Exhausted our Shop and need some more ideas for Christmas presents? Christmas markets around Essex are full of great shopping ideas,  festive food and yummy treats.

For other ideas take a look at the Festive Fun page, and for full listings see the Things to Do section

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Chadwell Heath Baptist Church

Hatfield Hall

St Mary's Church

Megans JigsawsLights
Barleylands Farm Park

Billericay Methodist Church

Billericay Reading Rooms

The Billericay School

Cromwell Manor

Downham Primary School

Festival Leisure Park
The Ivory Rooms

Lincewood Primary School

Pioneer Special Needs School
Platform 3 Social Club

Presidents Community Hall

Runwell Community School

Steepleview Community Hall

St Mary Magdalen Church
St Therese of Lisieux

The Wick Community Centre

Acre Wood Pre-School

Blake House Craft Centre

Bocking Primary School

Braintree Museum

DeVere Primary School

Friends Meeting House

Newlands Shopping Centre

Terling Village Hall

Twinstead Village Hall
Wickham St Pauls Village Hall

White Court Primary School

Woodend Farm

The Brentwood Centre

Budworth Hall

Shenfield Parish Hall

Weald Country Park

Canvey Island

Cedar Hall School
Daws Heath Social Club

The Old Fire Station

The Paddocks

Richmond Hall

The Salvation Army

St Katherine's C of E Primary School

Thundersley Congregational Church
Thundersley Methodist Church

Broomfield Community Centre

Cardinal Bourne Hall
Church of Our Saviour
Downham C of E School

Galleywood Heritage Centre

Great Waltham Primary School

Hylands House & Estate

Lady Immaculate School

Little Baddow Memorial Hall

Meadows Shopping Centre!

Ramsden Preschool

Rettendon Primary School

Stock Village Hall

Trinity Square

The Wilderness Foundation

Abberton Reservoir
Ardleigh Village Hall
Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

Beth Chatto Garden

Bourne Mill

Christchurch URC

Coggeshall Grange Barn

Coggeshall Village Hall

Colchester Castle

Colchester High Street

Culver Square

Dedham High Street

Magdalen Hall
Mersea Centre

Poplar Nurseries

Rowhedge Village Hall

Secret Location!
The Institute Hall
Venture Centre
White Colne Village Hall
The Green
  • Epping Christmas Market: It will feature the usual mix of festive gifts and street food, singing from the children of Epping Primary Schools, dance and circus performances and festive music from the Epping Forest Band.

St Mary's Church

  • Christmas Fair 2014:  There will be lots of stalls for all the family including festive refreshments, toys, Christmas gifts (for adults and children), lucky dip, jewellery, toiletries, bottle tombola, raffle and lots more besides! 

Murray Hall

The Gateway
  • Christmas Fayre: Harlow Mums in Business and Mumpreneurs Networking Club, have joined forces with one of the busiest venues, the Gateway, to provide a networking and support forum for small companies, and Christmas fayre which will showcase some of the multi-talented business people of Harlow and its surrounding area.
Ardleigh House
  • Winter Wonderland Spectacular: A huge Christmas event for the local community to enjoy a fun family day out. A santas grotto, live music, children's fairground rides, meet and greets with some of your favourite characters as well as lots of stalls and some yummy food. The perfect start to December to get everyone in the festive mood!

Bedfords Park Visitor Centre

  • Christmas Celebration Event: Join us for traditional Christmas wreath making, childrens craft activities, craft sales tables, mulled punch, mince pies and more.

Broadford School
Friends of Broadford Christmas Bazaar:  Annual Christmas Bazaar

Chadwell Heath Baptist Church
  • A Crafted Christmas Fair:  Are you looking for gifts that are not on the high street? Handmade quality items created with love and care? Maybe you have a special occasion on the way or you want to treat yourself?  We will also have a delicious Caribbean menu and refreshments as well as a Santa's Grotto.
The Chafford School
  • Charity Christmas Gift Fair and Funday: Come and join us for a day of fun and shop for all your Christmas needs. Meet Santa in his grotto and tell him what you want for xmas! Or meet our Disney princess lookalikes in our photo booth!

Collier Row Library

Elm Park Primary School

Francis Bardsley Academy for Girls

Havering Museum
Hornchurch Library
  • Christmas Craft Fayre:  Various stalls offering a range of unique handmade gifts. Refreshments available throughout the day.

