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Frost Festival

Frost Festival Doncaster 2023
  • Venue/Location:Doncaster City Centre
  • Date: 23 Nov 23 - 21 Dec 23

Christmas events begin for Doncaster ahead of the festive season...

Frost Festival: Taking place from 23rd November – 29th January on Clock Corner, St Sepulchre Gate and the surrounding city centre areas

Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate Christmas in Doncaster with a whole host of events taking place in the run-up to the festive season.

The season of events will include visits from Santa Claus at the Mansion House as well as Christmas Carols in the Square with choirs, carols and musicians providing the backdrop to the entertainment. There will be festive cabins that will be open every day offering small retailers the opportunity to bring festive cheer and gift options to city centre shoppers, a children's tea cup ride, as well the return of the free snow globe for children to play in.

Waddle into Christmas with a magical lineup of seasonal activities in Doncaster for all the family!

An Evening with Father Christmas

Mansion House
Thursday 7th December, (sessions from 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm)
Tickets (£10 per child, Adults free, two adults per booking max)
A truly magical experience awaits when Father Christmas stops by the Mansion House for a festive evening of entertainment, activities, hot chocolate, cookies, gifts and photos in our fairytale setting. Tucked away within the Mansion House is our fairy hideout where the elves have been busy creating a festive treat for the children of Doncaster. Don’t forget your singing voices and dancing shoes as Santa is here to party!

Christmas Cabins

2nd-16th December (10am-5pm every day except Sunday 10am-4pm)
Lots of great gift ideas await at the Frost Festival Christmas Cabins situated in the area around Clock Corner between Frenchgate and Doncaster Market. Enjoy the charm and atmosphere and pick up a quality pressie along the way from the local makers, small businesses and craft style traders. Enjoy festive refreshments from the food and drink stalls. 

Frost Festival Finale

Sir Nigel Gresley Square

Thursday 21st December (6pm-9pm)

Join us for traditional carols and festive entertainment beside the Christmas tree. We have festive treats for all including scrumptious food and hot drinks as well as rides and activities for our younger visitors. The elves have been hard at work filling the snow globe for your photos and Father Christmas himself will be making one of his last appearances before he gets ready for the big day—a truly festive way to mark the start of the holidays with some traditional Christmas cheer.

FREE Event ~ Festive food and drink available to purchase

23rd November–29th January

Chill out with the penguins this winter!

Twelve stunning penguin sculptures featuring the work of talented artists can be found at locations across the city centre and form part of a new and enchanting family-friendly walkable trail.

With huge thanks to Wild in Art, City of Doncaster Council are delighted to bring you the 6ft penguin sculptures during this year’s Frost Festival. Each of the penguins has been sponsored by a local business/service so thanks to them all for helping create this magical experience for everyone.

So you have your map… off you go on the Doncaster Penguin Trail.

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Date and time

23 Nov 23, 09:00 - 21 Dec 23, 10:00


  • Doncaster City Centre
  • Doncaster
  • South Yorkshire
  • DN1 3PB