Come along and enjoy a range of family festivities at Markeaton Park between Saturday 3rd – Saturday 24th December.

There will be festive fairground rides, food, brass bands, festive songs, walkabout Christmas characters, festive face painting and much more.

Festive event opening celebrations on Saturday 3rd December, 11.00am – 5.00pm

We invite everyone to join our opening celebrations:

  • 11.00am – 5.00pm Derby Model Boat Club will be displaying their festivity lit boats
  • 2.00pm – 3.00pm Christmas storytelling by Derby Libraries
  • 3.30pm – 4.00pm Sing for your Supper, will be singing traditional Christmas favourites around the Christmas Tree
  • 4.00pm – The Mayor of Derby will open the event, switching on the Christmas Tree lights

Walkabout Christmas Characters

Christmas Characters

Come and meet Christmas Characters that will be visiting the Craft Village throughout December, including Father Christmas.

Christmas Fairground rides

Throughout December there will be Children’s fairground rides located within Markeaton Craft Village on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday 3rd December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 4th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday 10th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 11th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday 17th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 18th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday 24th December – 11.00am – 3.00pm

Love locks

Lock in your Christmas wish to your loved one. Bring your own padlock, make a wish and lock it around our Christmas Tree.

Paint a Pot

Looking for a unique present? Make your own Christmas bauble or print your babies hand or foot print on a special keepsake.

Original Monkey

Personalise a unique wooden tree decoration. Hang on our Markeaton Christmas tree, or take home for a gift.

Studio in the Park (Craft Village)

Studio in the Park will be stocking a range of Christmas decorations and will be holding their Annual Christmas Shopping Nights prior to December.

There will also be a wide range of Christmas inspired Craft sessions throughout November and December. These will include wreath making, decorative painted Christmas Trees, painted paper stars, glass framed and rustic painted signs.

Sew’n’Jo at the Craft Village

Sew ‘n’ Jo Will be running a workshop event giving people the opportunity to make an old fashioned Christmas decorations, using an old hand cranked sewing machine. Suitable for adults and children over 8yrs.

The activity will be on a drop in basis first come first served, and will take around 15-20 minutes.

Festive face painting

Join us at The Biz Craft Unit.

Christmas songs

We invite all visitors to sing around our tree. Christmas song sheets will be available everyday for you, your family and friends to use.

Festive train rides

Festive Express

Take a trip around the park on the Festive Express land train.

Famous Trains 

Famous Trains will be open between 11.00am and 4.00pm on the following days in December:

  • Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th December
  • Saturday 10th – Monday 12th December
  • Saturday 17th – Tuesday 20th December
  • Monday 26th December

Famous Trains have a special “Santa” event between Saturday 17th and Tuesday 20th December with Santa visiting on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December. Located near the Markeaton roundabout Car Park entrance.

The Orangery Café 

Stop off for a refreshment break at The Orangery, overlooking Markeaton Park’s formal gardens. A range of food and drink is available including mince pie flavoured ice cream.


The Friends of Markeaton Park Christmas Craft Fair

The Craft Fair is taking place on Sunday 4th December.

The event is FREE to attend, with lots of stalls, providing an opportunity to buy cards, gifts, decorations, and much more.

For more information please visit the Friends of Markeaton Park website.

Derby Hospitals Jingle Jog 

The Jingle Jog (Sunday 4th December at 9.30am) takes you on a 5km (3.1 miles) route around the picturesque Markeaton Park, with an alternative 1/2 mile run for under 10’s.

The fun run is for everyone, adults, children and dogs alike. You don’t have to run, you can walk, jog or run – it’s up to you!

As this event was so popular last year with over 600 Santa’s we are advising people to sign up early to avoid disappointment.


Every Saturday, 9.00am to 10.00am. This is a free event, just turn up and run! Meet at the Orangery steps.

Festive Junior park run

The festive Junior parkrun will take place on Sunday 11th December and Sunday 18th December.

Come dressed in Festive Fancy Dress throughout December and join in the fun!

Midshipmen Brass Band

Saturday 17th December, 2.00pm around the Christmas Tree.

Friends of Markeaton Park Wreath making

Wreath Making

The wreath making workshops are taking place on Sunday 18th and Tuesday 20th December in Markeaton Park Craft Village Community Room at 11.00am until 2.00pm. The session costs £15.

To book your place in advance please call Dawn on 01332 361491.