The Mawney Foundation School


  • Myplace Christmas Market:  Enjoy browsing through our many stalls, selling gifts, decorations, delicious treats and lots more enticing items. Make time to visit Santa's Grotto, take your little angel to play in our 0-5yrs Soft Play room, take part in a variety of fun and daring Games, challenge a friend on the Dance Mats and lots more....
North Romford Community Centre
  • Christmas Spectacular Fair! (Frozen theme!): Meet and greet Princess Elsa and have a photo with her by Pandora Images! Meet and Greet Santa in his very own grotto! Face painting, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, food, entertainment all available on the day

Rainham Village
  • Rainham Village Christmas Fayre:  The event is free-entry. In the street we have market stalls selling gifts, crafts, plants and food to name a few. We have charity stalls offering information on their chosen charities and goodies to sell and there are many handmade crafts for you to buy. 'On Stage in the Street' has become very popular and is an opportunity for local musicians to participate in the event. 
South Hornchurch Library

St.Laurence  Hall
  • Craft Fayre/Indoor Market: Indoor market and craft fayre. An opportunity to buy unique gifts for your loved ones. Scarves, bags, cards, bank notes and coins, home decor, candles, children's toys, Jewellery and much more.

Upminster Library

Wellgate Community Farm
  • Christmas Grotto Weekend: Come down to Wellgate Community Farm and visit Santa in our farm style grotto and visit our christmas farm shop for your last minute stocking fillers while supporting your local community farm.

Burnham-on-Crouch Town Centre
  • Burnham on Crouch Festive Fayre: The Festive Fayre was set up to support local businesses. it is away of bringing shoppers to the town to do their Christmas shopping instead of heading off to the large shopping centres. We have street entertainment and a Festive Market with the street filled with stalls supporting local shops and artists. Santa visits and gives presents from the Clock Tower grotto, Brass Band plays Carols.

Burnham Village Hall

Chigborough Barns
  • Terajola's Christmas Market at Chigborough: Held within our courtyard at Chigborough Barns we have a fantastic line up of stalls for some great Christmas shopping. Many delicious local food produces, Wines, gifts galore, BBQ, The shop and Deli will be wrapping hampers and The Barn at Chigborough - The Pottery will be working overtime for last minute firing ready for the big day!

The Loft

Great Totham Nursery

Maeldune Heritage Centre
  • Christmas Shop: Back by popular demand is the hugely popular Christmas shop which features locally made art and craft items made by local artists. The event just keeps getting bigger and bigger and this year we hope to make it the best ever.

Maldon URC
Maylandsea CP School
  • Xmas Bazaar:  Come along for a festive evening of fun and games. The perfect time to do a little Christmas shopping and pay a visit to see Father Christmas

Plantation Hall
  • Xmas Fair: In aid of Great Ormand Street. Characters from 'Frozen' will be making an appearance.
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club
  • Christmas Fayre: There will be an array of Christmas stalls upstairs from local people. If you are looking to pick up a unique Christmas Gift then this is the place to come. From wines, to chocolate, trinkets & wrapping paper there is sure to be something for everyone.

Plume School
  • Christmas Fayre: A Fayre for local traders selling handmade crafts, Christmas goods and plants - you can even order your Christmas tree! Santa will be in his Grotto with gifts for young children and there will be refreshments on offer.

St Mary's School

St Nicholas School

URC Burham on Crouch
  • Christmas Tree Festival: Get into the festive spirit at this Christmas Tree Festival. Come and enjoy various stalls with cakes, jewellery, tombola, jams and preserves.
All Saints Church
  • Christmas Bazaar: Variety of stalls including jewellery, clothes, cakes, cards, and more.

Chadwell Heath Baptist Church
  • A Crafted Christmas Fair: Are you looking for gifts that are not on the high street? Handmade quality items created with love and care? Head over to A Crafted Christmas Fair which will be bursting with amazing handmade items. We will also have a delicious Caribbean menu and refreshments as well as a Santa's Grotto (£1 entry) for the children to meet Father Christmas and receive a gift.
Christchurch Hall

Guide Dogs' Training School
  • Guide Dogs Christmas Market: This will be a great day for all the family with scheduled kennels tours, a dog demonstration, Santa Paws Grotto, Christmas Craft market stalls, chocolate tombola, refreshments and other fun activities. Admission is free. Sorry, No Pet Dogs Allowed. Limited parking is available on site.

