Christmas in Colchester 2017

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.

Santa in Colchester

Featured Christmas Events

Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Sat 25 Nov 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Classic panto fun for all the family at the Mercury Theatre

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Ice Slide

Ice Slide

Fri 1 Dec 2017 - Wed 3 Jan 2018

Have fun on the amazing 35 metre long Ice Slide in Castle Park.

Castle Snow

Free Christmas Open Evening

Wed 13 Dec 2017

Colchester Castle opens it's doors for free as a seasonal treat.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Switch On

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas starts here! Watch the grand illumination of Colchester's Town Centre lights.

Fenwick Dove

Fenwick's Festive Showcase

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Watch a huge Christmas projection animate the front of Fenwick Department Store

Festive Fun In The Square

Festive Fun & Light Switch-on

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Festive Fun in Culver Square. Watch the grand Christmas Light Switch On by some very special guests from Frozen

Lion walk Lights

Christmas Light Switch On & Fireworks

Wed 29 Nov 2017

Christmas light Switch-on in Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Minories Xmas

Minories Christmas Market

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Our brilliant Christmas Market returns for another year. Filled to the brim with amazing goodies made by our regions very talented local artists, designers and makers. Come along and see what Christmas gifts you can find for your loved ones

Christmas Lights

Late Night Shopping

Wed 29 Nov - Wed 20 Dec 2017

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Colchester Town Centre

Made in Colchester

Made in Colchester Christmas Fair

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Christmas Fair at Colchester Arts Centre

Xmas Market

Colchester Christmas Market

Sun 3 Dec 2017

Colchester's big Christmas Market comes to the High Street.

Festive Things To Do in Colchester

Many of Colchester's top attractions are doing something extra-special for Christmas. Enjoy Colchester Zoo by Starlight, visit the Castle for free, or experience a Festive Day Out with Thomas at the East Anglian Railway Museum.

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.

Festive Events

Christmas Craft

Christmas Craft Fayre

Colchester

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Christmas Fair in Rowhedge Village Hall

Christmas Zoo

Christmas Starlight Night

Colchester

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Late Night Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Minories Xmas

Minories Christmas Market

Colchester

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Our brilliant Christmas Market returns for another year. Filled to the brim with amazing goodies made by our regions very talented local artists, designers and makers. Come along and see what Christmas gifts you can find for your loved ones

Snow White

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Colchester

Sat 25 Nov 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018

Classic panto fun for all the family at the Mercury Theatre

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Colchester

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Switch On

Colchester

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas starts here! Watch the grand illumination of Colchester's Town Centre lights.

Firstsite

Colchester Vegan Christmas Fair

Colchester

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas Vegan Fair at Firstsite

Fenwick Dove

Fenwick's Festive Showcase

Colchester

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Watch a huge Christmas projection animate the front of Fenwick Department Store

Festive Fun In The Square

Festive Fun & Light Switch-on

Colchester

Sun 26 Nov 2017

Festive Fun in Culver Square. Watch the grand Christmas Light Switch On by some very special guests from Frozen

Lepra Christmas Bazaar

Lepra Christmas Bazaar

Colchester

Tue 28 Nov 2017

Christmas Bazaar at Lepra HQ

Lion walk Lights

Christmas Light Switch On & Fireworks

Colchester

Wed 29 Nov 2017

Christmas light Switch-on in Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Christmas Lights

Late Night Shopping

Colchester

Wed 29 Nov - Wed 20 Dec 2017

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Colchester Town Centre

Ice Slide

Ice Slide

Colchester

Fri 1 Dec 2017 - Wed 3 Jan 2018

Have fun on the amazing 35 metre long Ice Slide in Castle Park.

Fayre on the Square

Christmas Fayre in the Square

Colchester

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Festive Fun in Culver Square

Trinity Street Santa

Christmas Market

Colchester

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Christmas Market on Trinity Street

Dedham at Christmas

Dedham Christmas Market

Dedham

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Christmas Market on Dedham High Street

Made in Colchester

Made in Colchester Christmas Fair

Colchester

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Christmas Fair at Colchester Arts Centre

Secret Vintage World

Secret Vintage Christmas World

Colchester

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Annual Vintage Fair pops up in 37 Queen Street this year

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Colchester

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Xmas Market

Colchester Christmas Market

Colchester

Sun 3 Dec 2017

Colchester's big Christmas Market comes to the High Street.

Shopping and more!

Shopping

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.
Fenwick at Christmas

Parking

Remember Colchester Borough Council has special Christmas parking deals: FREE parking after 3pm on Wednesdays from the 29 November to 20 December at all its town centre car parks and money-saving offers available at other times too, including parking on Sundays for £1 all day at selected sites.
Red Lion Yard
High Street Lights

Late Night Shopping

Late night shopping will run every Wednesday from 29th November to 20th 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!
Tiptree Christmas Selection