News & Events

The magic of Christmas will be in the air at Idlewells this December with a ho, ho, host of events taking place both within the shopping centre and across Sutton-in-Ashfield.



Last year’s selection box of activities and events proved hugely popular with visitors and we’re laying on another fine festive spread this year to whet the appetite in the build-up to the big day.

Santa returns to Idlewells on Sunday 1st December and will be in our festive grotto every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm this December. He’ll be granting Christmas wishes, meeting children and handing out special gifts throughout the month. Families can also embark on a mesmerising Virtual Reality Sleigh Ride on Saturday 7th and Saturday 21st December between 10am and 4pm and experience what it’s like to ride alongside Santa as he sets off on his travels to spread some festive cheer.

If you want to win big this winter, then why not take part in our Crazy Christmas Raffle. To enter, simply save all your receipts from any Idlewells retailers dated between the 1st and 14th of December. Customers can then bring all their receipts acquired across these dates to our special Elf Station on Saturday 14th December to be stamped. For every £10 spent, you will receive a raffle ticket – and multiple receipts can be used to make up a £10 total. The more you spend, the more tickets you receive and the greater your chance of being a winner! The draw for the raffle will take place at 3pm on Saturday 14th December with the winner receiving £500 worth of goods as well as two runners up prizes to the value of £150 and £50 (all from stores within Idlewells).

Our customers will also have the opportunity to snap some pictures in our snowball, which returns for another year! Our ‘Frosty Pod’, will provide you with the chance to win £50 by simply sharing your photographs with the Idlewells Facebook Page.

Finally, we’re partnering with Specsavers and St Mary’s Food Bank in Sutton this Christmas season to spread some extra festive cheer. We will be collecting for the less fortunate families in the local community and we’re asking you, our customers, to donate selection boxes to the cause. We’ll then distribute these sweet treats to local families just in time for Christmas.

There’s also a full programme of events taking place across Sutton town centre throughout November and December including the chance to meet Elsa from Frozen, a Christmas Festival Day, the Fire and Ice Ball and much more. Read on to find out more.

Idlewells Events:

Santa Arrives at Idlewells
Sunday 1st December and will be in our grotto every Saturday and Sunday in the run-up to Christmas.
11am – 3pm
Price is £2 per child and includes a free gift for every child

Virtual Reality Sleigh Ride
Saturday 7th and Saturday 21st December
10am – 4pm
Suitable for both children and adults

Crazy Christmas Raffle
Sunday 1st – Saturday 14th December
Winner announced at 2pm on Saturday 14th December

Ashfield Play Forum Free Craft Session
Saturday 7th December
A chance for visitors to make Christmas decorations and get crafty for Christmas!

Selection box donation in partnership with Specsavers and Mary’s Food Bank
Throughout December
Please speak to a member of our team to donate any selection boxes to the cause.

Sutton-in-Ashfield events:

Christmas Festival Day
Venue: Sutton Old Market Place
Date: Saturday 30th November
Time: 11am – 5pm

This event will feature a light show, snow globe, fun fair rides, a new lighting display for 2019, a market on Portland Square, entertainment and much more.

Frozen at Sutton Library
Date: Saturday 30th November
Time: 11am – 12pm

A chance to immerse yourself in the Frozen experience and meet Elsa, take part in face painting, find the characters hidden throughout the library and enter into a special prize draw.

Salvation Army Band
Venue: Idlewells
Date: Saturday 30th November, Saturday 7th December, Saturday 14th December, Saturday 21st December*
Time: 10am – 12pm
*The Salvation Army Band will be joined by Churches Together who will be carol singing on 21st December.

The Salvation Army Band will be back for another year putting on a performance for shoppers and collecting donations for this wonderful charity.

Hucknall & Linby Brass Band
Venue: Unit 9 at Idlewells
Date: Saturday 30th November
Time: 12pm – 3pm

The Hucknall & Linby Brass Band will be playing some festive songs for our shoppers in unit 9.

Fire and Ice Ball
Venue: Regency Dance Centre
Date: Saturday 7th December
Time: 8pm – 11:30pm
Price: Adults £20.00, U16s half price

This Winter Wonderland family event includes a disco, demonstration, Ballroom, Latin-American and Sequence dancing, and a buffet. There will also be a live dance cabaret from an experienced ballroom couple.

Optional dress code: We want Frozen Princesses and Snow Queens, so participants can wear something blue and silver to match the theme!

Andrew Randall – singer
Venue: Idlewells
Date: Saturday 14th December
Time: 12pm-3pm

Christmas Food and Gift Fair
Venue: Sutton Town Centre
Date: Saturday 21st December
Time: 9am – 4pm

A thoroughly festive fair with the chance to browse unique products, seasonal gifts, handmade items and tasty food and drink.