We have tons of fab festive treats in store for you this weekend as Santa comes to town!

Enjoy our top picks below of the best things to do in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire this weekend including some great gift shopping opportunities to get you prepared for Christmas day, a rocking show to let your hair down, some Scottish dancing for something a little bit different and some seasonal experiences to really get you in the festive spirit.

Don’t forget - if you are out having a great time in the city or out in the county, you can use #LoveNotts to share the love, or tag us using @visitnotts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

There are many more events in our full What’s On calendar such as amazing live music and fantastic art exhibitions with virtual options available. Have a browse and you’ll find something fun or unique to do!

Pop up Christmas market Nottingham

Pop up Christmas Market

Friday 19 November - Sunday 19 December 2021 | The Harley Gallery, Welbeck Estate | Free entry
The Harley Gallery at Welbeck is well known for its annual arts market, and this year it will hosting a series of pop-up markets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 19th November to 19th December, rather than their usual three day event. Pop round and discover some unique handcrafted treasures and meet the vendors and makers who craft the items themselves. Ranging from jewellers and ceramicists to furniture makers and metalsmiths, there will be four to six vendors showcased each day to offer a fantastic variety of unique gift options – or maybe pick something up for yourself!

Click here for the full details.

School of Rock the musical - Theatre in Nottingham, Theatre Royal Concert Hall

School of Rock the Musical

Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 November 2021 | Royal Concert Hall | Tickets from £24.50 - £57

Stick it to the man at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical School of Rock. A global hit musical based on the popular movie starring Jack Black, join wannabe rock star Dewey Finn as he finds himself posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school. After he transforms his students into a mind-blowing rock band they must compete at the battle of the bands, but will it all go as planned? A band of talented kids play live every show, which includes 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as all the original songs from the movie. One not to miss, School of Rock the Musical will warm your heart and blow you away in equal measure.

Click here or full info and listings.

Nottingham Christmas Market, Old Market Square, Top Christmas Markets in the UK

Nottingham Christmas Market

Monday 15 November - Friday 31 December 2021 | Old Market Square | Open 11am – 5.30pm daily | Free entry

The Christmas Market is back is back in Nottingham with a 60ft Christmas tree in Old Market Square, rustic chalet style market stalls, the observation wheel, a traditional festive carousel and an Après Ski themed pop-up bar, various tasty food stalls and much more! The perfect chance to soak up some Christmas atmosphere and get your gift shopping started, enjoy a choice of alternative gifts, crafts, and speciality food.

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Santa's Grotto. Meet Santa in Nottingham.

Santa's Grotto at The Engine Yard

Saturday 20 November - Thursday 23 December 2021 | The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle | £10 per child

Visit Santa at his woodland grotto this November at The Engine Yard and meet Santa, Belvoir Castle's singing reindeers, and stop for a family photo on the 'Belvoir Express' train. Take home a delightful gift from Santa himself before walking around the charming Engine Yard Shopping Village. Transformed into a winter utopia, it’s the perfect place for present shopping with boutique stores to pick up your festive essentials before indulging in delicious food and drink. Santa's Grotto at the Engine Yard is a stand-alone event with no access to the Castle, Regency Christmas or Enlightened Belvoir Light trail will be granted with an Engine Yard grotto ticket.

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Beeston Ceilidh at Boat & Horses

Friday 19 November 2021 | Boat & Horses | 8pm - 11pm | Free entry

Enjoy free entry to this iconic Scottish Ceilidh at Boat & Horses, with no booking required. Suitable for all ages and abilities, simply rock up and join in the dancing. The event features recorded music and Schuggie, who will be calling the dances and explaining what you need to do as you go along. Join in jeans, full highland dress or anything in between! The event promotes COVID-19 safety and because you will be dancing in close proximity to others, double vaccinations are ideal but not required.

Click here for the full info.

This blog was written by Katherine Taylor, Marketing Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire.


Pop up Christmas Market
Christmas Events
Pop up Christmas Market

The Harley Gallery will be holding an extended series of pop-up markets with a stellar constellation of makers.

The Harley Gallery
The Portland Collection

Situated on the ducal Welbeck estate, the award-winning Harley Gallery shows contemporary exhibitions by leading visual artists. Exhibitions change five times a year, and range from ceramics to photography.

School of Rock The Musical
School of Rock The Musical

School of Rock is the global hit musical based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn is cast out by his dive-bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, he exposes his students to the rock gods he idolises, transforming them into a mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock out, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, Miss Mullins, helping her rediscover the wild child within. But, will they all find redemption at the battle of the bands?

The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall

With over half a million visitors every year, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham are two of the UK's most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region.

Nottingham Christmas presented by Winter Wonderland 2021
Christmas Events
Council House and Christmas Tree 2020

Christmas is back in the city for 2021

Old Market Square
Historic Site
Old Market Square | Visit Nottinghamshire
Santa's Grotto at The Engine Yard
Christmas Events
Santa's Grotto at The Engine Yard

Visit Santa's Grotto at the charming Engine Yard Shopping Village this winter! This year Santa Claus and his helpers will be preparing for Christmas in our cosy woodland grotto. Bring your litte ones along to meet Belvoir Castle's singing reindeers, stop for a family photo on the 'Belvoir Express' train and take home a delightful gift.

Belvoir Castle
Pet friendly
Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle is an imposing castle that stands to the North East of Leicestershire, commanding outstanding views from where its name derives from the meaning `beautiful view’.

Beeston Ceilidh at Boat & Horses
Beeston Ceilidh at Boat & Horses

In-person ceilidh dancing to recorded music with a caller to help you through the dances.



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