Looking for things to do in Nottingham this weekend? Oh yes you are! Here are our top picks including activities and events from around Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. There is something for everyone this weekend so why not enjoy a seasonal pantomime, do a spot of Christmas shopping, visit Santa or even join a unique theatre workshop.

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.

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. Or visit our dedicated Christmas page to help you plan the festive season! Have a browse today and find the perfect activity or experience to enjoy.


Beauty and the Best Pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse

Beauty and The Beast

Friday 3 Dec 2021 – Saturday 15 Jan 2022 | Nottingham Playhouse | Tickets from £18 - £40

Enjoy Nottingham Playhouse’s newest pantomime, Beauty and The Beast, which is filled with magic and monstrous fun! Join Belle as she is trapped in an enchanted castle by a mysterious beast and meet a host of hilarious characters who help her along the spellbinding adventure. You will laugh, cheer, and sing along, and of course you must ‘boo’ at the baddies. A perfect night out for all the family, you will also enjoy the stunning sets, glittering costumes, and plenty of panto humour.

Click here for the full information including performance dates.


Craft Fair at Nottingham Contemporary: Get your Christmas presents

Craft Fair at Contemporary

Friday 3 December – Sunday 5 December | Nottingham Contemporary | Free

The popular Craft Fair event at Nottingham Contemporary has returned for this one festive weekend, featuring the work of 40 designers and makers from around the UK. Bosting a fabulous line-up, there will be a wide selection of items for sale from independent makers to help make Christmas shopping a joy this year! You can expect to browse items including ceramics, textiles, jewellery, Christmas decorations, homeware, candles, prints, cards and lots more. The weekend is held over 3 days, starting with a preview event on Friday 3 December.

Click here for the full information including opening times.


Meet Santa in Nottingham

Christmas at the Tropical Butterfly House

Saturday 4 - Friday 24 December 2021 | Tropical Butterfly House | Various prices and times

Join Santa and Mrs Claus at the Tropical Butterfly House for a wonderful winter's day out. Journey through the wildlife park to see Santa at his woodland cabin grotto and take on the Woodland Festive Friends Trail and try to find one of the ‘Christmas Crackers’ for a prezzie, before enjoying a hot drink in front of the fire at Lottie’s Coffee Lounge. Every child can see Santa and/or Mrs Claus and will receive a present as part of a general admission ticket. An age-related wrapped gift can be purchased at an additional cost, and you can also add-on a Christmas Afternoon Tea for Two or a themed children's picnic box which also have separate pricing.

Click here for the full information and prices.


Nottingham Playhouse and Shakespeare

Playing Shakespeare - Comedies

Saturday 4 December 2021 | Nottingham Playhouse | 11.30am - 4pm | Price: £30

Suitable for anyone who is interested in playing and knowing more about Shakespeare, you can spend a day learning from director Martin Berry and cast members from Nottingham Playhouse's production of The Tempest. Using some of Shakespeare's most famous comic scenes and speeches, this is a great chance to learn how to demystify the characters and language of the world's greatest playwright. These sessions are always accessible to all participants, removing any barriers to participation, although age suitability is recommended at 14+ years.

Click here for the full information.


Christmas at Clumber Park, meet Santa

Christmas at Clumber Park

Saturday 4 December - Friday 24 December 2021 | Clumber Park | Various prices and times

Explore a world of adventures at Clumber Park this weekend and enjoy Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail, visit Father Christmas, have breakfast with his elves or enjoy a wreath making workshop! Set in the stunning grounds of Clumber Park and perfect for the whole family, this range of events brings you closer to nature as well as the magic of Christmas. Perfect for any little ones who love to romp around the woodland, or any big kids who want to get out and about in the crisp Autumn weather.

Click here for the full information and prices.

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