Take time to enjoy a traditional Christmas atmosphere in Rutland, with an array of festive food to savour and a laid back shopping experience.

As the grass begins to turn a beautiful glistening white, the leaves start to crunch under your feet and the robins take centre stage, it’s the ideal time to explore the beauty of Rutland by getting out and about to experience the county in its festive form. Check our our festive events and experiences blog.

The Run up to Christmas

Christmas began in October at Gates Garden Centre, with their impressive Christmas displays. You could get all your shopping done here, with gift options for just about everyone; including planting and garden related pieces, the extensive range of gifts, homes accessories, children’s toys, footwear, clothing, aquatics centre and their very own farm shop full of tempting goodies and local produce.

Get inspiration from the festive displays at Rutland Nursery, Welland Vale and Rutland Garden Village (all with excellent cafe’s!). Plus there is a host of festive events available (listed at the bottom of this page).

Embrace the magic of the Twelve Days of Christmas at Belvoir Castle The enchanting installation, created by Charlotte Lloyd Webber, is available from 18 November to 2 January.

Festive Food!

A great way to get in the Christmas Spirit is to enjoy fabulous local seasonal food available throughout the county…  See below our handy festive menu directory! coming soon…

Great gifts without leaving the house

Think outside the box and get a gift that fits inside an envelope! Experiences and annual passes make for fantastic, thoughtful gifts (and can be purchased last minute without having to leave you house!).

Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland Water Nature Reserve & Burghley House offer annual passes. As do Anglian Water with their handy parking permit.

Gift vouchers are available for activities  such as golf – One Way Out Escape Roomsfly fishing – and courses at Hoggy’s Grill Cookery School – or experiences such as train driving, SUP boarding and sailing. Many restaurants also have gift vouchers available, where you can treat a loved one to an afternoon tea or meal out.

Tickets to Tolethorpe open air theatre, or other local theatres are also a great thing to look forward to.


Our small market towns of Oakham and Uppingham are abundant with shops offering a personal laid back service. Browse for artworks, antiques, jewellery, gifts, local produce and much more besides… don’t let Christmas shopping become stressful!

Christmas Events – take a look at the list below to see some fabulous festive events…

Vino and Vinyl


Saturday 2 December 2023 10am – 4pm

The Rutland Big Christmas Market at Rutland Hall Hotel


Rutland Women in Business are hosting The Rutland Big Christmas Market at Rutland Hall Hotel where there will be 60 stall holders inside and 15 outside offering a wide variety of perfect gifts for this Christmas. The public can also enjoy delicious food and drinks while exploring the market.

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Uppingham


Visit Uppingham on Thursday 7th December 5.30-9pm and enjoy this late night shopping event in our picturesque market town at Christmas time. There will family fun, festive entertainment, food & drink, craft & gift fair, festive activities galore & shopping for all!

Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle

30/11/2023 - 07/12/2023

This Christmas Eve experience set in 1849 will transport visitors back in time to a Victorian-era Christmas celebration, complete with candlelit Christmas trees, roaring fires, and beautiful period costumes. The atmosphere will be filled with the charm and warmth of the 19th century, providing a unique and immersive festive experience.

Price from £0

Psychic Supper Christmas Special at Rutland Garden Village


How our Psychic Supper will run:
The session will start around 7pm, though doors will open at 6:30 to allow the group to purchase a drink if required and get seated. Simon will greet each individual on arrival to enable him to tune in to his spirit guides.

Price from £30

Vino and Vinyl

Bat and Bottle Independent Wine Merchants, Oakham, UK

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale Gardens, Barnsdale Avenue, Exton, Oakham, UK

Rutland Nursery Late Night Shopping

Cafe @ Rutland Nursery, Lyndon Road, Manton, Oakham, UK

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Uppingham

Market Place, Uppingham, Oakham, UK

Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle, Rockingham, Market Harborough, UK

Christmas Tree Festival at Victoria Hall

Victoria Hall, High Street, Oakham, UK

Oakham Late Night Shopping

9 Market Pl, Oakham LE15 6DT, UK

Psychic Supper Christmas Special at Rutland Garden Village

Rutland Garden Village Oakham, Ashwell Road, Langham, Oakham, UK

Treasure Island Family Theatre

Rutland County Museum, Catmos Street, Oakham, UK