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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BARKING AND DAGENHAM
Dagenham Trades Hall

St Mary's Church

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BASILDON
Altons Garden Centre

Barleylands Farm Park


Langdon Country Park

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BRAINTREE
Colne Valley Railway

Cressing Temple
The Grove Shopping Centre
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BRENTWOOD
Weald Country Park
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CASTLE POINT
Hadleigh Country Park
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CHELMSFORD
Chelmsford Miniature Railway
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COLCHESTER
Castle Park

Colchester Castle

East Anglian Railway Museum
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EPPING FOREST
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.

The View
  • Santa's Grotto: Book onto our magical Christmas weekend to meet Father Christmas.
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HARLOW
Parndon Woods
  • Santa's Grotto: Come see Santa in his grotto and take part in the Christmas fun in partnership with Harlow Council
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HAVERING
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!

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!

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MALDON
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.

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REDBRIDGE

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ROCHFORD
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.

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SOUTHEND
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.

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TENDRING


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THURROCK
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

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UTTLESFORD
Audley End Minature Railway

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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