Selected dates 17th November - 24th December
North Pole Adventure
National Forest Adventure Farm, Tatenhill, Burton, DE13 9SJ
Take a magical festive journey to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas & his friends. Travel through the magic portal to Father Christmas’ home town. Explore the Victorian high Street & sweet shop, help the elves sort the parcels & meet a talking polar bear under the Northern Lights. Decorate gingerbread men, take part in Elf Training & enjoy a special meeting with Father Christmas in his grotto. Tickets also include entry to the National Forest Adventure Farm on the day of your visit.
01283 533933 www.adventurefarm.co.uk
Fri 30th Nov - Tue 1st Jan 10am-4pm
Christmas Advent Trail
National Trust Kedelston Hall, DE22 5JH
Find all 24 little advent doors hidden in Kedleston’s Pleasure Grounds. Behind each one you’ll find something different from pictures to puzzles and fun little activities.Complete as many activities as you like, you could do one or all twenty four! Free activity but normal admission charges for the grounds do apply to those who aren’t members of the National Trust. On selected dates Father Christmas’s Grotto will also be open and you can also have breakfast with him!
Sat 1st - Sun 24th December
Festive Farm Fun
Bluebells, Locko Rd, Spondon
Breakfast with Santa
Every weekend from 1st Dec. (includes present and farm entry). Booking essential.
Santas Woodland Experience
Run every weekend in December 10am-4.30pm & also on Christmas Eve from 10am-3pm. Each experience will last approx. 1hr 30mins & includes access to the farm park & play areas all day!
Santa’s Starlit Grotto
22nd & 23rd Dec, 5-8pm. A magical night with Santa & Mrs Claus and the Christmas Elves! See website for more details and booking info. www.bluebelldairy.co.uk
Fri 30th November - Sun 6th January
Christmas Ice Rink
Derby Market Place, DE1 3AH
A spin on the Cathedral Quarter Ice Rink will be a fabulous festive treat! Suitable for all (over 3 yrs old.) Tickets cost £7-9. Concessions: £5.50-8. More info and online booking:
Tel: 01332 255800 www.derbylive.co.uk
Sat 1st - Sat 29th December
Pickford’s House: Jack Frost Trail
Pickfords House, Friar Gate, DE1 1DA
Jack Frost has been up to his old tricks again, painting with ice & making things sparkle on cold, dark, winter days. Track where he has been around the house & maybe even catch him in the act! £1 per trail sheet. Age 5+
Tue & Thu 10.45am Mon & Fri 1.15pm
Jumping Clay Story Time December Sessions
Unit D, Markeaton Park Craft Village
Term Time Story Sessions:
3 Dec - Aliens Love Underpants
10 Dec - Superworm
17 Dec - Muddy Paws’ First Christmas
Open all week and all ages welcome.
Tue 4th December - Sat 5th January
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, DE1 2NF
Hiccup Theatre serve up a brand new version of this classic tale with bear-sized helpings of original live music, amazing puppetry and brilliant story telling. Hilarious and heartwarming, it’s “just right” for ages 3+ and their families and friends. You’ll run all the way home delighted! Tickets from £8.
More info: www.derbytheatre.co.uk or call 01332 59 39 39
Fri 7th - Sun 30th December
The Dinosaur who came for Christmas
Derby Guildhall Theatre, DE1 3AH
Expect a Christmas cracker of a tale, crammed with goodies, baddies, and a whole lot of fun, as the Babbling Vagabonds team weave the story of a Christmas with an unexpected guest! With a mix of actors playing various roles, original songs and music, puppets, and brilliant shadow work, the story will come to life as we see what happens when it’s not just Gran who comes to stay. Suitable for all. Tickets cost: priced at £11.50 - £13.50, with concessions, family tickets, school and group rates available.
Tel: 01332 255800 ww.derbylive.co.uk
Sat 8th December - Sat 5th January
Pantomime: Jack & the Beanstalk
Derby Arena, Pride Park, DE24 8JB
Fee Fi Fo Fum, Derby Arena is in for some fun. The team behind the 2017 award winning Beauty & the Beast are back with marvellous moosic, cow-ntless costumes and an udderly ridiculous dame with giant-sized jokes! The villagers of Dappy Darley on the Derwent are under threat from a ginormous giant! Poor young Jack has his head in the clouds, but when he sells his beloved cow Pat for just a handful of beans he begins a huge adventure which takes him to new heights. Tkts £11.50-£29.50. Running time: 2hrs 20m
Tel: 01332 255800 / www.derbylive.co.uk
Sat 8th-9th, Sat 15th-16th December and every day 19th-24th December
Santa Experience - Ecclesborne Valley Railway
Wirksworth Station, Wirksworth
There’ll be nine miles of smiles this Christmas as you step on board the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway’s Santa Experience!
There will be music, magic and mince pies at the railway this Christmas as you are welcomed in the beautifully decorated Santa’s Refreshment Area. Step on board the warm and cosy heritage train and see Santa in his on board grotto where there are presents for every child. Travel to the North Pole (Duffield) and back with other fun activities during the journey. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas list!
Book online at www.e-v-r.com/santa or call 01629 823076