Christmas is coming!

ChristmasYou 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.

Rufford Abbey Country Park Christmas Weekends

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…


Newark Christmas Lights Switch On

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!


Carriages Christmas Market

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?!


Winterfest at Thoresby Park

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!


Southwell Late Night Christmas Shopping Event

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.


Newark Christmas Crackers

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.


Newark Christmas Market and Winter Feast

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!


Previous Blog Posts 2019

October Half Term: Time for Fun, Oct 14, 2019

Spooky Season in Newark & Sherwood, Oct 7, 2019


The Bramley Apple Festival 2019, Sep 30, 2019

The Perfect Place to bring your Dog on Holiday, Sep 23, 2019

Autumnal Happiness, Sep 9, 2019


Heritage Open Days 2019, Aug 26, 2019

August Bank Holiday in Newark & Sherwood, Aug 19, 2019


The Legend Returns this Summer, Jul 29, 2019

The Circus is coming to town, Jul 22, 2019

School’s Out for Summer, Jul 15, 2019

Summer in the Buttermarket, Jul 8, 2019


A Weekend of Celebration, Jun 24, 2019

Newark Book Festival: A Literary Haven, Jun 12, 2019

Who is Ready for some Outdoor Theatre? Jun 9, 2019

A Weekend of the Very Best of Music, Jun 3, 2019

Joyful June – A Weekend of Festivals, May 28, 2019

Summer Festivals 2019, May 20, 2019

Fun for Everyone in Newark & Sherwood this May Half Term, May 13, 2019

Shopping in Southwell this Spring, May 7, 2019


Early Bank Holiday Fun, Apr 29, 2019

The Adventures of Robin Woof, Apr 8, 2019

Easter Fun in Newark & Sherwood, Apr 1, 2019