The festive season is upon us, and Sheffield city centre is well and truly ready to embrace it
Follow this guide and enjoy the sights, savour the tastes and revel in the sounds of Sheffield at Christmas.
Magical Christmas events for all the family
Full details of the main festive events can be found here.
For crafts, fairs, markets, pantos, films, theatre and shopping ... keeping reading!
Craft fairs, markets and workshops
Craft fairs, independent markets and workshops are the perfect places to pick out truly special, one-off gifts, straight from the person who made it – or sometimes, to even make something yourself. This Christmas, Sheffield’s hosting some of the region’s finest makers and growers. Get these dates in your diary and take a detour from the high street.
Handmade for Christmas
30 October – 23 December - Millennium Gallery
Shop for wonderful wares, all crafted by hand, at the Millennium Gallery’s annual festive shop. Gifts from over 40 local artists, designers and craftspeople will be in the showcase – from beautiful homeware to screen-printed textiles, hand-blown glass to must-have accessories.
Sheffield Print Fair
13 November, 10am–4pm, £1 suggested donation (under 16s free) - Millennium Gallery
A celebration of all things print, Sheffield Print Fair returns for its eight year. Stalls from 44 artists and galleries will showcase everything from screen-print to intaglio, linocut to wood engraving, collagraph and lots more. On top of that, there’ll be demos, kids’ activities, and a raffle.
Craft & Flea
20 November, 11am–5pm, £2.50 (under 12s free) - Sheffield Cathedral
Taking over the Cathedral both inside and out, Craft & Flea will bring together a winning combination of local produce and makers, street food, and vintage and flea market stalls.
Open Studios at Yorkshire Artspace
20 & 21 November, free entry - Persistence Works and Exchange Place Studios
Yorkshire Artspace's annual Open Studios event at their two studio buildings in the city centre. With over 160 artists at Yorkshire Artspace, Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity to visit artists in their studios and buy work direct from the makers.
Winter Makers Market
27 November, 10am–4pm, £2 - The Workstation
Endless Love Creative presents the winter edition of its popular independent market. Expect unique ceramics, one-of-a-kind prints, irresistible jewellery and lots more, as well as the chance to meet 50 artists, craftspeople and designers.
11 & 12 December, 10am–4pm - National Emergency Services Museum
Turn the clock back 80 years and step into a fabulous forties festive wonderland! Join a whole host of costumed characters, living history interpreters and even Father Christmas for a truly traditional Christmas event. Features live music, reenactors and Christmas crafts.
19 December, 10am–4pm - Castlegate
An inner-city flower market. Taking over a corner of Castlegate one Sunday a month with plants, flowers, fresh produce and more – for a celebration of all things botanical.
Pantos and shows
Panto season is upon us, and the city’s stages are preparing to dazzle audiences of all ages with spectacular sets, outrageous costumes and hilarious banter. December in Sheffield theatreland also means it’s time for the Crucible Christmas musical, as well as a whole host of festive performances.
A Christmas Carol
26 November & 14 December, 7:30pm, £12–18 - Sheffield Cathedral
Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge to the Cathedral. Join Scrooge on his magical adventure as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
3 December–3 January, various times, £15–33 - Lyceum Theatre
This year’s Lyceum pantomime stars Janine Duvitski from TV’s Benidorm alongside legendary panto dame Damian Williams. It promises fun for all the family.
How did your nan cook Christmas dinner?
7 December, 11am, free - Sheffield Central Library
Explore vintage recipe books with Val Hewson from Reading Sheffield. Look at what recipe books tell us about our ancestors’ lives, and at what they pass on to us.
Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas
8 December, 7:30pm, £31.20 - Sheffield City Hall
Doctor turned comedian Adam Kay returns with the follow-up to This Is Going To Hurt. This heart-warming and hilarious show is a love letter to the 1.4 million NHS staff who spend Christmas on the front line.
The Pixie and the Pudding
11 December–2 January, 10:30am/1:30pm/4pm, £11 - Crucible Studio Theatre
The Pixie and the Pudding brings to life a tale from Scandinavian folklore with puppetry and music. A magical, musical family show aimed at ages 4–11.
