Festive markets, live performances and entertainment 🎄

Sheffield city centre is well and truly ready to embrace 'the most wonderful time of the year.'

This guide will help you to discover the sights and revel in the sounds of the city centre this Christmas, featuring a wide range of craft fairs and markets, shows and live performances that will help get you into the Christmas spirit in preparation for the big day itself. 

This guide was last updated on Monday 30 October. All information correct at time of writing. 

For craft fairs, markets, pantos, films and theatre keep reading or click the link to take you straight to the section you want to know more about. 

🎨 Craft fairs, markets and workshops 
🎭 All the fun of the theatre  
🎶 Music and concerts
🎞️ Christmas on the big screen

Click ✨ for further information and to book tickets (where applicable). 

🎨 Craft fairs, markets and workshops 

Craft fairs, independent markets and workshops provide the perfect place to pick out truly special, unique gifts or to even make something that you can gift.

Handmade for Christmas 2023 🧵

📅 Saturday 21 October to Sunday 24 December

📍 Millennium Gallery

🎟️ Free entry

Find inspirational gift ideas from over 40 of the region’s most talented artists, designers, and craftspeople providing a wide-range of must-have homeware, screen-printed textiles, hand-blown glass, accessories, jewellery, ceramics and more.

As well as supporting home-grown creative talent, every purchase in Handmade for Christmas raises vital funds which help keep museums and galleries free and open for everyone to enjoy.

Keely Traae, 3D printed vases 📸 © Grace Marshall

✨ Handmade for Christmas - Sheffield Museums Trust

Hand-Coloured Lino Print Workshop 🎁

📅 Saturday 4 November

Create and print a winter scene with lino and hand-colour to make the ideal Christmas gift or art for your wall.

You will design, print and hand colour a number of Lino prints which you will take home with you. Please note: this workshop is only suitable for those who have had some previous experience of making a Lino print.

All materials will be provided.

📍 The Art House

⏳ 10am - 4:30pm

🎟️ £75

📸 The Art House

 Browse Classes | The Art House (arthousesheffield.co.uk)

Sheffield Printmakers Pop Up Shop 🖼️

📅 Monday 6 to Sunday 12 November

A wide range of framed prints, unframed prints and other printed items on sale.

📍 Winter Garden

⏳ 10am - 5pm Monday 6 to Saturday 11 November
⏳ 10am - 4pm Sunday 12 November

🎟️ Free entry

Welcome - Sheffield Printmakers

Sheffield Print Fair 🖼️

📅 Saturday 11 November

Returning for their 10th year with another 'celebration of all things print'. 

Celebrate the finest printmaking artists in Sheffield - and beyond - with shopping stalls, print demonstrations and kids’ print workshops throughout the day.

📍 Millennium Gallery

⏳ 10:30am - 4:30pm

🎟️ Free entry

🌟 The first 50 people through the door will receive a free 'Sheffield Print Fair' tote bag.

📸 Sheffield Print Fair

Sheffield Print Fair - 2023 - Sheffield Museums Trust

Sheffield Christmas Market 🎄

📅 Open daily from Thursday 16 November to Sunday 24 December

Sheffield Christmas Market is back, celebrating Sheffield's great independent traders, with over 80% based locally 👏

This year's market will feature over 50 log cabins, spread along Town Hall Square, the Peace Gardens and on The Moor.

The market will also feature three Alpine Bars 🍻

Endless Love Creative Winter Makers Market 🧵

📅 Saturday 18 November

Explore a diverse and considered collection of work including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, print, illustration and homeware.

Tickets available in advance via eventbrite

📍 Showroom Workstation

⏳ 10am - 4pm

🎟️ Entry £2 / Free for 16 and under / Dogs welcome 

📸 Endless Love Creative

 Makers Market in Sheffield

Christmas Craft & Flea 🧵

📅 Saturday 18 November

Browse stalls of handcrafted, artisan, vintage and independently made items that cater to all tastes.