Valentine's Mansion

  • Farmers' Market: The ever popular and crowd pleasing farmers’ markets are packed with a variety of stalls including fresh foods. Visit the mansion and gardens at the same time for a great day out.
  • Open Studios: Start your Christmas shopping at our Open Studios event and choose unique gifts your loved ones will cherish forever. Handmade jewellery and ornaments for the home and garden, paintings and more, our artists’ studios are a real treat to browse through

Wanstead Library
  • Flamingo Fairs Christmas Sparkle Fair: You’ll love the range of goods for sale, from pretty to precious. Vintage-style or shabby chic from artists and craft makers including jewellery, shiny and glittery items ideal for special presents. Something for everyone.
Edward Francis School
  • Christmas Craft Family Fayre: There will be a variety of crafts for your younger and older children to enjoy and take home with them. Parent participation required!  Luckily, Santa has agreed to join us so come and pay his grotto a visit. In the main hall there will be lots of shopping vendors selling some great last minute presents not found on the high street for you all to purchase.

Fairview Under Fives
  • Christmas Market: Fairview under fives group is holding a Christmas market for you to come and enjoy and get the festive season off to a great start

The Freight House

  • Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre: This exciting event has a large number of talented exhibitors displaying an excellent variety of unique craft and gift items, perfect for Christmas
Great Wakering Community Centre

Hockley Town Centre
  • Hockley Christmas Lights Switch On: Hockley Christmas Lights Switch-on Event with Christmas Market Stalls, Hog Roast, Mulled Wine, Charity Stalls, Various Food & Drink Stalls, Face Painting, Punch & Judy, Father Christmas, Stage Entertainment and Fireworks Display. Stage Entertainment to include various choirs and diverse dancing exhibitions. Local shops open.

Mill Hall

Our Lady of Ransom School

Sweyne Park School
St Theresa's RC Primary School
  • Christmas Fayre : This is our annual Christmas Fayre. There will be games and activities for the whole family as well as refreshments, face painters and the opportunity to buy bespoke Christmas Gifts

Secret BeautyLights
Balmoral Pre-School
  • Christmas Fete: Santa's grotto, bouncy castle bacon roll fudge stall sweets, raffles ,face and nail painting decorate xmas biscuits and make your own decorations, teas coffees mulled wine tombola boxes and bows stall and much more!

Belle Vue Church Hall
  • Christmas Fayre: We are holding our annual Christmas fayre in aid of Havens Hospices. Come and join us for lots of fun, activities include face painting, cake decorating, make your own Christmas card, Santas' Grotto, name the teddy plus lots more.

Chalkwell Park Methodist Centre
  • Christmas Bazaar: Come and join us at our Christmas Bazaar. A wide variety of stalls: gifts, crafts, plants, jewellery, home-made cakes, toiletry gift baskets, Christmas items, Christmas Activity packs for children, books, tombola, soft toy tombola & chocolate tombola, various games for children and raffle. Father Christmas will be there for Story Telling.

ChristChurch Centre
  • Christ Church Christmas Fair: Lots of Christmas gifts and ideas (new and pre-loved). Bouncy castle and children’s games. Raffle prize and tombolas etc. Tea / coffee and light lunches served. Great fun for all the family.

Civic Centre
Crowstone St.George's Church

Dolphin Court

  • Christmas Bazaar: Please come along to our annual Dolphin Court Christmas Bazaar. There is something for everyone, lots of quality gifts and crafts plus homemade preserves and pickles etc. Refreshments are available including delicious home made cakes.
Eastwood Baptist Church

Edwards Hall Primary School

Highlands Methodist Church
  • Christmas Fair: Father Christmas and A Partridge in a Pear Tree Animal Zoo will be there. Many other stalls including gifts, crafts, cakes, cards, books and bric-a-brac. Also there will be refreshments and lunches.

Jacquson Diego Story Emporium
  • Christmas Shopping Event: Pop in between 5pm and 8.30pm for some ideas and a glass of winter cheer, all without the 'interruptions' that usually accompany visits into the emporium.

Leigh Community Centre
  • Vintage and Handmade Fair:  The final one of the year - vintage and handmade fair in Leigh-on-Sea at the local Community Centre. Exciting and eclectic mix of vintage clothing, jewellery, homewares, vintage inspired fashion and designer makers. Over 40 stalls providing a unique shopping experience

Prittlewell Priory

Southchurch Hall
  • Tudor Christmas: Admire the Hall in preparation for Christmas! Enjoy the festive atmosphere and a make the most of a wonderful opportunity to find unique hand-made Gifts from the speciality stalls.

Southend High Street

  • Christmas Spectacular & Lights: The celebrations get underway with the Southend Christmas Spectacular. There is a day full of entertainment on a specially constructed stage at Victoria Circus, including the award-winning Funky Voices Choir, Glitterball band and BGT Sweet Chix before the big Heart FM switch-on at 6pm
  • High Street Christmas Market: Visit the ever popular Christmas Market and stock up on yummy Christmas treats, unique gifts and seasonal delights for your friends and family.

Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre
  • Southend Festive Craft & Gift Show: he Festive Gift & Food Show is a fabulous Christmas Shopping like no other - set in the warm and indoor hall the event boasts hundreds of local and National shopping stands selling everything from shabby chic home wares and exquisite hand-crafted jewellery, to an assortment of bizarre cheeses and luxurious wines and spirits – perfect for the coming holidays.

The Southend Pier Royal Pavilion

St Clements Church
St. James The Great
  • Christmas Craft Fayre: Christmas Craft Fayre. Wide selection of Stalls. Homemade Gifts and Crafts - Games- Refreshments - Lunches

St Margaret's Church Hall

  • Christmas Market: Refreshments, raffles and games. Father Christmas's Grotto, plus music recital and plenty more.

Thorpe Greenways School
  • Christmas Spectacular: Ice Skating Rink, Christmas Craft Stalls, Special Santas Grotto, FROZEN and Christmas Bouncy Castles, Chairoplanes, Go Karts, Hog Roast, Mulled Wine, Christmas Games, Hot Chocolate, Pancakes & Waffles, Goumet Hot Dogs & Burgers, Carol Concert and an extra Special visit fromELSA and OLAF from 'FROZEN'
Victoria Shopping Centre

West Leigh Schools
  • Christmas Fayre: West Leigh Schools Parents' Association are holding their annual Christmas fayre. They will be game stalls, refreshments, snakes alive, a German Market (with local businesses) and our amazing Frozen themed grotto. Any children wearing Frozen themed or Christmas fancy dress will receive a free lolly pop!

Bradfield Community Centre

Brightlingsea YMCA

Canarvon Nursing Centre

  • Carnarvon Christmas Market: Come and be tempted by our visiting craft stalls,chocolates from Thorntons,our delicious cake stall and our Christmas raffle
Clacton Factory Outlet

Frinton Chapel Pre-School
  • Christmas Family Fayre: Come and get in the Christmas Spirit at our Family Fayre! Lots of fun stalls including Lucky Dip, Face painting, Biscuit decorating, Toy sale, Cake stall, Christmas craft, Guess the name of the Snowman!.....and Father Christmas has promised to visit with his Elf!

Frinton Community Association

Great Bentley Methodist Church
  • Great Bentley Youth FC Christmas Gift Fair:  There are lots of stalls for Christmas gift ideas/presents and plenty of family fun! We have a raffle with fantastic prizes to be won, including festive hampers. Please come along and support our local youth football club!

Holland Park Primary School
  • Christmas Bazaar: Come and visit Father Christmas, we also have over 25 stalls including tombolas, game stalls, crafts, BBQ, refreshments, a huge range of second hand toys, books, board games and much much more. Most of our games are only between 20p and 50p a go so come and join our traditional festive fun!

Princes Theatre
  • Victorian Christmas Market: Victorian Christmas Market Christmas gifts from our twin towns in Europe, Father Christmas, cards, decorations, jewellery, candles, preserves, handicrafts,books, tombolas, stocking fillers, choirs, cakes, lunches, refreshments.

Rainham Marshes
  • Rainham Marshes Christmas Fair: Drop into our mini Christmas Fair where we will have a variety of crafts and gifts including: jewelry, cards, decorations, bags, cosmetics, wood turning, wildlife art and photography, book signing, face painting and not forgetting Laurie and his carols.

St. Clare's School
  • Christmas Fayre: We will have a Santa's Grotto, games, craft activities and a secret present room called 'Elfridges'.

St Mary's Church

  • Christmas Fayre: Toys, tombola, CDs, DVDs, cakes, collectables, toiletries, refreshments and more 

St Michael's Church Hall
  • Christmas Fayre & Coffee Morning: Christmas Fair & Coffee Morning. Christmas Gifts, Jewellery, New Books, Toys, Home Made Cakes, Tombola, Raffles etc. All proceeds to the Cancer Unit at Colchester Hospital.

St Thomas More School
  • Huge Gift and Craft Fair With Recycled Christmas Tree Forest: Enter through the wardrobe that leads to Narnia and walk through the forest of trees all made from recycled materials. A truly diverse and imaginative display will take you on an original journey through the forest, with each tree conveying its own depiction of Christmas.An optional opportunity to visit Santa's grotto at the end of the forest.
The Venture Centre

Walton and Frinton Yacht Club
  • Christmas on the Quay: Bring the family and join us for Hot Chocolate, Mulled Wine and Christmas Fayre. Children can visit Father Christmas and be entertained by Marcel. Enjoy our Christmas Craft Market and the Lifeboat Stall for your Christmas Cards and gifts.

