As we write this post there are only 41 days, 09 hours, 4 minutes and 16 seconds until Christmas (not that we are counting…). With presents to buy, food to prepare and decorations to hang we thought that you should enjoy the festive period! So we have round up the best Christmas markets and events for you to check out in the East Midlands this winter. Now to get planning which ones to visit!

Nottingham Winter Wonderland – 17th November - Old Market Square, Nottingham

The Old Market Square, Nottingham is transformed into a Victorian Christmas market from the middle of November. With roasted chestnuts, an outdoor bar, rides, stalls and plenty of festive food on offer. The wonderland opens in the afternoon with the lights switch on at 5:30 pm. Why not even go for a skate around the Christmas tree on the open ice rink to really get in the spirit?

Christmas in the City, Leicester – 23rd November – 12:00 – 8:00 pm

See Santa, ride the wheel of light and see a Narnia themed tableau with the White Witch, Aslan and the land of mythical creatures get brought to life! You will even get a chance to meet the stars of this year's beauty and the beast play As well as visiting the winter food & drink fair, musical entertainment, performances, light games and the big switch by the Lord Mayor, accompanied by Santa Clause and the cast of Curve show, George’s Marvellous Medicine at 6:30 pm.

Coca-Cola Truck Tour Nottingham Victoria Retail Park – 8th December – 11 am – 7 pm

Holidays are coming! Don’t miss your chance to see the iconic Coca-cola truck in Nottingham. For one day only the truck stops off at the Nottingham Victoria Park and this is your chance to get a selfie with the truck and enjoy some refreshing Coca-Cola whilst listening to Coca-Cola's unforgettable jingle.

Santa Specials at Great Central Railway, 26th November – 24th December & Christmas Eve – Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre – Ruddington

Enjoy a ride on an old steam train through the Nottinghamshire countryside and bump into Santa! All children will receive a gift and season food & drink as well as meeting Santa himself! All services depart and return from Ruddington and operate every Saturday & Sunday from the 26th November until the 24th December. Prices start at £12 and booking is essential.

Dog Grotto, Sherwood Forest Country Park, 9th – 10th December 11:00 am – 12:30 and 2 pm – 3 pm

Do you make sure that your pooch isn’t left out at Christmas? Well, then they will love the Dog Grotto at Sherwood Forest. They will even get the chance to meet Santa Paws and receive a Christmas treat! There is a minimum donation of £2 with all proceeds being donated to Jerry Green Dog Rescue.

Santa’s  Winter Wonderland – SnowDome – Tamworth – 17th November – 31st December

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, your dreams can come true! Thanks to the Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome, Tamworth. Santa will be arriving in his wonderland full of real snow and even reindeer! As well as a Christmas show which includes helping Santa and his friends create the best ever Christmas song! you will have bundles of fun in the snow! Prices vary.

Take a look at all the fun you can expect to have!

Victorian Matlock Christmas Weekend & Markets – 1st – 3rd December – 10 am – 6 pm

Matlock’s Victorian market is one of the East Midland’s largest free outdoor Christmas events. The markets will see 150 stalls, a fantastic funfair, Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas parade and celebrity Light Switch on. Santa's Parade is happening on the Saturday at 4:15 pm and Santa's grotto will be in the park on the Saturday and Sunday, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Concluding with a spectacular firework display on the Sunday, at 5:15 pm.

Beauty and the Beast – 9th December – 14th January 2018 – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

It’s that time of the year. Oh no, it isn’t! Okay we won’t start but it is panto season and this year, the Theatre Royal sees Sherrie Hewson, Ben Richards, Ben Nickless and Andrew Ryan in a performance of Beauty and the Beast! For a fun-filled evening full of laughter and songs, book tickets to the best pantomime this season!

Christmas Eve Walk – Edwinstowe – Christmas Eve 11 am -12:30 pm

What could be more festive than a Christmas walk through the forest? Enjoy a gentle stroll with a park ranger through the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and look for winter wildlife. The perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations. Price: £3/ £1.50 Children.​​

The Great Christmas Show – Wollaton Hall – 25th November – 23rd December- (Dates vary)

The Great Notts Show in Nottingham’s Old Market Square saw thousands of people enjoy a fun day in the sun whilst strolling around stalls selling local produce. The Great Christmas Show at the picturesque Wollaton Park will play host to stalls selling many festive treats; fudge, chocolate, crepes, hog roast and much more. As well as workshops and demos and a chance to meet Santa and his reindeer at Wollaton Hall. For those daring enough you can take a tour in the creepy caves and tunnels under Wollaton hall and meet the ghosts in the haunted cellar. In the evening prepare to be spooked when listening to spine-tingling ghost stories.