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All the excitement of Christmas will soon be here, so prepare early and do not leave everything to the last minute. The arrival of Westfield takes Christmas shopping in Derby to an exciting new level. From cutting-edge fashion and stylish homeware to fine foods and the latest gadgets. There is though so much more to the shopping experience in the city, and both the historic Cathedral Quarter and The Lanes are home to a wide range of exclusive shops.

The Christmas Light Switch-on is scheduled for the 16 November 2008. The Christmas Parade will leave The Spot to travel the short distance to the Market Place at 4.15pm, when Father Christmas will be present. Details of special Christmas opening hours and events are listed below.


Late Night Shopping Arrangements.

Westfield Derby Late Night Shopping 2008: 15 Dec - 23 Dec, Mon - Fri 9am until 10pm; Saturday 9am - 7pm; Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm. Christmas Week: 22/23 Dec 9am until 10pm; Christmas Eve 9am until 4pm; Christmas Day - closed; Boxing Day 9am until 5pm**; 27 Dec 9am until 7pm; 28 Dec 10.30am until 4.30pm; 29/30 Dec 9am until 7pm; New Year's Eve 9am until 5pm; New Year's Day closed.


** Some retailers may be closed.

Please note that Primark in the Cathedral Quarter will open the same hours as Westfield Derby.

Shop opening hours outside Westfield - standard hours: Monday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm; Sunday 10.30am -4.30pm**; Thursdays 4 -18 Dec some retailers may open until 8pm. Christmas Week: 22/23 Dec 9am until 7pm*; Christmas Eve 9am until 5pm latest; Christmas Day - closed; Boxing Day 9am - 5pm**; 27 Dec 9am until 5.30pm; 28 Dec 10.30am until 4.30pm; 29/30 Dec 9am - 5.30pm New Year's Eve - 9am until 5pm*; New Year's Day - closed.


*These times may vary dependent on the retailer.

** Some retailers may be closed.

Please check opening hours with individual stores before travelling.

Christmas Lights  Itinerary - Sunday 16 November.

Santa's Parade - From The Spot to the Market Place - 4.15pm.

Lights Switch on - Market Place - 5.15pm.


A Selection of Religious Events.

17 December - Derby Cathedral -Radio Derby Carol Service -7.30pm

19 December - Westfield Derby - Grand Final of Christmas Carol Concert - All Day.

20 December - Derby Cathedral - Derby Choral Union Concert - 7.30pm.

21 December - St Peter's City Centre Church - St Peter's Carol Service - 6pm.

22 December - Derby Cathedral - Sing Christmas - 12.45pm.

22 December - Derby Cathedral - Christmas Concert - 'Journey to Bethlehem' for Children - 3pm.

24 December - St Peter's City Centre Church - Crib Service - 4pm.

24 December - Derby Cathedral - Christmas Carol Service - 3.30pm, 6.30pm.

24 December - Derby Cathedral - Midnight Mass - 11.30pm.

25 December - St Peter's City Centre Church - Holy Communion Christmas Day Service - 10am.

25 December - Derby Cathedral - Cathedral Christmas Eucharist - 10.45am.


For further information - Derby Tourist Information Centre - 01332 255802

Market Place Open Air Ice Rink

Open from 21 November to 4 January 2009 - The ice rink is all about having fun in a controlled environment.


Christmas Events

*Guildhall - Pantomime Adventures of Robin Hood - 4/7 December 2008. Tel. 01332 255800.

*Derby Dance - When Santa Lost His Beard - 6/7 December 2008. Tel. 01332 370911.

*Derby Dance - Aladdin's Christmas wish - 10/13 December 2008. Tel. 01332 370911.

*Assembly Rooms - Cinderella - 9 December to 10 January 2010.  Tel. 01332 255800.

*Guildhall - The Christmas Quangle Wangle - 10 December to 24 December 2009. Tel. 01332 255800.


*Please contact venue for further information of the above events listed and for full Christmas Programme.

All events are as advertised, but may be subject to change at short notice. This is not an inclusive list of events - for further information on other events - contact Derby Tourist Information Centre: Tel. 01332 255802.



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A city of considerable character, surrounded by attractive countryside. With the Peak District National Park, the second most visited National Park in the world, only a few miles to the north and the National Forest a short distance away to the south.

Located near the centre of the country, Derby has excellent communications and is well served by road, rail and air. The city lies at the junction of the main A6, A38 and A52 roads and junction 25 of the M1 is 15 minutes drive away. East Midlands Airport is an easy 12 miles drive to the south east of Derby.



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It is based on the Derby Evening Telegraph Supplement of March 2005 and links  to:

The excellent books of local historian Maxwell Craven and the wonderful photography of Andy Savage of have provided the inspiration for this site.


A selection of links on the Discover Derby Website, for the full list click here.

Derby Historical Notes

Derby Heritage Walk 1

Derby Heritage Walk 2

Derby Heritage Walk 3

Derby Wildlife Walks

Derby Pubs

Derby Pub Challenge


Derby Cathedral

St Mary's Bridge Chapel

Derby Museums    

Little Chester Heritage Centre    


Derby Events Calendar 2008

Derby Cathedral Events 2008

Let's go wild in Derby 2008 - Events

Derby at Christmas   


Metro Cinema    

Derby Ghost Walks   


Derby Parks     

Derby Parks Challenge     

Allestree Park      

Alvaston Park      


Chaddesden Park      

Darley Abbey Park      

Markeaton Park       

Normanton Park        

Riverside Gardens       


Westfield Derby    



Allestree Walk


Chellaston Walk

Darley Abbey

Darley Abbey Walk


Markeaton Walk


Mickleover Walk


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