Christmas Open Evening at Colchester Castle



As a special festive treat, Colchester Castle’s FREE Christmas Open Evening returns for 2023. Soak up the festive atmosphere whilst seeing over 2,000 years of amazing history. With the Castle decked out in Christmas cheer, it promises to be a great way to get in the spirit of the season! There will also be an opportunity to meet Father Christmas and receive a small gift for just £5.

Make sure you take some time out to discover the Castle’s many nationally important treasures, plus our Gladiators exhibition.

Please note that the Castle can get very busy during our Open Evening, so a queuing system may be in operation. For useful information, such as how to find us, what to expect when you arrive and what facilities we have, we recommend reading our Access information: Access at Colchester Castle

This event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.


Entry to the Castle will be free, however if you want to meet Father Christmas and receive a small gift there is a £5 per child charge.

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Booking not required, simply drop in. Please note queuing may be in operation for Father Christmas.


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Christmas Open Evening at Colchester Castle

Type:Christmas Event

Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG

Tel: 01206 282939

Opening Times

Season (6 Dec 2023)
Wednesday15:00 - 20:30


Colchester CastleColchester Castle Museum, ColchesterColchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe and houses the town's main museum