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Panto fun, ice-skating and festive cheer pull in Christmas crowds
Wed 10 Jan 2024
Festive Derby sprinkled festive cheer over the city as crowds flocked to enjoy the city’s Christmas attractions
10 things to do in Derby this Christmas
Thu 14 Dec 2023
There’s Christmas magic in the air in Derby with lots of activities for all the family to enjoy, from a festive train ride to captivating theatre shows and an engaging reading challenge.
The shoe must go on! Cinderella announced as 2024 panto
Fri 8 Dec 2023
The award-winning team behind Derby’s smash-hit pantos will be back for 2024 with the classic fairytale Cinderella.
Derby’s Christmas Lights Switch On will usher in the festive season
Thu 23 Nov 2023
Join in with the fun in the city centre on Sat 2 Dec
Yule Love Derby this Christmas as Festive Derby returns
Wed 4 Oct 2023
This year Festive Derby is bigger than ever
Follow the trail of our mischievous elves
Mon 25 Sep 2023
Follow the trail our mischievous elves have
left around the city. Collect clues to solve
the puzzle and post your entry in the Post
Box outside the Nordic Bar to enter our
special prize draw.
The Lost Boys to bring It’s A Wonderful Life (Live) to Festive Derby this Christmas
Fri 28 Apr 2023
It’s a must-watch Christmas film for many, and this year an inspirational and heart-warming festive classic will get The Lost Boys treatment.
Applications for panto auditions are open now!
Wed 26 Apr 2023
The search is on for talented children who want to join the Junior Ensemble in Mother Goose at Derby Arena.
Cathedral Quarter Ice Rink will return for this year’s Festive Derby
Fri 31 Mar 2023
Derby City Council and the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) are delighted to announce that the city’s popular ice rink will return this Christmas – and tickets are on sale now.
Naughty Meg and the Christmas Elves are announced for Festive Derby 2023
Wed 8 Mar 2023
Those mischievous and marvellous Babbling Vagabonds’ will be back for the festive season with Naughty Meg and the Christmas Elves, this year at The Old Central Library on The Wardwick.
Free or low-cost family fun in Derby this February half-term
Mon 6 Feb 2023
The half-term break is approaching and there is plenty going in Derby to keep youngsters entertained. We know the soaring cost of living means many families’ finances are tight but, with many activities free or low-cost, our list has something for every budget.
The magical Mother Goose will make an egg-selent Christmas at Derby Arena
Mon 9 Jan 2023
We’re delighted to announce that Mother Goose will be landing at Derby Arena this December.
Theatre, ice-skating and festive fun drew bumper Christmas crowds to Derby
Fri 6 Jan 2023
It was a Christmas to remember in Derby as people enjoyed all the festivities the city had to offer.
Free family festive fun at Markeaton Park this Christmas
Thu 17 Nov 2022
Families can enjoy a special day out at Markeaton Park in the run-up to Christmas.
Thousands turn out for Derby’s Christmas Lights Switch-On
Wed 16 Nov 2022
Saturday's Christmas Light Switch-On event in Derby city centre was a huge success, drawing an estimated crowd of 5,000 people.
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