Your guide to Christmassing at intu Derby

We don’t know about you but Christmas has to be our favourite time of year. The decorations are already up (sorry not sorry!), we’ve filled the diary with loads of magical activities, and we’re ready to shop our novelty socks off.

Feeling the festive fever too? Then you’re in the right place, because we’ve rounded up all the festive fun you’ll find at intu Derby over the next few months. And for even more Christmas inspiration, read Christmas calendar here - updated daily, it's got everything you need to see, shop and eat this season. 

Find your festive wardrobe

Gift giving and festive markets aside, our favourite part of Christmas is shopping for the perfect party outfit. From All Saints to Zara and Topshop, Me Me Me Shoppers will find something irresistible to sparkle in as party season moves into full swing.

See the full list of our fashion-forward stores here.

Christmas round every corner

This year, there are loads of ways you can get Christmassing at intu Derby – in fact you’ll find Christmas round every corner of the centre. We've got a brand new festive forest experience for little ones, fantastic Christmas entertainment all season long, festive films and plays, Christmas feasts and even late night shopping from December.

Find out what else is on at intu Derby here.

Festive Forest

When: 17 November - 31 December

Where: Level 2

Little shoppers can have fun at our brand new magical festive forest. Our new Christmas experience is full of fun and interactive games for the little ones. Kids can jump into our snow ball pool, zoom down glacier slides, and show off at our ice-cool climbing area.

Tickets are £2.50 for a 30-minute play. On weekends in December customers can purchase a £6 ticket for a 30-minute play plus a visit from Santa and a fantastic Playmobil toy. Tickets can only be purchased in centre direct from the festive forest reception desk on Level 2. T&C's apply.

Opening times:

17 Nov - 8 Dec: 10am - 4pm 

9 Dec - 23 Dec: 10am - 6pm

Christmas Eve: 10am - 4pm 

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 10am - 4pm 

27 Dec - 30 Dec: 10am - 6pm

New Year's Eve: 10am - 4pm

Find out more about The Festive Forest here.

See what's big in beauty

Whether trying a bold new look or buying for a fellow beauty aficionado, beauty is always a big hit at Christmas, and at intu Derby you’ll find some of the biggest names in beauty, including MAC, BootsDebenhamsLush and KIKO.

This year, we’re seeing the trend for beauty advent calendars continue as big beauty brands like The Body Shop join the party and release their own, filled with little pots of their most popular products.

Read our roundup of 2017’s best beauty advent calendars here.

Relax and refuel

There comes a point on every big shopping trip when you just have to take a break!

intu Derby has over 30 restaurants and cafes, and this season, look out for special festive menus from Pizza ExpressZizzi, Nandos, TGI Fridays, Wagamama, Byron and MEXIco.

Shopping for a foodie friend? Why not gift them something traditional yet luxurious, like Carluccio’s Italian biscuits, chocolates or a classic Panettone.

Check out our full list of eateries here.

A (smart) home for Christmas

If you’re looking for gift ideas for those choosy few, why not get them something for the house? We house a wide range of retailers specialising in affordable yet stylish homeware and interior design, from high-street hero Marks and Spencer, to Lakeland and Next.

Buying for a too-cool-for-school nephew or cousin? Get them a tech gift they’ll be proud to show off. Bag them the latest smartphone from 3EE or Vodafone, or check out the newest console releases at Game and HMV.

Want more gadget and home gifting inspiration? Try our innovative Gift Finder here.

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