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Chesterfield serves up a real Christmas cracker for visitors this festive season

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Chesterfield is set to come alive this Christmas as a multitude of events, shows and trails take place, many on the doorstep of Elder Way.

Thousands of people packed the town centre for the ever-popular Christmas lights switch-on on 20 November. Thousands also flooded through doors of the internationally famous Crooked Spire church during its annual Christmas Tree Festival at the end of November.

Crooked Spire Festival of Christmas TreesThe long-running events signal the start of Christmas festivities in the town centre. Bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops, stores and market traders are now all set to benefit from increased visitor numbers over the festive season.

So, what’s happening in December in Chesterfield? Wrap up warm and let us take you on a walk through the events and opportunities taking place in Chesterfield town centre this Christmas which businesses here are all set to benefit from.

Santa’s Grotto

Santa is back, bigger and better than ever in Chesterfield this year at the Market Hall. No more Zoom calls with the cheery fella himself, not this year! 2022 finds Santa in position on the balcony of Chesterfield’s bustling indoor market. There are also three relaxed bookable sessions specifically adapted for children with learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders.

Santa’s Workshop

Vicar Lane Shopping Centre is inviting customers to experience the magic of Christmas, with a visit to Santa’s Workshop. Families can enjoy a free, interactive experience at Santa’s Workshop, where little ones can come and meet the elves before writing their letter to Santa.

Chesterfield Elf Trail

The Chesterfield elves are back in town to provide fun for the whole family this Christmas as well as helping visitors discover all the town centre has to offer. Elves are hiding in the windows of local shops and venues waiting to be found as part of the prize-winning treasure trail.

Rudolph’s Christmas Cracker

Rose Theatre Chesterfield in the town centre presents ‘Rudolph’s Christmas Cracker’, a 25-minute performance that’s perfect for little ones. It’s Christmas Eve and catastrophe! Someone’s stolen all the jokes from the Christmas crackers. Christmas won’t be Christmas unless Rudolph can find some jokes and fast!

Christmas Pantomime – Sleeping Beauty

Fun for all ages and lots of audience participation, this year’s a pantomime has temporarily moved to the town centre’s Winding Wheel venue while the iconic Pomegranate Theatre undergoes a multi-million-pound refurbishment. As ever, Chesterfield attracts the stars, and this year sees Sleeping Beauty brought alive by TV soap star icon Michelle Collins.

Shop Local

Beautiful paper star lanterns have appeared in the windows of Chesterfield’s plethora of independent shops and stores as part of the Be a Star and Support Independents campaign which has been organised by Independent Chesterfield, a group of like-minded business owners keen to promote the town. Eighty paper star lights are on display in the windows of businesses across the town centre.

 Carol singing

The world-famous Crooked Spire church, the Market Square and The Pavements Shopping Centre are all playing host to a number of carol services, bands and carol singers across the month of December.

Christmas Dreams

Visitors to the town and office party-goers can make a night of it and stay at Premier Inn Chesterfield situated within the Elder Way development. The hotel is uniquely situated to provide a convenient and comfortable stay, not just at Christmas but all year round.


As well as Christmas events and activities, Chesterfield’s iconic mock Tudor buildings, of which Elder Way is one, adds to the Christmas spirit of the town centre. Like Elder Way, Liberty, the luxury department store in London which is famed for its magical Christmas window displays and was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, is also a Tudor-style building built in 1924. A decade later construction on Elder Way in Chesterfield was completed and the Co-op department store was opened.

While the Co-op department store is long gone, the store’s façade has been sympathetically retained and restored while the interior of the building has been transformed into a Premier Inn on the upper two floors and seven street level units, which are now ready for occupiers.

If you’re interested in being part of Chesterfield’s thriving town centre community next Christmas, then Elder Way could be the ideal location for your food or drink business. Close to the Crooked Spire Church, Pomegranate and Winding Wheel Theatres, Market Square and two shopping centres, as well as car parks and within walking distance of the train station, Elder Way offers a premium town centre address for businesses.

Get in touch with our team now to discover what Elder Way can offer your business or contact Jomast Developments on 01642 666936.


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