Christmas can be a wonderful and magical time, but it can also be stressful, chaotic and exhausting. If you want to escape the Christmas mayhem at home and get away for a change of scenery, why not consider a trip to Derby? Here are our top five reasons to head to Derby this Christmas.

Experience the Christmas spirit

In the run up to the big day, Derby is the place to go to feel festive. The city is laying on so many colourful and magical events in the lead up to December 25, all designed to get you well and truly into the Christmas spirit. From ice skating on the outdoor rink in the Cathedral Quarter to interactive festive fun at Derbion, the city’s shopping and entertainment complex, there’s something for all the family. Don’t forget that Derby is a great base from which to explore some of the quaint Christmas markets on offer in nearby towns such as Bakewell and Matlock too.

The joy of panto

Nothing puts you in the festive spirit more than a great pantomime – oh yes it does! This year’s offering is Mother Goose, showing at Derby Arena until December 31. Coronation Street baddie Todd Boyce (Stephen Reid) is leading the line up, alongside Dame Morgan Brind. You can expect all the mayhem and madness of a great panto, with tickets starting from just £19. It’s the perfect day out for the whole family.

A shopaholic’s dream

If you love to shop, then head to Derby to hit those Boxing Day sales. The city is a shopper’s paradise. You can head to Derbion Shopping Centre to explore a host of well-known high-street brands as well as places to eat and drink. Or you can head to the idyllic Derby Cathedral Quarter to explore the independent and artisanal shops there.

The Great Outdoors

Derby serves as a great base from which to explore the rolling hills of the Peak District. Every year, thousands of walkers head into the great outdoors to explore its limestone valleys, breathtaking peaks and picturesque lakes. It’s the perfect way to burn off that Christmas dinner or escape from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush. The trek from Harlington to Pilsbury Castle, Derwent Valley Heritage Way and Dovedale Stepping Stones are among the most popular walks.

A fantastic choice of accommodation

Derby also offers a great range of places to stay, including an array of self catering apartments from Grand Central Apartments. These apartments offer a ‘home from home’ experience, affording guests more flexibility and comfort than a hotel. Each apartment has modern, high-quality furnishings and boasts a well-equipped kitchen, meaning you can dine as and when you like.

These self catering apartments are an ideal option for larger groups or families travelling together. Self catering apartments are available in locations across the city, whether you want to be close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre or further afield in a quieter neighbourhood. Either way, Grand Central Apartments has the ideal accommodation for you to spend a happy and comfortable Christmas 2023 in Derby.