Sheffield City Centre at Christmas (2019)

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Experience Sheffield at Christmas

Twinkling lights and glittering ice. Bustling markets and cosy corners. Streets alive with music and magic. 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.


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Music 24 Comedy 26 Ten fun ways to spend the holidays


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Christmas lights switch-on Sunday 17th November 2pm-6.30pm It’s impossible not to enter into the festive spirit when the city’s adorned with Christmas lights. This year, different corners of the city centre are coming alive with street entertainment for one big switch-on event. This year’s event will evoke childhood nostalgia with choirs, a Santa’s grotto, carolling, panto, the Christmas market, children’s TV and film characters, craft activities and fairground rides. Heart Yorkshire presenters will host the main stage programme at the Peace Gardens, right by the huge Christmas tree and strings of lights ready to be illuminated. Special headline switch-on guests to be announced soon. Make sure you’re gathered at the Peace Gardens for 5.30pm to join in the big countdown. 3… 2… 1… For updates see:


Sheffield Christmas Markets The heart of the city will once again become a browsers’ wonderland for all ages as the Christmas market comes to town. Lining Fargate, Town Hall Square and the Peace Gardens will be 50 cabins and stalls filled with all kinds of gifts, as well as seasonal food and drink – making it easy to work through your Christmas gift list in no time. And after a hard day’s shopping, treat the family to a hot chocolate at Thor’s Tipi Bar at the Peace Gardens, relax in the Alpine Bar, refuel at the traditional German sausage grill, or feel some thrills on the big wheel. Sheffield Christmas Markets open Thursday 14th November-Tuesday 24th December. 10am-6pm Sunday-Wednesday 10am-8pm Thursday-Saturday.



Craft fairs, markets and workshops A craft fair is the perfect place to pick out a truly special, one-off gift, straight from the person who made it. This Christmas, Sheffield’s hosting some of the region’s finest makers at a string of craft fairs, markets and pop-up shops, and even giving you chance to get creative yourself at a craft workshop. Get these dates in your diary and take a detour from the high street.

Independent Christmas Art Market DINA Saturday 23rd November 10am-5pm All manner of local makers will be showing off their unique wares in independent arts venue DINA. Fuel your shop with festive treats from DINA Diner.

Handmade for Christmas Millennium Gallery Friday 25th October-Sunday 29th December The Millennium Gallery’s annual Christmas shop returns! You’ll find all kinds of handmade delights here, created by talented artists, makers and craftspeople based in studios across the UK.

Christmas Market The Art House & St Matthews Church Saturday 7th December 10am-4pm Local arts charity The Art House brings together original artworks, vegan and vegetarian food, cards, textiles, children’s art activities, and more.

Winter Makers Market Kommune Saturday 16th November 11am-5pm Hosted by Endless Love Creative, over 40 independent makers will fill this market in Kommune in Castle House. Expect one-of-a-kind prints, pottery, skincare, plants, and more.

Christmas Craft and Flea Sheffield Cathedral Saturday 7th December 11am-5pm Filling the beautiful Cathedral both inside and out, the Craft and Flea brings local produce and street food together with vintage and collectible goodies. 12 Days of Christmas Fabric Printing with Mia James The Art House Saturday, 14th December 10:30am-3:30pm Create your own textile prints inspired by the birds from the famous Christmas carol – including a partridge, turtle doves, hens, pheasants and geese. You can use your design to create Christmas cards, gift bags or table linen. Book your place in advance for £45.


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Sheffield’s Business Improvement District (known as the BID) is a group of local businesses investing in additional projects to enhance our commercial environment and your visitor experience. Here you’ll find information about some of our BID members to help you with where to shop, eat, drink and be entertained this festive season, courtesy of the local businesses that fund the Sheffield BID. Why not visit us at Unit 1, Surrey Street (next to the Winter Garden), where our helpful BID Buddies are on hand to assist you with wayfinding, information and advice. We’re open on MondaysSaturdays 10am-6pm, with late openings till 7pm on Thursdays, and on Sundays 11am-4pm (closing 4pm Christmas Eve).



