From Christmas markets to the annual panto, light shows and a city centre winter wonderland where you can write letters to Father Christmas, these are ten must-visit attractions in and around Sheffield which are guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.

Whether you stay in Sheffield city centre or travel over the city’s Derbyshire border, Sheffield has something festive for all ages, from families to singletons.

Bear in mind some of the below needs to be pre-booked.

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The Palace of Advent at Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House really comes alive for the festive season as it’s transformed into The Palace of Advent.

At the heart of the house, you’ll find Father Christmas’ workshop; a hive of activity as preparations are underway for the all-important Christmas Eve deliveries.

Outside, there’s an interactive light and sound trail, leading to a spectacular animated light show that transforms the house into a giant advent calendar. Wrap up warm and enjoy festive food and drink as you explore.

Tickets are £34 for adults and £19 for children, pre-booking is essential.

Sheffield Christmas Market

Christmas Markets in Sheffield city centre
Christmas Markets in Sheffield city centre

The market opened to the public on Thursday, complete with over fifty log cabins, alpine lodge and fairground rides, the market stretches all the way from the town hall down to the bottom of The Moor.

Whether you grab a baileys hot chocolate, mulled wine (or two), or take a ride on the big wheel, a wander around Sheffield’s yuletide markets is sure to get you in the festive spirit.

Santa’s Study

The former home of Paperchase has been transformed into a city centre winter wonderland where children can write letters to Santa, for free.

Santa's Study Sheffield is in the works
Santa’s Study Sheffield is in the works

Santa’s elves will be on hand to make sure that all letters safely make it to the North Pole ahead of the big day.

Sheffield Cathedral Illuminated: Starlight

Marvel at the stunning festive illuminations at Sheffield Cathedral. The extraordinary light show is back for another year to light up the gothic architecture of the city’s cathedral.

Don’t forget to venture inside and take a look at the intricate start projected on the ceiling.

Winter Illuminations and Christmas Market at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Browse the Christmas markets and grab yourself a warming hot chocolate against the backdrop of the spectacular Winter Illuminations.

Complete with Santa’s Grotto, Christmas tipi, Victorian fairground rides and over fifty festive stalls to browse, there’s something for all the family.

Aaron Fishwick takes a photograph of a lantern at Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Winter Illuminations

Christmas Pantomime at The Lyceum Theatre

This year’s fairy-tale extravaganza is Beauty and The Beast, featuring Duncan James from Blue as Danton and Jennie Dale from CBeebies’ Swashbuckle as Cupid.

The show promises to be full of hilarious comedy, lavish sets, fantastic music, beautiful costumes, magic and mayhem.

Tickets are still available for limited dates.

The Victorian Christmas Market at Kelham Island Museum

With over 80 market stalls selling an array of locally made quality gifts and seasonal goods, you’re sure to find your next Christmas present at Kelham Island’s market.

There’s also food and drink on offer from a traditional hog roast to woodfired pizza, alongside fairground rides, local brass bands and Christmas carollers.

Christmas Carol concerts in Peak Cavern

Take a trip to the historical village of Castleton and visit one of its most famous and impressive caverns for a Christmas Carol concert like no other. With fairy lights adorning the caverns entrance and mulled wine and mince pies serviced on arrival, this is a magical Christmas experience.

Tickets are £10 for Children and £15 for adults.

Breakfast with Santa at Kenwood Hall Hotel and Spa

For £9.95 children can meet the big man himself and have breakfast alongside Santa and his elves. Guests can expect a warm welcome in the beautiful surroundings of the hall.

Tickets are £15.95 per adult.

Magical Christmas at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

An underrated attraction that’s full of Christmas magic – take a wander through the illuminated trail complete with dazzling lights and music.

The family friendly event also has food stalls and old-fashioned funfair with vintage amusements.

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