Father Christmas
Places to go to meet the big man in red - come and say hello to Santa!

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

Dagenham Trades Hall

St Mary's Church

Altons Garden Centre

Barleylands Farm Park

The Billericay School

Langdon Country Park

The View Garden Centre
Baytree Garden Centre

Colne Valley Railway

Cressing Temple

DeVere Primary School
The Grove Shopping Centre

White Court Primary School

The Wick Community Centre

Chicken and Frog

Weald Country Park


Hadleigh Country Park

Leisure Island Fun Park

Richmond Hall

The Salvation Army

Chelmsford Miniature Railway

Hylands House & Estate

The Marconi Club

Castle Park

Coggeshall Grange Barn

Colchester Castle

East Anglian Railway Museum

The Institute Hall

Poplar Nurseries
Epping Ongar Railway
  • Santa Specials:  Santa is coming to the line to hear Christmas wishes on the trains and to give all the good girls and boys a present. Good Mums and Dads get a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine too. Special fares apply and advance booking is strongly recommended, with tickets soon to be available to purchase. Please click on the link above for further details and to book.

  • Santa's Christmas Party:  Come and join Santa for his annual Christmas party for the kids.  Santa will be holding a Breakfast/Brunch buffet and meeting children between 2-12 years old. Kids will get an opportunity to take part in Christmas cupcake decorating and walk away with a small gift. 
The View
  • Santa's Grotto: Book onto our magical Christmas weekend to meet Father Christmas.
Parndon Woods
  • Santa's Grotto: Come see Santa in his grotto and take part in the Christmas fun in partnership with Harlow Council
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!

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!

  • 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!
Romford Shopping Hall
  • Santa's Grotto: Our Christmas Grotto will open on Thursday 13th November at 3.30. Santa will be there every Saturday and Sunday until 21st Dec and every day until 24th December. Proceeds will go to Bedrock Hospital Radio.

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.

Mangapps Railway Museum
  • Santa Train Rides: Board a steam train bound for Santa Central at Mangapps Railway Museum in Burnham on crouch.
Museum of Power
  • Santa Special: Miniature steam train rides to see Father Christmas with a present for children included in the cost.

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.

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.

The Fun Factory

  • Christmas Party Weekend: Celebrate Christmas in style with an extra special Fun Factory weekend. For festive fun and season's cheer, the only place to be is here! With extra special appearances from Santa.
  • Peppa Pig Christmas Party: Come dressed in a costume to win prizes. Christmas music, free sweets, free face painting, free balloon modelling. With extra special appearances from Peppa and Santa.

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

The View Garden Centre
  • Santa's Grotto: Laural our barn owl is helping Santa this Christmas. Come and meet them both and receive a lovely souvenier photo and gift

Adventure Island
  • Adventure Wonderland: Father Christmas and all his Elves are back for another festive treat for all you good boys and girls!

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.

Funky Monkeys
  • Funky Monkeys Christmas Party!: We will be making Christmas tree decorations, gifts and Christmas cards, along with painting, gluing, festive play dough, making crackers, Christmas biscuit decorating, Christmas gift stockings, sensory fun, snowflakes, stars and angels, holly and 'mistletoes', snowmen and reindeer's, balloon ball pit, Christmas songs and dancing and a visit from FATHER CHRISTMAS and his elves!


Sealife Adventure
  • See Santa: Come and SEE SANTA at Sea-Life Adventure in his exciting Christmas Grotto!
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

Thorpe Greenways School
  • Christmas Spectacular: Thorpe Greenways Christmas Spectacular. FREE ENTRY and open to everyone who wants to come along we'll be having an Ice Skating Rink, Christmas Craft Stalls, Special Santas Grotto.

Toddler Sense
  • Toddler Sense Christmas Party: Our fabulous Christmas parties include lots of festive cheer and activities, seasonal refreshments, a present from Father Christmas as well as face-painting, a photographer and so much more.

Clacton Pier

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!

  • Thorpe Christmas Festival: Santa's Sleigh starts the event at 6pm and travels along The High Street (Frinton end) to Thorpe-le-Soken WI Hall (Colchester end) where he will be delighted (there is an entrance fee) to meet children in his Grotto. On his way through the village he will pass: Street entertainment, Dancers, Singers, Brass Band and a variety of Stalls.

Thames Chase

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.

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.

Adventure Island
  • Adventure Wonderland: Father Christmas and all his Elves are back for another festive treat for all you good boys and girls!

Sealife Adventure

Southend Pier
  • Santa on the Pier: Come and visit Santa on the Pier in his winter wonderland. All children will receive a free gift and entry includes a free ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult.

All Saints Church
  • Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival: A visit from St Nicholas (Sinterklaas), who will come in his horse and carriage bringing gifts, scores of lit and decorated christmas trees, gift shop. pantry, cakes and refreshments, hot chestnuts, mulled wine, quiz, music and carols.

Bradfield Community Centre

Barnards Miniature Railway
  • Santa Specials: Father Christmas will again be visiting the BMR and handing out presents to good girls and boys. Good Mums and Dads get a free drink in the barn. Avanced booking is required.

Chafford Gorges

  • Winter Wonderland: Walk through our magical wonderland and meet Father Christmas, receive your gift, Christmas craft workshop, Sit in Santa’s Sleigh where you can take your own photos


Audley End Minature Railway

Hatfield Forest
Market Street

This list is still being updated with events for 2014so keep checking back for more festive fun!
If you would like to add an event, please send details to  louise@essexmums.org or add it here


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