Fill your shopping bags (and help Santa fill his sack) with these seasonal highlights from some of the city centre’s favourite high street shops. Don’t forget to check opening hours – many places are opening late in December, helping you fit in even more festive shopping! For the fashionista in your life, seek out the latest clothing and accessories trends in the likes of River Island, Sa-Kis, GAP or Eton. Everyone loves that extra bit of sparkle and fragrance at Christmastime, so be sure to pick up perfumes and indulgent smellies from Lush, Body Shop, and the Perfume Shop – where you’ll find extra special gift sets too. Some of the best things come in small packages at Jewellers HL Brown, H Samuel and Pandora. For fans of the latest technology and gadgets, add stops at Argos and The Carphone Warehouse to your Christmas shopping trip.

Keep everyone in the family entertained with music, films and video games this winter, by paying a visit to HMV, Game, C.E.X and Trade2Us. You’ll find homewares and gifts at Stone the Crows, also books and board games in The Works, WH Smith, Waterstones, and The Entertainer. You’ll find all the cards, stationery and wrapping paper you need this Christmas at Paperchase, Card Factory and Ryman – and you can even personalise gifts especially for your loved ones at Ryman. And don’t forget those treats to make Christmas that bit more sweet, with luxury chocolates from Thorntons and Hotel Chocolat.


Some of the nation’s favourite department stores can also be found in Sheffield city centre, filled with all kinds of known, trusted and loved fashion and technology brands, with something for every interest, taste and budget. John Lewis offers the gift of experience, with options including personal styling, inspiring interiors, and beauty indulgence. Look out for Christmas crafting, demos and samples in store too, and send your letter to Santa in the special post box to receive a personal reply. Head to Debenhams to bring a little extra colour and sparkle to your Christmas with its beauty advent calendar – a money-saving selection of 24 different products from major brands. A festive visit to Atkinsons has been a must in Sheffield since 1872 – the independent department store will sort you out with something for every member of the family. Primark on the Moor is a treasure trove of gift ideas from fashions and beauty to homewares. At Marks and Spencer on Fargate you can find gifts galore and pick up everything you need for a Christmas day feast. Look out for the BID’s festive shopping bag in Unit 1, Surrey Street (next to the Winter Garden). For Christmas, it will be filled with products from the Millennium Gallery – helping you pick out something truly special for your loved ones from amongst the display of hand-crafted items and unique artworks. 12


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Fargate Running between the Peace Gardens and Sheffield Cathedral, Fargate is Sheffield’s bustling high street. Here you’ll find big names like Marks and Spencer, Topshop, Pandora, Thorntons, The Perfume Shop, Foot Locker, H Samuel, O2, Vodaphone, Three, Office, W H Smith, New Look, H&M, Hotel Chocolat, and Lush. John Lewis sits just off Fargate, opposite Sheffield City Hall and luxury jewellers H L Brown at Barkers Pool. And off to one side of the street is Orchard Square, home to the likes of T K Maxx, Fat Face, Body Shop, Schuh, Clarks and Waterstones, as well as hair stylists LaCoupe Studio. On High Street you’ll find favourites such as HMV and Boots. Devonshire Quarter 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 200 Degrees Coffee and Lonestar, before hitting designer boutiques like Eton and 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.

high street favourites such as TJ Hughes, the Entertainer, Game, Claire’s, Deichmann, JD Sports, GAP, Skechers, Shoe Zone, Poundland, The Works and Ryman. More recently Next, New Look and River Island have opened brand new stores here. Long-standing department stores are also thriving with Primark and Debenhams alongside family-favourite Atkinsons – Sheffield’s oldest and last remaining independent department store, dating back to 1872. Chapel Walk Just off from the bustle of Fargate, this characterful lane is a hidden gem, home to a surprisingly wide range of retailers – including The Dr. Martens Store, Paperchase, Superdrug, Feast, Andrews Tea Rooms & Café, Kitty Barn cat café, Cards & Gifts, and Bird’s Yard gift shop. Pinstone Street Here you’ll find the home of alternative fashion at Blue Banana as well as Superdrug, Card Factory, social enterprise Blend Kitchen and pop-up shop Cards & Gifts. Castlegate Head down to the Castlegate corner of the city centre and find large retailers such as Argos and Wilko, sorting you out for everything from everyday essentials to tech gadgets, the city’s biggest vintage shop Thrifty Store and Kommune food hall.

