifts for all. Enjoy family festive fun, traditional music, food and activities for a magical day to remember. Visit their website for more details.


Posted on 18 November 2013
Featured author: Carly Jones PR Assistant

Chocolate and animal lover, who has landed lucky in a job I love! #lovenotts

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