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Christmas in Chesterfield

Christmas in Chesterfield

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What's on this Christmas


Amazing magical Chesterfield Santa house - FREE

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Where: Assembly Rooms at the Market Hall

Opening times

  • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December
  • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December
  • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December
  • Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 December
  • Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 December


Using some magical technology, the amazing magical Santa house is being set up in the town centre. The magical technology includes the ‘Santa Zoomer’, a direct video link from the North Pole to Chesterfield.

Have the opportunity to chat with Santa before you go into a very special Augmented Reality experience in which Santa will magically appear with you.

The experience will all be captured on video, a copy of which will be sent to your mobile/email soon after, for you to share with your family and friends.

All visits to the Santa house must be pre-booked. Book your place for the Santa House.

Following the latest Covid-19 update from Government, we would strongly recommend that visitors wear face coverings during the experience, unless exempt, and observe social distancing.

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Chesterfield elf trail

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When: Monday 22 November - Tuesday 4 January

Find the Chesterfield elves hidden in Chesterfield Town Centre for a chance to win an annual family pass to Matlock Farm Park.

The Chesterfield elves are coming back to the town just in time to provide fun for the whole family this Christmas.

They’ll soon be back out across town hiding in the windows of our local shops, restaurants and venues waiting for you to find them!

Check the Destination Chesterfield elf trail page for the latest details.

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Christmas pantomime - Beauty and the Beast

Beauty And The Beast Pantomime 

When: Friday 3 December - Sunday 2 January 

West End, pop star and TV personality Suzanne Shaw is starring as Belle, with Thomas Redgrave from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro as Gaston, and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Andrew Fleming in the comedy role of Philippe Philoppe.

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Santa cruise on the canal


  • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December
  • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December
  • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December
  • Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 December

Trips on the Chesterfield Canal with Santa on board are running again this Christmas.

Booking and advance payment is essential. Tickets are £7 per person. All children get a small gift and adults get a drink and mince pie or equivalent.

Trips from both Tapton Lock and Hollingwood Hub.

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Festival of Christmas trees

Christmas Trees

When: Thursday 18 November - Sunday 28 November 2021

  • Monday - Thursday: 10.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Thursday
  • Friday - Saturday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
  • Sunday: 12.00pm - 5.30pm

Where: Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints (Crooked Spire)

The Spire is the largest church in Derbyshire and will be filled with Christmas trees decorated by local people, groups and shops.

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Artisan Markets

Christmas Eve Market


  • Sunday 28 November 2021
  • Sunday 19 December 2021

Where: Chesterfield, New Square, Market Place

There are two Chesterfield Artisan Markets happening throughout November and December 2021. At the Artisan Markets you can find a high-quality range of local authentic goods.

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Open Market

When: Monday, Friday and Saturday, 9am to 4pm 

There is a market every day from Thursday 9 December, including Sunday 12 and Sunday 19 December. 

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Record Fair

When: Sunday 19 December, 9am to 3pm

For the sale of vinyls, CDs, DVDs as well as rock and pop memorabilia.

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Stocking competition

Destination Chesterfield has teamed up with local businesses to offer some great prizes this Christmas as part of the Chesterfield Christmas stocking competition.

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Revolution House

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When: Thursday 9 December to Friday 24 December, 11am to 3pm.

See the Revolution House decorated for a 17th Century Christmas.

Revolution House - carol concert

When: Thursday 9 December, 6.30pm

The annual Christmas Carol Concert with Holymoorside brass band will take place in the garden.

Unfortunately this year the house will not be open during this event and bad weather will lead to the event being cancelled.

Entry to the house and garden is free, however donations are welcomed to help us deliver more great events.

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Festive fun - Entertainment in the town centre

There's plenty of entertainment happening in Chesterfield Town Centre. The acts will take place between 10.30am – 2.30pm on the day that they are performing. Here's the entertainment we have lined up:


Thursday 25 November - Tap dancing turkeys

Tap Dancing Turkeys

Bernice and Matthew, unplucked, live and acoustic, tour the land with their feathery combination of tap dance, turkey talk and shopping tips. Wandering entertainment and short static shows from two charismatic birds.

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Saturday 4 December - Jacks of frost

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Always up to mischief, our Jacks of Frost are a frosty pair - but only to look at. These shivering siblings on stilts are like massive icicles walking through the streets, talking to passers-by and making a joke or two. For something even more special, the costumes come illuminated for night time events - delight in watching how this twinkly twosome engage the crowds and turn some heads. 

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Saturday 11 December - Christmas stilt walkers

Upper Level Christmas Stilt Walkers

A present, a cracker and a smile! Tinsel and Cracker, the jolly Christmas themed stilt walkers have a big helping of festive fun and are ready to help you get Christmas all wrapped up.

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Saturday 18 December - Christmas elves

Christmas Elves

Meet Elf and Safety. This cheeky pair of stilt walking elves were formerly Santa’s bodyguards. However, due to circumstances beyond their control, they have ‘misplaced’ Santa and need you to help them find him. Their ‘elf and safety’ training at the North Pole will also help to ensure that your shopping trip is free from danger. With light up details and a fabulous sense of humour, they are guaranteed to put you in the festive spirit.

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Sunday 19 December - A Christmas carriage

Christmas Carriage In Snow

Mr Scratchit pulls Mr Scrooge into town on their great big carol singing carriage. The carriage is decorated to within an inch of its life and the music is full of cheer but Scrooge is out to ruin everyone's fun.  Father Christmas is blown up the chimney and everyone is wished a thoroughly miserable Christmas... 'Christmas is bah humbug!'. The more he tries to spoil things the more you will laugh.

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Monday 20 December - The elves switch on

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Bread and Butter bring the magic of a Christmas lights switch-on direct to you.
Our oversized dancing elves will give everyone the chance to lead the countdown to the magical moment when a thousand twinkling fairy lights illuminate the snow-tipped Christmas tree. Our roving walkabout is accompanied by a wonderfully nostalgic Christmas soundtrack (think Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble). This is a festive treat for all the family.

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Thursday 23 December - Carol singing Christmas crackers

These colourful and festive comedy characters, with their obligatory dodgy cracker jokes, will entertain the whole family. Children will love the idea of crackers coming to life, men will marvel at their golden bells and women will just want to ‘pull’ them! Everyone will want to take part in their ‘name that tune and we will sing it’ Christmas special (even requests for Shakin’ Stevens will be considered). Non-stop musical entertainment for the festive season, be it light switch-on’s or Christmas shopping events.

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Last updated on 03 December 2021