The Moor With new openings in recent years, The Moor is now one long stretch of shopping, entertainment and eating opportunities. Its market houses around 90 independent retailers. Multiplex cinema The Light sits alongside as a string of restaurants like Pizza Express, Zizzi, Nandos and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The Moor boasts


FOOD AND DRINK Eat, drink and be merry in the city centre with these seasonal highlights from some of the cafés, restaurants and bars represented by Sheffield BID. Tuck in! Make your Christmas that extra bit tasty with a meal at one of Sheffield’s restaurants. The talented chefs at the stylish Inox Dine on the Sheffield University campus are cooking up luxurious Christmas lunches, dinners, festive brunches – complete with cinnamon waffles and bucks fizz – and festive afternoon teas throughout December. Grab your family, friends or colleagues and join The Forum for a three-course festive dinner – with extra money-saving offers if you dine there between Sunday and Wednesday until 11th December. The True North marmalade gin glazed cheesecake for dessert sounds particularly tempting. 200 Degrees

Bill’s in St Paul’s Place is pulling out all the stops, with a range of offers to please both your taste buds and your pockets. As well as a three-course festive menu, you’ll also find seasonal treats like the Christmas burger, indulgent Christmas mac and cheese, and festive cocktails. If you’ve got a lot of people to please, you can’t go wrong with Cosmo – the family-friendly buffet restaurant serves hundreds of dishes from all over the world. Look out for festive flavours on the menu at the likes of Pieminister, Piccolino, Bella Italia, Browns, Kommune, Ego, Pizza Express, and Nandos too. If you fancy something a little spicier try the Christmas menu at Aagrah, or for a wide range of cuisines under one roof Kommune food hall offers a huge choice.


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Meet the main man himself at one of the Supper with Santa events this Christmas. Taking place each Thursday evening from 14th November to 19th December, it’s your child’s opportunity to enjoy some food and drink, as well as meeting and having a photo taken with Santa – and even getting a goodie bag to take home. Venues vary each Thursday and include Theatre Deli, Wildwoods, Debenhams Cafe, The Light Cinema, and Nandos – book ahead at

As the days become colder and shorter, Sheffield’s coffee shops are all set to keep you warm. Starbucks is back with its legendary pumpkin spice latte, on sale just for the winter months. Christmas time at Costa, one of the nation’s favourite coffee shops, means Terry’s Chocolate Orange muffins on the menu and all kinds of gift options for the coffee-lover in your life. Meanwhile characterful coffee shop 200 Degrees is launching its brilliantly named ‘Roast Of Christmas Present’, a limited edition coffee that will make an ideal stocking filler. You’ll also find seasonally spiced or indulgent special coffees at the likes of Caffe Nero, Pret A Manger, and Greggs.


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Bars across the city centre will be creating perfect party atmospheres this December. Elegant cocktail bar Pitcher and Piano will host resident DJs on Friday and Saturday evenings over the festive period, along with creative and unique cocktails. Get all cosy and rosy-cheeked at The Old House on 18th December, when it hosts a Gin and Jazz night – with True North Sheffield Dry Gin and tonic, plus three courses from the festive menu, all accompanied by live jazz. Gather your friends and toast to the Christmas season at the likes of Soyo, Revolution, The Benjamin Huntsman, All Bar One, The Botanist, and OHM, and hit the dance floor at Reflex, Popworld, Corporation, Code, Crystal, or Maggie May’s. After all that, you won’t help but feel festive! 18


Want to help someone on the street who is homeless or begging? The Help us Help campaign is a collaboration between Sheffield charities who support those who find themselves homeless or begging. Many have complex needs and we aim to give those on the street a future through both practical and compassionate advice. This Christmas, help us to help people living on Sheffield’s streets. We’re working with homeless charities in the city to find out what items are most needed, and we’ve arranged a number of drop-off points for people to take their donations. Help us Help will also have a cabin at the Sheffield Christmas Markets on Fargate from Thursday 21st – Wednesday 27th November with more about the campaign and the charities we support.

