Things to do at Meadowhall this Christmas

With more than 290 places to shop, eat and be merry this Christmas, over a thousand free parking spaces – including bays to re-charge your electrical vehicles – Meadowhall is the perfect place for your festive day out.

Whether you’re planning some Christmas family fun, a day of Christmas shopping with friends, or a winter get together with loved ones – your inspiration starts here.

From the very best gifts to the tastiest menus, festive cinema trips and a whole programme of seasonal fun and games, check out what’s on over Christmas at Meadowhall.

A Christmas winter wonderland at Meadowhall

The Grinch character sitting in a red sleigh

With so many ways to enjoy a day of festive fun, you can be sure there will be extra special ways we’re bringing the magic of Christmas to Meadowhall this year.

Look out for a magical snow flurry, with Meadowhall planning to make it snow for 10 minutes every day at 4.30pm outside in the Oasis Courtyard. Or meet our fun festive friends – including Mrs Claus, The Grinch, our festive Unicorn or Giant Gingerbread Men – who will be spreading Christmas cheer, causing mischief and giving a warm welcome to visitors throughout weekends in December and the week before Christmas. See the Christmas welcome page for the full details.

A unicorn puppet close up

With Christmas baubles, Angel wings, Santa’s sleigh and a giant snow globe, there will also be plenty of opportunities to pose for that perfect festive selfie. And when you post your Christmas pictures on social, tag @lovemeadowhall and #MHChristmas to go into the draw to win a £300 Meadowhall Gift Card.

A snowman decorated selfie bauble.

Shoppers will also hear the voices of local angels, with a selection of choirs performing throughout the festive period, or can take a trip to one of the Artisan Christmas markets to pick up some of Yorkshire’s finest local food, drink and crafts.


Meet Santa on his train

This year Santa is visiting Meadowhall on his very special train in December. Take a trip with your family on the Santa Express, meeting Santa and his Elves for an extra special Christmas experience.

Running every 20 minutes from 2pm – 8pm weekdays and 10am – 8pm weekends and holidays, passengers will board the train at the outdoor station – located next to the Oasis Dining Quarter Courtyard – and head off on a ride to before meeting Santa inside his warm and festive winter tipi at the end.

Throughout the journey there will be Christmas music and elves will be performing a song and dance routine to make it a truly magical trip for your family to remember. For FAQs, ticket prices and booking information see the Santa Express event page.


Christmas shop ‘til you drop

A christmas stocking with products around it.
Image provided by Paperchase

With stores ranging from FLANNELS Lifestyle, Zara and The Body Shop, to Hamleys, Menkind and so many more, you won’t be short of inspiration for a day of Christmas shopping at Meadowhall.

Find this year’s M&S Christmas Food collection in the newly-refurbished store, visit Beaverbrooks and Goldsmiths for a gift to remember, and get all of this season’s fashion – from party wear to trainers – with stops at Forever New, JD Sports, Reiss, Hugo Boss and Urban Outfitters… to name just a few.

Lush, Boots, Rituals and a visit to the FLANNELS first-ever Beauty Hall will keep you busy with beauty for hours, while Build-a-Bear, Lego, and The Entertainer will help you find that perfect gift for the little ones in your life.

There are also plenty of stores to find fabulous stocking fillers and other festive gifts, from Waterstones to The Independent Yorkshire Shop and Curated Makers.

And if you’re worrying about fitting all of that into one day, fear not, you can enjoy late night Christmas shopping with Meadowhall’s extended opening hours from 9am – 10pm throughout November and December. You can even pick up any parcels during your visit with Meadowhall’s dedicated Click & Collect service.

Christmas family activities

If you’re a family with children, there are plenty of ways to have hours of fun at Meadowhall while also burning off some of that excess Christmas excitement!

Get together with other family and friends and enjoy a day of Meadowhall’s Christmas indoor activities, including Rock Up, Air Haus and Jump Inc.

Girl jumping on trampoline

Air Haus is the UK’s first-ever interactive inflatable park with fast-paced tech games and extensive sensory experiences, while Rock Up is home to 17 incredible fun climbing walls towering over 8m. Jump Inc. is Sheffield’s only trampoline park with 24,000 sq ft of adrenaline-fuelled fun – and it’s just a stone’s throw away from Meadowhall’s main shopping centre on Vulcan road with its own on-site parking.

And if the weather is dry, the Riverside Adventure Playground outside of the Oasis Dining Quarter stays open throughout the festive period, so little ones can get some fresh winter air and plenty of fun!

Festive food

Bring family and friends together this Christmas season for some delicious food and drink at Meadowhall.

There’s a great atmosphere in the Oasis Dining Quarter over Christmas. With many restaurants offering festive menus or specials, it’s the perfect place to get together for a seasonal catch-up and some good grub!

A burger, fries, garlic bread, cake and a coca cola on a table.
Image provided by Fridays

Choose from more than 50 restaurants over two floors, with brands including Fridays, Carluccios, Pizza Express, Wagamamas, Giraffe, Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s and Five Guys, with somewhere for all tastes and moods.

Or, outside of the Oasis Dining Quarter, enjoy the globally inspired menu at the new Sienna Kitchen & Bar, a modern brasserie now open inside the FLANNELS Lifestyle store. And if you’re looking for a quicker stop, check out the Christmas Starbucks menu for a festive bite and hot drink.

A Christmas movie

With 11 screens of pure entertainment, sit back, relax and enjoy the latest film releases on the big screen at Vue this Christmas.

Vue Meadowhall

Enjoy replays of Christmas classics, and catch some new releases including Ghostbusters: Afterlife in November and Don’t Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Spider-Man: No Way Home in December.

And with a huge range of 'pick n mix', soft drinks and an irresistible Ben and Jerry's stand with every flavour of ice-cream, milkshakes and coffee, you won’t struggle to find a tasty treat or two for your festive day of fun.

Support our Christmas charity

We’re supporting the amazing work of Bluebell Wood and its Twinkle Twinkle appeal this Christmas. The appeal is dedicated to giving families the chance to celebrate loved ones near or far at what can be a difficult time.

Help us to help this very special cause by donating £3, £5 or £10 at our Giving Box – located on Upper-Level High Street. You can use contactless payment to easily donate and there will also be a Christmas tree by the side of the Giving Box where you can hang your very own handwritten Twinkle Twinkle dedication.

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