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Discover the magic of Christmas in Shrewsbury

Christmas magic comes alive in Shrewsbury, with plenty of places to capture Christmas cheer. Indulge in mince pies and mulled wine, pick up perfect presents or celebrate the party season.

Late night shopping in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury's retailers are getting ready for a magical Christmas by extending their opening hours, allowing you longer to stock up on your Christmas gifts and essentials. Late Night Shopping will be taking place across the town every Wednesday from 23rd November to 21st December 2022.

Find more information about Christmas and New Year opening hours here.

The Original Shrewsbury Christmas

This year you can celebrate Christmas beneath Shrewsbury's Old Market Hall. Bask in the light of Shrewsbury's sparkling Christmas tree whilst children post their letters to Father Christmas in our Christmas post box, which has a direct line to the North Pole.

Write your very own letter to the big man in red, or download a template letter here.

The Shrewsbury post box will be in place from the Christmas Lights Switch On on 23rd November.

Father Christmas is very busy getting ready for Christmas Eve, if you would like a response to your letters please make sure to post them before Monday 19th DecemberPlease make sure to include your email address if you'd like a response.

Where to find Father Christmas in Shrewsbury

For the first time, this year Father Christmas is setting us his grotto in Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. He'll be joined by his team of elves in a wonderous workshop, crammed full of history and magic, from November 23rd to December 23rd.

This Christmas, The Darwin will be visited by their Festive Friends throughout the festive season. Find Father Christmas roaming the shopping centre every weekend in December and the week before Christmas, Monday 19th - Friday 23rd December.

Enjoy seasonal live music

This Christmas we're spreading seasonal cheer across Shrewsbury's town centre with a calendar of festive music. Every Saturday enjoy the musical talents of some of Shropshire's finest acts: Saturday 26th November Got 2 Sing Choir, Saturday 3rd December Stiperstones Brass, Saturday 10th December The Black Eyed Susans and Saturday 17th December Rock Choir.

Key festive events in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Christmas Lights Switch On

Wednesday, 23rd November 2022 -
4:30pm - 8:00pm
The Square,

Visit Father Christmas

Wednesday, 23rd November to Friday, 23rd December 2022
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,
The Square
SY1 1HL Shrewsbury

Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, 30th November 2022 to Monday, 2nd January 2023
Theatre Severn,
Frankwell Quay
SY3 8FT Shrewsbury

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, 3rd December 2022
Across town

Winter Warmer Wednesdays

Wednesday, 30th November 2022
Shrewsbury Market Hall,
Claremont Street
SY1 1QG Shrewsbury

Splinters of Heaven

Wednesday, 14th December 2022 -
4:30pm - 10:00pm
St Mary's Church,
St Mary's Place
SY1 1DX Shrewsbury

Carols in the Square

Wednesday, 14th December 2022 -
5:30pm
The Square,

Christmas and seasonal markets

Shrewsbury Charity Christmas Card Shop

Tuesday, 18th October to Monday, 12th December 2022 -
10:15am - 4:00pm
St Mary's Church,
St Mary's Place
SY1 1DX Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Farmers Market

Friday, 4th November 2022 -
9:00am - 3:30pm
The Square,

Shrewsbury Winter Fair

Saturday, 5th November 2022 -
10:00am - 4:00pm
St Mary's Church,
St Mary's Place
SY1 1DX Shrewsbury

Shropshire Produce Market: Winter Fair

Saturday, 19th November 2022 -
9:00am - 3:30pm
The Square,

CUPS Winter Market

Wednesday, 30th November to Wednesday, 21st December 2022 -
5:30pm - 8:30pm
CUPS Coffee and Creators,

Winter Warmer Wednesdays

Wednesday, 30th November 2022
Shrewsbury Market Hall,
Claremont Street
SY1 1QG Shrewsbury

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

Saturday, 26th November 2022 -
11:00am - 3:00pm
St Mary's Church,
St Mary's Place
SY1 1DX Shrewsbury

DRAWN Christmas Market

Saturday, 26th November 2022 -
11:00am - 5:00pm
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings,
Flaxivity Spring Gardens, Ditherington
SY1 2SZ Shrewsbury

Late Night at the Market Hall

Saturday, 3rd December 2022 -
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Shrewsbury Market Hall,
Claremont Street
SY1 1QG Shrewsbury

Made in Shropshire: Fair in the Square

Saturday, 10th December 2022 -
9:00am - 5:00pm
The Square,

Shrewsbury Prison Christmas Market

Saturday, 10th to Sunday, 11th December 2022 -
10:00am - 4:00pm
Shrewsbury Prison,
The Dana Prison
SY1 2HR Shrewsbury

Festive Gift Market

Saturday, 10th to Sunday, 11th December 2022
St Mary's Church,
St Mary's Place
SY1 1DX Shrewsbury

