Top events for the Christmas holidays


Christmas Grotto

  • Rufford Abbey Country Park
  • Saturday 23 Nov - Monday 23 December 
  • £5
  • Advanced booking is advised

Come along and get into the Christmas spirit with a special visit from Santa at Rufford Abbey! Please make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your time slot, as Santa gets very busy at this time of year.

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The Reindeer Rescue Christmas Trail

  • Rufford Abbey Country Park
  • Saturday 30 Nov - Sunday 5 January 
  • £2
  • No need to book

Rudolph and his friends have crash landed in Rufford and need your help to save Christmas. Follow the trail and find our Reindeer friends to get them back on their way to the North Pole. £2 per trail sheet (includes a treat at the end!) 

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Children's Christmas Competition

  • Skegby and Stanton Hill Library
  • Monday 2 - Friday 20 December 
  • FREE
  • No need to book

Help Santa find his lost hats that are hidden around the library. Come and join in at any time during normal library opening hours. There will be a prize for the winner.

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Handmade Theatre presents: Too Many Cooks at Christmas

  • Mansfield Central Library
  • Saturday 7 December
  • £5 (plus booking fee)
  • Advanced booking required

An interactive festive show full of food and fun! In this tasty show three food enthusiasts battle it out in a Christmas food competition, with prize-winning puddings, a giant turkey and lots of sprouts.  Plus, a team of wacky waiters are on hand serving up festive treats. A sizzling scrumptious show jam packed with tasty tunes, popping puppets and a lot of festive foolery!  

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Breakfast with Santa at Rufford Abbey Country Park

  • Rufford Abbey Country Park
  • Saturday 7 December (and 14 and 21 December)
  • £11.50
  • Advanced booking is essential

Enjoy a fry up, or veggie grill option. Includes Belgian waffles with chocolate sauce for the children, apple juice or orange juice for everyone and free tea or coffee top-ups for the adults. Suitable for children from 2 years old. Each child will receive a special present from Santa! This event is also taking place on 14 and 21 December. 

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Christmas Wrapping Paper Design

  • Mansfield Woodhouse Library
  • Saturday 7 December
  • £11.25 (concessions: FREE)
  • Booking is advised

Design and create your own bespoke gift wrap by making and using your own stamps to produce a unique piece of wrapping paper. You will need to bring a 1 metre roll of brown wrapping paper of lining paper.

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Santa's Grotto

  • Arnold Library
  • Saturday 7 December
  • £2 per child
  • No need to book

Visit Santa in his magical Grotto and let him know what you’d like for Christmas!  There are 3 time slots to choose from; 10-11am, 11:30-12:30pm and 1-2pm.

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Christmas Songs in the Library

  • Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library
  • Tuesday 10 December
  • FREE
  • No need to book

Join Greenwood Primary School pupils as they sing Christmas songs at Kirkby library. Suitable for all the family.

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Craft a Christmas Wreath

  • Arnold Library
  • Wednesday 11 December
  • £13.50
  • Booking is advised

Come along and make a Christmas Wreath you can use year after year using fabrics and decorative items to create your own unique wreath. Please bring with you a wreath frame (these can be polystyrene, metal or cardboard) 1-2 metres of fabric, and any embellishments you would like to add to the wreath, such as bells, bows, buttons or ribbon.

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An English Christmas

  • Nottinghamshire Archives
  • Friday 13 December
  • £5
  • Booking is advised

From the Lakes to London, Christmas  across the country is celebrated with a miscellany of diary readings, accounts, recipes and traditions from the archives and other sources. Join Gabriella Stenson and Nick Clark to remember Christmases gone by in Nottinghamshire and beyond. 

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Children's Christmas Candy Cane Craft

  • Skegby and Stanton Hill Library
  • Saturday 14 December
  • FREE
  • No need to book

Drop in in the morning and help us make Candy Cane Mice! Each Mouse has a cute Candy Cane tail and would make a perfect decoration or gift for the festive season.

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Christmas Felt Decorations

  • Mansfield Central Library
  • Saturday 14 December 
  • £11.25 (concessions: FREE)
  • Advanced booking required

Make a hand stitched felt Christmas decoration for your Christmas tree. You will need to bring red, white and green felt squares and a large eye sewing needle.

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Yule Log Weekend

  • Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
  • Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 December
  • FREE
  • No need to book

Come and join the Sheriff of Nottingham to decorate our Yule Log to gift back to the forest and make your very own ‘Bug Log’ to gift to the creepy crawlies in your garden.

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Christmas Coffee Morning

  • Eastwood Library
  • Thursday 19 December
  • FREE
  • No need to book

Join us for a Christmas Coffee Morning, with complimentary refreshments, a raffle and a Christmas quiz.

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Christmas Tree Decoration Craft

  • Warsop Library
  • Saturday 21 December
  • FREE
  • No need to book

Come along in the morning, and ake a shiny decoration for your Christmas tree! Suitable for ages 4-11 Parental supervision required.

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Winter Solstice Parade

  • Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
  • Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 December
  • FREE
  • No need to book

Join us to celebrate the Winter Solstice with a parade to the Major Oak. Craft your own animal mask to become a true citizen of the forest. You can also join the Sheriff of Nottingham to light the final advent candle.

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ELF cinema screening and Christmas activities

  • The Old Library, Mansfield
  • Monday 23 December
  • £3.50 for under 16s, £5 for adults (+ booking fees)
  • Booking is advised

A special screening of Elf - watch this Christmas classic and step into the world of Buddy with fun activities inspired by the film! Join us and find your inner Buddy with elf-inspired fun, including elf hat-making, Christmas decorations, cookie decorating, music from the film and lots of candy.

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The Twelfth Night

  • Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
  • Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 January 2020
  • FREE
  • No need to book

Bring your festive celebrations to a close with the outlaws of Sherwood by joining us for a Twelfth night parade to the Major Oak. At the end of the parade there will be a traditional Wassailing ceremony. Feel like forest royalty, by crafting your very own tree crown.  

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If you're looking for something to read over the break, while libraries are closed, why not check out e-reading options, including books, e-magazines and newspapers? For children aged 4-11, there is also the Winter mini-reading challenge.


More inspiration and ideas to keep the kids entertained...

Take a look at Inspire Libraries recommended fiction for children ahead of the school holidays - with different recommendations for pre-school, primary and secondary aged kids to keep their brains active over the school break!

Fancy taking the family out for a walk or cycle in beautiful Nottinghamshire? Download your free copy of the Routes and Rides brochures from our Travel Choice website, these brochures offer fantastic guided trails with helpful guidance on distances, local amenities and things to look out for along the way!

Need more event inspiration beyond the school holidays? Check out all our events happening across Nottinghamshire throughout the year.


 

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