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Christmas lights, markets and events… Why Hull City Centre is the place to be this festive season



Hull’s city centre is set to be a hub of festive cheer this Christmas, as it transforms into a winter wonderland with an array of events and activities. 

After the big Christmas light switch-on and the Santa’s parade last week, the city centre is now sparkling and ready for the festive season with even more celebrations taking place this weekend. 

This Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, Hull Museums Quarter will host the Victorian Christmas Event & Market, offering a nostalgic journey into the past with traditional crafts and seasonal treats. Alongside this, the Trinity Festival Rebooted will fill the city’s pubs and bars with live music, creating a perfect blend of historic charm and contemporary festivity.

As December arrives, shoppers will be delighted by the Princes Quay Saturday Christmas Market opening on 2nd December, and the Good Things Christmas Market on Humber Street on 3rd December. These markets, along with the Christmas Craft & Flea Market at Hull Minster on 2nd December, present a perfect opportunity for finding unique gifts and indulging in festive delights.

Hull Minster will also host several other events, including the City Of Hull Brass Band Christmas Concert on 3rd December, the Christmas Tree Festival from 5th to 16th December, and Carols by Candlelight on 10th December. The festive atmosphere is further enhanced by Hull’s Christmas lights, now switched on, casting a magical glow over the city.

For family entertainment, the Santa Claus Showtime 2023 at Trinity Market, starting from 25th November every Thursday, along with Santa’s Grottos at the Prospect Centre and Princes Quay, are sure to delight the young and young at heart. 

Additionally, Hull Truck Theatre’s Christmas Panto Pinocchio, along with upcoming shows Princess and the Frog from 13th December and Snowmen on 5th & 6th January, and Hull New Theatre’s Christmas Panto Cinderella starting 16th December, promise memorable theatrical experiences.

The Holiday Inn Hull Marina adds a unique flavour to the festivities with its Murder 57: Murder Under The Mistletoe party on 7th December. For those who enjoy late-night shopping, Princes Quay, St Stephen’s, and other retailers offer an extended shopping experience every Thursday.

Hull City Hall is not to be missed, with a lineup of shows including Fairytale of New York 2023 on 2nd December, City Carols on 10th December, and several other festive performances. St Mary’s on Lowgate is also hosting the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on 29th December, offering a serene and reflective end to the festive season.

Additionally, free Christmas workshops in Hepworth Arcade every Saturday, starting 2nd December, followed by street entertainers and live ice carving demonstrations, are a great way to engage in creative activities and experience the festive atmosphere.

Aglow with Christmas lights and brimming with activities and events, VisitHull extend a warm invitation to everyone to join in with Hull city centre’s celebrations and make this festive season a memorable one.

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