Weeley Village Hall

All Saints Church Hall
  • Christmas Fayre: Christmas fair with stalls selling everything from cakes to handmade jewellery & everything in-between

The Chafford School

The Inn on the Green
  • Christmas Festival: Carol singers, ice rink, Jen's Ace Face Painting, craft stalls, hog roast, kids' fairground rides, real ale festival.

Little Learners Pre-School
  • Festive Family Fun: Visit Santa in his Grotto * Lots of Christmas Arts and Crafts For All Ages * Hot and Cold Drinks & Snacks (we will be serving hot food outside Red Lion Pub from 6.30pm) * Fun Christmas Stalls to Win Prizes! * and lots more! Followed by the village Christmas tree lighting outside the Red Lion pub.

The Old Regent Ballroom
  • Christmas Market and Crafts: We really do have the best offerings from our stalls, always hand picked with huge variety: some hand made, some commercial lines, items for men, women, children and babies,  mulled wine to help get you into the festive spirit with us. Also music to sing along to while browsing and a visit to Santa for our younger guests.

Stanford-le-Hope Primary School

St. Cedd's Church
  • Stifford Christmas Bazaar: This is a Christmas Bazaar which will give you the opportunity of some early Christmas shopping as well lots of fun trying the different tombolas, raffles, competitions, refreshments and home made cakes! Something for all the family and entrance is free to all.
.St John's Church
  • Christmas Fair:  Children's activities, refreshments, raffle, stalls, Santa and sweet treats!

Thames Chase

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
  • Christmas Market: Festive Christmas Market large selection of local stalls for all your Christmas gifts. Enjoy our Christmas craft activities, barbeque, and 'Tractdeer & Trailer' rides from the Christmas Barn to the Visitors Centre

Tudor Court School
  • Christmas Market: Lots of stalls, unique items and refreshments. Come along and start your Xmas shopping! 

Walton Hall Farm

  • Christmas Craft Market: We are holding a Christmas craft market for all those unusual or one off gifts, decorations etc.. Barbecue, Mulled Wine and Roast Chestnuts to get you in the Christmas spirit and organised for the big day.
  • Christmas Craft Market:  Stalls for all your xmas essentials from xmas tree, ordering your turkey, table decorations , fruit & veg, pickles , your xmas day sorted for you by all our personal stall holders.

William Edwards School and Sports Centre
  • Move It Dance School Christmas Fayre: Father Christmas, arts and crafts for the children to make and do. Glitter tattoos, face painting, loombands, Tombolas . Lots of lovely stalls for your christmas shopping needs.

Catholic Church Hall
  • Christmas Bazaar: Seasonal gifts, cakes, jewellery, toiletries, Christmas cards, tombola and more! Father Christmas, Grand Raffle, mulled wine, snacks, tea and coffee Great Dunmow's longest-running Christmas Bazaar

Foakes Hall
  • Dunmow Book Fair: Small friendly fair with around 15 exhibitors offering a wide range of secondhand and collectable books. Also some postcards and ephemera.

Market Street

  • Christmas Shopping and Craft Event:  An day of shopping and an evening of fun and shopping in Saffron Walden Town Centre. Seasonal Market (all day), Father Christmas, etc. Most shops stay open late. Christmas Gift Fair in the Town Hall, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • Special Food Fayre and Christmas Lights:  A festive-themed market with buskers and street entertainers, performances, carols and a jazz quartet at various times during the day, in the Market Place and by Beales. Christmas Lights to be switched on by Father Christmas and the Mayor.

Newport Village Hall
  • Footlights Christmas Fayre: A great fun family afternoon out - entertainment for the kids while you do your Christmas shopping. Including meet and greet with Elsa from Frozen, and winter workshop.

Saffron Walden Town Centre
  • Christmas Market and Gift Fayre: A day of shopping and an evening of fun and shopping in Saffron Walden Town Centre. Seasonal Market (all day), Father Christmas, etc. Most shops stay open late. Christmas Gift Fair in the Town Hall, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, open till 9pm

Saffron Walden Town Hall

  • Saffron Walden 'Emporium' Market: Saffron Walden 'Emporium'. Upstairs in the town hall. Crafts, collectables, antiques etc., etc. You never know what you might find.

Stebbing School
  • Christmas Fayre: We have lots of stalls plus Santa's grotto and refreshments including warm turkey rolls and luxury hot chocolate

This list is still being updated with events for 2014so keep checking back for more festive fun!
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