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

Barleylands Farm Park

Billericay Methodist Church

Billericay Reading Rooms

The Billericay School

Cromwell Manor

 Lincewood Primary School

Platform 3 Social Club
Steepleview Community Hall

St Therese of Lisieux

Blake House Craft Centre

DeVere Primary School

Friends Meeting House

Newlands Shopping Centre

Terling Village Hall

Wickham St Pauls Village Hall

White Court Primary School


The Brentwood Centre

Budworth Hall

Weald Country Park

Canvey Island

The Paddocks

Richmond Hall

The Salvation Army

Downham C of E School

Hylands House & Estate

Little Baddow Memorial Hall

The Marconi Club

Stock Village Hall

Trinity Square



Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

Beth Chatto Garden

Christchurch URC
Coggeshall Grange Barn

Coggeshall Village Hall

Colchester Castle

Colchester High Street

Magdalen Hall
Mersea Centre

Poplar Nurseries

Rowhedge Village Hall

The Institute Hall
Venture Centre
White Colne Village Hall
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
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

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

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

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.
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
  • Christmas Fete: In aid of Great Ormand Street. Characters from 'frozen' will be making an appearance.

St Mary's School

St Nicholas School
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

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.

Our Lady of Ransom 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

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.

Eastwood Baptist Church
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

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

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.

Victoria Shopping Centre
  • Xmas Fair:  Stalls, selling all types of goods and dancers doing a display all in aid of South East & Central Essex Mind

Bradfield Community Centre

Brightlingsea YMCA

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!
Princes Theatre
  • Victorian Christmas Market: ictorian 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 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.

The Venture Centre

Weeley Village Hall

Thames Chase

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

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.

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 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.

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