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Christmas in Derby

Looking for some festive fun for all this family this Christmas? Yule love Derby this festive season! InDerby and DerbyLIVE have a host of exciting festive events coming up between 13th November and 8th January that we think you’ll go nutcrackers for! 


Kicking off the festivities this year is the Christmas light switch on, sponsored by Smooth Radio and City Fibre, taking place on Saturday 13th November in Derby City Centre. The event will also feature the dazzling Derby Season of Light community lantern parade, made up of adults and children with bright and beautiful lanterns created in workshops led by Surtal Arts. This is the perfect time to join the community and get into the festive spirit!


Between 3rd and 30th December, the Babbling Vagabonds’ The Hungry Troll’s Christmas Dinner heads to the Derby Loves You Indoor Venue at Derby Market Place. This show tells a heartwarming story with all the usual Babbling Vagabond magic including; puppets, storytelling, shadows and song, all thrown into the mixing bowl to make the perfect cosy Christmas. 


Taking us to Markeaton park this December is the Family Festivities event on the 4th and 5th December. This event has something for everyone, with the free elf trail, walkabout acts, craft units, live music and festive food and drink. The event will also host the Pet Grotto, which is back by popular demand, as well as the newly named Derby Santa Run, formerly known as the Jingle Jog. If you’re more of a maker, why not join us on between the 9th and 11thDecember for our wreath making workshops?!


After an extra year of beauty sleep, the Derby Arena pantomime is back with a bang! Between 10th December and 8th January 2022 Sleeping Beauty will be returning to Derbion Castle (Derby Arena). Little Wolf Entertainment have put a brand-new spin on a much-loved yarn this Christmas with the spectacular and spellbinding adventure that is Sleeping Beauty! The cast features EastEnders icon Rita Simons as the wickedly glamorous Carabosse along with Derby panto favourite, Morgan Brind, as the doting dame. 


From the 10th to the 22nd December, the Derby Loves You Indoor Venue at Derby Market Place will host The Lost Boys Panto: Impossible! Spy thriller meets stocking filler in this unique festive production. What could go wrong when the Derby Duo are recruited by The CIA for a top-secret mission, in the enemy country of Sickleovia? Book your tickets and find out!


Last, but by no means least The Messiah will be performed in the beautifully atmospheric Derby Cathedral on 11thDecember. Get into the festive spirit and join Derby Cathedral Choir and the Heart of England Orchestra for this feel-good festive treat.


With so much to get involved in this festive period there’s bound to be something for all. View the full list of events on the InDerby website and let us know what you’re attending on the DerbyLIVE Facebook page.

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