Glendon mantelpiece decorated with Christmas flowers

Derbyshire Christmas Markets, Carols and Trees

9 Oct, 2019 | Derbyshire, Matlock, Peak District, What's on

Matlock Park at Christmas

Christmas Events

Each year the range of events in Derbyshire and the Peak District in the run up to Advent and Christmas seems to grow. As well as some wonderful Christmas markets there is something quite magical about the range of events in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Hot air balloon over snowy Chatsworth House

What Christmas markets are in Derbyshire and the Peak District?

The longest running Christmas market in the Peak District is at Chatsworth House. The market runs daily from the 15th November until the 3rd December. Each year there are a large number of stalls, showcasing many local businesses and lots of ideas for Christmas gifts. Another market gem is the Winter event at Haddon Hall. The market takes place between 13th and 17th November. The market is set throughout Haddon Hall and has to be one of the best settings. Again, there are a range of local artisans and some great festive food ideas too. Bakewell also has a Christmas market the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November. And just next door to us at Glendon, is the Matlock Christmas market on the 6th, 7th and 8th December. The market is set in two marquees and includes the switch on of the Matlock Christmas lights and a visit from Father Christmas.

Christmas elf decoration on stairs

What is the theme for Chatsworth House this Christmas?

Each year Chatsworth House has a different theme for their Christmas decorations. In 2019 the theme is, ‘In a land far, far away…’. Discover lands afar, following in the footsteps of explorers Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earhart. The House is decorated for Christmas from the 9th November through to the 5th January. If you are planning a visit to Chatsworth at this time tickets need to be booked in advance as entry is allocated by timed slots.


Castleton decorated with Christmas lights and trees

What is on at Haddon Hall for Christmas?

Haddon Hall is a wonderful manor dating from the 12th century. During the festive season Haddon Holds a wonderful Winter Artisan market. The market is open from the 13th to 17th November and includes a range of artisans from Derbyshire and a little further afield. The stalls are situated throughout the hall, making a wonderful setting for the market.

From the 1st to 22nd December Haddon is decorated for the festive season. Each day the Hall hosts musical recitals with a range of musicians. Performances take place twice at daily at midday and 2pm. On selected dates there will also be candle lit tours of the hall with the option of diner in the restaurant. Booking is needed in advance for the tours.


Festival of Christmas Trees at Crooked Spire church

Other festive activities in the Peak District and Derbyshire

The Crooked Spire church in Chesterfield, one of the largest in Derbyshire, has a festival of Christmas Trees from the 16th November to 1st December. The festival is an ideal place to visit for festive treats and time for a little tranquillity. From mid-November until mid-December Castleton, a picturesque Derbyshire village, is lit with fairy lights and adorned with Christmas Trees. Another great festive treat in Castleton are the carols at Peak Cavern. Each concert is accompanied by a different Peak District band. The concerts take place on selected weekend dates in December and need to be booked in advance.

Another historic property open on selected dates in December is Eyam Hall. Tours take place from 11am-3pm and provide a wonderful insight into the history of the house. The tour includes mince pies and mulled wine.

During the festive season the mix of events make it a great time to visit Derbyshire and the Peak District. If you are planning it would be lovely to welcome you to Glendon.


Christmas Wreath at Glendon Bed and Breakfast

Reviews from our guests

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