Shop local this Christmas

Shopping local is a fantastic way to support local retailers as well you being able to get everything you need for the Christmas period from food to tasty treats and gifts, without having to travel too far.

Chesterfield has a great selection of specialist markets on offer in the run up to Christmas where you can wander around and pick up a few anything you may be looking for to help you get into the festive spirt.


  • Vegan Market - Sunday 4 December
  • Record Fair –Sunday 11 December 
  • Artisan Market – Sunday 27 November and Sunday 18 December

The Market Hall also has a great selection of retailers on offer selling everything from toys to sweets. If you don’t know what to pick up gift-wise for a loved one, stall holders will be happy to advise on some possible options.

There are also a number of independent businesses in Chesterfield that you can buy things from for your Christmas meal or a few extra nibbles for when you have friends or family over during this time. Find out more about a selection of independent retailers. 

A gift guide has been produced by Destination Chesterfield that includes a range of ideas for you to purchase for yourself or for others. There is also a list of 50 independent retailers in Chesterfield for you to check out here.

Eating out

Whether you are planning a work meal out, getting together with a few friends for a coffee or hoping to book a Christmas meal out Chesterfield has lots to offer.

You can find a few ideas in this article about possible restaurants or coffee shops to visit, or check out this list of 50 independent food and drink businesses to try in Chesterfield.


Christmas can be an expensive time for individuals and families, so why not take advantage of a few free or low-cost activities around the town that you can enjoy.

Elf Trail

The Elf Trail begins on 21 November and is in place until 4 January – find clues around the town to form a festive word, and you could be in with the chance of winning a family annual pass to Matlock Farm Park. Learn more.  

Festival of Christmas Trees

The Festival of Christmas Trees is taking place at the Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints (Crooked Spire) until Sunday 27 November.

The Spire is the largest traditional church building in Derbyshire and is filled with Christmas trees decorated by local people, groups and shops. Find out more.

Revolution House

Visit Revolution House and see it decorated for a 17th Century Christmas with displays of greenery, a kissing bough, and colourful flower arrangements provided by our volunteers.

You will also be able to visit the video room and watch a short video on the Revolution of 1688.

Entry to the house and garden is free, however donations are welcome.

The house is set to host a carol concert on Thursday 8 December at 6.30pm with members of Holymoorside Band. Carol sheets are provided, and we suggest everyone attending brings a torch (although there is some lighting onsite).

Visit Santa’s Grotto in the Market Hall

Visit Santa in his Grotto in the Market Hall. Tickets are priced at £6.50p per child and can be booked online or via the Visitor Information Centre.

Or if you fancy getting active, why not visit one of our leisure centres to try a new sport – there is lots on offer for both beginners and more experienced sports people, there is also a Health Spa at the Healthy Living Centre that you can relax and unwind in. Learn more.

For more ideas on things to do, where to source that perfect gift and arranging a festive meal or get together visit

First published on 22 November 2022 Last updated on 10 January 2024