Your guide to Christmas in Derbyshire
Temperatures are dropping, the woolly scarves are coming out and mince pies are lining supermarket shelves: Christmas is just around the corner.
In the coming weeks Derbyshire will get well and truly into the festive spirit, with a calendar jam-packed with events – from nativity plays to Christmas tree festivals.
So whether you’re looking for family fun, ways to celebrate the Christmas countdown with friends or just somewhere to do your shopping in style, Derbyshire has it covered.
Victorian Matlock Christmas Weekend and Markets
If A Christmas Carol is your favourite festive tale, this event is not to be missed.
On the first weekend of December, Matlock will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas extravaganza.
Boasting 200 hundred stalls and traditional Christmas delicacies, such as mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, this fair oozes Victorian charm.
On Friday evening local shops will be hold their late night shopping events, while pupils from local schools take part in a Christingle Service and Carols at Crown Square.
The little ones will be entertained by clowns, jugglers, a fun fair and fire jugglers, and on Saturday there’ll be a Christmas Parade through the streets, attended by Santa himself.
The Christmas lights will be switched on, and the weekend will be rounded off a Christmas Firework Spectacular.
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Across Derbyshire a number of workshops will be taking place where you can craft baubles, wreaths and flower arrangements, all the while enjoying festive treats and mulled wine.
So whether you fancy a mum-and-daughter day out, or want to make decorations to give as presents, there’s a workshop for you.
Philippa's Home-made Christmas
On November 24 renowned craft tutor Philippa Larkam will show you how to make a range of festive decorations, perfect to deck your halls.
Held at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, this workshop promises to be fun-filled. You can enjoy plenty of seasonal treats, and take home decorations you’ll treasure.
Tickets are £25 – the price includes lunch, drinks and seasonal snacks. All materials are provided. Booking is essential.
If festive flower arrangements are more your thing, head to Chatsworth on November 29 and 30.
There you’ll be shown how to make a stunning festive table design, oozing Chatsworth charm, and a wired welcome bunch for the door.
You’ll round off the workshop with lunch, included in the £99 ticket price. The price also includes entry to the house and garden, so why not make a day of it and do some exploring?
By then Chatsworth’s halls will be decked and Christmas trees dressed, so you’re sure to get in the festive spirit.
If you fancy getting creative with your little ones, this bauble workshop is just the thing.
On November 24 roll up your sleeves and make and decorate a ceramic bauble for your Christmas tree. After the workshop you can tire out the kids at the Outdoor Playzone, all the while enjoying a hot drink at Cafe Espresso.
The workshop is free to attend, but donations towards materials and the upkeep of the museum are welcome.
If, for you, the festive season has become too commercialised, reliving Christmasses of yesteryear could be just the thing.
Step back in time and watch the Tudors prepare for Christmas festivities at Haddon Hall.
On December 8 and 9 the house will be filled with music and laughter, and Tudors will be cooking a feast in their kitchens. To find out more click here.
An Evening with Gervase Phinn – A Celebration of Christmas
If you’re a couple looking for a festive date or a group of friends seeking entertainment, this performance isn’t to be missed.
Share with one of Britain’s greatest comic writer's anecdotes, stories, poems and readings around the theme of Christmas.
Tickets are £15/£17.
Christmas Pudding Race
‘Tis the season of goodwill, so why not take part in a charity fun run this Christmas?
On November 24 don your running shoes and embark on a two-mile fun run in Cheddleton in aid of Cancer Research UK. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this promises to be a fun-filled afternoon.
And all who finish the race will receive a Christmas pudding!
Bakewell Christmas Weekend
A celebration of all things Christmas, Bakewell Christmas Weekend is sure to delight both old and young.
Kicking off on November 24 with the Christmas tree lights switch on in Bath Garden, visitors will then be treated to a lantern parade. You can even bring your own and join in.
Next will be a firework display at the Showground, followed by The Farmers Feast, where food and drink will be served.
Other weekend highlights include a traditional Christmas market; an Italian Christmas Food Market; wine and whisky tasting; face painting; Santa’s grotto and ‘post a letter to Santa’.
And the jolly bearded man’s reindeer will be in town on Sunday.
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Castleton Christmas Tree Festival
Whether you’re in need of some tree decorating inspiration or just want to get into the festive spirit, Castleton Christmas Tree Festival makes for a great day out.
Marvel at more than 40 trees beautifully decorated by local shops, charities and groups, and enjoy festive refreshments.
Open every day from November 17 to December 9, 12 Noon to 4.30pm, this is a great way to spend a chilly winter afternoon.
Handmade Christmas cards
There’s no shortage of Christmas cards lining shop shelves, but why not send one that can be treasured?
On November 17 head to Derby Museum & Art Gallery, where you can learn how to craft beautiful handmade cards.
Decoupage, print blocks and beautiful papers will be provided. Tickets for this adult workshop cost £10, and booking is essential.
Santa Special Christmas Light Switch On
For a Christmas light switch on with a twist, head to Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre on November 30.
In celebration of the Xmas Light Switch On in Swadlincote, the centre is inviting children to visit Santa’s grotto for free, and enjoy discounted Tobogganing & Sno-Tubing, and Santa Ski-ing down the slopes.
Meanwhile mums and dads can enjoy a variety of festive treats at the bar.