📍 Sheffield Cathedral

⏳ 11am - 5pm

🎟️ £2.50 / Under 12’s free (no need for a ticket)

📸 Craft & Flea

 Sheffield's Christmas Craft & Flea Tickets, Sat 18 Nov 2023 at 11:00 | Eventbrite

Pollen 🌻

📅 Sunday 19 November

Sheffield's very own 'Inner-City Flower Market', a monthly celebration of all things botanical.

Featuring a wide range of home and garden plants, fresh and dried florals, locally produced crafts, award-winning street food and much, much more. Guaranteed to be a fun-filled, family day out 🌼

📍 Grey to Green, Castlegate

⏳ 10am - 4pm

💡 November's Pollen will be even more special as their neighbours Yorkshire Artspace will be hosting their Open Studios event over the same weekend. Free tickets available here.

📸 Pollen

Pollen. Inner-City Flower Market — Grey To Green, Sheffield (pollenmarket.co.uk)

Pitcher & Piano Sheffield Festive Market 🥂

📅 Sunday 19 November

Join Pitcher & Piano for an afternoon of 'sipping and shopping, with market stalls from some of Sheffield's best independent businesses'. 

📍 Pitcher & Piano

⏳ 12 - 4pm

📸 Pitcher & Piano

✨ P&P Festive Market | Facebook

Wreath Making: Dried Flowers with Debbie Bryan 🎀

📅 Sunday 26 November

Create your own beautiful dried and preserved flower seasonal wreath. 

Choose your favourite florals, greenery and festive adornments and create your unique colourful arrangements to bind to your vine wreath. Workshop includes all materials, plus tea or coffee and cake.

📍 Millennium Gallery

⏳ 1pm - 3pm

🎟️ £65 - booking is essential

📸 Debbie Bryan

✨ Wreath Making: Dried Flowers with Debbie Bryan - Sheffield Museums Trust

Baubles and Lunch 🎄

📅 Sunday 26 November

Give your Christmas decorations a personal touch this year, at The Furnace's Baubles and Brunch event.

Enjoy your choice of a brunch dish whilst you get creative painting your own festive design on a Christmas bauble, ready to hang on your tree throughout the festive season or gift to a friend.

📍 The Furnace

⏳ 11am - 2pm

🎟️ £20

📸 The Furnace

✨ Baubles and Brunch | City Centre, Sheffield Christmas Themed Reviews | DesignMyNight

Sip & Wreath Making Workshop 🎀

📅 Thursday 30 November

Sip away whilst you make the perfect Christmas wreath at Pitcher & Piano. Workshop hosted by the lovely Bloomcore florists.

📍 Pitcher & Piano

⏳ 7pm

📸 Pitcher & Piano

✨ (8) Sip & Wreath Making Workshop | Facebook

Baubles and Lunch 🎄

📅 Wednesday 1 December

Give your Christmas decorations a personal touch this year, at The Botanist's Baubles and Brunch event.

Enjoy your choice of lunch dish whilst you get creative painting your own festive design on a Christmas bauble, ready to hang on your tree throughout the festive season or gift to a friend.

📍 The Botanist

⏳ 12pm - 2pm

🎟️ £20

📸 The Botanist

✨ Baubles & Lunch | Sheffield Food & Drink Reviews | DesignMyNight

Mixed Media Christmas Decorations 🎁

📅 Thursday 2 December

Perfect for the Christmas tree or as a beautiful gift to a loved one. 

Using a mix of materials these decorations are both beautiful and fun to make and they'll look lovely hanging on your Christmas tree. You can even personalise them for your friends and family 🎁

📍 The Art House

⏳ 10am - 12:30pm

🎟️ £35

📸 The Art House

✨ Browse Classes | The Art House (arthousesheffield.co.uk)

Wreath Making Class 🎀

📅 Sunday 3 December

Join The Furnace for a festive Christmas wreath making workshop with Monica F Hewitt Florists

You will be given a full demonstration on how to make a lovely wreath then you'll be able to get creative and make your own to take home!

Tasty treats and refreshments will be provided throughout the class.

