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Events and Things to Do in Essex this Christmas



Things to do, places to visit and forthcoming local events taking place in Essex leading up to and throughout the Christmas festive season.

Where available there are direct links and contact details for the event organisers who we recommend should be contacted directly for further information on any particular event before travelling.
Although accurate at the time of being entered, the information contained within maybe subject to change and as such Essex Tourist Guide does not accept responsibility for any omissions or errors to this content.


- OCTOBER -

Saturday 17th October 2015
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair
This Fair is an 'early bird' Christmas Craft and Design fair featuring over 30 makers and artists selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired items. This will be the ideal opportunity for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas.
This event showcases quality handmade crafts, with stallholders selling a range of items to suit all pockets. Stallholders include Capricorn Crafts, makers of wooden toys and gifts; Honeybee Soaps and Scrubs; Glass 'n' Gems; Peter Deans Ceramics and Barbara Russell Antique Bead Jewellery. In addition to selling her work, you can also see artist Julia Tanner painting at her stall.
Visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious home-made cakes with a cup of tea, all served in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DG
Further information at: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

- NOVEMBER -

Sunday 8th November 2015
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair
This Fair will feature 40 makers and artists selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired items. This will be the ideal opportunity for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas.
This event showcases quality handmade crafts, with stallholders selling a range of items to suit all pockets. Stallholders include Capricorn Crafts, makers of wooden toys and gifts; Honeybee Soaps and Scrubs; Kestrel Glass; Jewellery Maker Dizzy Dizzigns and The White Candle Company.
Visitors can enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful Lounge and Bar area of Greenwoods Hotel.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: Greenwoods Hotel & Spa, Stock, Essex CM4 9BE
Further information at: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

- DECEMBER -

Saturday 15th November to Wednesday 24th December 2014
Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland
Come and visit Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland at Marsh Farm this Nov/Dec 2014.
Create lifelong memories as elves, reindeer, toy-makers and of course the Big Man himself invite you for an unforgettably magic experience, the whole family is sure to love. Visitors are welcome to stay all day and explore the farm outside of their scheduled experience times.
Time: 9am to 5pm
Admission: 10 - 34.95
Venue: Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 5WP
Contact: 01245 321552 - info@marshfarm.co.uk
Website: www.marshfarm.co.uk/events/father-christmas

Tuesday 18th November to Wednesday 24th December 2014
FROST - A Unique Pop-up Grotto Experience
Sshhh Events are pleased to announce the first pop-up Christmas Grotto in Chelmsford Essex for Christmas 2014.
Frost Christmas will feature Elves, Fairies and of course Father Christmas centrally situated in Chelmsford High street and is a magical experience for children of all ages. Children can look forward to a magical experience of log cabins and fairy lit trees as well as a personal meeting with Father Christmas to reveal all their Christmas wishes and dreams. The Elves will guide them through the Grotto experience to meet Father Christmas before they receive a traditional gift to take home. Come and join us on this undiscovered adventure, journey through the unknown and into a place where Father Christmas will be waiting... Who knows, you may even see a little fairy on the way! A magical experience for all children! Online booking recommended.
Time: 10am to 6pm
Admission: 6.50 (online in advance), 7.50 (walk-in)
Venue: 9 High Street (Next to Thomas Cook), Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1BE
Contact: kim@sshhhevents.com
Website: www.frostchristmas.com

Thursday 4th December 2014
Advent Carols by Candlelight Service
Join Christian Aid at our Carols by Candlelight services to celebrate Advent and learn about our partners' work to improve maternal health in Kenya. We are pleased to welcome Stephen Ngugi from our Nairobi office, who will be sharing stories of our partners' work to bring hope and joy to new mothers in rural areas. Come along to this Carols by Candlelight service for this unique chance to hear how your support can make a difference at the very beginning of life. We are delighted to announce that the UK Government will match pound for pound donations made to this Christmas appeal between 7 November 2014 and 6 February 2015, meaning double the difference for people living in poverty. Mulled wine and festive treats will be served afterwards.
Time: 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Admission: Tickets are free but on a first come, first served basis
Contact: Book your place now on 020 7523 2105 or email LSE@christian-aid.org
Venue: St Leonard's Church, Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 4BL
Website: www.christianaid.org.uk/southeast
Registered Charity No. 1105851

