Countdown to Christmas

Hello and welcome to the Countdown to Christmas page!

A brand new event on a new day - Saturday 18th November 2017!

For the first time we are turning on the lights in Doncaster on a Saturday and it’s all part of a daylong event that sees entertainment and fun across the entire town centre.

Below you’ll find the listings for all the sites, including details of all the performances on the main stage.

The main stage will be in Sir Nigel Gresley Square, outside Cast and will feature the usual switch on activities hosted by Trax FM.

The square will also have refreshments including free hot chestnuts and there will be a selection of food and drinks stalls and traditional chalets with attractions including Brodsworth Hall and our own Tourist Information Team with Doncaster related gifts on sale.

You’ll be able to watch the stage whilst children have photos taken in the free Snow Globe and then enjoy the fun of the fairground rides gathered in the area around the stage. You’ll even be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine to keep warm and get into the Christmas spirit.

Our stage line-up includes something for all the family from Mickey and Minnie’s Disney Christmas to a whole host of Disney Princesses, culminating in a full Frozen set complete with snow! We have Donny the Dog and Panto Characters galore as well as characters in the square for your photos and meet and greet opportunities.

There’ll be music too with Doncaster Council Choir as well as local performer Alexandra Parker violinist.

Closing the show we have Britain’s Got Talent finalists - Doncaster’s own Pensionalities.

Click HERE to download your Countdown to Christmas Festive Guide.

Clock Corner – 9:30 – 18:30

  • Pipe Organ
  • Childrens rides/attractions
  • Hot drinks and seating area

Goose Hill - 9:30 – 19:00

  • Childrens rides/attractions
  • Hot food stall

Market Square – 11:00 – 15:30

  • 11:00 – 11:30 – Doncaster Ukelele Group
  • 11:45 – 12:15 – Doncaster Council Choir
  • 12:30 – 13:00 – Hatfield Colliery Band Brass Ensemble
  • 13:30 – 14:00 – Cusworth Singers

Mansion House - 12:00 – 15:30

  • 12:00 – 12:30 – Doncaster Ukelele Group
  • 12:45 – 13:15 – Doncaster Council Choir
  • 13:30 – 14:00 – Hatfield Colliery Band Brass Ensemble
  • 14:20 – 14:50 – Cusworth Singers

Heritage Walk 1:30 (booking essential through TIC)

Jane Austen event 12 – 3pm Ballroom

Throughout the day mulled wine and mince pies

Waterdale – 16:00 – 18:00

  • Reindeer

Main Stage - Sir Nigel Gresley Square - 16:00 - 18:45

  • Welcome by Trax FM
  • Mickey and Minnie Christmas singalong                               
  • Clark School of Dance                                                    
  • Council Choir                                                                     
  • Disney Princess set                                                        
  • Clark School of Dance                                                    
  • Donny Dog/Mascots
  • Panto 
  • Disney Frozen                                                                                  
  • Alexandra Parker                                                            
  • The Pensionalities                                                          
  • Countdown, lights and fireworks

Treasure Hunt

This year we have 12 locations across the town who taking part in a festive treasure hunt. Follow the map in the Christmas campaign brochure (copies available from the Tourist Information Centre) from the 18th to the 27th November and collect from each location your stamp.

When your card is full hand in to the Tourist Information Centre and be in with a chance of winning a Doncaster Golden Ticket! The ticket entitles children to free rides on all the town centre rides throughout December.

This year Doncaster Council is offering the following free parking offer:

Colonnades car park - free parking from 1500 to 1800 from 1st December and up to Tuesday 2nd January 2018. 

Marshgate car parks - free parking from 1500 to 1800 from 1st December and up to Tuesday 2nd January 2018.