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

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.

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

Castle Snow

Free Christmas Open Evening

Wed 13 Dec 2017

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

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Sat 16 - Sun 24 Dec 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

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

Ady Johnson

Ady Johnson & Adrian Nation Live Christmas Show

Colchester

Wed 6 - Wed 13 Dec 2017

Ady Johnson's annual gig - at the Headgate Theatre this year.

Layer Marney Tower

Christmas Carol

Colchester

Mon 11 - Fri 15 Dec 2017

The Christmas Carol organised by Groups Direct – tour, three course lunch and Christmas

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.

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

Castle Snow

Free Christmas Open Evening

Colchester

Wed 13 Dec 2017

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

Christmas Lights

Late Night Shopping

Colchester

Wed 13 Dec 2017

Christmas Late Night Shopping in Colchester Town Centre

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Colchester

Wed 13 - Fri 15 Dec 2017

Essex University's Theatre Arts Society present their annual Panto at the Lakeside Theatre

MS-UK Carol Concert

MS-UK Carol Concert

Colchester

Thu 14 Dec 2017

Carol Concert at St Botolph's Church with music from The Sound Collective choir and Colchester Brass Band

Star Wars Holiday Special

Wrong Film Club: Star Wars Holiday Special

Colchester

Thu 14 Dec 2017

Infamously bad cinema, at Firstsite

Kentwell Hall's Dickensian Christmas

Kentwell Hall's Dickensian Christmas

Sudbury

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Enjoy a traditional Christmas at Kentwell Hall

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

Mersea Island

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Christmas craft and shopping event on Mersea Island

John Cooper Clarke

Christmas Poetry Bash

Colchester

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Local & legendary poetry at Colchester Arts Centre

Christmas Zoo

Christmas Starlight Night

Colchester

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Late Night Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Darth Vader's Galactic Grotto

Colchester

Sat 16 Dec 2017

This Christmas, Darth Vader has felt your presents. At Ace Comics

Day Out With Thomas

Festive Day Out With Thomas

Colchester

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Thomas the Tank Engine makes an appearance at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas

Colchester

Sat 16 - Sun 24 Dec 2017

Christmas Fun at Colchester Zoo

Illumiloonies

The Winter Gathering

Colchester

Sat 16 Dec 2017

A day of activities at Firstsite

Guilty Pleasures

Christmas Guilty Pleasures Disco

Colchester

Sun 17 Dec 2017

Christmas Disco at the Victoria Inn

Goblin's Peter & The Wolf

Goblin's Peter & The Wolf

Colchester

Sun 17 - Sun 31 Dec 2017

Christmas Kids Theatre at Colchester Arts Centre

 JASON FREDERICK CINEMATIC TRIO

Music from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Colchester

Sun 17 Dec 2017

Jazz & Snoopy at Colchester Arts Centre

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