Date: 15th November – 31st December 2018
Opening times: 10am-6pm, Sunday- Thursday; 10am-8pm on Saturdays
Christmas is coming to the Old Market Square and Long Row
A new Winter Wonderland experience will transform Nottingham’s Old Market Square into a magical Christmas card scene this festive season.
The city will come alive with a wonderful selection of traditional children’s rides, including a carousel and reindeer ride, delicious festive food and drink, a grand Christmas tree and the popular craft and gift market – selling unique handmade gifts.
This year the craft and gift market will be even bigger than before extending down Wheeler Gate and Albert Street. The market stalls will enhance and complement the shops, providing even more choice for Christmas shoppers.
The Christmas lights will be switched on throughout the streets of Nottingham on Thursday 15 November 2018 from 5.30pm in Old Market Square, marking the opening of this year’s Christmas Wonderland.
The centre-piece this year will include the stunning North Star swing ride. At 6m high and fully illuminated with white light, the ride will shine out across Nottingham’s skyline becoming a landmark this Christmas.
Enjoy festive craft stalls from some of the best makers in the Midlands at this must-attend Christmas shopping event, held in the beautiful surroundings of Nottinghamshire’s cathedral, Southwell Minster. While here, make a day of it with a visit to the many boutique shops and delightful cafes in this pretty market town.
Breakfast with Santa, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire – Saturdays 1, 8 & 15 December 2018 | 8.30am – 10am
Christmas Markets, Wollaton Hall Courtyards & Yard Gallery, Nottingham FREE set in a 500 acre deer park. – All weekends in December, 1 December to 31 December 2018
Browse the array of Christmas craft stalls for some great festive gifts and treats, all in time for Christmas. Whilst here, admire the picturesque grounds of Wollaton Hall, set in a 500 acre deer park.
Time: 10am – 3.30pm
Christmas at Nottingham Castle – Meet Mrs Claus at Brewhouse Yard : closed until 2020 – Santa’s Grotto at Nottingham Castle :
Located in the heart of the city centre, Nottingham Castle will come alive and host a fantastic Christmas market full of craft stalls during the magical season.
Christmas Panto in Nottingham – Friday 30 November 2018 – Saturday 19 January 2019 – Nottingham Playhouse – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.
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