Christmas in Colchester 2018

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 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.

Santa in Colchester

Featured Christmas Events

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

Dedham Art Society

Dedham Art Society Winter Exhibition


Sun 2 Dec 2018 - Sat 2 Feb 2019

Dedham Art Society Winter Exhibition Colchester Library Gallery

Victorian Colchester

Guided Tour: Victorian Colchester at Christmas


Sat 14 Dec 2019

Guided Walking Tours of 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.
Fenwick at Christmas


Remember Colchester Borough Council has special Christmas parking deals: FREE parking after 3pm on Wednesdays from 5th 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 28th November to 19th December, with free parking in council-run car parks after 3pm on 5th, 12th & 19th December. 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

Christmas Markets