Things To Do In Essex This Christmas 2017


Christmas is almost here! Amid the last minute scramble to buy and wrap gifts, the kids finishing school for the year, and family starting to arrive, you’ve got to plan how you’re going to keep everyone entertained!

Luckily there are lots of events in Essex for you to visit with the family, taking place between now and the New Year.

We’ve gathered a list so that you don’t need to do the searching.

Audley End House and Gardens - Saffron Walden

Audley End are hosting a number of events over the festive period.

Enchanted Audley End

Friday 15th - Saturday 23rd December

From 4:30pm to 9pm each night, visit the ground of Audley End to experience them in a completely different light. In the dark, explore amongst lanterns and fairy lights that guide you through the garden to a magical wonderland.

Meet the ‘escaped wildlife’ roaming the gardens and enjoy the sound of choral music playing during your visit.

Don’t miss the mince pies and mulled wine, and the Christmas shopping at the heritage-inspired shop.

Audience with Father Christmas

Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, and Saturday 23rd December

Meet Father Christmas on select dates throughout December. Listen to his stories amongst the decorated scenery, and lucky visitors can even get a festive gift!

Pre-booking is required.

Festive Falconry

Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th December

A slightly different twist on festive celebrations, visit Audley End to meet Hawks, Owls, and Falcons. Watch as falconers demonstrate exercising and hunting with the birds, and learn about how food was caught for the Christmas dinner table.

Drive In Movies at Hylands Park - Chelmsford

Experience a range of drive in films in the run up to christmas at Chelmsford’s Hylands Park, in the car park off the A414.

Booking in advance is essential as these showings are selling out fast.

Frozen, Wednesday 21st December at 5:30pm

Gremlins, Wednesday 21st December at 8pm

Die Hard, Thursday 22nd December at 8pm

Love Actually, Friday 23rd December at 8pm

Invitation to View: Talliston - Great Dunmow

Sunday 17th December

This used to be an ordinary semi-detached ex council house in Essex, but over 25 years it has been transformed into what the Sunday Times has dubbed ‘Britain’s most extraordinary home’.

It now houses over 1,800 items from 27 different countries around the world, as well as specifically decorated rooms and gardens to create a truly magical space.

Guided tours are lead by a member of the creative team, telling the story of each room and location. Visitors in December will also receive festive food and drink to enjoy.

Ice Slide at Castle Park - Colchester

Friday 1st December - Wednesday 3rd January

Enjoy the 5 lanes of icy fun on this 35 metre real-life ice slide at Colchester Castle Park.

4 lanes are for sledding, and the 5th is for riding an inflatable tube, providing great fun for the whole family! Please bear in mind that height restrictions apply. Anyone can ride so long as they can carry their tube or sled back to the top of the hill.

Book your 25 minute slot online, in advance, and ride the slide as many times as you like within that slot. Booking in advance is advised.

New Years Eve Family Party - Coggeshall

Sunday 31st December, 8pm till late

If you’re looking for something family friendly to do on New Years Eve, head on down to the Coggeshall Village Hall for celebrations, music, and dancing all night. The whole family are invited!

There will be a cash bar, and complimentary fizz when the clocks strike midnight.

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