My Favourites

  • Experience a Victorian Chritsmas

    at Blists Hill Victorian Town

  • Enjoy a festive day out

    at Telford European Christmas Market

  • Christmas Light Switch-on's

    taking place across Telford and Wrekin

  • Santa experinces and festive days out

    for all the family to enjoy

  • Shop until you drop

    and find that perfect gift

  • Party nights and festive lunches

    to get you in the spirit

Christmas is a magical time in Telford and Shropshire and now that the nights are drawing in and the temperature is cooler we know that the festive season is just around the corner. What better time than to gather the family together, do a spot of shopping or even combine both with a festive break away. Take a look at our handy guide to make your Christmas in Telford a sparkly one to remember: 

Christmas Shopping

Telford Shopping Centre is home to many well known and loved high street, home ware and beauty brands under one roof making finding stocking fillers and special gifts for loved one easy. In addition to central Telford, the area has many borough towns which are full of independent retailers, mixing the old with the new making our destination truly unique. From our historical market towns of Wellington and Newport to the hugely popular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge you’ll be able to find that extra special gift with a personal touch.

Christmas markets and shopping

The Telford European Christmas Market will be hosted in Southwater, Telford Town Centre again this year with 32 chalets filled with gift ideas and delicious festive food and drink to enjoy, and nothing says Christmas that the delightful smells of comforting food whilst spending some quality time with your loved ones. This year the market will host a variety of christmassy entertainment including the return of the popular event Carols in Southwater on Friday 7 December 2018.

Telford and Shropshire also plays host to a number of other festive fairs and Christmas markets for you to enjoy during your visit: 

Ludow Christmas Fair, Ludlow Racecourse, 13 November 2018 

Christmas Fair, Wrekin Golf Club, 22 November 2018

Wellington Christmas Fayre, Wellington Library, 24 November 2018

Apley Christmas Market, Apley Farm Shop, 24 & 25 November 2018

Ludolw Medieval Christmas Fayre, Ludlow Castle, 24 & 25 November 2018 

Shropshire Handmade and Creative Christmas Fair, Salop Leisure, 24 & 25 November 2018

Christmas Craft Fair, Mytton & Mermaid, 25 November 2018

Christmas Food & Craft Fayre, Weston Park, 1 & 2 December 2018 

Much Wenlock Christmas Fair 2018, Much Wenlock, 1 December 2018

Christmas Market Night, Fallow Field Pub and Lodge, 3 December 2018 

Christmas Craft Fair, Meeting Point House, Southwater, 8 December 2018

Shrewsbury Christmas Festival, Shrewsbury, 22 December 2018

Telford European Christmas Marker, Southwater, 29 November – 23 December 2018

Festive lunches, afternoon teas, dinners and party nights

If you are in search of a festive lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or party night then look no further than the wonderful offerings that Telford and Shropshire has. From cosy pubs nestled away in rural locations, to bustling wine and cocktail bars located in historical market towns and the abundance of independent cafes and coffee houses hosting live music, we really so have this year covered.

Best Weston Valley Hotel, Ironbridge

The White Hart and Number Nine, Ironbridge

The Woodbridge Inn, Coalport

The Haughmond Upton Magna


Hadley Park House Hotel, Telford

Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Lilleshall, Nr Newport

Christmas in Southwater

Top and tail your Christmas get together with a visit to the Telford European Christmas Market a meal or activity in Southwater, click here to find out more. 

The best for Christmas groceries

Looking for that extra special tipple or Uncle Fred’s favourite cheese, Telford has all the ingredients for festive cheer and make Christmas with your family and friends special! Check out our list of the best independent farm shops, groceries stores and specialist liquor houses below:

Apley Farm, Norton 

Greenfields, Donnington and Priorslee

Morgans Butchers, Waters Upton

Moonshine and Fuggles, Ironbridge

Battlefield 1403, Shrewsbury

Where to stay

Why not extend your stay and make the most of our wonderful destination with an overnight stay, take a look at our accommodation offer here.

Festive shows, artisan courses, Santa experiences and grottos

Whilst you're in town why not make the most of it and attend one of our festive shows, artisan courses, or take a visit to meet Santa, we have lots of unique activities to choose from:

Fancy Dress Fun Run in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance, Telford Town Park, 2 December 2018

Cinderella, Oakengates Theatre, 11 December –  6 January 2018 

Father Christmas and his Reindeer at Hoo Farm

Santa Safari, Hawkstone Park Follies

Polar Express, Telford Steam Railway - SOLD OUT

Wreath Making Workshop, Newport, 7 December 2018

Santa Express, Severn Valley Railway

Deer Feeding at Attingham Park

Father Christmas at Attingham Park, 1 - 20 December 2018

Make a wooden elf workshop, Attingham Park, 24 November, 1 & 8 December 2018

Breakfast with Santa, Apley Farm

Skate with Santa, Telford Ice Rink, 24 November - 24 December 2018

Victorian Christmas, Blists Hill Museum, Ironbridge 

Santa's Grotto, Telford Centre, 17 November - 24 December 2018 



For more ideas on great days out and things to do head over to our 'things to do' section here


Hosting a Christmas event of your own? Email us with the details here

Please note that this page is produced as a guide only - please check ahead using the links provided above to ensure that the events are still taking place.