Christmas at Cromford

December at Cromford Mills is packed with festive cheer!

Step into a winter wonderland at Cromford Mills and experience the magic of Christmas like never before! Every weekend in December, our Christmas Markets will transport you to a festive haven, open from 10 am to 4 pm on the 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17 of December. Dive into the holiday spirit with a unique twist—meet the Grinch himself on the 16th and 17th during the Christmas market! For a heartwarming encounter, visit Father Christmas or indulge in a special story time breakfast with him at Wheatcroft’s Cafe. As you explore the markets, and Community Christmas Tree Festival, sip on festive drinks and treats at our cozy cafes. The merry atmosphere continues with live music performances throughout December, featuring the talented John Gill entertaining the crowds each weekend. On the 9th, join the Rock Choir from 12 pm, and on the 16th, the Matlock Tuneless Choir will add to the joy. And what’s Christmas without a tree? From the 25th of November, choose from our selection of Christmas trees to bring the holiday spirit into your home. Join us on the 15th of December for the Cromford Christmas Carol Service at 6:00 pm starting in the mill yard then wassailing to  St Mary’s Church—a magical evening of carols and community spirit. Make this Christmas unforgettable at Cromford Mills!


Christmas Markets and Shopping at Cromford Mills
Cromford Mills has a great range of independent shops, located in the mill yard and open daily throughout the Christmas period. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy festive Christmas Markets on the 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, and 17th December, 10am-4pm.
You will be sure to find a wide range of gifts and treats at Cromford Mills. Keep an eye out on the 16th and 17th of December for a special guest appearance from the Grinch.


Visit Father Christmas – Pre-booking Recommended
Father Christmas will be visiting Cromford Mills on the  2-3, 9-10, 16-17 of December.

Individual ticket £10 and Family ticket £25 (up to 3 children) The price includes a wrapped gift from Father Christmas and proceeds will support the work we do here at Cromford Mill.

Book your Visit Today:   Meet Father Christmas – Sat 2 & Sun 3 December      Meet Father Christmas – Sat 9 & Sun 10 December      Meet Father Christmas – Sat 16 & 17 December


Breakfast with Father Christmas – Saturday 9 December, 9am
Enjoy a magical Festive Breakfast and story with Father Christmas at Wheatcroft’s Wharf Cafe. Each child will also receive a special gift.

Pre-Booking Essential. £12 per person, Under 2s are free  Book Your Experience Today: Breakfast and a Story with Father Christmas

Breakfast Menu:
Adult’s – Mill managers breakfast this includes: Cumberland sausage, 2 rashers of smoked back bacon, pan fried mushrooms,
Half a tomato, hash brown, baked beans, egg and oat cake or
Adult’s – Spinners breakfast this includes: Vegetarian Quorn sausage Has brown, pan fried mushrooms, tomato, egg, baked beans and oat cake

Child’s breakfast half portions of the above

Selection of individual cereals
Juice, Pastries, Tea and Coffee

Live music will return for a festive Christmas at Cromford. Don’t miss John Gill as he entertains the crowds each weekend in December. Rock Choir will be here from 12pm on Saturday 9th December and Matlock Tuneless Choir will join in the fun on Saturday 16 December from 12pm.

Christmas Tree Festival
This year, trees will be on display both in the Education Room and around the mill yard from Friday 1 December until Sunday 7th  January, including during our ever-popular Christmas Market weekends. We will be inviting the public to vote for their favourite tree at these weekends, and will announce the winner in the week before Christmas. This year we have chosen the optional theme of ‘sustainability’ for the decorations, inspired by last year’s winning tree. With the mill’s history of waterpower, sustainability is close to our heart. We would love to see some sustainable, eco-friendly decorations on our trees.

Christmas Trees for Sale
From 25th November, we will be selling a range of Christmas trees. We have both Nordmann Fir and Fraser Fir available and are priced:  4ft – £29.99, 5ft – £39.99, 6ft – £44.99, 7ft – £54.99

Christmas Carol Service – 15th December  – 18:00 start in the mill yard
The Cromford Christmas Carol Service is always a highlight of the festive period. It’s a time to come together, sing some classic carols and immerse yourself in the true meaning of Christmas.

Join us for some Christmas cheer as we wassail through the mill yard and across to the church for a short carol service and refreshments. Booking not required.


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