Friday 5th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
A delicious 3-course festive menu
A free photobooth to document the night
A DJ with dancing
And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just 39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 6th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
A delicious 3-course festive menu
A free photobooth to document the night
A DJ with dancing
And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just 39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 6th December 2014
Festive Fayre
The Wilderness Foundation are organising a Family Festive Fayre at our site at Chatham Green on Saturday 6th December. The day is aimed at being a fun family event, where children can follow our magical reindeer trail, visit Father Christmas in his Canvas Cabin, meet Farmer Frasier and his friends farm animals, watch bushcraft demonstrations, make a natural Christmas decoration in our Education Centre and enjoy hot and cold refreshments.
Time: 10am to 3pm
Admission: 7 per child including gift / Adults Free
Contact: info@wildernessfoundation.org.uk
Venue: Chatham Green Project, Whitbreads Business Centre, Whitbreads Farm Lane, Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 3LQ
Website: www.wildernessfoundation.org.uk
Registered Charity No. 1118493

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December 2014
Hylands Christmas Fair
After the success of the previous year's the very popular Hylands Christmas Fair returns and is now extended to run over two full days. 160 stalls are sprawled across the Stables Visitor Centre, Grand Pavilion, outdoor areas and within Hylands House offering free entry to crafts, gifts, decorations, clothes, jewellery, fine foods and drink, something for everyone! As well as this they'll be entertainment for the whole family provided throughout both day's, including traditional fairground rides, carol singing by candlelight, brass bands, Queen Elza, live acoustic music, Snow Globe family photo booth, horse carriage rides, and of course the all important Santa's Grotto.
Time: 11am to 7pm
Admission: Free entry
Contact: Marc.miller@chelmsford.gov.uk
Venue: Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Website: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/christmasfair


Sunday 7th December 2014
Steam with Santa - Colne Valley Railway
Santa travels on board our luxurious Pullman train, with a present for every child!
Advanced Booking Prices: Adult from 10.00 per person, Child from 9 per person, Under 3s 3.50. Sorry no dogs
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Friday 12th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
A delicious 3-course festive menu
A free photobooth to document the night
A DJ with dancing
And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just 39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 13th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
A delicious 3-course festive menu
A free photobooth to document the night
A DJ with dancing
And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just 39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 13th December 2014
Christmas Craft Fair - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen is holding a one day 'Christmas Craft Fair' at St Mary Magdalen Church in Billericay, Essex. 16 talented artists and craftsmen will be selling their art/craft, some demonstrating. Come and buy your handcrafted Christmas Gifts directly from the maker.
Time: 10am - 5pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: St Mary Magdalen Church, High Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9BQ
Contact: Ann Cuthbert 07817 049432 - ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December 2014
Steam with Santa - Colne Valley Railway
Santa travels on board our luxurious Pullman train, with a present for every child!
Advanced Booking Prices: Adult from 10.00 per person, Child from 9 per person, Under 3s 3.50. Sorry no dogs
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Sunday 14th December 2014
Vintage Christmas Fun
The Old Chapel will be getting into the 1940s Christmas spirit! There will be 1940s singing at 2.30 and 3.30, hair and make-up artists to help complete the vintage look and activities for the family. Festive refreshments will also be available. Free entry! Come along and have some vintage Christmas fun!
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Gemma Smith 01708 222660 - gsmith@mary.havering.sch.uk
Venue: The Old Chapel, Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School, St Mary's Lane, Upminster, Essex RM14 2QR
Website: www.theoldchapelupminster.co.uk

Friday 19th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
A delicious 3-course festive menu
A free photobooth to document the night
A DJ with dancing
And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just 39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 20th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
A delicious 3-course festive menu
A free photobooth to document the night
A DJ with dancing
And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just 39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st December 2014
Steam with Santa - Colne Valley Railway
Santa travels on board our luxurious Pullman train, with a present for every child!
Advanced Booking Prices: Adult from 10.00 per person, Child from 9 per person, Under 3s 3.50. Sorry no dogs
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd December 2014
Free Festive Fun in Canvey
Visit Santa's Pop Up Grotto on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st December from 10.30am to 4.30pm and children can have their photo taken and make final requests to Santa. Plus on Monday 22nd December from 10.30am to 2.30pm for one day only, come and meet Santa's reindeer and wish them a safe journey as they head off around the world to deliver Santa's presents.
Venue: Knightswick Shopping Centre, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 7AD
Contact: 01268 515644

- JANUARY -

Saturday 10th January 2015
Shoestring Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This is a stripped back Christmas Party Night that is only available on 29th November and 10th January. You'll receive a two-course dinner and afterwards you'll dance the night away to our DJ.
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just 25 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


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