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

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

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

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

Nightflix

Nightflix - Drive In Cinema

Colchester

Tue 3 - Sun 29 Dec 2019

Nightflix is a mobile Outdoor Cinema who bring the excitement of movies alongside a food market with Christmas stalls and entertainment for the whole family.

McCarthy and Stone welcome guests to Lancer House

Colchester Cancer Choir perform at Lancer House

Colchester

Mon 16 Dec 2019

Residents at McCarthy and Stone’s Lancer House Retirement Living Plus development on Butt Road in Colchester are inviting locals to join them in getting into the Christmas spirit, with a live performance by the Colchester Cancer choir.

Christmas Party Night 2019

Glitter Ball Christmas Party Night

Colchester

Thu 19 Dec 2019

Celebrate in style this Christmas at the Town Hall’s ‘Glitter Ball’, ideal for your office party and team night out.

carol service

Carol Service @ St Leonard-at-the-Hythe

Colchester

Thu 19 Dec 2019

Traditional Christmas Carols plus a Christmas Memory Tree. Fill your heart with festive spirit in one of Colchester's historic churches.

Lipsink

The Lipsinkers Christmas Special

Colchester

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Cabaret at Colchester Arts Centre

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Colchester

Fri 20 Dec 2019

Santa Claus is coming to town! Specifically to DX’S Rollerworld. Throughout December Rollerworld will be hosting Santa as he sets up his Grotto in our Skate Garden.

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair in the Square

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Dec 2019

Christmas Fairs in Culver Square

Snowy Lake

Winter Wander and Christmas Lunch

Colchester

Sat 21 Dec 2019

Get out for some fresh air with a winter birdwatching wander around the reserve with our expert guide Liz

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Colchester

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Dec 2019

Santa Claus is coming to town! Specifically to DX’S Rollerworld. Throughout December Rollerworld will be hosting Santa as he sets up his Grotto in our Skate Garden.

Widdershins

Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny

Colchester

Sun 22 - Tue 31 Dec 2019

Christmas Kids Show at Colchester Arts Centre

Breakfast with Santa

North Pole Breakfast with Santa

Colchester

Sun 22 Dec 2019

Treat your child to something very special this Christmas! On the 22nd December, Santa himself will be telling a story about one of his North Pole adventures! This theatrical performance will take place as part of Breakfast with Santa

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol By Candlelight

Colchester

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec 2019

The Classic Christmas Tale - at Colchester Arts Centre

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Santa's Grotto At Rollerworld

Colchester

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Dec 2019

Santa Claus is coming to town! Specifically to DX’S Rollerworld. Throughout December Rollerworld will be hosting Santa as he sets up his Grotto in our Skate Garden.

New Year's Eve Party

New Year's Eve with Phil Jacksons Rock N Roll Band

Colchester

Tue 31 Dec 2019

Celebrate the New Year in style with your friends and family here at Colchester United Football Club!

New Year's Eve Gala Ball

New Year's Eve Gala Ball

Colchester

Tue 31 Dec 2019

The most glamorous night of the year, our New Year’s Eve Gala Ball combines tradition, a sumptuous feast and music and entertainment that’s worth getting dressed up for. Join us at the beautiful Town Hall to celebrate the start of 2020.

New Year's Eve Gala Ball

New Year's Eve Gala Ball

Colchester

Wed 1 Jan 2020

The most glamorous night of the year, our New Year’s Eve Gala Ball combines tradition, a sumptuous feast and music and entertainment that’s worth getting dressed up for. Join us at the beautiful Town Hall to celebrate the start of 2020.

Winter Crafts

Storytelling and Winter Crafts at Oxford House Sch

Colchester

Wed 22 Jan 2020

Come along to our Storytelling and Winter Crafts Open Morning on Wednesday 22nd January 2020.

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