List in hand, find all the shops you need in Festival Place, The Malls and at the Top of the Town to buy your loved ones' presents. If you need a break then there are plenty of refreshment options from coffee shops to tapas, sushi to burgers and not forgetting mince pies!
As part of Festive Friday on Friday 17 November, there will be a pop-up market. This is a great opportunity to support local stallholders whilst shopping for loved ones.
Shop for crafty and unusual gifts at The Malls' traditional Christmas Market which runs from Saturday 15 November to Saturday 24 December.
Find foodie treats and great gifts at Festival Place this Christmas. Shop festive stalls around the centre including the Cheese Hut, Polyfield, The Waffle Hut and German Bratwurst Hut.
You’ll find an indoor Christmas Market with a range of vendors, mince pies, mulled wine and music from ‘Noteworthy Choir’ at Gabardine Bar on Gabardine Bar on Sunday 3 December from 11am to 3pm.
Christmas in The Malls
Head to The Malls this Christmas to enjoy the lights and shop for gifts and treats at the traditional Christmas market and enjoy free festive entertainment. The festivities begin with two giant Christmas stocking walkabouts on Saturday 18 November at 11.30am, 1.15pm, and 3pm. As the sun goes down, illuminated butterfly stilt walkers ‘Mariposa’ light up the evening at 3.30pm, 4.45pm and 6pm.
Father Christmas and Mother Christmas are making their way from the North Pole to The Malls on Saturday 25 November from 11am to 4pm. The elegant Royal Argenta stilt walkers will also be making appearances throughout the day. On Sunday 26 November, head to the Christmas hut free arts and crafts workshops and make your own Christmas cards and decorations from 11am to 4pm.
Throughout December see festive walkabouts, The Mirror Men on Saturday 2 December at 11.30am 1.15pm and 3pm. Hodman & Sally Walkabout on Saturday 9 December at 11.30, 1.30pm and 3pm and Skating Christmas Presents and Starlight Stilt Walkers on Saturday 23 December between 3pm and 6.30pm.
A classic Christmas kick off at Festival Place
Join Festival Place on Saturday 18 November from 10am to 6pm as they dance, sing and leap their way into a joy-filled Christmas with a host of characters from the classic festive ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ song. Expect musical merriment with a marching band and dancing ladies, turtle doves and swans-a-swimming. The Christmas craft room will be open too!
Santa’s Grotto will be open in Festival Place from Saturday 4 November to 24 December, book your ticket for a suitable time slot. Please note the Grotto is closed from 1pm to 1.40pm each day and quiet hour runs every Sunday from 9am to 10am.
You can also enjoy a ride on the Festive Express, arrive at the station on the Upper Level of Festival Place between 10am to 4pm for a train ride around the centre!