Christmas Events & Shopping in Rutland 2023

Make some magical memories in Rutland this festive season, by visiting Christmas Fayres, enjoying seasonal menus, and partaking in some festive activities.

Rutland continues to live up to its county motto ‘Multum In Parvo’, by offering ‘Much in Little’ throughout the festive season. Not only will visitors be spoilt for choice when it comes to gourmet experiences, dining options and fabulous hospitality, but also by the variety of magical festive events and Christmas shopping opportunities on offer, there has never been a better time to discover Rutland!

From rustic chic mini breaks to stocking up the larder for a festive feast and even an encounter with Santa himself, Discover Rutland has shared the most magical experiences not to miss this Christmas.

There are lots of opportunities to get that perfect gift for everyone on your list, whilst ensuring you’re getting great value and supporting small, local businesses. From Otters Fine Food hampers, Warner’s Traditional Sweet Shop fudge, local gins from Multum Gin Parvo & ales from The Grainstore Brewery, or even a BBQ cookery experience voucher from Hoggy’s Grill, Rutland can satisfy any appetite. Many pubs and restaurants offer vouchers which are great for gifting. Head to our market towns of Oakham and Uppingham, or out of town centres such as Rutland Garden Village, Gates Garden Centre, Rutland Nursery, Welland Vale Garden Inspirations and Wymondham Windmill for a stress free shopping experience, providing something a bit different.

For experience lovers, you can gift train driving at Rocks by Rail, SUP boarding at Rutland Watersports, Aqua Park Rutland vouchers, or how about One Way Out Escape Rooms, fishing, golf, cycling and lots more! For a gift that keeps on giving, annual passes for Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Burghley House or the popular Anglian Water parking permit are always welcome. Not forgetting the tickets available for Stamford Shakespeare Company performances at the magnificent Tolethorpe open air theatre – there truly is something for everyone.

If you want to extend the fun, why not stay overnight at one of Rutland’s many elegant hotels or cosy cottages whilst taking a few of these events and visiting are selection of festive Garden Centre displays?


Christmas Fairs:

17 November                    Barrowden Christmas Art and Gift Fair

18 November                    Rutland Fairtrade Christmas Market at Oakham Castle

17-18 November              Peterborough Cathedral Christmas Craft & Gift Market

23-26 November             Burghley Christmas Fair

2-3 December                   Festive Fair at Rutland Garden Village

3rd December                  The Rutland Big Christmas Market at Rutland Hall Hotel

3rd December                  Oakham Christmas Lights Switch-on

7 December                       Late Night Shopping & Christmas Fair in Uppingham

11 December                     Oakham Late Night Shopping


Christmas Experiences:

18 Nov – 2 Jan                   12 Days of Christmas at Belvoir Castle

22 November                    Uppingham Christmas Fatstock Show

22-24 November             Peterborough Cathedral Luxmuralis light display: The Manger

24 Nov – 31 Dec                Christmas at Belton

30 Nov – 7 Dec                 Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle

1-23 December                 Santa’s Grotto at Spanhoe Lodge

25 Nov – 24 Dec               Breakfast or Dinner with Santa at Gates Garden Centre

9-10 December                 Breakfast with Santa at Barnsdale Gardens

10 December                    Breakfast with Santa at The Grainstore

12 December                     Psychic Supper Christmas Special at Rutland Garden Village

9-16 December                 Afternoon Tea with Santa at Rutland Farm Park

9-31 December                Festive Mini Golf and Winter Trail at Rutland Water

1 Jan                                  New Years Day Dip at Rutland Water