The Festive Season in Buxton
Come to Buxton, the winter wonderland in the hills and Victorian hotspot, or should that be coldspot(?!) for curling, toboganning and skating. With a wealth of independent shops, fairs and markets, it’s a great place for finding unique and special gifts. Head to one of our atmospheric hotels for your Christmas party or one of our restaurants for Christmas Dinner. See a festive show or visit Santa in his grotto.
Information is updated regularly and is subject to change. Please check with the venues the events are going ahead.
Festive Tours & Treats
Festive Tram Tours
Join Discover Buxton Tours for special winter tours. Festooned in festive attire, the tram will transport its guests on a tour of Buxton. But do not fret, you will be kept toasty with cosy blankets for your knees, a hot water bottle and a warming mug of luxurious hot chocolate from Charlotte’s Chocolates with marshmallows, sprinkles and truffles.
Saturdays and Sundays between the 17th November and 23rd December.
£16 per person. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
01298 79648, 07530457755, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Discover Buxton Tours on Sunday afternoons in the elegant, Georgian surroundings of the private dining room upstairs at No.6 The Square Tearooms, which once belonged to the eminent Victorian Dr Robertson. Spaces are limited so booking ahead is essential.
01298 79648, 07530457755, email@example.com.
It was a Dark and Stormy Night
Feel the shivers down your spine with ghostly stories and comfort yourself with tea and crumpets.
Sundays at 3.30pm on 18th November and 2nd, 16th and 23rd December
£15 per person.
What would it be like to eavesdrop on a meeting between Robert Rippon Duke, who transformed Buxton from a village into a Victorian spa town, and Edward Milner, the landscape architect responsible for its Pavilion Gardens? Snuggle up with tea and crumpets and listen in on A Victorian Conversation.
Sundays at 3.30pm on 25th November and 9th December
£15 per person.
Santa’s Grotto at Poole’s Cavern
Santa will be returning to his favourite Grotto at Poole’s Cavern each weekend in December, and Christmas Eve too. Bring your Christmas wishes and all the family to visit the wonderfully illuminated grotto, meet the man himself and explore the spectacular cavern.
Every weekend in December 10am-4pm. Book via 01298 26978.
The cavern is open as usual for Christmas visitors 27-31 December and from 2 January.
Santa at The Springs
Santa is also coming to The Springs Shopping Centre!
Take a trip up The Springs candy cane walkway to meet Santa and receive a free present from the big man in red! There will also be craft activities throughout the afternoon including a face painter and balloon modeller to keep everyone entertained whilst they wait to see Santa.
Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd December, 12pm-3pm.
Make a difference to someone this Christmas and drop in an unwrapped present which will be given to a child who may not receive anything on Christmas Day with the Springs Reverse Santa Campaign. Until Wednesday 19th December.
Festive Fairs & Markets
Grand Bazaar & Christmas Lights Switch On
The annual Grand Bazaar and Christmas Lights Switch On returns for 2018. Christmas shopping gets underway at 2pm in the newly renovated Octagon Concert Hall where you will find over forty Christmas stalls selling a fabulous selection of seasonal food and drink, Christmas gifts and decorations, and handcrafted jewellery and crafts. Santa’s Grotto and the Face Painter will be in the Pavilion Café and children’s fairground rides and donkey rides will be opposite the swimming pool. The miniature train will be lit up and running in the grounds and hot festive food and drink will be served both indoors and outdoors on the promenade. There will be late night shopping at the Pavilion Gift Boutique and the ‘Gallery in the Gardens‘ and Buxton Lions will be collecting for their charities throughout the night. There will be entertainment from 5pm – yet to be confirmed.
Friday 23rd November, 2pm-8pm, Pavilion Gardens.
Christmas Market Night
See the hotel transformed into a bustling festive marketplace, with a range of stalls showcasing the local area’s fine food, crafts and gifts. There will be hot pork baps with stuffing and apple sauce, along with warming glasses of mulled wine and other festive treats available to purchase. In aid of #challengederbyshire with raffle money raised donated.
Wednesday 5th December, 4-8pm at the Old Hall Hotel. Free entry.
The Christmas Fair is a great chance to pick up those stocking fillers and unique gifts and a perfect place to go to get you into the festive spirit. The Octagon Concert Hall will be full of stalls who can offer some unique and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. During the event, Santa Claus himself will also be paying us a visit and you’ll be able to go and see him in his Grotto, situated in the restaurant.
Saturday 8th December, 10.30am-5pm, Pavilion Gardens.
Join Buxton Markets at their annual Christmas Market with seasonal gifts and activities alongside their regular traders. There will be extra stalls with hot chocolate, mulled wine, gifts and decorations, Santa’s cabin and games for the children including Lucky Dip and a Treasure Hunt.
Saturday 15th December, 10am-6pm on the Market Place.
Festive Community Events
Buxton Festival Fringe Village Carols Workshop & Party
A celebration of the opening of entries for Fringe 2019 including a ‘come and sing’ session of Derbyshire village carols. Come along to sing or listen.
Saturday 1st December, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Green Man Gallery.
Join the celebrations of the opening for entries of Buxton Fringe 2019 – Fringe40. 7pm to 10pm, Green Man Gallery with a carols singalong from 7.30pm. Drink and party food provided – donations welcome.