📍 The Furnace

⏳ 6pm - 9pm

🎟️ £40

📸 The Furnace

✨ Wreath Making Class | City Centre, Sheffield Christmas Themed Reviews | DesignMyNight

Lino Printing Xmas Cards, Gift Tags & Wrapping Paper ✂️

📅 Wednesday 8 December

Perfect for the Christmas tree or as a beautiful gift to a loved one.

Using a mix of materials these decorations are both beautiful and fun to make and they'll look lovely hanging on your Christmas tree. You can even personalise them for your friends and family 🎁

📍 The Art House

⏳ 6pm - 8:30pm

🎟️ £25

📸 The Art House

 Browse Classes | The Art House (arthousesheffield.co.uk)

🎭 All the fun of the Theatre

Sheffield city centre is home to some fantastic theatre, providing great entertainment and joy for all ages. And it's not all about our 'jewel in the Crown' Sheffield Theatres this year, although they do feature quite heavily...as you would expect! 

💡 You can check out the full Sheffield Theatres' Christmas season - and gift guide - on their website: What's On this Christmas at Sheffield Theatres | Sheffield Theatres.

📸 Sheffield Theatres

Stick Man 🎭

📅 Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 November

Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is back in town!

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire!

How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?

📍 Lyceum Theatre

🎟️ £17 / Concessions available

Stick Man | Sheffield Theatres

Communicating Doors 🎭

📅 Wednesday 29 November to Saturday 2 December

The Denys Edwards Players present Communicating Doors, a 'fantastical, time-travelling comedy thriller spanning three time zones, each twenty years apart'.

📍 Library Theatre

7:30pm Wednesday to Saturday
 2:30pm matinee on Saturday

🎟️ £12 / £10 (concessions)

📸 Denys Edwards Players

 Communicating Doors | denysedwardsplayers

A Christmas Carol 🎭

📅 Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company and celebrate the festive season with the 'most heart-warming production to melt the hearts of even the sternest Scrooge'.

📍 Sheffield Cathedral

7:30pm - 10pm (Doors open 6:30pm)

🎟️ Adults £21.45 / Children (5-16 / NUS) £13.20 - booking fees apply

📸 Chapterhouse Theatre Company

 Thursday 30 November - performance details and tickets

Friday 1 December - performance details and tickets

The Nutcracking Christmas Panto 🎭

📅 Friday 8 December to Sunday 10 December

A magical family panto created specially to bring the magic of Christmas into your hearts. Adventure, fun, and lots of treats. You can even dress up in your favourite panto / Christmas costumes...if you want to!

📍 Library Theatre

7pm Friday and Saturday
2pm Saturday and Sunday

🎟️ £10 / £7.50 (concessions) - booking fees apply

📸 Footsteps Theatre Ltd

 FootstepsTheatre LTD event tickets from TicketSource.

Beauty and the Beast 🎭

📅 Friday 8 December to Sunday 7 January

This fairy-tale extravaganza promises to be full of hilarious comedy, lavish sets, fantastic music, beautiful costumes, magic and mayhem!

Starring Duncan James (Blue) as Danton and Jennie Dale (CBeebies' Swashbuckle) as Fairy, joining legendary Dame Damian Williams who will be playing Madame Bellie Fillop. 

📍 Lyceum Theatre

🎟️ From £15

📸 The Lyceum

✨ Beauty and the Beast (Lyceum Panto 2023) | Sheffield Theatres

A Town Called Christmas 🎭

📅 Friday 15 December to Saturday 30 December

A brand-new show for adventurers aged 3+ and their grown-ups. 

Clementine dreams of a place where gingerbread houses glow under twinkling fairy-lights, and chocolate coins are currency. Where the streets are filled with snow-ball fights, and laughter hangs like baubles in the air! The happiest place on Earth.

Or at least it used to be…

Brought to you by Gala Durham and Wrongsemble.

📍 Playhouse

🎟️ £14 / £12 (concessions)

📸 Sheffield Theatres

 A Town Called Christmas | Sheffield Theatres

Manor Operatic Society presents Robin Hood 🎭

📅 Wednesday 27 December to Sunday 7 January

Follow Robin Hood and his hilarious band of Merry Men on a magical adventure through Sherwood Forest.