She Loves Me
11 December–15 January, 2:15pm/7pm/7:15pm, £15–40 - Crucible Theatre
The Crucible Christmas musical returns, and this year it’s the turn of glorious romantic comedy She Loves Me. A story of lonely hearts, love letters and hidden identities, from the writer of Cabaret and based on the story that inspired You’ve Got Mail.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol
14 December, 7.30pm-9.30pm, £19.80-£57 - Sheffield Cathedral
It's Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future.
Showgame Christmas Special
15 December, 7pm, £16.50 - Theatre Deli
Gather together a team and take part in this hilarious live gameshow experience, hosted by Fern Rotten and Des Lennis. Expect rounds inspired by TV classics like Taskmaster, The Cube and The Crystal Maze, plus never before seen challenges.
The Star Bazaar’s Christmas Double Ding-Dong
17–18 December, 7:30pm, £20–24 - Theatre Deli
A comedy cabaret like no other. This immersive theatrical experience will take you into an imaginary magical shop for a vaudeville variety show.
Xmas X-travaganza: Shantay You Sleigh
17 December, 8:30pm, £41.35–£114.95 - Sheffield City Hall
Stars of the Drag Race TV series from the UK, US and Canada come to town for a dazzling night of festive drag. Your hosts for the evening are the incomparable The Vivienne and Baga Chipz, while performers include Latrice Royale, Vanity Milan and Scarlett Harlett. Start your engines!
The Elves and the Shoemaker
20–21 December, 10am/2pm, £6–8 - Theatre Deli
Join Christmas elves Ethel and Gingerbread for a story filled with music and mischief, all about how they saved Christmas.
Beauty and the Beast: A Dance Spectacular
20–22 December, 1:30pm/7pm, £10–12 - The Montgomery
MK Theatricals and Shimmy School bring to life this timeless story through dance, drama, colour and magic, plus a few new plot twists and turns.
27 December–9 January, £12–24 - Sheffield City Hall
Formed in the 1950s on Sheffield's Manor estate, Manor Operatic Society is one of the biggest amateur theatre companies in the UK. Join them in pantoland this winter for the magical family tale of Snow White.
Festive sounds will ring out across Sheffield city centre this December. Yes, there’ll be classic carols and choral repertoires – but there’ll also be a jolly set from Sheffield’s premiere comedy-ukulele quintet, plus options for those who’d rather rock or rave their way into Christmas.
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave
28 November, 1pm, £0–£8.50 - The Leadmill
Put on your wintery fancy dress and party with the kids on a dance floor filled with bubbles, confetti, balloons and foam. There’ll also be crafting, parachute dancing, face painting and pizza.
Neil Sands presents Christmas Memories
1 December, 2:30pm, £14–15 - Sheffield City Hall
“Like a sparkly Christmas card come to life.” Enjoy an afternoon of throwback songs and stunning costumes against a shimmering backdrop and falling snow.
Sheffield Music Hub: Christmas Extravaganza
7 December, 7-9pm - Sheffield Cathedral
Featuring the Junior and Youth Choirs along with the City of Sheffield Festival Band.
Old Dirty Brasstards’ Big Brassy Xmas Bash
10 December, 7:30pm, £5 - The Leadmill
Join this tweed-clad 10-piece powerhouse brass band for their unique take on party jams and indie classics.
10 December, 10pm, £12.50 - O2 Academy
Expect the biggest festive throwback pop hits, as Sheffield’s biggest 80s and 90s party night hosts its Christmas do.
London Concertante: Viennese Christmas by Candlelight
11 December, 7:30pm, £24–42 - Sheffield Cathedral
Join London Concertante for a concert of Christmas Viennese Waltzes in Sheffield Cathedral - performed by candlelight!
A magical, candle-lit night of classical Christmas music in the atmospheric Cathedral, with waltzes by Strauss, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.
14 December, 7:30pm, £26.30–£49.75 - Sheffield City Hall
Expect timeless classics like When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas as the vocal troupe return to Sheffield.
Kate Rusby at Christmas
15 December, 7pm, £24.45–£33.45 - Sheffield City Hall
An evening of festive folk and Yorkshire with singer Kate Rusby and her sublime brass band.