The Lantern Procession through the town and built year on year bringing festive lights and carols throughout the town. This year it has a Dick Whittington theme.
Join Buxton Sparkles at making-workshops at the Buxton Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 1st December between 10am and 3.30pm or from 6pm at the Devonshire Dome on Wednesday 5th December. Full instructions and materials are provided. It takes about half an hour. For all ages. Children must be accompanied.
Bring your lantern and join Dick Whittington on his travels on Saturday 8th December. Parade and sing through the town from Spring Gardens, up to the Market Place and down through to the old bandstand stage and Christmas Fair in the Pavilion Gardens.
Gather from 4pm near Boots in Spring Gardens.
Serpentine Community Farm Winter Gathering
Get together with old friends and new. Warm welcome and hot drinks. Tree decorations and play hunt the robin.
Sunday 9th December, 11am to 3pm, Serpentine Community Farm.
Traditional carol singing with the Rotary Club of Buxton. Bring your own hat and join in! Song sheets are provided.
Saturdays 15th and 22nd December, from 12noon at Turner’s Memorial, near the Crescent.
Festive Shows & Concerts
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band at Christmas
What better way to celebrate our holiday season than with a man who has helped shape our musical Christmas?
Recently inducted into ‘The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’ in New York, Roy is now known across the world as a founder of The Move, ELO and Wizzard. This is a rock packed evening you won’t want to miss. Featuring Roy with his Big Rock & Roll Band, performing classic hits such as California Man, Flowers In The Rain, Fire Brigade, I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Blackberry Way, See My Baby Jive, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day and many more.
Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain with Bells On
This new show charts the Uke’s rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. Not only this but given the time of year the Ukes are adding a little festive frivolity to the show. This is definitely not shameless seasonal cashing in, just a little midwinter mischief and a chance for the audience to play or sing-a-long to the odd well known Christmas number. On an ongoing “hand-luggage only” world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining Christmas carols, twisting classical music favourites or uncovering quirky versions of rock covers.
A Christmas Carol
Chapterhouse Theatre Company bring their production of this classic Christmas tale adapted by Laura Turner. Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought alive in this most traditional of productions, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent, original musical score. Join critically acclaimed theatre company Chapterhouse as Scrooge’s frozen heart begins to melt and he finally embraces the festive spirit in this most Christmassy of Christmas tales.
Experience the magic of The Snowman in a whole new way this Christmas – brought to life by a live accompanying orchestra. The concert will open with a toe-tapping Christmas Medley and a fun introduction to the orchestra and will be followed by ‘A Donkey’s Tale’.
With Carrot Productions.
Monday 3rd December, 6.30pm, The Octagon. Tickets £12/£8 are available from ticketquarter.co.uk.
The Houghton Weavers’ Christmas Concert
The Houghton Weavers have been entertaining folk now for over 43 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation. They guarantee a wonderful evening of entertainment which is suitable for all the family. Their experience – together with their style and professionalism – ensures that, as their motto says, they always ‘Keep Folk Smiling’.
Twilight and Darkness: Christmas Ghost Stories
Seasonal ghost stories by Edith Wharton and Leslie Oldfield and a short, supernatural play, performed by Twilight and Darkness in the cosy, candlelit setting of the ground floor gallery. Come if you dare!
Saturday 8th December, Doors 6.30pm for 7pm start, Green Man Gallery. £7/£5 concs
Buxton Musical Society’s Christmas Cracker
Join the chorus and orchestra as they play and sing their way through a whole range of Christmas music including some audience participation Christmas carols. They are joined again this year by Choir of Fairfield Endowed C of E Junior School and the concert will feature a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with added narration created and performed by Robbie Carnegie, Marketing & Web Manager of the Buxton International Festival and member of Buxton Drama League..
Sunday 16th December, 7pm, St John’s Church. Tickets are available from the Buxton Opera House Box Office.
The Grand Boxing Day Christmas Concert
This year, featuring the Fairfield Band, the two-hour, annual Grand Boxing Day Concert promises to be the perfect family event to round off your Christmas. Doors open at 10am.
Wednesday 26th December, 11am, Buxton Opera House. Tickets are available from the Buxton Opera House Box Office. Adults £2.75, Seniors £2, Children under 16 £1.50
Dick Whittington Family Pantomime at the Buxton Opera House
Buxton’s favourite Dame, James Holmes (‘Clive’ from the hit comedy series Miranda) returns as Dame Sarah the Cook, while Gabrielle Green (‘Katrina’ from CBBC’s Wolfblood) is the lovely Alice Fitzwarren.
Saturday 8th to Sunday 30th December, various performance times.
Relaxed, autism-friendly performance on Tuesday 11th December at 5.30pm and BSL-interpreted performance on Tuesday 18th December at 7pm.
Tickets available from the Box Office.
Festive Films at Buxton Cinema
Christmas Party Nights at the Old Hall Hotel
Soak up the Christmas spirit at The Old Hall Hotel’s spectacular Christmas Party Nights. Perfect for a celebration with friends and family, or as a chance to let your hair down with colleagues at your work’s party.
Festive lunches and Christmas Day Lunch are also available. To see their Christmas brochure, click here.
Buxton Opera House
Pavilion Arts Centre
St John's Church
Buxton Museum & Art Gallery
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