A look ahead to Christmas in Chesterfield
PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 December 2017
Things to do in Chesterfield during Christmas
Ever since pantomimes in their modern form, complete with dames and dollops of slapstick, came into being in the late nineteenth century, a visit to a pantomime has been an essential part of Christmas for many children – and their parents. Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre will be carrying on this wonderful tradition with showings throughout December of The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, a classic tale involving a flight over the rooftops of London to Neverland and plenty of shenanigans on the high seas. The production will star Sam Attwater, from Eastenders, as Captain Hook, Kelli Young, from Liberty X, as Tiger Lily and Anthony Sahota, from Let it Shine, as Peter Pan.
Thanks to the enterprise of Carrot Productions of Glossop, another more recent ingredient of the magic of Christmas in many towns is the bringing to life on the big screen of Raymond Briggs’ wordless book about a friendship between a young boy and the snowman he creates. The book, with its soft watercolour images, is a children’s classic, but the projection of those images on screen to the accompaniment of a live orchestra is now a classic in its own right. Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel Theatre is fortunate in being one of the venues (5th, 6th Dec) chosen for this year’s tour of The Snowman.
Although Christmas shopping is part of the magic of Christmas for many people, it can be something of a chore for some, but there is no better place to heighten the pleasure of Christmas shopping – or to take away the pain – than Chesterfield. The shopping experience begins at the extensive Ravenside Retail Park and continues in the large Market Square and the restored Market Hall where rows of colourful stalls house general markets and flea, artisan and farmers’ markets.
The town centre shopping area embraces a great selection of shops and stores. There is even a good selection of gifts for sale in Chesterfield Parish Church, the ‘Church of the Crooked Spire’. The entire shopping area is always bustling and colourful, but never more so than during the festive season when many of the stalls and shops are imaginatively decorated, including CW Sellors’ jewellery shop where the frontage was transformed last year into an outsize gift parcel.
With Christmas lights shining above the streets, Santa’s grotto installed in the Market Hall and Santa’s Sleigh making appearances in the Pavements Shopping Centre, Chesterfield will succeed as always in conjuring up the magic of Christmas for the thousands of Christmas shoppers who visit the town.