Christmas events in Essex
Get into the festive spirit and enjoy some of the great Xmas events!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and there’s plenty of fantastic Christmas events in Essex to get you in the mood for Santa’s arrival!
From Christmas markets and winter wonderlands to carol concerts and Christmas parties – there’s so much to see and do!
Here we take a look at just some of the festive holiday highlights you can enjoy in the run up to the big day…
- Riverside Winter Wonderland at Riverside Ice and Leisure
Visit the magical Riverside Winter Wonderland, open every weekend throughout December. The ice rink will be adorned with Christmas decorations and a special snow machine will create a wintry feel. Elves will greet skaters and there will be Christmas carols from the BIG SING Community Choir* . Surrounding the rink will be Christmas market stalls with local producers selling seasonal produce, plus a Special Christmas area with Santa’s Grotto.
- Christmas Carols by Lantern Light
Head over to nearby Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester on Wednesday December 21st for a wonderfully festive evening of carols in the Gardens, illuminated by Christmas lights and lanterns. Sing Christmas carols to live music with deliciously mulled wine, apple juice or hot chocolate in hand.
- Teddy Bears Christmas Party
One for the little ones in your party… Bring your favourite teddy or soft toy and join the magical Teddy Bears Christmas Party at Leigh Community Centre, Leigh On Sea. The event takes place on December 23rd between 10.30-11.30am.
- Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo is the place to be this Christmas! Get into the festive spirit from 17-24th December and meet Santa’s beautiful reindeer in their stables and travel through the farmyard to meet Santa’s friends. You can join the elves and friends for a very merry Christmas party! Or why not make Christmas crafts at the Elves’ Workshop.
- The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Come and build a den on the beach, keep warm by the fire and toast some marshmallows. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential for this event, which takes place on December 22nd-23rd. Please phone the centre on 01255 679379.
Christmas breaks in Essex
Are you looking for the perfect escape this Christmas? Enjoy a more relaxed festive season, with a Christmas break at our holiday park from just £299! Take the stress and strain out of Christmas this year and escape to beautiful Mersea Island! We’ve got some great deals available on short Christmas breaks in Essex, including 4-night stays over Christmas from £299 and 3-night stays over New Year from just £279! Check out our great offers here.