What’s on in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala, Buxton Opera House

Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala, Buxton Opera House - Credit: Archant

A round-up of events in December



Russell Watson

‘A Candlelit Christmas’, Derby Cathedral, Iron Gate, Derby, 7.30pm. Tel: 0844 811 0051


Derwent Singers

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Carol concert with children from St Peter’s School at St Peter’s Church, Littleover, 7pm. Tel: 01283 561826


Jubilee String Quartet

Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Rd, Derby, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 830585

5th, 6th, 12th, 13th

Dick Whittington

Mickleover Players, Chatsworth Hall, John Port School, Etwall, Fri 7.15pm, Sat 2.15pm & 6.30pm. Tel: 01332 511867

6th, 20th

Dalesmen Male Voice Choir

Christmas concert with Derwent Brass on 6th at Landau Forte College, Derby and on 20th at St Peter’s Church, Belper, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 552125


Jubilee String Quartet

Ecclesbourne School, Duffield, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 841503


Sing with Derby Bach Choir

Sing ‘Messiah’, registration from 1pm, Central United Reformed Church, Derby. Tel: 01332 863822


Derby Concert Orchestra

‘Music on the Move’ family concert, Derby Cathedral, 7pm. Tel: 01332 763594


Grand Central Chorus

Christmas and barbershop songs with Trent College Band and Finest Hour, May Hall, Trent College, Long Eaton, 4.30pm. Tel: 01159734922


André Rieu

Violin master and three-times Classic BRIT Award winner, Capital FM Arena, Notts. Tel: 0843 373 3000


Derwent Singers

Carol concert, Borrowash Methodist Church, 7.30pm. Tel: 01283 561826


James Ehnes (violin)

Bach’s ‘Sonatas’, Abbotsholme School, nr Rocester, 8pm. Tel: 01543 263304



Christmas concert, St Wystan’s Church, Repton, 7.30pm. Tel: 01283 813377


Derby Bach Choir

‘Christmas is Coming’ with Derby Central Salvation Band, Calke Abbey Riding School, Ticknall, nr Derby, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 695310


Derby Concert Band

Featuring Streetlight Theatre Arts, Broadway Baptist Church, Derby, 7.30pm. Tickets from Foulds Music on 01332 344842, or at the door


Heart of England Orchestra

Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Derby Cathedral, 7.45pm. Tel: 01332 202231

13th, 15th

Sitwell Singers

Christmas concert on 13th at Christ Church, Belper and on 15th at St John’s Church, Derby, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 662519


Musica Donum Dei

‘Music from Christmas Past’ played on period instruments, Holme Pierrepont Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tel: 0115 9410543


Alfreton Male Voice Choir

Carol concert, South Wingfield Social Club, 7.30pm. Tel: 01773 608112


Derby Choral Union

Carol concert, Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 702162


Christmas Baroque by Candelight

Violinist and composer Adam Summerhayes with 21st Century Baroque, St John’s Church, Ashbourne, 7.30pm. Tel: 01335 343666


Until 21st Dec

Stepping Stones

Photographic exhibition by veteran photographer Alan Clayden, Rainbow Gallery, DH Lawrence Heritage Centre, Eastwood, Notts. Tel: 01773 717353

28th Nov to 5th Jan

Derby Ice Rink

Market Place, Derby

28th Nov to 5th Jan

Santa Special Trains

Travel down the wintery Ecclesbourne Valley on a journey to the ‘North Pole’ from Wirksworth Station, 10am. Tel: 01629 823076

29th Nov

Bolsover Christmas Festival and Parade

Festive stalls and entertainment including brass bands and carols, with a magical lantern parade finale, 12-6pm


Haddon Hall Christmas Worskhops

Learn how to make traditional decorations with the Hall’s tutor Julie Mellor. All abilities welcome. Tel: 01629 810912


Matlock Victorian Christmas Weekend

Over 150 stalls, entertainment and fun fair at Hall Leys Park


Ashbourne Late Night Shopping

Explore some of the town’s finest retailers, 6pm-9pm


Belper Food Festival

Locally-produced festive food and real ale, Belper High St


Broomfield Christmas Food & Craft Festival

Broomfield Hall, Morley, 10am-4pm


Swadlincote Christmas Mega Market

Traditional and farmers’ market stalls, Christmas stands and children’s entertainment, Market Place


Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

Enjoy a three course meal served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel – improvised comedy theatre at its best, The Old Bell Hotel, Derby. Tel: 01332 255800



A Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala

The British Philharmonic Orchestra bring a festive flavour of Vienna to Buxton Opera House. Box Office: 0845 127 2190


Sounds of Christmas

Tideswell Male Voice Choir, Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Band and local schoolchildren, Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre. Box Office: 01246 345 222


Our Life on Ice

The legendary ice-skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean talk about their career, Nottingham Playhouse. Box Office: 0115 941 9419


The Hallé Christmas Concert

Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas performs classical favourites and Christmas numbers, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. Box Office: 0115 989 5555


The Very Best of Brass & Comedy

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band and Norman Prince, Buxton Opera House. Box Office: 0845 127 2190


Kate Rusby

Kate performs carols and songs from her childhood in South Yorkshire, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. Box Office: 0115 989 5555


Sinfonia Viva

The orchestra’s Classical Gala Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. Box Office: 0115 989 5555


Allestree Flower Group

16th ‘Strictly Magic’ – Christmas social Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Antiques & Collectables Society

2nd ‘The Good Old Derby Collection’, St Oswald’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Embroiderers’ Guild

15th Workshop and party, St John’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Ashbourne Heritage Society

9th ‘Food, Drink & Wassail’, St Oswald’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, 7.30pm

Chesterfield & District Family History Society

2nd Christmas fun and games, St Hugh’s RC Church, Littlemoor, Chesterfield, 7.30pm

Derbyshire Embroiderers’ Guild

13th Christmas celebration, Derbyshire House, Sherwin St, Derby, 2pm

Derby Poetry Society

12th ‘Anne Stevenson – A woman for all Seasons’, Friends Meeting House, St Helen’s St, Derby, 7.30pm

Derby Photographic Society

1st ‘Digital Colour’; 8th ‘Images of the Peak District’; 15th ‘Out and about with my camera’, Eborn House, Broadway, Derby, 7.30pm

Heath & District Heritage Society

1st ‘Iceland - Land of adventure’; 8th Social evening, Heath Primary School, 7.30pm

Heanor Floral Art Group

8th Christmas Party, Wilmot Street Welfare Centre, Heanor, 7pm

Kyleburn Historical Society

11th ‘Georgians, Jitties and Gingerbread’, Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, 7.30pm

Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society

16th Members’ Christmas Party, Moorlands Club, Curzon St, Long Eaton, 7.30pm

Matlock Antiques & Collectables Society

12th ‘Clarice Cliff’, Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 7.30pm

Matlock & District Embroiderers’ Group

8th Members’ Christmas Party, Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 7.30pm

Ticknall Preservation & Historical Society

12th ‘A Victorian Ghost Story’, Ticknall Village Hall, 7.30pm