Family friendly events

Visit Father Christmas

Wednesday, 23rd November to Friday, 23rd December 2022
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,
The Square
SY1 1HL Shrewsbury

Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, 30th November 2022 to Monday, 2nd January 2023
Theatre Severn,
Frankwell Quay
SY3 8FT Shrewsbury

Film Night with Cats - Elf (PG)

Friday, 2nd December 2022 -
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Paws Cafe,

Festive Friends at The Darwin Centre

Saturday, 3rd to Friday, 23rd December 2022
The Darwin Centre,
Pride Hill
SY1 1PL Shrewsbury

Cats & Craft: Christmas Cookie

Monday, 19th December 2022 -
10:00am - 11:00am
Paws Cafe,

Cats & Crafts: Christmas Tree Decoration

Tuesday, 20th December 2022 -
10:00am - 11:00am
Paws Cafe,

Film Night With Cats: The Grinch (U)

Friday, 23rd December 2022 -
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Paws Cafe,

Festive film screenings

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!

Tuesday, 15th to Sunday, 20th November 2022
Old Market Hall,
The Square
SY1 1LH Shrewsbury

Film Night with Cats - Elf (PG)

Friday, 2nd December 2022 -
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Paws Cafe,

ROH Live: The Nutcracker

Thursday, 8th December 2022 -
7:15pm
Theatre Severn,
Frankwell Quay
SY3 8FT Shrewsbury

Film Night with Cats: The Holiday (12A)

Friday, 9th December 2022 -
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Paws Cafe,

Film Night With Cats: Gremlins (15)

Friday, 16th December 2022 -
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Paws Cafe,

Film Night With Cats: The Grinch (U)

Friday, 23rd December 2022 -
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Paws Cafe,

Seasonal workshops and tastings

AbbeyFest

Friday, 18th to Saturday, 19th November 2022
Shrewsbury Abbey,
Abbey Foregate
SY2 6BS Shrewsbury

Christmas Wreath Workshop

Monday, 5th to Sunday, 11th December 2022
Havana Republic,

Crochet a Christmas Garland

Saturday, 26th November 2022 -
10:30am - 2:30pm
Abakhan Fabrics Hobby & Home ,

Mini Wreath Decoration Workshop

Wednesday, 30th November 2022 -
6:00pm - 8:00pm
English Bridge Flowers,

Traditional Christmas Wreath Workshop

Saturday, 3rd to Wednesday, 7th December 2022
English Bridge Flowers,

Traditional Christmas Garland Workshop

Tuesday, 6th to Wednesday, 14th December 2022
English Bridge Flowers,

Christmas Gin Therapy

Friday, 9th to Friday, 16th December 2022 -
7:30pm
Gindifferent,

Seasonal tours

Tanners guided tour and carols

Thursday, 8th December 2022 -
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tanners Wines,
26-29 Wyle Cop
SY1 1XB Shrewsbury

A Christmas Carol Guided Tour

Saturday, 10th to Sunday, 18th December 2022
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,
The Square
SY1 1HL Shrewsbury

Music, carols and church services

Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by Candlelight

Friday, 2nd December 2022 -
7:30pm - 10:00pm
St Chad's Church,
St Chad's Terrace
SY1 1JX Shrewsbury

Massaoke Christmas

Saturday, 3rd December 2022 -
5:00pm
The Buttermarket,

Carol Concert

Saturday, 3rd December 2022 -
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Shrewsbury Abbey,
Abbey Foregate
SY2 6BS Shrewsbury

Rock Choir Live by Candlelight

Saturday, 10th December 2022 -
6:30pm
St Chad's Church,
St Chad's Terrace
SY1 1JX Shrewsbury

Bella Hardy Christmas Show

Sunday, 11th December 2022 -
7:45pm
The Hive,
5 Belmont
SY1 1TE Shrewsbury

Carols by Candlelight

Sunday, 11th December 2022 -
6:00pm
St Alkmund's Church,
St Alkmunds Square
SY1 1UH Shrewsbury

Carol Service at Shrewsbury Cathedral

Friday, 16th December 2022 -
7:00pm
Shrewsbury Cathedral,
11 Belmont
SY1 1TE Shrewsbury

Handel's Messiah

Saturday, 17th December 2022 -
7:30pm
Shrewsbury Abbey,
Abbey Foregate
SY2 6BS Shrewsbury

Rutter's Magnificent and Poulenc's Christmas Motets

Saturday, 17th December 2022 -
7:00am
St Alkmund's Church,
St Alkmunds Square
SY1 1UH Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Town Carol Service

Monday, 19th December 2022 -
6:15pm
St Alkmund's Church,
St Alkmunds Square
SY1 1UH Shrewsbury

Gaudette

Wednesday, 21st December 2022 -
7:00pm
St Alkmund's Church,
St Alkmunds Square
SY1 1UH Shrewsbury
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