Looking for things to do at Christmas?
This year, embrace the festive season with a visit to Colchester where you will find something on offer for all the family. Whether you are interested in traditional seasonal events, need to find activities to keep the kids entertained in the holidays, or simply want to enjoy shopping for presents, Colchester has something for everyone.
Many of the town's unique attractions will be doing something extra-special to celebrate, creating some truly not-to-be-missed events that will make this Christmas in Colchester one to remember.
Festive Things To Do
Many of Colchester's top attractions are doing something extra-special for Christmas. Enjoy Colchester Zoo by Starlight, visit the Castle for free, or take a trip to a Vintage Funfair in Castle Park. Even Santa's stopping off - visit him at a variety of venues over the festive season.
Whether you live in Colchester or are just visiting there are some cracking events taking place throughout the festive season. From traditional panto courtesy of the Mercury Theatre, to carol concerts, and a Christmas Market. Colchester is bound to have something to keep you entertained.
If you're more Bah Humbug than Ho, Ho, Ho don't despair, escape into a tinsel free zone with alternative comedy at Colchester Arts Centre, some contemporary art at Firstsite, or catch a live band at one of our pubs and clubs.
Browse through our "What's On" guide to find up-to-date information on festive events happening in Colchester.
Shopping and more!
We've got great places to shop and get all those important presents; from big name stores to local independent traders. Enjoy shopping on the High Street, and the town's flagship department store Fenwicks, then head to the Lion Walk and Culver Square shopping centres to find those must have brands. Don't forget to explore the narrow lanes and streets at the heart of Colchester to see what our independent boutiques and stores have to offer.
Late night shopping will run every Wednesday from 30th November to 21st December, with free parking in council-run car parks after 3pm, so why not hit the shops and grab a bite to eat after work – the town centre has eateries to suit all tastes and pockets. Better still come and make a night of it; find the perfect place to stay now!
From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December Colchester Castle will capture the festive spirit when a Christmas Market takes place outside the castle walls.
The market will see independent traders bringing a host of delicious treats from around the world and unique gifts for family and friends, perfect for some Christmas shopping ideas.