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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 jolly banter (oh yes they are). December in Sheffield theatreland also means it’s once again time for the annual Crucible Christmas musical! A Christmas Carol Sheffield Cathedral 28th November The Santaland Diaries Theatre Deli 4th-5th December The Elves and The Shoemakers Crucible Theatre 5th December-4th January Snow White: the Rude Panto The Library Theatre 6th December

Cinderella Lyceum Theatre 6th December-5th January Guys and Dolls Crucible Theatre 7th December-18th January Puppet Panto The Montgomery 21st-22nd December Dick Whittington Sheffield City Hall 27th-31st December and 2nd-5th January Sleeping Beauty The Montgomery 10th-12th and 16th-18th January



CHRISTMAS FILMS Settling in for a festive film is a holiday tradition for most families, and Sheffield’s cinemas won’t let us down this December. The city’s cinemas, as well as pop-up screens in theatre and music venues, are bringing together programmes featuring Christmas cult films and classics, wintery tales, and much-anticipated new releases.

Last Christmas The Light Cinema From 15th November Frozen 2 The Light Cinema From 22nd November CBeebies Christmas Show 2019 The Light Cinema 30th November-1st December Home Alone Leadmill 2nd December Odeon Luxe 14th December


Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale Curzon Cinema / Showroom Cinema 4th December Gremlins Odeon Luxe / The Light Cinema 6th December Elf Odeon Luxe 7th December Love Actually Leadmill 10th December Love Actually In Concert with Live Orchestra Sheffield City Hall 13th December

Die Hard Leadmill 17th December Miracle on 34th Street Theatre Deli 17th December A Christmas Carol Theatre Deli 18th December It’s a Wonderful Life Theatre Deli 19th December The Light Cinema 24th December

DING DONG Y L I R R ME ! 5 M O FR Sheffield is alive after five this Christmas Our city centre has plenty to offer after 5pm. You’ll find late night opening times and offers on food, shopping, culture and parking. So stay around. Hit pause on home time. Press play on yule-time.

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MUSIC 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. G4 Christmas Sheffield Cathedral 29th November Family Christmas Rave The Leadmill 1st December Kate Rusby Sheffield City Hall 4th December Kuriously Kristmassy Spoken Word Night Kurious Arts, Castle House 5th December Winter Rocks Corporation 7th December Neil Sands Christmas Memories Sheffield City Hall 9th December Alzheimer’s Society: Sheffield Carols At Christmas Sheffield Cathedral 10th December


John Barrowman: A Fabulous Christmas Sheffield City Hall 12th December City Hall Christmas Concert Sheffield City Hall 14th December (matinee and evening) The Sheffield Beatles Project perform Abbey Road in full O2 Academy 14th December Sheffield Carol Day Winter Garden 14th December A Festive Carol Concert for St Wilfrid’s Centre Cathedral Church of St Marie 18th December O’Hooley & Tidow’s WinterFolk Sheffield Library Theatre 19th December Carol Singing Upper Chapel 19th December

It’s Rockmas! The Leadmill 20th December Jazz Manifesto Christmas Special Trippets Lounge Bar 20th December The Everly Pregnant Brothers Crustmas Ding Dong O2 Academy 20th and 21st December MiniFest Christmas Special Theatre Deli 22nd December Honey Bee Blues Club presents: An Xmas Eve Afternoon with Jody Davies The Dorothy Pax 24th December Gatecrasher: The All White Long Xmas Party Area 28th December


COMEDY Head to one of Sheffield’s comedy clubs and performance halls this November and December as a whole host of top quality entertainers take to the microphone. This lot will have you chuckling all the way to Christmas.

