The festive season is fast approaching and at Real Ideas we’ve been working hard to create a programme of festive events and experiences for all ages.

We thought long and hard about what we wanted to celebrate this year, last year we launched our ‘Think Big Shop Small’ campaign highlighting local businesses needing support following the impacts of COVID-19 and shared ideas on how to support small businesses without spending any money. For Christmas 2021 we wanted to focus on making memories and spending time with loved ones, all things that we all missed out on last Christmas.

So, this year, we’re bringing you Real Ideas for a thoughtful Christmas, a carefully curated programme of events and experiences designed to be shared and enjoyed by all the family. Cuddle up on a beanbag for a spellbinding journey through the winter’s evening sky with the Alien Who Stole Christmas, enjoy an evening under the Northern Lights or take a trip to the stars with astronaut Tim Peake – there’s something for everyone! Hosted at Market Hall in Devonport, you can now book for shared immersive experiences as well as a selection of storytelling events with The Story Republic in the 15 immersive dome.

In addition to these incredible immersive dome screenings, we’ll also be bringing back our interactive dome experiences following their success at Illuminate Light Festival 2021. Join us to create and design your very own snowflake and watch it flurry around you inside the dome at our Snow Globe Experience or create a beautifully unique bauble and hang it on our virtual Christmas Tree!

Alongside these immersive experiences, we’ll be bringing Market Hall back to its roots. The former fruit and vegetable market will be transformed this festive season to welcome a whole host of local traders and small businesses for a selection of Festive Markets happening each Sunday in December during the lead up to Christmas!

Get Christmas all wrapped up and browse a selection of thoughtful gifts by local makers, enjoy festive food and drink as well as experiencing spectacular choir performances on the iconic Market Hall staircase.

So, grab a mulled wine, mince pie, browse the stalls, and get in the festive spirit!