Make the most of the festive season in Sheffield!

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Christmas is coming and there’s lots happening in Sheffield to help get you into the festive spirit.

Soak up the seasonal atmosphere at the traditional Christmas Markets in Sheffield City Centre, pick up unique Sheffield-made gifts at a whole host of market events and be sure to take some time to enjoy one of the many seasonal shows and performances on offer.

Browse below, for more great ideas to ensure you have a very merry time in Sheffield this Christmas!

Festive Highlights

Sheffield Christmas Market 2023

16 November - 24 December

Expect Alpine themed bars, a traditional German sausage grill, Yorkshire pudding wraps, mulled wine & cider, hot chocolate, churros and many other treats as Sheffield Christmas Market returns to the city centre. 

Celebrating Sheffield's great independent scene, once again there'll be a whole host of traders with many of them based locally, offering seasonal food & drink and unique gifts.

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Victorian Christmas Market at Kelham Island Museum

2 & 3 December

Gather under the gas lamps and celebrate the start of the festive season as the much-loved Victorian Christmas Market returns to Sheffield's Kelham Island Museum for a weekend of traditional cheer.

With over 80 market stalls selling an array of Sheffield-made wares, quality gifts and seasonal goods, you'll be sure find the perfect presents and stocking fillers.

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Sheffield Cathedral Illuminated: Starlight

5 - 9 December

Follow The ‘Starlight’ to Sheffield Cathedral this Christmas, as Luxmuralis return with another stunning lightshow, the perfect start to your festive celebrations.

Come and marvel at an incredible multi-sensory immersive experience inside and outside the cathedral... 

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Market Events

Handmade for Christmas 2023

Sheffield Museums’ annual selling showcase celebrating the breadth of British contemporary craft, Handmade for Christmas is at the Millennium Gallery until 24 December.

Sheffield Christmas Market 2023

Back for another year to help get you into the festive spirit with over 50 log cabins offering seasonal food & drink and unique gift ideas, all set against the twinkly lights of Sheffield City Centre.

Firth Park Christmas Makers' Market

Local makers, bakers and growers will be taking part in Firth Park's first Community Makers' Market on Saturday 9 December.

Pollen Market: December 2023

Pollen Market will be coming in from the Castlegate cold and relocating to Peddler Warehouse for their festive edition on Sunday 10 December.

Meersbrook and Heeley Christmas Yard Sale

Have yourself an eco-friendly Christmas and stock up on pre-loved gifts at the Meersbrook & Heeley Christmas Yard Sale on Saturday 16 December.

Walkley Christmas Market

Walkley Christmas Market is ready to greet you with a warm Walkley welcome and festive cheer at their fantastic market within the beautiful setting of St. Mary's Church on Saturday 16 December 2023.

Festive Entertainment

Santa's Study

Based in Sheffield City Centre, Santa's Study, an immersive family-friendly experience set in a magical festive setting. This is the place where he comes to read and answer letters and do all his planning for Christmas.

Santa's Winter Village at Meadowhall

Meet Santa and enjoy a whole host of festive fun at Meadowhall's Winter Village, open 24 November right through to 24 December.

The Christmas Crooners - Eccy and Totsy

Enjoy the sounds of Christmas with festive harmonies and family favourites courtesy of Eccy and Totsy, the singing reindeer from 25 November to the 24 December 2023.

Brearley Bear's Christmas Collectibles

Brearley Bear is back for another festive adventure, Brearley Bear's Christmas Collectibles between Saturday 25 November 2023 and Sunday 7 January 2024.

Love Actually in Concert

A full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score, with this festive classic being projected onto a huge screen at Sheffield City Hall on Monday 4 December.

Sheffield Cathedral Illuminated: Starlight

Follow The ‘Starlight’ to Sheffield Cathedral this Christmas, as Luxmuralis return with another stunning lightshow 5 - 9 December, the perfect start to your festive celebrations.

Leona Lewis - Christmas With Love 2023

Record-breaking global sensation Leona Lewis has announced a major UK tour for Christmas 2023, coming to to Sheffield City Hall on Wednesday 6 December. 

Wartime Christmas (National Emergency Services Museum)

Turn the clock back 80 years and step into a fabulous forties festive wonderland at the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield, 9 & 10 December!

Beauty and the Beast

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre's annual pantomime, this fairy-tale extravaganza promises to be full of hilarious comedy, lavish sets, fantastic music, beautiful costumes, magic and mayhem, 8 December - 7 January.

Christmas with the Sheffield Philharmonic

A magical, musical family event to start to the festive Season and a wonderful bitesize introduction to classical music for children on 9 December 2023.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Sheffield Theatres present a brand new production of perfect feel-good musical for all the family. Featuring the songs Blue Skies, Sisters and the festive favourite White Christmas, the musical is showing at the Crucible 9 December -13 January.

A Town Called Christmas

A brand-new Christmas show for adventurers aged 3+ and their grown-ups, brought to you by Gala Durham and Wrongsemble. A Town Called Christmas will be showing in the Crucible Playhouse 15 - 30 December.

Carol! It's Christmas

Just when you thought Christmas couldn't get any camper, Yorkshire's very own Glitterbomb Dancers are back in Sheffield to unveil their second remake of a holiday classic.

A Cathedral Christmas

Join Sheffield Hospitals Charity for a magical night of festive entertainment on Tuesday 19 December as they host special concert at Sheffield Cathedral.

Christmas By Candlelight

An incredible West End Cast and live band perform classic Christmas Hits as you have never heard them before!

Sterndale Singers Christmas Concert

Come and welcome Christmas in the company of the Sterndale Singers on December 22 at 7.30pm.

Robin Hood and His Merry Men

Manor Operatic Society proudly presents ‘Robin Hood and His Merry Men’ for their annual festive pantomime at Sheffield City Hall, 27 - 31 December. 

The Nutcracker

This new year, the Lyceum welcomes the return of The Nutcracker, a spectacular family favourite and the perfect introduction to classical ballet. Tchaikovsky’s delightful score, performed by a live orchestra, completes this magical experience.

A free digital art trail!

Look Up is a world first, augmented reality, city wide art trail bringing the buildings of Sheffield city centre to life. It was recently 'highly commended' in the City Nation Place global awards, so why not check it out whilst you're here for some festive fun?

All you need to do is download the free app onto your smart phone, and you can take photos and videos to share with friends & family and on your social media channels - so make sure you practice those festive poses to go with the cool backgrounds... click to play the short video to see the kind of things you'll experience!


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