Christmas Events

The best Christmas events and festive markets in the Peak District and Derbyshire.

Christmas is a wonderful time to visit the Peak District and Derbyshire; the air is fresher, towns and villages are festooned with twinkling festive lights, and shops and markets are filled with presents and festive cheer!

Wrap up warm and explore fabulous frozen landscapes, discover one of the many great Christmas markets and festive events, then warm-up by the fire with a glass of mulled wine in a cosy country pub or restaurant. From elf trails to winter food festivals, there's something for the whole family to enjoy!

Winter breaks are full of relaxed evenings, fresh mornings and frosty walks, with great things to do and local food to savour. It's a season that lets you see places in a new light and offers new experiences that you just can't enjoy at any other time of year - not to mention the huge variety of magical Christmas activities and events throughout December.

As the days become shorter, enjoy a winter holiday in the Peak District and Derbyshire and dive head first into seasonal celebrations. Relax by an open fire in a cosy cottage in the middle of the countryside, discover historic pubs in hidden valleys, or wrap up warm and venture on frosty walks on river banks and through forests.

Savour festive food as you browse the stalls at the best Christmas markets in Derbyshire or ignite your festive spirit at unmissable Christmas events, ranging from carol-singing in a cavern to steam train rides with Santa Claus.

All Christmas Events


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Christmas at Chatsworth

Discover the ‘Palace of Advent’ this Christmas. Tickets include entry to the house, garden and farmyard (visits 4 – 26 November also include entry to…

4th November 2023 - 7th January 2024

10:00 am - 5:30 pm



Christmas in the Garden at Chatsworth

Enjoy an interactive light and sound trail around the garden from dusk. Pre-booking is essential for all visits. Includes parking.

4th November 2023 - 7th January 2024

10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Mercatum Christmas Artisan Markets at Haddon Hall

This winter, Haddon Hall will host its renowned Mercatum Christmas Markets over four weekends.

16th November 2023 - 10th December 2023

9:30 pm - 5:00 pm



Hardwick Wintertide at Hardwick Hall

Share a special winter with the family at Hardwick Wintertide this year, chase lights and shadows around the hall as you tour by lantern light.

17th November 2023 - 7th January 2024

9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Christmas on the Thornbridge Estate

Christmas on the Thornbridge Estate is a magical time ...

17th November 2023 - 30th December 2023

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Autism Friendly Santa Experience (pre-book only)

Our Autism Friendly Santa Experience offers a calmer, more relaxed experience at a pace suited to you.

18th November 2023 - 25th December 2023

10:00 am - 4:30 pm



Visit Vicar Lane this Christmas for lots of festive fun!

18th November 2023 - 24th December 2023

10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Castleton Church Christmas Tree Festival

St Edmund’s Church Christmas Tree Festival up to 50 decorated trees lining the nave.

18th November 2023 - 17th December 2023

12:00 pm

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