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Things to do at Christmas in Shrewsbury

Hunt down some history in Shrewsbury’s medieval streets or roam the riverbank on crisp winter days. Applaud the pantomime dame, listen to music that’s loud and live. Shop ‘til you drop or get away from it all - the choice is yours.

Things to do at Christmas in Shrewsbury

Kicking off the late night Christmas shopping is the Christmas Light Switch On in November, with the penultimate late night Wednesday before Christmas celebrated with Carols in the Square.

Don’t miss the panto at Theatre Severn, bringing Christmas magic and mayhem to audiences, with a colourful cast of characters.

The towns many churches make great seasonal venues too. Visit St Chad’s Church for the annual Shrewsbury Christmas Tree Festival. 50 trees fill the circular knave, each perfectly decorated and sponsored by a local group. Or try St Mary’s Church, which holds Christmas services and concerts. Visit the events page for information on what’s coming up.

Take the kids to meet Santa in Shrewsbury at the Christmas grotto in the Darwin Shopping Centre. There’s no better way to perk children up while Christmas shopping than having the chance to meet Father Christmas and his reindeer.

Or for shopping in the open air, visit the Shrewsbury Christmas Market in the Square. The farmers market brings together independent traders from across Shropshire to offer fresh, locally produced food.

If you’re planning a seasonal day in Shrewsbury, take a tour around the movie locations of the 1984 classic, A Christmas Carol. Scenes in the film used St Julian’s Church, the Parade Shopping Centre and St Chad’s churchyard, where Ebenezer Scrooge’s grave can still be seen today.

Theatre Severn

If entering on the street side, look out for the old chapel building which is embedded between the Stage Door and public entrance.

St Chad's Church

St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury occupies a prominent position in the county town of Shropshire.

St Mary's Church

The spire of St Mary's is one of the tallest in England and for over 500 years it has dominated the skyline of Shrewsbury's old town.

Charles Darwin Shopping Centre

In Darwin Shopping Centre you will find a range stores offering everything from fashion and food to furnishings.

The Market Hall, Shrewsbury

Beneath Shrewsbury’s iconic clocktower is the town’s award-winning indoor market.

The Parade Shopping Centre

Set in the heart of Shrewsbury, the Parade Shopping Centre provides a unique shopping experience.