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Creative Christmas in Nottingham

christmas baublesI love Christmas. I always have. I can’t help it and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m like Buddy the Elf. Since about… ooh, October, I’ve basically been bouncing off the walls with excitement and counting down the days until I get to listen to Wham, Mariah, Slade et al, and open the first door on my Advent calendar. Well, now it’s here, and, as my boyfriend would probably attest, I’ve become almost insufferable. There’s only so many times you can hear someone squeaking about how pretty a Christmas tree is before you want to force feed her chocolate just so she’ll shut up. At any rate, I think it’s fair to say that Nottingham’s looking pretty Christmassy by now, and I’m loving every minute of it.

Here are some of the highlights of what’s happening:

12 Windows of Christmas Cheer

12 windows of empty shops dotted around Nottingham have been given a festive facelift this month, by some of Nottingham’s creatives. The project is a joint initiative between Nottingham Business Improvement District and Nottingham City Council, playing on the theme of – what else? – the 12 Days of Christmas and is part of a wider project aimed at attracting people to Nottingham for Christmas shopping and entertainment .

The windows will be decorated througout the Christmas period, and visitors can also play a part by voting for their favourite by scanning its QR code. Voting closes on 20th December, so get your votes in to win £500 to spend at any of the businesses who have taken part.

A very Contemporary Christmas

Last year, I ended up buying most of my Christmas pressies for family and friends at Nottingham Contemporary’s shop. If you’re looking for unique and fun gifts, or something for that one person who’s insanely difficult to buy for, you really need to drop in. And throughout December, the Contemporary are running loads of Christmassy events and activities. There are discounts available for both students and City Card holders, special offers on food and drinks, and kids can build a Haitian Christmas grotto and meet Santa Zebra (15th & 16th Dec).

Christmas craft fairs and markets

As Sue mentioned in our previous post, Christmas shopping can tend to bring out the odd homicidal rage in people. So, if you want to avoid the madness of the Christmas high street (and who wouldn’t? *shudders*), head out to a craft fair instead.

Wollaton Hall is holding a Christmas craft fair in the Courtyards each weekend in December.

Sherwood’s Christmas market runs until 15th December.

Craft in the City is back for its second year, in the Sillitoe Room at Waterstones this coming weekend (and other dates in December – different stalls every time – more info here), with over 70 of the city’s creatives selling their wares.

Also this weekend, Newstead Abbey is hosting a craft fair, alongside the house being decorated for Christmas. And if you’re looking to pick up some fabulous, locally-produced food for the festive season, the Fine Food market is in the Old Market Sqaure on 21st-22nd December.

And for the kiddywinks, Nottingham Arts Theatre present Puss in Boots, following the adventures of John Miller and his pet cat, er… Puss. Puss in Boots runs from 8th-16th December. Afternoon and evening performances are available, depending on day. Tickets are £14 (£12 concessions) and group discounts are available.