24 Things to do on Christmas Eve with Family in Sheffield (and day trips nearby!)

Need ideas for things to do on Christmas Eve? Browse this list of some fun family events, shows, at-home activity ideas and more! 24 Things to do on Christmas Eve with Family in Sheffield (and days out nearby!)

Please make sure you check opening times for things before you go! Everything was open and available at time of writing this, but things could change.

The Civic, Barnsley has tickets available for Jack Frost at 1:30pm. 

There’s still time to write a letter to Santa! Head to Santa’s Post Office in the city centre 10am-4pm. It’s FREE! Don’t forget the trail, too.

Limited availability but some seats left to see Peter Pan at The Lyceum

I love the idea of making a Christmas Wreath or Bird Feeder Wreath. You could find most natural materials in your local park.

Get crafty at Christmas: Festive Factory drop in session at Weston Park Museum. 12-3pm, suggested donation £2.

A Christmas Eve walk followed up by a snuggle sounds lovely. This is how Louise from Wee Ohana spends her Christmas Eve… “We get up in the morning and go for a big walk then home for Christmas movies, cuddling, hot chocolate, and some Christmas colouring and crafts”. 

How about Christmas Afternoon Tea at Tropical Butterfly House? The park is open till 4pm, and you could meet Santa too.

24 Things to do on Christmas Eve with Family in Sheffield

Wrap up warm and get some fresh air. Try these family friendly walks with a view or for something a bit closer to home, these autumn walks are lovely at christmas, too.

Visit a really interactive and fun museum. Read this guide to find out the best ones.

Meadowhall Grotto Review: Wish Upon A Star With Santa
24 Things to do on Christmas Eve with Family in Sheffield

Time slots still available to see Santa at Meadowhall. We loved Wish Upon A Star With Santa. Read our review here.

Head down to Abbeydale Park Rise to see the amazing lights. It’s the most christmassy street in Sheffield. Postcode S17 3PF.

Valleyside Garden Centre is known for its amazing Christmas displays, lights and decorations. And it’s free to go and see them!

For Karina from Mums The Nerd she enjoys a simple, festive day on Christmas Eve with her family. “Every Christmas Eve we bake mince pies and watch Christmas movies before attending the carol service at church with the little one. In the evening we order a takeaway, drink Gluhwein and wrap presents.”.

Christmas Eve Snowy Santa Meet Up at Medieval Mayhem. Meet Santa, “very special gift on the day before Christmas, enjoy our Snow Disco and create a Santa Stop Sign”. 9-4pm.

See The Muppet Christmas Carol at The Showroom at 10:30am.

kelham island museum indoor play area
Kelham Island Museum | 24 Things to do on Christmas Eve with Family in Sheffield

Have a day out at Kelham Island Museum. We love it here. £6 adults, under 16’s free. There is a soft play area with colouring, slide, ball pit and train building blocks. See the river don engine in steam, old cars, engines and lots more. There is a cafe. Find out fun things to do at kelham island museum with kids in our guide here.

See animals, do Christmas crafts and meet Mango at Tropical World Leeds.

Janet at Falcon Dale Life lives in Harrogate and enjoys going into the town centre on Christmas Eve. “We’ve made a habit of going to the afternoon Crib service at church then going on to a nice family friendly indie restaurant in town for a late pizza or steak. Our town centre of Harrogate is so pretty and with all the festive lights. It is nice to soak up the scenery without the pressure of shopping. Plus it’s a night off from cooking before the big day”. Sheffield is pretty in the city centre, too, and there’s loads to do for free!! And get family friendly restaurant recommendations here.

There’s a wonderful Christmas dreamscape at Harewood House…. with festive-themed music, events, demonstrations and experiences, including an encounter with Father Christmas. Open Christmas Eve.

Christingle Nativity at The Well. All ages are welcome to join in this hugely popular English tradition. Carols, craft, mince pies, friendly people, a short-talk. Children are encouraged to go dressed up. 

Free Christmas Eve Kids Workshop at Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen. 10-4, no need to book.

Enjoy A very cosy Christmas Eve at Sticky Bun Play Cafe in South Kirby. “A very cosy Christmas Eve, Babyccinos and little ones sparkly festive hot chocolates, A special festive drinks menu…why not try a Mint Hot Chocolate or a Toasted Marshmallow Latte?!, A special festive drinks menu…why not try a Mint Hot Chocolate or a Toasted Marshmallow Latte?!”

Santa will be at Swithens Farm in Leeds on Christmas Eve. No need to book. Plus there is a play barn, open farm, farm shop and more.

Meet Santa for supper and enjoy a buffet at Wacky Warehouse in Rotherham.

Visit Santa and his reindeer at Haughton Park Reindeer in Retford. 10am-3pm on Christmas Eve. £6 for children £2 for adults. Visit the reindeer, santa and have a walk around the wood and experience the barrel ride. No booking required.

Crafty Kids have a christmas party with festive arts and crafts at 10:30am-12. Places must be booked in advance.

Have the most wonderful Christmas, all <3

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