The air is feeling chilly, you’ve almost finished your Christmas shopping and are looking for ways to enjoy the run-up to the festive season. We’ve planned a few fun days out for families, couples and friends around the Sheffield area, so the kids can see Santa and you can unwind without needing to travel. There’s something for everyone in our guide, so read on to find out what’s in store for you…
Kelham Island Museum’s Victorian Christmas Market
Whether you’ve still got some gifts to buy or are just after a fun afternoon, this Christmas market with a twist is a great choice. With store holders wearing Victorian dress and selling plenty of interesting bits and bobs, it’s sure to be a vibrant day out! Situated on Alma Street, this day out is close to the city centre and is open on the 29th and 30th of November.
Day plan: Spend the morning exploring the market and gathering presents before taking the short walk to Cubana for some tasty tapas from the Christmas lunch menu for just £14.50 per person. Don’t miss out on the meal – book online here to secure your table!
Jack and the Beanstalk
If you’re a fan of a festive panto, this will be right up your street, with lots of laughs for kids and adults alike. Performed at The Mongomery Theatre throughout January, this is a fantastic choice if you have family visiting after Christmas or need a boost as you’re getting through a dull January! Situated at the heart of Sheffield City Centre, it’s easy to get to and has lots going on nearby.
Day plan: Book yourself in to a weekend performance at 2pm and wander around the shops before heading to an early lunch at 18Fifty5 Restaurant if you’re after a treat. For more of a budget choice, swing by Piccolino and grab a pizza to share for a lovely family day out.
The Christmas Flying Machine
The perfect Christmas entertainment for kids, stop by Waterdale in Doncaster and hop aboard Santa’s sleigh for a view of the city from the sky. Open on Christmas Eve, this is a fantastic way to add some excitement to the festive season. Find out more here.
Day plan: Bring along the kids on Christmas Eve and take to the sky. After this, drive from Doncaster to Sheffield’s bustling city centre and treat the family to a festive meal before admiring the beautiful Christmas lights. For your meal, we recommend Loch Fyne’s Festive Dinner, but you can glance over Sheffield City Centre restaurants here and find one that suits you.
If you want to keep it simple, then head to iceSheffield for a morning of ice skating. Situated nearby Meadowhall, it’s a great choice if you’re after some festive fun to make a day of shopping enjoyable for children. And since it’s exercise, you can happily enjoy a mince pie afterwards!
Day plan: Spend the morning ice skating before heading for lunch at one of the many restaurants in Valley Centertainment. Chiquito is our favourite, with some tasty Mexican dishes, but don’t forget to book online here to guarantee a table in the busy festive season! Afterwards, drive to Meadowhall Shopping Centre and pick up those remaining Christmas presents.
Whatever festive fun you get up to this year, there are plenty of restaurants in Sheffield to compliment the perfect day out – check out our Sheffield restaurant guide here. Let us know what you like to do in Sheffield throughout the festive season, either in the comments or via one of our social networks.
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