This brand new script is packed to the brim with laughter, amazing music, spectacular special effects and dazzling dancing; plus Manor’s iconic dough throwing, bucket game and Tiddly Winky Woo.

This promises to be their most spectacular panto ever!

📍 Sheffield City Hall

🎟️ From £10 / £8 (concessions)

📸 Sheffield City Hall

 M.O.S event tickets from TicketSource.

🎶 Music

The lead up to Christmas is always a magical time of year for live music, whatever your tastes.  

Brigantes Orchestra: 1001 🎶

📅 Saturday 2 December

Rimsky-Korsakov's iconic score based on tales of 'One Thousand and One Nights' from Sheffield's Professional Symphony Orchestra.

📍 Sheffield Cathedral


🎟️ £22 / Free for 16 and under


Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Christmas Kitchen Disco 🎶

📅 Sunday 3 December

Following on from the huge success of her 2022 Kitchen Disco Tour, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with a very special Christmas Kitchen Disco tour for 2023.

📍 Sheffield City Hall


🎟️ From £35.95

📸 Sheffield City Hall

Sophie Ellis Bextor | Sheffield City Hall | Sunday 3rd December 2023

Leona Lewis: Christmas with Love 2023 🎶

📅 Wednesday 6 December

📍 Sheffield City Hall


🎟️ From £30 (plus fees)

Leona’s evening of Christmas Classics and Greatest Hits follows the release of Christmas, With Love Always, the special repackaged release of her 2013 studio album Christmas, With Love.

Performance rescheduled from Wednesday 14 December 2022.

📸 Sheffield City Hall

Leona Lewis: Christmas With Love 2023 | Sheffield City Hall | Wednesday 06 December 2023

Christmas Praise in the City 🎶

📅 Thursday 7 December

An unforgettable evening of festive joy.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Sing along with heartwarming carols, listen to the Salvation Army brassband, hear an uplifiting message and soak up the Christmas atmosphere.

By Cliff College, Victoria Hall, The Foundry and Sheffield Methodist Circuit.

📍 Victoria Hall

7pm - 8:30pm

🎟️ Free

📸 Cliff College

 Christmas Praise in the City Tickets, Thu 7 Dec 2023 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

Fairytale of New York: Coming home for Christmas 🎶

📅 Friday 8 December

Direct from the West End and after two sell out tours, the ultimate feel good Irish-inspired Christmas show is back with an even bigger production for 2023. 

From the producers of Seven Drunken Nights -The Story of The Dubliners. 

📍 Sheffield City Hall


🎟️ £31.95

📸 Sheffield City Hall

✨ Fairytale of New York | Sheffield City Hall | Friday 8th December 2023

Kate Rusby 🎶

📅 Thursday 14 December  

Kate Rusby celebrates turning 50 in 2023 with a brand new Christmas album and ‘Established 1973’ Christmas Tour full of warmth, sparkles and festive music.

📍 Sheffield City Hall


🎟️ Adult £37.95 / Under 16s £24.50

Kate Rusby

 Kate Rusby | Sheffield City Hall | Thursday 14 December 2023

Everly Pregnant Brothers: Christmas Special 🎶

📅 Friday 15 December

Formed after a drunken dare by Pete McKee and Richard Bailey in 2009.

The success of the dare prompted the pair to draught in a bunch of disparate chaps who had three things in common, the love of beer, ukuleles and having a laugh.

Back for another of their much-loved Christmas specials.

📍 O2 Academy Sheffield


🎟️ From £26.90

Everly Pregnant Brothers

 Everly Pregnant Brothers: Christmas Special Tickets | O2 Academy Sheffield (academymusicgroup.com)

Christmas Carol Concert 🎶 

📅 Saturday 16 December

The Black Dyke Band is back in this wonderful seasonal celebration, joined by Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.

With carols for the choir, favourites for the band and singalongs for the audience, radio and TV presenter Petroc Trelawny will help set your Christmas festivities off with a bang!

