Christmas things to do in Derbyshire 2020
With 2020 being such a weird year and so many Christmas things not happening as they usually would, I thought I’d put together this list of Christmas things that you can still do this year in Derbyshire.
Tansley Christmas Market
On the site of the usual Tansley car boot sale, this year there will be a traditional open air Christmas market every weekend in December (weather permitting). There will be Christmas craft stalls, hot food and drinks.
Open from 9am – 4pm, admission is free and it’s £5 for parking.
Christmas in the Garden at Chatsworth
I’ve seen this on quite a few people’s Instagram already and I’ve booked my tickets. Explore Chatsworth’s 105 acre garden with a delightful Christmas trail and illuminated features from dusk.
Christmas in the Garden is running until the 3rd of January. The garden is open from 10.15am with last admissions at 5.30pm, but it’s best to go after dusk so that you can see the lights. Tickets are £10 per adult.
Mercatum Winter at Haddon Hall
This seasonal artisan market will showcase 70 carefully curated businesses within the courtyard and garden of Haddon Hall. Brimming with Christmas gifts and artisanal food, it’s the perfect place to start feeling festive.
The markets are on on 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th December and you can book to go to either the morning slot 9.30am – 1pm or the afternoon slot 1.30pm – 5pm. Tickets are £5.50 per adult and car parking costs £3.50.
Castleton Christmas Lights
Castleton is one of my favourite villages in the Peak District, it’s so beautiful. At Christmas the village transforms into a winter wonderland with lights, decorations and Christmas trees. Take a stroll around the lights and then head off on a walk into the Peaks for an active festive activity.
Matlock and Matlock Bath
Matlock usually has the Victorian Christmas markets on for two weekends in December and, although they’re not the best Christmas markets, they do feel really festive and so I love to visit.
Unfortunately they’re not on this year, however, I still think the lights in Matlock are really nice and it’s a lovely town for a Christmassy wander. Walk through the park to see the lights in all their glory and browse for Christmas presents in the independent shops that Matlock is known for.
It’s a couple of miles walk (half an hour) from Matlock to its neighbour Matlock Bath, which is also nice for a Christmas walk. Grab a gingerbread latte from Annie’s Kitchen on Dale Road to walk with. We did this last Christmas Eve and it was really festive.
Drive round decorations
Did your parents used to drive round to show you over the top Christmas decorations when you were kids? Mine too! Why not take a drive round to see if you can spot the best decs?
My favourites can be seen at a house on Parkway in Darley Dale and this was one of the houses that we used to visit when I was little so they have been doing it for years!
Try North View in Bolsover, Walton Crescent in Boythorpe, Holymoor Road in Holymoorside, Broom Drive in Grassmoor, South Street in Swanwick, Chesterfield Road in Tibshelf, North Street in Holmgate and Carrwood Road in Renishaw for some epic displays.
Or just start driving and see what you can find!
Although they’re not open just yet as Derbyshire is in tier 3, there have been some amazing Christmas displays by shops, pubs and hotels this year too. These photos were taken at Van Dyk Hotel in Chesterfield which has a beautiful Christmas archway and two stunning Christmas trees inside.
Cromford Mills Christmas Markets
This year the Cromford Mills Christmas Market promises to be bigger than ever with stalls and shops located around the mill yard. There will be festive gifts and delicious treats on offer.
Free entry from 10am – 4pm every weekend in December.
Derby Christmas Market
The Market Place was transformed earlier on in the year to make outdoor eating areas and these wooden sheds are now being used for the stalls selling a mixture of crafts and food.
The market is on every weekend up until Christmas and there is no entry fee, although be prepared to queue as they are limiting entry to allow for safe social distancing.