Carols In The Courtyard
17 December, 6pm, £6–£10 - Birdhouse Tea Company
Get cosy in the fairy-lit courtyard for an evening with the Abbeydale Singers, with a hot choc, mulled wine and a hot carvery sandwich (vegan alternatives available).
Everly Pregnant Brothers: Christmas Hamboree
18 December, 7pm - O2 Academy
The local legends return for their joyous annual festive special, ukuleles and all. With singalong classics, Christmas hits and special guests.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas
18 December, 7:30pm, £19–£38 - Sheffield Cathedral
Experience the music of Vivaldi, Corelli and Mozart between the beautiful walls of Sheffield Cathedral. Performed by the Piccadilly Sinfonietta, an ensemble made up of some of the country’s most exciting young musicians.
Atomic 80s Xmas Quake
18 December, 8pm, £15 - Sheffield City Hall
Party like it’s 1989 in the City Hall’s art deco ballroom, where the DJ will be spinning dance floor fillers from the likes of Duran Duran, Human League, Wham! and more.
Joe Carnell JNR & Friends X
23 December, 7pm, £23.75 - O2 Academy
Join the Milburn frontman for his much-loved Christmas show, where he’ll be joined by a host of well-known musical faces.
Settling in for a festive film is a holiday tradition for most families, and Sheffield’s big screens won’t let us down this December. Enjoy everything from festive rom-coms to special wintery performances recorded in theatres around the world. Check the cinemas’ websites for more classic Christmas film announcements coming soon.
From 3 December - The Light
A brand new British Christmas rom-com, directed by and starring Aml Ameen, and also featuring Aja Naomi King and Little Mix‘s Leigh-Anne Pinnock. It’s the story of an author returning home to his eccentric British-Caribbean family in London for Christmas with his American fiancée, as their relationship is put to the test.
Love Actually In Concert
7 December, 7:30pm, £35.15–£75.10 - Sheffield City Hall
Indulge in one of the nation’s favourite seasonal romcoms, as it comes to the City Hall alongside a live orchestra performance of the film’s score.
The Nutcracker: Bolshoi
19 December, 3pm, £10–£12 - Showroom
Dancers from the world famous Bolshoi Ballet bring to life the holiday family classic, showing as part of the Showroom’s Stage on Screen series. With its iconic score by Tchaikovsky and a magical story of a doll come to life, The Nutcracker is a delight for music and fairytale lovers of all ages.
Andre Rieu: Christmas with Andre 2021
4 December, 7pm & 5 December, 6pm, £15.95–£17.95 - The Light
A living musical legend, violinist and conductor Andre Rieu presents a new festive concert, coming from a stage in Maastricht to the big screen. With carols, wintery waltzes and more, performed amongst the grandeur of beautiful chandeliers and Venetian candelabras.
West Side Story
From 10 December - The Light
What's Christmas without a musical? Steven Spielberg’s much anticipated reimagining of the classic tale finally comes to the big screen this December. Set in 1957 New York City and inspired by Romeo and Juliet, it’s a beloved story of fierce rivalries and young love.
Met Opera: Cinderella
1 January, 5:55pm, £25 - Curzon Sheffield
It’s a holiday tradition for the New York-based Met Opera to present family adaptations of classic operas. Now you can enjoy the magic of the performance as it beams across the pond from the Manhattan theatre to the Sheffield screen.
Christmas Wreath Workshop, 28 November, 10.30am-12noon, £42- Kommune
Come and join us at Kommune in Sheffield City Centre to create your own handmade, bespoke, willow Christmas Wreath. You will begin with a twisted willow wreath base and natural foliage. You will be shown step by step how to assemble your wreath weaving your foliage to create the main shape with additional decorations to create an individual piece.
All materials, Christmassy drink and festive pastry included in the ticket price.
Festive Wreath Workshop
3 December, 7pm, £55 - Tampers Sellers Wheel
Learn how to make your own wreath with Bloom Sheffield. Materials, mince pies and mulled wine provided.
