The Nights Before Christmas

Cripes. There’s a Santa’s sack full of happenings around Sheffield this Chrimble time!
In fact, what with our ongoing commitment to meeting european quotas on photos of dogs in baskets for the Christmas issue, there's too much to fit into this month's Exposed Magazine. So we've taken to the superinformation interhighway for a web-enabled run down of the city's Christmas highlights!
A Magical Christmas
Where: Botanical Gardens
When: December 9-11
Time: 4.30 – 8.30pm
How Much: £6 Adults, £1 U16s
A magical family Christmas evening out featuring children’s rides, illuminations and a miniature steam train through the gardens. See for more info.
Secrets of the Boudoir Burlesque’s Winter Wonderland
Where: West Street Live
When: December 4
Time: 7.00pm
How Much: £6.00adv, £8.00OTD
Find yourself plunged into a Winter Wonderland of burlesque, vaudeville, striptease, cabaret and dance. They’ll be exciting performances, free candy canes, a raffle and a prize for the best dressed guest. More at
Vintage Craft Market and Christmas fayre
Where: Nichols Building
When: December 4
Time: 10am-4pm
It’s been just a few months since the former ELR auction house was turned into a vintage centre showcasing all things retro, quirky and cool. They mark their first Christmas with a craft market and fayre which, as well as giving you the chance to browse the enormous array of antiques, artwork, handmade jewellery and books, will also mean you can get in the festive mood early by supping mulled wine, munching on roast chestnuts, singing carols and watching lindy hop dancing of the highest order.

Northern Lights Yuletide Party
Where: Rutland Arms
When: December 13
Time: 7pm – Midnight
How Much: £5.00
You are invited to the Northern Lights Yuletide Fancy Dress Party, with prizes for the best outfits, spoken word performances till 8.30 followed by the Rutland Arms’ finest DJs. www.northern for tickets.
Christmas with a Difference
Where: Otto's Restaurant and Private Function Room, 344 Sharrow Vale Road.
When: December 3rd
Time: 7.30pm
How Much: £25.00
Belly dancing nights at Otto's Restaurant with belly dancer Sofire Rosa. Includes a welcome cocktail, a 3 course Moroccan menu and entertainment. Call 0114 2669147 for details or see for more information.
Hare and Tortoise
Where: Crucible Studio Theatre
When: December 14th to January 7th
Time: 7.30pm
How Much: £6-£9
Brendan Murray’s new adaptation of Aesop’s fable Hare and Tortoise is the perfect family time activity! Tickets can be obtained by visiting the Box Office or by calling 0114 249 6000. Tickets are also available online at
Stables and Sleigh Bells at Tropical Butterfly House
Where: Crucible Studio Theatre
When: weekends in December until 18th and daily 19th-24th,
Time: 10am-5pm
How Much: £6.80-£7.80
Stroll through an Edwardian Christmas scene, hitch a ride aboard a magical sleigh and look out for creatures from snowy climates on your way to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting grotto. More information at

Sheffield Christmas Market
Where: City Centre
When: 18th to 23rd December
Time: all day
How Much: £6.80-£7.80
Set in the heart of the main shopping district, over 70 picturesque Christmas stalls adorn the streets offering a magical array of handmade gifts, decorations and food items – everything you need for the perfect Christmas celebration and a truly unique experience.
Christmas Vintage Fair
Where: The Nichols Building
When: 4th December
Time: all day
How Much: Free
Lots of homemade goodies, roast chestnuts, music, Christmas trees and vintage attire. More information:
Victorian Christmas Market
Where: Kelham Island Museum
When: December 3-4
Time: 10am – 7pm Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun
How Much: £5 Adults, Kids FREE
Traders in full Victorian fancy dress, over 100 stalls and many interactive attractions. Call 0114 272 2106 for more information or visit
Christmas Blues and Ales
Where: CADS, Snow Lane Entrance.
When: December 5-6, 12-13
Time: Midday to Midnight
How Much: £6.00
A large selection of blues bands performing with an even larger selection of real ales to choose from. Grab a bevvie and kick back with the Dale Storr band, Hummingbirds Blues Band, Natchez Burning, Billy Martin Jnr, Jack of Harps and the Dealers, M&J Blues, Bluestown, Green Onions, Robin Hoare Band and Mudcats. Rockin’. Find out more @
Joglaresa On Yoolis Night Medieval Christmas Carols
Where: Crucible Studio Theatre
When: December 9
Time: 7.45pm
How Much: £15 / £10 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 First Time Bookers / £3 Under 18 & Students
This Christmas Joglaresa is ‘strictly medieval’, with harps, vielles, voices and bells. From instrumental dances to Middle English lullabies, the group performs Christmas music from the twelfth to the fifteenth century.  Booking: 0114 249 6000 or

Special Yuletide Thursday Supper
Where: The Rude Shipyard, 89 Abbeydale Road
When: Every Thursday in December
Time: Served from 6pm
How Much: £7.50 a head
Rotating between a selection of tried and tasted favourites. The Rude Shipyard brings you a range of dishes from around the world.
Visit: Book now: Call 0114 2589653 to book a table.
Christmas Market
Where: Peace Gardens, Sheffield City Centre
When: From December 4
Time: All day
How Much: FREE
A truly magical experience awaits you in the Peace Gardens with the arrival of the Sheffield Christmas Market. Little wooden stalls offering a huge choice of seasonal goodies makes this the perfect place to stock up on gifts, foods and treats!
Three Pound Christmas Bazaar
Where: Snig Hill Arts Gallery
When: December 10
Time: TBC
How Much: TBC
Falling in between a church fete and an art show, the bazaar gives you the chance to purchase a unique gift or witness a performance from local arty types – and everything is £3 or less! See the ‘Three Pound Christmas Bazaar’ Facebook page for more.
Sheffield Vintage fair
Where: Sheffield Town Hall
When: December 3rd
Time: 12 – 5pm
How Much: Free Entry
The Sheffield Vintage fair is holding a huge Christmas special at the Town Hall. Featuring 40 of the UK’s best traders, pick up some unique vintage gifts for your loved ones or one of those OTT Christmas jumpers that would make your Nan proud! for more.
Xmas Eve Sonic Boom
Where: The Leadmill
When: December 24
Time: 10.30pm – 3am
How Much: £5 (Early bird)
Got to the point where you feel like showing Cliff Richard exactly where his mistletoe and wine can fit? Then why not see in the big day with some of your favourite indie and alternative tracks: dirty dancefloors and dreams of naughtiness indeed… for more information.

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