Santa's Grotto at the National Ice Rink in Nottingham.

The Christmas countdown has begun with less than 30 days to go so now is the best time to get into the spirit by taking part in festive activities.

Here is a list of the top five places you can visit in Nottingham this Christmas to boost your spirit including prices, dates and all the key information you need to know.

1. Winter Wonderland Nottingham

Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland has yet again returned to spread festive cheer across the Old Market Square in the city centre. Now open until New Year’s Eve, the wonderland consists of an ice skating rink, bars, food stalls, a ferris wheel, live music and much more. Christmas gifts and decorations will also be sold, making for a great opportunity to buy some hand crafted local presents. There is no cost to attend the event, but prices of individual stalls and activities will apply.

Find out more information at: https://nottinghamwinterwonderland.co.uk/

Nottingham Winter Wonderland 2023 : 7th Nov - 31st Dec 2023
Nottingham Winter Wonderland operating in Old Market Square.

2. Wollaton Park

Throughout December the historical Wollaton Hall is hosting a range of Christmas events suitable for all ages. The Elizabethan manor house will be lit up and decked out, featuring a ‘festive trail’ event on each day running from 4pm to 8pm. The trail is described as ‘An immersive world of seasonal sparkle.’ The grounds also are home to wild deer who regular make appearances. In order to take part you can book tickets online for £29 for an adult, £21.75 for a child, along with the options of family and group tickets.

Find out more information at: https://wollatonhall.org.uk/christmas/

Wollaton Hall after the lights were turned on in 2020.

3. Cinderella at The Nottingham Playhouse

If you are looking for a cosy afternoon with family and friends, the Nottingham Playhouse is performing classic fairy-tale pantomime Cinderella with a talented cast, comedy chaos and dazzling dancing. The opening show is Friday 1 December, and closes on January 14 with tickets starting at £18.50 and ranging up to £50. Take a look at the Nottingham Playhouse website to watch behind the scenes exclusives and book your seats.

Find out more information at: Cinderella (In Person) – Nottingham Playhouse

Cinderella (In Person) - Nottingham Playhouse
Previous production of Cinderella in 2020 by the Nottingham Playhouse.

4. Nottingham National Ice Centre

If you fancy a more upbeat festive activity, why not head over to the National Ice Centre in Lace Market and get your skates on? Alongside the ice rink, there will be a Santa’s Grotto, Festive Skate on Saturday 2 December. The grotto costs £18 per child, including some extra festive bonuses along with a meeting Santa. It is open on 9, 10, 16, 17, 21 December and Christmas Eve.

Find out more information at: https://www.national-ice-centre.com/whats-on/christmas-2023/

A young skater enjoying the festive ice rink.

5. Down For The Count: Royal Albert Hall Nottingham 

Swing into Christmas with the travelling orchestra ‘Down For The Count’ doing a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in the city centre on December 22 at 7.30pm. The performance is two and a half hours long and will feature music by: Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Tickets are selling out fast and start at £13.

Find out more information at: Live Dates | Down for the Count

Down For The Count Orchestra - Swing Into Christmas
Down For The Count Orchestra at a previous performance.