📍 Sheffield City Hall


🎟️ From £22.50

📸 Sheffield City Hall

✨ Black Dyke Band (sheffieldcityhall.co.uk)

Atomic 80s Xmas Quake 🎶 

📅 Saturday 16 December

Back by popular demand – Atomic – The 80’s Party Band. Get ready to backcomb your hair and dust off your pink leg warmers.

📍 Sheffield City Hall


🎟️ £16

📸 Sheffield City Hall

✨ Atomic 80s | Sheffield City Hall | Saturday 16th December 2023

Joe Carnall Jnr & Friends XIII 🎶

📅 Saturday 23 December

What started out as Joe and his acoustic guitar way back in 2010, has now evolved into a riotous celebration of live music...and Christmas! Over the years, the Milburn frontman has built somewhat of a reputation for huge singalongs alongside some very special guests.

Usual time, usual place, Joe will see you there 👋

📍 O2 Academy Sheffield


🎟️ From £26.90

📸 Roll Out The Barrell Promotions

 Joe Carnall Jnr & Friends XIII Tickets | O2 Academy Sheffield (academymusicgroup.com)

🎞️ Christmas on the big screen

Whether it's catching this season's latest big release at one of our four fantastic city centre cinemas, or heading for a screening of a Christmas classic accompanied by a live orchestra, Sheffield city centre has you covered this year. 

This year's big releases 🎞️

There'll be plenty of new releases kicking about this year, as well as some Christmas classics. Sheffield's city centre cinema scene caters for all tastes. Visit each cinema's website for the very latest news on their screening programme. 
🎬 Curzon Sheffield
🎬 The Light Cinema Sheffield
🎬 ODEON Luxe
🎬 Showroom Cinema

If you need some inspiration for your next must-see Christmas film, take a look at this specially curated list: Curzon - 20 Best Classic Christmas Movies To Watch featuring - funnily enough - The Holiday, Love Actually and The Muppet Christmas Carol.

We've picked out three of the most eagerly anticipated films that will be landing across the city centre's cinema screens for your festive viewing pleasure 👀

The Marvels 🦸🦸🦸

📅 Released 10 November

Captain Marvel has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. But unintended consequences see Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. When her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, her powers become entangled with that of Jersey City super-fan, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. Together, this unlikely trio must team-up and learn to work in concert to save the universe as “The Marvels.”

 The Marvels | Official Website | 10 November 2023 (themarvelsmovie.co.uk)

Wonka 🍫

📅 Released Friday 8 December

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka tells the wondrous story of how the world's greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

✨ https://www.warnerbros.co.uk/movies/wonka

Wish 🌟

📅 Released Friday 24 November

Wish is an all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios’ musical-comedy welcoming audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force — a little ball of boundless energy called Star.

✨ Wish | Official Website | 24 November 2023 (wishmovie.co.uk)

The Holiday in Concert 🎞️

📅 Tuesday 28 November


📍 Sheffield City Hall

The beloved Christmas film, The Holiday, presented live in concert.

Featuring its magical musical score performed live to the film by a full concert orchestra. 

A Senbla presentation.

📸 Sheffield City Hall

The Holiday in Concert | Sheffield City Hall | Tuesday 28th November 2023

Love Actually in Concert 🎞️

📅 Monday 4 December

A full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score, with the film being projected onto a huge screen. Armstrong is one of the UK’s most recognised film composers. 

A Senbla presentation.

📍 Sheffield City Hall


📸 Sheffield City Hall

Love Actually in Concert | Sheffield City Hall | Monday 4th December 2023

The Muppet Christmas Carol 🎞️

📅 Tuesday 5 December

Disney’s much loved 1992 musical comedy, The Muppet Christmas Carol, presented live in concert, featuring its music score performed live to the film.

A Senbla presentation.

📍 Sheffield City Hall


📸 Sheffield City Hall

The Muppet Christmas Carol | Sheffield City Hall | Tuesday 5th December 2023

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🎨 Craft fairs, markets and workshops
🎭 All the fun of the theatre
🎶 Music and concerts
🎞️ Christmas on the big screen