Last Laugh Comedy Club Christmas

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Multiple dates between 29th November and 28th December

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Richard Herring Sheffield City Hall 1st December A Very Queer Christmas DINA 1st December The Burly Q Sheffield City Winter Ball Sheffield City Hall 7th December Giggle Aid Sheffield The Leadmill 8th December John Bishop Sheffield City Hall 11th December


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The Leadmill 12th December Dirty Sanchez: The Reunion Plug 14th December


TEN FUN WAYS TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS All shopped out? Had your fill of mulled wine and mince pies? Take some time out from the Christmas merriment to enjoy the sights of the city centre during the holidays, with a hand from these top 10 tips:

1 Do a mini art crawl with a visit to exhibitions at Millennium Gallery and its charming older sibling the Graves Gallery.



Get crafty with your Christmas decorations with the Forum’s Festive Wreath Making session on 25th November.

Enjoy the great British pastime of bingo at Mecca Bingo.

4 Bask in the beautiful surroundings of the Winter Garden, home to more than 2500 plants.



Immerse yourself in a spectacular light and sound show at Sheffield Cathedral. The Angels are Coming is open 4th-8th December – see for booking details.

Play board games at the Central Library. You’ll find a fantastic collection of games in the Reading Room – look out for Board Game Nights too.



Climb aboard a historic fire engine and learn all about our country’s lifesavers at the National Emergency Services Museum.

Ring in 2020 at the Devonshire Street New Year’s Eve Party, taking place over three venues: Forum, The Old House and The Common Room. Tickets cost £15 and include a drink in each venue, a pizza slice, and free pool.




Take the family for a dip and a slide at Ponds Forge’s leisure pool.

Challenge your clue solving skills by taking on The Great Escape Game with a group of friends.

Pick up your Red Nose Locator from Unit 1, Surrey Street (next to The Winter Garden).


Plan your festive travel Keep up to date with festive travel information for bus, tram and train in Sheffield. Visit

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Take advantage of FREE parking at Travel South Yorkshire’s Park & Ride sites in Sheffield on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day - just pay for the cost of travel on the tram!

Book online at to get the following discounts: Use the code SHEFXMAS25 to get 25% off at Durham Road Castlegate Riverside

Christmas bus, tram and train services

Use the code SHEFXMAS10 to get 10% off at Sheffield Station Charles Street Rockingham

Wednesday 25th December: no service.

The codes are valid until the 31st December

APCOA and the Moor Market Park in an APCOA car park on Saturday or Sunday for up to 4 hours for £2.90. To take advantage of the offer, park up then visit any of the pay stations at the end of your stay to get this discounted rate.

Sheffield Council car parks Sheffield City Council will be providing free Sunday parking in any of its car parks or on-street pay and display bays in the run up to Christmas. It all begins with the city centre Christmas lights switch on Sunday, 17th November and will run until Sunday, 22nd December. This free parking complements the low prices offered year-round in the city centre. You can also park your car in a council car park or use an on-street parking space after 4.30pm on weekdays and in most cases it will cost less than two pounds (many spaces are fixed at £1.30 until 8.00am the next morning). Then you’ve got the whole evening to explore all that the city centre has to offer during the festive season.

Tuesday 24th December: Saturday service on bus and tram with early finish. Normal service on train with early finish.

Thursday 26th December: special bus and tram services in Sheffield. No train service. Friday 27th December: Saturday Service on bus and tram. Later start on some trains. Saturday 28th December: normal Saturday Service. Sunday 29th December: normal Sunday service. Monday 30th December: Saturday service on bus and tram. Normal service on train. Tuesday 31st December: Saturday service on bus and tram with early finish. Normal service on train. Wednesday 1st January: special bus and tram services in Sheffield. Normal service on train. Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd January: Saturday service on bus and tram. Normal service on train. Please check details before you travel at


Sheffield BID In 2015, over 500 businesses in Sheffield city centre collectively decided to invest in improving their environment. They wanted a busier, more vibrant city centre. They wanted a city centre that’s cleaner, safer, and easier to access and navigate. And they wanted a stronger voice. That’s where Sheffield BID comes in. The BID (Business Improvement District) is the very centre of Sheffield – marked out by the boundary of the old inner city ring road. Within the city centre, Sheffield BID’s five-year action plan is to deliver projects and services across all sectors to enhance the commercial environment for the benefit of BID members. E:

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