Christmas. The best time of year! How can it not be? The lovely decorations, the amazing events, the Christmas markets, the cosy evenings, the trees, the gifts, the food… shall I go on? I definitely am a big fan of Christmas… but for me, it’s the Christmas days out that make it the best. This list has 30 hand picked best Christmas events and days out ideas for this year, in and around Sheffield. Enjoy!
Check out my list of 52 MORE things to do for Christmas here, with the best grottos, markets and fairs in and around Sheffield
Please remember to book early to avoid disappointment and check the event directly; sometimes, information changes, prices can differ, etc., My list has the information I have received or researched on and is subject to change.
30 best Christmas 2017 events and days out in and around Sheffield
Christmas adventure at Stockeld Park, near Wetherby, 20th October – 8th January. After dark the whole park is lit up and becomes a magical Christmas wonderland. A Christmas Day out at Stockeld Park is one that is very raved about and popular with families. Open 10.30am-8.30pm there is a real ice rink, woodland cafe, Nordik ski trail, illuminated enchanted forest, santas grotto and much more. On 11th and 12th of November is a very special Santa’s Sleigh Parade, from 3pm and includes meeting reindeers and following Santa through the magical enchanted forest. Book for this here. Watch a video here.
Wentworth Garden Centre World Of Christmas, Rotherham, open now. The place to go for your Christmas decorations! Wentworth Garden Centre is a beautiful place during winter, with 16 acres of lawns and beautiful gardens all Christmassy. In pervious years there has been a Santa’s grotto, there is a family friendly farm, historical walled garden and restaurant.
Sheffield Christmas Light Switch, 19th November from 2pm. Entertainment, markets, rides, grotto from 2pm with the light switch-on with special guests from 5:30pm in the Peace Gardens. Lots of entertainment and things to do all over the city centre to celebrate the light switch-on… last year featured crafts in winter gardens, reindeers in Leopold square, elf trail, food, drink, stalls, street entertainers and so much more. Free!
Sheffield Christmas Markets, open from 15th November until Christmas Eve. The Sheffield Christmas markets are amazing, and open from 10am-6pm Sunday to Wednesdays, and until 8pm the rest of the week. There are so many lovely gifts to browse and buy, food and drink including traditional bratwurst, rides, music, Santa’s grotto, and much more; all located in the city centre. Beautiful wooden cabins along the high street lit up give a wonderful Christmassy atmosphere and it is free to enjoy. Don’t forget the light switch on!
York Museum Gardens Illuminated Trail, 16th November-1st January. Open from 4:45pm daily, the York Museum Gardens is a new Christmas attraction set to impress. Music and and colour will transform the gardens after dark and is the “the biggest display of lighting and special effects York has ever seen”. There will be a rainbow forest, UV face painting, fairground, food and drink stalls, UV hide and seek, fire bar, Santa’s workshop and more. It sounds brilliant.
Chatsworth Christmas Markets, 17th November-5th December. One of my favourites! Chatsworth’s annual Christmas markets are beautiful and best of all, completely free to enjoy (I have been told parking costs more than usual, though). They’ll be over 100 stalls to browse, traditional food and drink, live music and a very festive atmosphere. Take a walk around the estate whist you’re there to keep warm!
Christmas At Castle Howard, York, 18th November-23rd December. Little ones get a chance to look inside the imaginary world of Father Christmas at castle Howard. This year’s theme is Angels on high and the house will be gloriously decorated throughout with live music and indoor market. There is a Magical Christmas Garden to enjoy and pre-bookable sessions with Audience with Father Christmas or an Enchanted Evening with Father Christmas.
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, 18th November-7th January, at York designer outlet. The largest outdoor rink in northern England, eat and drink, santas grotto, rides. voted York’s family friendly experience.
It’s a 1940’s Christmas and Christmas at the Turret House, Sheffield Manor Lodge, 19th November from 11am-4pm. Sheffield Manor Lodge will be celebrating Christmas 1940’s style with Mr and Mrs Barnes during World War Two. Festive fun includes music, meeting the characters to find out about their historical Christmas memories, festive food and world war two cake, Christmas wishing tree, donkey rides and much more with entry only £1. In December on the 4th, Christmas at the Turret House is at 7pm-9pm with traditional Christmas entertainment.
Santa Underground at National Coal Mining Museum, selected dates from 25th November-23rd December. Santa’s grotto is underground down at the National Coal Mining Museum which promises to be a very unique and festive experience! The grotto is 140m underground with mini miners and their friends. There are time slots throughout the day which are on the hour and on the half hour. Children under 5 are free and welcome to go underground, too. Visits to Santa include a gift.
Bolsolver castle Audience with Father Christmas, 25h & 26th November, 10:30am-3pm. Father Christmas slots are throughout the day at Bolsover Castle where you can meet Santa and listen to him tell festive stories with yuletide decorations. The sessions last an hour and children under 5 go free.
Piglets Adventure Farm, York, 25th November-24th December. Christmas sleigh rides are Piglet’s specialty from November through to December. Daily guests can enjoy elf airlines sleigh port, Santa’s sleigh in a woodland village, Santa’s toyshop, free mince pies and if that’s not enough there’s the rest of the park to explore! Book your sleigh ride here.
Thrybergh Country Park Christmas fayre, Rotherham, 1st & 2nd December. From 3:30pm to 9pm, the Thrybergh Country Park fayre takes place over 2 days and has a Santa’s grotto, children’s entertainers, craft activities and live music. There is festive food and drink and local independent traders for Christmas gifts and on Saturday 2nd December families can enjoy Santa’s arrival on a speedboat at 4pm, rides and an elf treasure trail.
Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield, Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells. Selected dates in December: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 20-24th, 10am – 4:30pm, normal admission and admission includes santas grotto. Families can enjoy a Christmas tractor ride, farm barn nativity scene, animal encounters, elf workshop and more. All activities and play areas included in admission as well as santa’s grotto visit.
Kelham Island Museum 25th Victorian Christmas Market, Sheffield, Saturday 2nd December 10am-7pm & Sunday 3rd December 10am-5pm. Over 120 stalls with lots of food and drink, this victorian themed Christmas market at Kelham Island Museum is a popular event for all ages. A Santa’s grotto, music stage, reindeer, fairground, traditional crafts are just some of the wonderful things happening with prices from £6 adult.
Santa Dash at Clifton Park and Museum, Rotherham, 10am-3pm, 3rd December. Santa will be arriving at Clifton Park on the 3rd December in a helicopter to raise funds for Rotherham Hospice. Families will get the chance to win a ride on the helicopter and once Santa has arrived he will be on a 1 mile dash around the park. Santa’s grotto will be open with photos and gifts are available. There will also be a Christmas market.
Big Fish Little Fish rave, 3rd December 2-4.30pm, at the Plug, Sheffield. A family rave, Christmas themed “winter wonderland” with snow, crafts, licensed bar, giant colouring in, glow sticks, old school tunes and much more. There is baby area, cake stall, face paint and all of this can be enjoyed with music at a safe level for little ears.
Rainbow Factory, Leeds, Children’s Christmas Fair, 2nd & 3rd December. From noon, this fair in the Rainbow Factory is specifically for children. There are stalls and crafts throughout the day and a Santa’s grotto charged at £5 per visit which includes a gift. The magical Christmas fair starts from mid day and is £2 entry where there will be lots of stalls selling child-friendly goodies. Wintry crafts, plenty of children’s entertainment and lots more going on. Ticket’s sold out fast last year & must be booked in advance.
Doncaster Little Theatre Polar Express, 8th December, 6pm. Meet Santa and watch Polar Express at this Cinemama Christmas special. Prices are at £10 a seat and there are sweets, colouring, goody bags, face painting and a chance to visit Santa in the grotto.
Mirror, Mirror on the ice at Ice Sheffield, 8th and 9th December. An enchanted show on ice with Disney characters such as Princess Aurora, Elsa and Belle. They’ll be over 100 talented skaters and guests will get the chance to feature in the grand finale if you arrived dressed up!
Wentworth Woodhouse Christmas Fayre, Rotherham, 9th & 10th December, 10am-4pm. £5 per adult, under 15’s free with Santa’s grotto, reindeer out on the lawn, plenty of food and drink and over 150 stalls. The house will be beautifully decorated and stalls are both in and outside.
Wortley Hall, Sheffield, Santa & Carvery, 10th December from 12 noon. Santa is in his grotto from 12 noon until 2pm and the festive two course carvery is served 12 noon until 3pm. Places must be booked and paid for in advance.
Enchanted at Brodsworth, Doncaster, 15th-23rd December, 4-8:30pm. A magical after dark experience suitable for all ages. Take a trail through the fairy themed wonderland where you can meet a talking cedar tree, illuminated archways and enchanted gardens. At the end of the trail is a traditional fairground, food and drink stalls and BBQ. Inside the hall is a Santa’s grotto, with 45 minute long sessions which are essential to book on early.
A 1940’s Christmas at National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield, 16th & 17th December, 10am-4pm. A 1940’s festive weekend at NES Museum where the museum is decorated up and completed with a visit from Santa. Entertainment includes live music, Christmas crafts, object handling, vehicle rides and Christmas decoration making. Entry to the whole museum is included in the event price at £6 adult, but if you come dressed up you can receive a discount.
Poppies Bakehouse Cooking tots, Sheffield, 22th December, 10-11:30am. Christmas cooking week at Poppie’s allows children to get creative with their baking goodies and make some yummy treats. This parent and toddler group is 90 minutes long and includes exploring time, let’s cook and bake, activity time and tasting and winding down time. Suitable for 20 months to 5 years at £6.50 per child.
Santa Specials at Peak Rail. Take a journey from Rowsley train station by steam train and meet Santa. On selected dates in December, Peak Rail is offering a fantastic Santa special experience with a festive train journey lasting 1 hour. Hot minced pies and mulled wine for adults, festive music and elves are on board the train and children receive drinks, sweets and a gift.
Kirklee’s Light Railway Santa Specials. Santa special train rides at Kirklee’s are running throughout December and are really popular with families. The Santa express departs from Shelley station and goes on to meet Santa in his grotto where he has gifts for children, whilst waiting to see him parents get a minced pie and festive drink and children juice and biscuit in a heated marquee. Other activities include outdoor play area and writing letters to Santa. Tickets are on sale now and sell out quickly.
Weston Park Museum Santa’s Grotto, Sheffield, throughout December. On Saturdays throughout December Santa will be at Weston park museum in the igloo at arctic world gallery, waiting for children to meet him. The museum is free and timed tickets to see Santa have to be bought from the reception at £6 a child which includes a gift.
Cannon Hall Farm Santa special, Barnsley. Selected days throughout December this Santa special includes breakfast or lunch with Santa on timed slots, trailer rides, singalong with elves, reindeer, personalised passports from the North Pole and much more. Prices start from £16.95 pp and include the breakfast or lunch, farm entry and Santa Special experience.
Cannon Hall Farm Elves Workshop, Barnsley, 18th-24th December. This workshop with elves includes Christmas singalongs, elf check in, toy factory and allows children to make their own bear in the Elves Workshop. There is a Santa’s grotto for an additional cost. The Elves Workshop runs on weekends in December and daily 18th-24th December.
Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone!!
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