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Christmas in Colchester

Christmas in Colchester

From shopping to pantomime via grottos, reindeer, trees and surprises. Colchester offers all you could want and more this Christmas. Stop by for an afternoon Christmas shopping, or spend a few days on a winter break.

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Colchester at War

World War One Commemoration Events

2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One, and as a Garrison town Colchester has numerous events, exhibitions and activities taking place to mark the occasion

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Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Why not try one of our Guided Tours? Running every Saturday at 11am with a qualified Blue or Green Badge guide, the best way to discover Colchester's history is to walk the streets where the events happened.

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What's On in Colchester Today

Colchester In The First World War

Colchester In The First World War

Mon 2 Jul 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Exhibition commemorating WWI in Colchester Castle


Legacy: Two works on hope and memory

Sat 22 Sep 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite


Raqs Media Collective: Not Yet At Ease

Sat 29 Sep - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Exhibition as part of #1418NOW at Firstsite

Mark Titchner, Please Believe These Days Will Pass

flyingleaps: Art on the Streets

Tue 2 Oct 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Sherlock Bones

Sherlock Bones

Thu 25 Oct 2018 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

Family Activity in Colchester Castle

Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere

Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere

Sat 10 Nov 2018 - Sun 12 May 2019

Art Exhibition at Firstsite

Jack And The Beanstalk


Sat 24 Nov 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019

The Mercury panto is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

Christmas Cornucopia

Christmas Cornucopia

Sat 24 Nov - Sun 16 Dec 2018

An annual pop up exhibition selling beautiful paintings, prints, jewellery, glass, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, accessories etc by local and national artists and makers. Now in it's 8th year the Christmas Cornucopia is a cracker!

Festive Afternoon Tea

Festive Afternoon Tea

Sat 1 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Whether for a quick catch up over coffee or the luxury of an afternoon tea, the lounges of Wivenhoe House are open daily. Our special Festive Afternoon Tea is only available this December between the 1st and 23rd.

Santa Grotto

Santa is coming to Fenwick

Sat 1 - Mon 24 Dec 2018

Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to bring his festive grotto to Fenwick Colchester this December.

Dedham Art Society

Dedham Art Society Winter Exhibition

Sun 2 Dec 2018 - Sat 2 Feb 2019

Dedham Art Society Winter Exhibition Colchester Library Gallery

Colchester Christmas Treasure Quest

Colchester Christmas Treasure Quest

Fri 7 Dec 2018 - Sun 13 Jan 2019

A thrilling treasure quest around the town centre. Crack codes, solve riddles and visit the town to uncover the location of the hidden "treasure" with a prize of £250 for the lucky entrant who gets it correct. Family friendly fun.

Santa's Grotto

Santa’s Castle Grotto

Sat 8 Dec 2018 - Mon 9 Dec 2019

Father Christmas visits Colchester Castle


Terrifying Tales From the Tea Shop

Wed 12 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Festive Ghost stories, upstairs in Jacqueline's Tea Room

Journey to Oz

Journey to Oz

Wed 12 - Fri 14 Dec 2018

Follow us down the yellow brick road this Christmas for the annual Essex Theatre Arts Society pantomime, full of sparkles, humour, songs and innuendo.

Classic Horror

Classic Horror Nights - To The Devil A Daughter

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Classic Horror Screening at Colchester Arts Centre

Christmas Memorial Carol Service

Christmas Memorial Carol Service

Thu 13 Dec 2018

The ever-popular Memorial Carol Service takes place in the Colchester Crematorium Chapel on Thursday 13th December, at 2pm

ABF Christmas Concert

ABF The Soldiers' Charity Christmas Concert

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Join the Essex Committee for their annual Christmas Concert performed by The Band of The Parachute Regiment. Get in the festive spirit!


Christmas Party Nights

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Looking for a staff Christmas Party with a difference? Join us at Hedingham Castle for a Christmas banquet to remember. Dine in the 900 year old Norman Keep and then dance the night away with our resident DJ.

Christmas Showcase Poster

Christmas Showcase

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Join our students for an evening of Musical Theatre, Acting and Song Guaranteed to put you in the Christmas Spirit

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