2nd December 2020

Elf Encounter

Join those festive funsters the Babbling Vagabonds as they unwrap a mini festive adventure fit for the family. Take a journey in a magical Christmas machine and encounter an Elf with a talent for making trouble. Santa’s magical machine turns children's letters into presents - all with a little sprinkle of elf trickery of course – but with Christmas just around the corner, the machine breaks down! Can you help get Santa’s machine back on track, and get a naughty Elf back on the nice list?

The Babbling Vagabonds return with a spectacular show after producing Guildhall Theatre Christmas show for many of years, as well as workshops and shows at Markeaton Park. This new experience is an intimate exclusive Christmas treat just for you and your bubble of up to 6! Audio described and BSL sessions are available.https://www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/elf-encounter/

Sat 5 - Wed 23 Dec | The Market Place

A Christmas Carol - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

The much-loved Dickens Classic gets a new makeover by the Derby favourites, the Lost Boys. Well known for their St Georges day spectacular performances as well as six years of sell-out Christmas shows, The Lost Boys return to Derby LIVE this festive season as the duo aim to play all the parts from the novel, A Christmas Carol, in just 60 minutes! Expect wigs, gags, laughs, gaffs, deference, and irreverence with this little family treat to fill you all with Christmas cheer.https://www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/a-christmas-carol/

Thu 17 - Wed 23 Dec | The River Gardens Performance Space

Elf Trail

A playful family of elves have moved into to Derby city Centre! See if you can spot the elves in shops and businesses around the city centre – they may be on stickers in windows or on the floor, or you might even spot one hiding on a shelf, in a shop or business. See how many you can find while you visit the wonderful city shops – a great activity for all the family.https://www.visitderby.co.uk/whats-on/festive-derby/elf-trail

Wed 2 - Wed 23 Dec | City Centre

Window Wonderland

Look out for some amazing displays in shops and businesses throughout the city centre, as they creatively decorate their window ready for Christmas. Decorations will all feature a Christmas rainbow, plus there's a trail that takes you on a journey around the city – see how many you can spot! Vote for your favourite festive rainbow display by filling in the form here.https://www.visitderby.co.uk/whats-on/festive-derby/window-wonderland/window-wonderland-peoples-vote

There’s also a great Window Wonderland colouring sheet or a rainbow template that you can colour in and decorate at home. Stick up in your creations in your window to join in with our Community Window Wonderland! Share your wonderful window decorations on social media using #windowwonderland20 for everyone to enjoy.https://www.visitderby.co.uk/whats-on/festive-derby/window-wonderland/community-window-wonderland/

Wed 9 – Wed 16 Dec | City Centre

Christmas in Markeaton Park

This December, celebrate the festivities with your family in Markeaton Park with a variety of activities and sessions. You can get active with Cycle Derby, explore the park with the return of the Elf Trail, or begin learning a language with one of our festive language walks. Mini Golf also remains open for some festive family competition, plus you can visit the craft village to see the dazzling Christmas tree or post your letter to Santa. Each weekend between 5-20 Dec, the Orangery Cafe will also be giving away a free mince pie to the first 20 customers!https://www.inderby.org.uk/about/news/christmas-in-markeaton-park/

Sat 5 – Sun 20 Dec | Markeaton Park

Markeaton Park Elf Trail

The elves have returned to Markeaton Park! Download your map from our website and take part in our Elf Trail to see if you can spot the letters at each of the elf houses, and then unscramble them to find a Christmas related word! You can enter the competition on our website using your word between 5-20 Dec to be in with the chance to win some treats, including a £30 voucher to spend in Studio Gift Shop! Terms and conditions apply.https://www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/elf-trail/

Sat 5 – Sun 20 Dec | Markeaton Park

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