It’s the first weekend of December, and we’ve got a round-up of some unique things to do in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire just for you! Including date night ideas, budget-friendly and free things to do, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So keep reading to find our full picks, complete with times and prices.

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There are many more things to do and explore on our full What’s On calendar such as interesting exhibitions, tours and fun outdoor activities. Have a browse today and find the perfect activity or experience to enjoy this weekend.


Ice Bar at Winter Wonderland

1. Ice Bar at Winter Wonderland

Until Saturday 31 December | Old Market Square, Winter Wonderland | 10am – 10pm | £10.50 - £21.50

Part of the Nottingham Winter Wonderland by Mellors Group, this impressive alpine Ice Bar is complete with ice sculptures is an experience not to be missed!

It’s a truly CHILLing experience from start to finish, as you relax with a drink from one of our ice glasses.

We recommend pre-booking your table as this bar is very popular, particularly at the weekend!

Who is this for?

This unique bar is perfect for anyone wanting to try something a little different this December. A perfect date night, it would also be a great place for a Christmas party or a meet-up with your mates. Children are welcome, but they must also have an entry ticket. We strongly recommend booking in advance!


Beeston Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market

2. Beeston Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market

Saturday 3rd December | Beeston Square | 4.30pm - 6.30pm | Free

Santa Claus is coming to Beeston Town with the Christmas Lights Switch On!

The festivities start with the Christmas market actually starting from 12noon! Whether you are only just starting your Christmas shopping or need to find those last little bits, you might just find an inspirational gift at the Market before heading over to meet Santa at his grotto inside Beeston Library from 2.30pm.

You can also expect a fun fair, live entertainment, a choir, and of course the lights switch on ceremony itself on Beeston Square at 5.30pm.

Who is this for?

Perfect for families, friends and everyone in between, this free Christmas event is a wonderful way to get into the festive spirit. Ideal for those on a budget, you can browse the market and watch the lights go on all for free.


Craft Fair Contemporary

3. Craft Fair Contemporary

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th December | Nottingham Contemporary | Various times | Free

Nottingham Contemporary are delighted to once again host their popular festive event, Craft Fair Contemporary.

Featuring over 40 designers and makers; from independent, local sellers to creators from around the UK. With a wide selection of items for sale at the festive event, you can shop locally this Christmas.

There will be a fabulous variety of contemporary craft and design including ceramics, textiles, jewellery, Christmas decorations, homeware, candles, prints, cards and lots more.

The event is held over 3 days, launching with a preview event on Friday 2 December from 5pm-8pm.

Who is this for?

This is perfect for any art lover, and those who want to support local artists. It is also a brilliant chance to start your Christmas shopping (if you haven’t done so already), as you’ll find a whole range of great items. Why not take some friends and have a look around together, before getting a bite to eat or a drink in Nottingham City Centre?


Glow Room at the Victoria Centre

4. Glow Room at the Victoria Centre

2nd December 2022 - 2nd January 2023 | Victoria Centre | 11am - 5pm | Free, with voluntary donations for their charity partner (pre-booking advised)

Victoria Centre's popular Glow Room returns this weekend, with new interactive elements to celebrate the centre's 50th birthday. The free experience will treat visitors to a visual light performance featuring over 30,000 hanging lights, accompanied by popular Christmas songs and interactive, projected images.

Paying homage to the creator of the Emett Clock, Roland Emett, and his love of butterflies, one wall of the Glow Room is set to be filled with interactive butterflies that change colour when touched.

The room, situated on the upper mall, will focus on providing families with a sensory experience that invites shoppers to get into the festive spirit.

Who is this for?

This is a wonderful event for families, especially those with young children. It’s also perfect for those curious in new installations, and anyone who enjoys a good Christmas lights event, as we’re sure you’ll get some amazing pictures! Why not take the whole family or some friends to experience this free Glow Room and do a spot of Christmas shopping afterwards?


Pub Caves Tour

5. Pub Caves Tour

Friday 2nd December | The Sir John Borlase Warren | 6pm | £5

Zig Zag Tours invite you to their end of year Christmas special this Friday, a classic Nottingham tour of pubs and caves!

This was partly inspired by the recent draft publication of an excellent new technical guidance note, written to raise awareness of the importance of our historic cave network underneath Nottingham. They will be making good use of this on the early Christmas pub crawl, to consider some of the earlier medieval uses of the caves - as domestic cellars, or for industrial and commercial purposes; in fact they were some of Nottingham's earliest fridges and larders.

Who is this for?

This event is perfect for history lovers, pub lovers or anyone looking for unique things to do in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire! It would make an affordable but interesting date night, or a great excuse to hang out with some friends while doing something a little different.


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

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