Christmas is coming!
You may feel like we’re a little early (we know we’re posting this even before the 5th November) but Christmas is a mere 7 weeks away and therefore it’s time to begin getting into the Christmas spirit.
Newark, Southwell & Sherwood Forest are the perfect destinations for Christmas, full of Christmas cheer and fun for the entire family. With it’s fantastic events, and its beautiful scenery it’s the ultimate Christmas destination to spend some time with loved ones and capture those important memories.
We think you deserve the best Christmas ever and what is more Christmassy than a Lights Switch On or a Christmas Market? Therefore, we’ve compiled a full list of Lights Switch On and Markets you can explore this festive season.
16th – 17th & 23rd – 24th November | 10:00am – 5:30pm | £4 Car Parking per vehicle
Rufford Abbey Country Park looks beautiful all year round but especially so when all dressed up for Christmas! Therefore, why not head over for their Christmas weekends in November? Get into the festive spirit with their Christmas Food, Drink and Craft Market, where you can pick up a scrumptious bite to eat, taste their very own special mulled wine and hot chocolate as well as perhaps pick out a Christmas present for a loved one (or a little treat for yourself). There will be entertainment, the beautiful grounds themselves including their fantastic Adventure Park as well the potential to meet the big man himself, Santa Claus…
24th November | 10:00am – 5:30pm | FREE
Newark will light up on the 24th November with their brilliant annual lights switch on event. Head to Newark town centre to enjoy a bustling craft and charity market in the market place and Buttermarket alongside a funfair and live music. This all leads up to the main event: the switching on of the UK’s largest, freestanding canopy of Christmas lights, followed by a spectacular fireworks display!
23rd November | 10:00am – 4:00pm | FREE
Carriages is a beautiful, Victorian styled café located at Newark Castle train station. On the 23rd November the café are bringing together a mix of stall holders to offer you unique and beautiful handmade products – perhaps pick up something for a Christmas present or even a little something for you, you’ve deserved it! There will also be delicious food and drink, including mulled wine, snowball hot chocolates, pork and turkey hot roast cobs – it doesn’t get much better than that does it?!
23rd – 24th November | 10:00am – 6:00pm (Sat) & 10:00am – 4:00pm (Sun) | FREE
Do you have that one friend or relative for who it is IMPOSSIBLE to find a present for? Well your Christmas dilemmas are sorted at Thoresby Park’s Winterfest. This stunning winter fair brings you a diverse range of local handmade arts and crafts – if you can’t find a gift among this lot you never will! There will also be festival music, mouth-watering food and drink, a children’s trail as well as the opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself!
28th November | 5:00pm – 8:00pm | FREE
Mooch around the beautiful town of Southwell on this late night Christmas event. Southwell is home to over 50 independent shops, and on the 29th November enjoy all they have to offer from beautiful clothes to home furnishings and everything in between, as they open later in the evening for you to grab some beautiful Christmas gifts. There will also be a Christmas market, carol singing, the lights switch on and other festive activities.
8th & 22nd December | All day | FREE
Make the task of Christmas shopping a treat as Newark’s charming Georgian marketplace again plays host to a pair of traditional festive markets. Held under the town’s glittering canopy of Christmas lights, there’ll be a fantastic array of last minute gifts, artisan crafts and Christmas decorations on offer. Shop to your heart’s content with the sound of carol singing and seasonal entertainment filling the marketplace with festive cheer.
14h – 15th December | All day | FREE
Ease yourself into the festive mood with a Santa’s sack full of seasonal festive street food, drinks, crafts and gifts in Newark’s stunning and picturesque Georgian Market Place. There’ll be entertainment for all ages, including traditional carol singing and brass bands, fantastic local musicians and street entertainers plus the Newark Santa Sprint where local athletic Santa’s will take to the streets competing to see who is the fastest Santa in town! All under Newark’s magnificent curtain of Christmas lights, now regarded as the largest such display in the UK.
Keep an eye on our events calendar for more festive activities!
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