Sheffield Christmas Jumper Speed Dating | Ages 24-38
7 December, 7pm-9.30pm, £20 - Forum Kitchen + Bar, The Forum, Devonshire Street
Grab your reindeer sweater or your Frosty The Snow Man hoodie and come along to meet the other fine and eligible singles looking for love. Forum has been Sheffield’s iconic party venue since 1992. Situated right in the heart of Sheffield city centre to Devonshire Green, Forum Kitchen + Bar. With Forum's elegant Christmas decor to their wide selection of tasty cocktails, this is the perfect evening for you to get to know your dates.
The Moor’s been given quite the makeover in recent years. First, it got a shiny new market, which now houses around 90 independent retailers. It is also home to multiplex cinema The Light, a string of restaurants plus Blacks’ biggest UK store. Longstanding department store Atkinsons is still thriving. This is Sheffield’s oldest and last remaining independent department store, dating back to 1872.
Running between the Peace Gardens and Sheffield Cathedral, Fargate is undergoing a significant programme of regeneration thanks to investment from the government's Future High Street fund. You’ll still find big names like Superdrug, Marks and Spencer, Hotel Chocolat, Lush, Three, EE, O2 and Paperchase alongside an interesting mix of temporary pop-ups. Just off Fargate, at Barker's Pool is luxury jewellers H.L. Brown jewellers whilst Orchard Square is home to the likes of TK Maxx, Waterstones and Clarks, as well as independent record shop Bear Tree Records and Michael Spencer Jewellers. On High Street you’ll find favourites such as HMV and Boots. The junction at Haymarket is home to more big names including Argos, Wilko and Sports Direct.
On Fargate and the surrounding area you'll also find plenty of banking services including Virgin Money, Metro Bank, The Nottingham, Nat West, HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays and Santander!
Tucked away just off Fargate, Chapel Walk has always been a charming lane of family-run and independent shops. Visitors will understand the pandemic has had an impact but don’t let that put you off from exploring this gem of the city centre. On a present-hunting mission? Head to Bird’s Yard for one-offs by local artists and makers, including scented candles, eye-catching homeware and unique jewellery. Personalise your own mug or card in minutes with the friendly staff at Cards and Gifts, where you can also pick up all the wrapping paper you’ll need. Head to the fabulous Dr Martens for shoes and boots. And rejuvenate with afternoon tea or a winter warmer at family-run Andrews, cakes and bakes from local bakers Staniforth or a sandwich from deli outlet Feast. Home also to Victoria Hall Methodist Church, a tailor and several health and beauty parlours this really is a unique little street.
Known as the independent end of the city centre, the Devonshire Quarter fills the area between Division Street, Devonshire Street and West Street. By day, enjoy an expertly brewed barista coffee at the likes of Steam Yard and Tamper, before hitting designer boutiques such as Sa-Kis, vintage shops, jewellers like Green and Benz, and outlets trading in everything from skateboards to unusual plants to tattoos. The Devonshire Quarter is also a nighttime hotspot, serving up cocktails and pints into the early hours at the likes of Forum, BrewDog and The Old House, and hosting live music at Bungalows and Bears, The Green Room, and The Frog and Parrot.
Make the most of your trip
Check out the social content from our local businesses on our shopping, events and entertainment sections for more inspiration. Plus there's more ... with our featured content for cafes, restaurants and eatries, bars, clubs plus high street and independent retail therapy.
And our latest edition of the independent guide to Sheffield City Centre is out now. Check it out!
Doing the Sheffield Christmas Trail?
Food deals for hungry explorers on the hunt to find Brearley’s eight missing guests!
Kids eat free at Forum Kitchen + Bar
- Children eat free with each paying adult.
- Simply quote ‘Brearley’ to access your offer.
- The offer is available until 5pm and booking is advised.
- You will find Forum Kitchen + Bar at 127 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB.
Half price kids meals at Wildwood Artisan Gifts and Coffee Shop
- Half price meals for children under 12 with each paying adult.
- Simply quote ‘Brearley’ to access your offer.
- You will find Wildwood at 10-12 Fitzwilliam Gate, S1 4JH.
Don’t forget to check venue websites for opening times and menus.
For more information about doing the Sheffield Christmas Trail featuring Brearley Bear, visit www.sheffieldchristmastrail.com.
Whether your using public transport, cycling, walking or bringing in the car, find lots of useful information and promotions on our festive travel page including several low rate parking options and discount codes.