Christmas in Colchester 2019

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.

From Santa's grotto to pantomime, a trip to Colchester offers everything you need to keep your Christmas spirits up! And as usual, many of the town's unique attractions and venues 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.

For up to date information on the town centre and Christmas shopping events why not visit In Colchester, the website of Colchester's BID.

Colchester Castle in the snow

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 Christmas Markets. 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

Simply events...Christmas craft fair

Simply events...Christmas craft fair

Colchester

Sat 23 Nov 2019

Christmas craft fair

Christmas Market and Motability Fair

Christmas Market and Motability Fair

Colchester

Sat 23 Nov 2019

Christmas Market with over 30 stalls selling Festive food, drinks and gifts plus loads of activities and games for the children plus Motability fair with local car dealers displaying vehicles and talking about the scheme

Lion Walk Christmas Light Switch On

Christmas Light Switch On 2019

Colchester

Wed 27 Nov 2019

We have our yearly Christmas Light Switch On EXTRAVAGANZA! Join us for an evening not to be forgotten.

Friends of BWW School

FoBWW Christmas Shopping Evening

Colchester

Fri 29 Nov 2019

A Christmas shopping night for adults only! At Bishop William Ward School, Great Horkesley, CO6 4AT

Christmas Party Night

Christmas Party Night

Colchester

Fri 29 Nov - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Join us for our Christmas Party's at Colchester United Football Stadium. Enjoy a 3 course meal followed by a DJ. Perfect for your work Christmas do or join us with family and friends. i

Minories Christmas

The Minories Christmas Market 2019

Colchester

Sat 30 Nov - Sun 1 Dec 2019

Christmas Market at Local Gallery

Bourne Valley Crafters

Christmas Craft Fair

Dedham

Sat 30 Nov - Sun 1 Dec 2019

Bourne Valley crafters are pleased to have been asked to organise this event on behalf of the National Trust at the recently restored and renovated Granary Barn at Flatford Mill.

Brewery Open Day

Colchester Brewery Open Day

Colchester

Sat 30 Nov 2019

Brewery Open Day at The Colchester Brewery

Christmas Fair

Colchester United Christmas Fair

Colchester

Sun 1 Dec 2019

Join us on Sunday 1st December for our first ever Christmas Fair!

Self led family trail

Winter Self Led Trails

Colchester

Sun 1 - Tue 31 Dec 2019

Winter themed self led trail around Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair

Colchester

Sun 1 Dec 2019

Join us for our Christmas Fair on Sunday 1st December

Christmas Craft Market

Christmas Craft Market

Colchester

Sun 1 Dec 2019

Christmas Craft Market - local artisans selling their handmade wares.

Christmas Market

South Lanes Christmas Market

Colchester

Sun 1 Dec 2019

Christmas Market in Colchester's South Lanes

Festive tea

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Colchester

Tue 3 Dec 2019

Why not treat yourself and/or loved one to a wonderful Christmas afternoon tea

Dear Santa

Dear Santa

Colchester

Wed 4 Dec 2019

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with author Rod Campbell’s festive story DEAR SANTA.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity Christmas Concert 2019

Christmas Concert 2019

Colchester

Thu 5 Dec 2019

The annual ABF The Soldiers' Charity Christmas Concert with music performed by The British Army Band Colchester.

Christmas Gift Day

Christmas Gift Day

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Come and join us for our Christmas Gift Day where you can enjoy 10% off all gift items in the shop. You'll find ceramics, paintings and glassware from local artists as well as plenty of traditional stocking fillers.

Laura Jayne Fisk - Pop Up Shop

Laura Jayne Fisk - Winter Pop up Shop

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Luxury country inspired homeware by Laura Jayne Fisk - Pop up Shop.

Brewery Open Day

Colchester Brewery Open Day

Colchester

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Brewery Open Day at The Colchester Brewery

Santa Fun Run

Santa Fun Run

Colchester

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Join 600 other Santa’s to run, jog or walk the 10km, 5km or 3km circuit of Colchester Castle Park and raise money for your hospital.

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.

Parking

To co-incide with late night shopping events council-owned town centre car parks will be free on the evenings of 4, 11 and 18 December from 3pm

On Sunday 8 December car parks at Butt Road, Napier Road, Sheepen Road, and Middleborough will also be free to co-incide with the Christmas Market

Red Lion Yard
Fenwick at Christmas

Late Night Shopping

Late night shopping will run on Wednesday nights in the run-up to Christmas. Many of Colchester's shops will stay open until 9pm on 4, 11 and 18 December and council car parks will be free from 3pm on these days.

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