5 Ways to Enjoy Christmas in Nottingham This Year

Christmas is a wonderful occasion in Nottingham and despite the festive period not going ahead quite as planned this year, there are still plenty of magical things happening in the city centre. We have been scouting out what’s happening across the city and have rounded up five ways for you to enjoy Christmas in Nottingham this year.

Christmas Shopping at Nottingham’s High Street Favourites

Late night shopping is back! With retail for non-essential shops up and running again, Christmas shopping can be safely enjoyed in the run up to Christmas. Whether you're cramming it in at the last minute or finishing off your list with your final few items, you can find great gifts at your usual high street favourites and brilliant independent local stores. Explore our Christmas present ideas for Mum, Dad and some slightly more obscure suggestions with our unusual gifts.

Christmas Lights Brighten Up the City Centre

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the addition of lights twinkling as you walk through the city centre. With the evenings drawing in, the Christmas lights are the perfect way to brighten up the high street and spread some Christmas cheer. Get creative with the Christmas lights and take photos as you follow the magical glow through the winding streets. You can share your photos of Nottingham’s Christmas lights with us on our Instagram.

Festive Food & Drink to Takeaway

It’s pumpkin spiced latte season and there’s no reason to go without this year with plenty of places open for takeaway and delivery. Feast your eyes upon some of the festive favourites and enjoy delicious food and drinks from a selection of cafes and restaurants across the city centre. From sweet treats to sumptuous savoury goods, you can find a wide variety of tasty places to try with our food and drink ideas.

Christmas Entertainment at Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse are back with some festive fun hosting two magical shows throughout December. As well as in-person performances of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, there are also on-demand and live streaming options available so everybody can be involved in the pantomime pleasure this year. Find out more about the December schedule and performances on offer here.

Donate A Present with The Victoria Centre Giving Box

You can help a child to have a Christmas they’ll never forget by donating a gift with the giving box at the Victoria Centre. If you are able to, purchasing an extra present this year and popping into the giant gift box will go towards Mission Christmas by Cash for Kids. The giving box is located on the upper floor of the mall and will be available until December 20th. Find out more about how Mission Christmas are making the festive season magical for children this year.

Christmas With Its In Nottingham

For all updates of the goings on across Nottingham city centre during christmas this year follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Alternatively you can head to our website to find out more about all of the wonderful things happening in the city.


One of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is with some festive cooking, what's why we've put together two great recipes to try out at home. See our recipes for Christmas cookies and the perfect roast potatoes.

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