Christmas Events at Your Local Library

Published 15th November 2021

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Inspire Libraries! 

Get in to the festive spirit with us as we bring you a whole host of Christmas-themed activities and events at your local library. From craft fairs, to children's activities, to Christmas carols, we're sure we have an event to even get the family Scrooge in to the festive spirit! 

Find out what's happening at your local library below.

Library Event Date and Time Description
Arnold Christmas Craft Fair 4 December, 10am - 2pm Support local crafters and start your Christmas shopping! Free entry, just drop in.
Bingham Christmas Craft Fair 4 December, 10am - 3pm Support local crafters and start your Christmas shopping! Free entry, just drop in.
Burton Joyce Children's Christmas Craft - Santa and his happy helpers 4 December, 10.30am - 12.30pm Pop in and make a Christmas tree decoration.
Carlton Christmas Beanstalk Crafts Throughout December Drop in and make a leaf for the beanstalk to help Jack climb to the top.
Golden Egg Hunt Throughout December Find the eggs hidden in the library and enter a prize draw.
Christmas Badges 18 - 23 December Drop in on any of our open days and design your own Christmas badge using the badge machine.
Eastwood Children's Christmas Crafts 23 December, 10.30 - 11.30am to be made using the badge machine
Design Your Own Christmas Jumper 1 - 20 December, ongoing Closing date 20 December
Christmas Tree Decorating Throughout December Make a Christmas decoration for the library and to take home.
Hucknall Christmas Crafts 4 December, 10am - 2pm Help us decorate our Christmas tree by making a paper bauble. Free event. No booking required, just drop in and join the festive fun!
Kirkby Christmas Craft Fair 10 December, 10am - 2pm Start your Christmas shopping and browse unique, handmade gifts.
Children's Christmas Crafts Every Saturday throughout December, 10am - 12pm 4 December – Make your own Christmas bunting

11 December – Decorate an ornament for the Christmas tree

18 December – Make a Christmas tree table decoration
Santa Story Time 18 December, 11.30am Come along for a Christmas story time with our special guest - Santa!
Mansfield Christmas Heritage Café 14 December, 10.30 - 11.30am Please join us for tea and a Christmassy chat over memories of Mansfield during the Yuletide period.
Dementia Friendly Film Screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol 16 December, 1.30pm Tickets - £1 per person.* These screenings take place in the auditorium and are relaxed performances suitable for all, but particularly for those with dementia, their carers and families.
Newark Christmas Craft Fair 27 November, 10am - 2pm Support local crafters and start your Christmas shopping! Free entry, just drop in.
Ollerton Christmas Storytime 8 December, 4pm
15 December, 4pm
22nd December, 4pm
Please join us for a reading of a Christmas story and then related crafts afterwards.
Christmas Crafts From 22nd November and throughout December Join us for some exciting Christmas crafts, including Penguin and reindeer cards, gingerbread houses, and Tree Angels.
Retford Heritage Café - 'Celebrations' 2 December, 2 - 3pm Tickets 50p and include refreshments. Booking advised.
Dukeries Ukeries Ukulele Band Performance 4 December Drop in throughout the morning for a festive musical treat!
Children's Christmas Activities Throughout December Drop in to the library and design a snowman, find our impish elf, or create a Christmas tree decoration for our library tree.
Southwell Late Night Christmas Shopping 25 November Gifts to buy and children’s crafts, plus mince pies and mulled wine.
Dickens’ Christmas Voices 10 and 11 December, 7.30pm A selection of seasonal readings from the pen of Charles Dickens. Tickets £9 (includes mulled wine and mince pie)
Stapleford Children's Activity - Make a Christmas Tree Decoration 1 - 23 December Help us deck the halls by creating a simple decoration for our wall mounted tree. Just drop in during opening hours.
Christmas Rattle, Rhyme and Roll 16 December, 11.15 - 11.45am Booking required at the library.
Sutton-in-Ashfield Sutton-in-Ashfield Library's 50th Birthday! 13 December, 10am - 4pm Join us as we celebrate our birthday! Expect Christmas carolling, crafts, make n cake, Rattle Rhyme and Roll, and much more!
A House for an Elf 4 December, 1 - 2pm Make your very own elf house.
Santa Storyhullabaloo 8 December, 10 - 10.30am For under 5s. A visit from Santa during Storyhullabaloo!
Children's Christmas Crafts 11 December, 1 - 2pm Create baubles for your tree, enjoy christmas card making and make a christmas jar. Suitable for all ages. Booking essential at the library.
Online Event In the Bleak Midwinter: A Victorian Christmas in Nottingham 13 December, 7.30pm Join Mildred Freeman, The Lady Historian, to discover all of Nottingham’s Yuletide gossip and goings-on. Booking required*

*Booking is required for these events. Book The Muppet Christmas Carol or book In The Bleak Midwinter online. 

If you would rather curl up with a book as it gets colder outside, don't forget our libraries are home to a variety of festive stock to entertain and delight over the festive period. Pop in to your local library or browse the library catalogue online.

The festive period truly begins at Inspire with our annual An Inspired Christmas Concert! Join us in person at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham or online at our virtual Inspire Concert Hall as we celebrate the start of the festive period with this showcase of amazing performances from a host of talented young singers from Nottinghamshire schools and choirs.

Inspire Learning are also offering Christmas-themed courses this term. Discover Christmas Macramé, Christmas Crafts, Creative Writing, and more!

For more information about our festive events, visit your local library or get in touch with Ask Inspire on 01623 677 200 or

We look forward to welcoming you soon! 

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