Have some festive fun in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire this weekend as various highly anticipated Christmas events start.

Enjoy our top picks below of the best things to do in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire this weekend including events at Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey, an unmissable music concert, a seasonal craft opportunity and your perfect chance to get some Christmas shopping done.

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Looking for more Christmas events in Nottingham? There are many more things to do and explore on 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!

Christmas at Wollaton Hall 2021

Friday 26 November - Sunday 9 January 2022 | Wollaton Hall and Deer Park | Tickets from £6 - £19.80

Wollaton Hall and Deer Dark have an amazing range of Christmas offerings this year, including a Yuletide Walk & Santa Workshop event and a brand new festive trail. Explore the grounds as twilight descends to experience a stunning multi-sensory walk in an enchanting world of light and music – perfect for the whole family! Or why not take a festive tour of the Tudor kitchens, followed by a visit to Santa's workshop. You can meet the man himself and if they’re good, any little ones may even get a prezzie!

Click here for the full info and to book tickets.

University Philharmonia

Saturday 27 November 2021 | 7:30pm | Lakeside Arts | Tickets £14

Celebrate the festive season with the University of Nottingham’s talented student symphony orchestra. Assembling again for the first time in two years, the selected music reflects the joy of music-making for all. The orchestra strives for performing excellence and this two hour return to form will be no exception as Jonathan Tilbrook conducts. The event takes place on the stunning grounds of the University of Nottingham at Lakeside Arts, which is a perfect venue to mark the occasion.

Click here for the full info.

Wreath Making: Dried Flowers

Sunday 28th November 2021 | 10.30am-13.00pm | Ruddington Village Gallery | Tickets £55

Whether you’re looking for a new festive craft or a decoration you can make yourself, look no further than this popular wreath making class. A beautiful new twist on their floristry classes, you can use Debbie Bryan's stunning array of dried and preserved flowers to create an ever-lasting and environmentally friendly arrangement on a grapevine wreath. Get your creativity flowing in time for the New Year and enjoy a chilled Buck's Fizz on arrival as well as tea, coffee and a Welbeck Bakery breakfast pastry with fresh fruit.

Click here for the full info.

Winterfest: Thoresby Arts and Crafts Fair

Saturday 27 & 28 Sunday November 2021 | From 10am | Thoresby Park | Free

Visit Winterfest at Thoresby this weekend and enjoy the festive celebration of diverse local handmade crafts and foods. An exhibition of local talent and creativity, you can browse the stalls with a tasty snack in hand and buy original handmade items straight from the sellers. You will be able to soak up the community atmosphere and support your local businesses, while getting that all-important Christmas shopping started! It is open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.

Click here for the full info.

Christmas at Newstead Abbey

Saturday 27 November – Monday 3 January 2022 | Newstead Abbey | Tickets from £6 - £12

Join the team for an enchanting Christmas at Newstead this festive period and experience their Storybook Christmas celebrating The Nutcracker. Choose from either a self-lead or guided tour around the house and explore the historic venue and festive scenes, decked out in stunning Christmas decorations. You can also book onto Afternoon Tea which has separate pricing, or make sure to stop by the weekend craft stalls during your visit and pick up a treat or two.

Click here for the full info and to book tickets.

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


Christmas at Wollaton event 2022
Christmas Events
Christmas at Wollaton 2021

Christmas at Wollaton Hall returns for a magical third year in 2022

University Philharmonia
University Philharmonia

The University Philharmonia opens the academic year with the sparkling overture to Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ opera.

Wreath making: Dried Flowers
Wreath making: Dried Flowers | Debbie Bryan | Visit Nottinghamshire

This popular floristry class is back with a summer twist! Enjoy an afternoon in the inspiring surroundings of our Ruddington town house, select from a stunning array of dried and preserved flowers to create an ever-lasting floral arrangement.

Winterfest: Thoresby Arts and Crafts Fair
Christmas Events
Winterfest: Thoresby Arts and Crafts Fair, Nottinghamshire

Celebrate the diverse local handmade crafts brought to Thoresby Hall for the annual Winterfest

Christmas at Newstead Abbey
Christmas Events
Christmas at Newstead Abbey graphic

Join the team for an enchanting Christmas at Newstead this year!

Wollaton Hall and Park
Wollaton Hall - Visit Nottinghamshire

Spectacular Elizabethan Mansion and Deer Park set in the beautiful suburbs of Nottingham. Car parking £3 for up to 2 hours and £5 for the whole day.

Lakeside Arts
Arts Centre
Lakeside Arts

Nottingham Lakeside Arts is The University of Nottingham's unique public arts centre and museum presenting an eclectic programme of music, dance, theatre, visual art, special collections and family events all year round.

Thoresby Park
Thoresby Park

Visit our beautiful park with the whole family to enjoy everything Thoresby has to offer. From our cafe, shops, gallery, museum, extensive estate and variety of events. Parking and admission is free.

Newstead Abbey
Historic Site
Newstead Abbey

A beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire.



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