Things to Do in Suffolk at Christmas

Christmas events in Suffolk. Discover the most magical time of year with theatre, festive barns, workshops and Suffolk Christmas markets. Read our guide to fun, family days out during December in Suffolk.

Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn, open until 22 December

Ipswich Road, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9LZ

A one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs. The Country Christmas Shop is open every day until 22 December. There are decorations galore with amazing themes of all shapes, sizes and colours, not forgetting the gorgeous handmade items in both traditional and contemporary styles. Late night shopping takes place 29 November and 6, 13 and 20 December. Don’t miss the Christmas British Crafts events each weekend up to 16 December. www.Blackthorpebarn.com/Christmas

Melford Mice’ Trail, 23 November – 7 December

Long Melford

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Families are invited to take part in the ‘Melford Mice’ Trail taking place throughout the village from Sat 23 Nov – Sat 7 Dec. Just look out for the gorgeous knitted Dickensian Mice hidden in various shops and businesses with the chance to win a special prize once all the letters hidden on the mice have been collected to reveal a special Christmas message. More details at www.visitlongmelford.co.uk

Peter Pan, 29 November – 19 January

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1QR

Bury Theatre Royal puts on another Christmas classic pantomime. This year Peter Pan flies onto the stage. Join Peter, Wendy and Tiger Lily as they face the pantomime villain Captain Hook! www.theatreroyal.org/shows/peter-pan/

Clare Christmas Fair, 29-30 November, 10am-7pm

Peter and St Paul’s Church and Old School Community Centre, Clare

With over 60 exhibitors selling festive food, drinks and a great selection of gifts this is the Christmas event in Clare not to be missed! The Christmas lights will be switched on Saturday evening as a grand finale! www.clarechristmasfair.co.uk

Christmas Gift Tag Making Workshop, 30 November, 9.30am-12pm

The Swan, Market Place, Southwold IP18 6EG

Add a homemade touch to your Christmas gifts with a this fun festive workshop at The Swan, Southwold. As part of the recently launched Reading Rooms Series, The Swan welcomes sisters Naomi and Alice Howarth from bespoke stationary company, Kinship Press, for a creative water colour workshop, on the same day as the town of Southwold’s legendary Christmas Lights switch-on. The sisters will be giving top tips and techniques on water colour painting before guests have the chance to create six of their own hand painted gift tags to take home. Continue the Christmas day out by filling up on festive delicacies and crafty gifts at the local Street Fair before gathering in the market square for the iconic Christmas Lights switch-on. To book tickets click here. Tickets are priced at £25 per adult.

Felixstowe Christmas Market & Light Switch on, 30 November, 10am-6pm

Hamilton Road and Felixstowe Triangle Canopy, Felixstowe

Christmas arrives in Felixstowe with a day of festive fun. In the lead up to the light switch on at 5pm, there will be a Xmas market along Hamilton Road to the Triangle Canopy. Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and live entertainment takes place throughout the afternoon. A children’s candlelight parade (starting at 4.30pm) leads up to the Christmas lights switch onwww.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/whats-on

Charity Christmas Tree Festival, 3-7 December

The Salvation Army, Cobbold Road IP11 7EL

Get into the festive spirit and admire the twinkling lights of a wonderful display of decorated and glittering Christmas trees from various local charities and organisations. www.salvationarmy.org.uk/felixstowe

Santa’s Ride around town with Rudolf, 4-22 December

Various locations in Felixstowe

The Santa and Rudolph trailer will be making its tour of Felixstowe’s streets and homes every December weekday evening between the 4-22 December, 6pm-8.30pm. www.felixstowerotaryclub.org

Lavenham Christmas Market, 6-8 December, 11am-5pm

Market Place, Lavenham

See this beautiful Suffolk village be transformed into a winter wonderland with a funfair, big wheel and over 50 stalls in the Market Square. Traders will be dressed up in Dickensian theme to add the this nostalgia. Carol singers will get you in the festive mood, the smell of hog roast and mulled wine will fill the air and village shops will be hosting Christmas offers and attractions. Don’t miss the guided lantern tour taking place on Saturday 7th and folklore tales at The Swan Hotel, complete with mulled wine and mince pies! Free entry and parking. www.facebook.com/lavenhamchristmasfair

Woodbridge Choral Society, 7 December at 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge 

The Woodbridge Choral Society will present a concert at 7:30 pm on Saturday evening 7th December, in St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge. The concert will feature the Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, Georg Friedrich Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland. The Choral Society’s Musical Director Andrew Leach will conduct the concert. Tickets are on sale at £15, with a £9 price for students. Tickets can be purchased from Browsers Bookshop on the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, or (with a booking fee) online at www.woodbridgechoralsociety.org, or through any member of the choir. Read our Woodbridge shopping guide.

Aldeburgh Dickensian Christmas Festival, 7 December 

Aldeburgh Town Centre 

Christmas is going to get a great kick start in Aldeburgh with a wonderful day of fun and a chance to do some Christmas shopping.  The day will start on a sombre note as 7 December also marks the 120th anniversary of the Aldeburgh lifeboat disaster. The lifeboat will launch at 11.30am to remember the seven members of the crew who lost their lives. Read out about the Aldeburgh lifeboat disaster and three acorn tradition here

From here the mood picks up with a Victorian market in the Church Hall from 11am. At 1pm the church bells will ring to announce the start of the fun. The Parish Church itself is hosting a Christmas themed open day which will include music, Christmas trees and children’s activities. There will also be plenty of activities for all ages in the Aldeburgh Museum at Moot Hall Green along the theme of a Dickensian Christmas. Or you can pick up a leaflet to walk the Dickens trail. If you fancy getting your skates on, the Jubilee Hall has a festive skating rink from 6-8 December. Tickets will be available in advance.

At 4.15pm the Christmas lights will be switched on with new lights and Christmas trees along the High Street and the opportunity for a singalong.  And if you want to hear more music there will be live music in a couple of the pubs in town.

Kentwell’s Dickensian Christmas, 7-8 and 14-15 December

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9BA

A wonderful festive family day out. Visit Father Christmas, train to be an Elf at the Elf Training School, enter the magical world ‘Beyond the Wardrobe’, find out what happened to turn ‘Christmas upside Down’, enjoy the Music Hall & Magic Show, listen to Christmas tales, meet the Victorian villagers, visit the Tavern and much more. The jam-packed day of events concludes with the lantern procession and carols by candlelight. www.kentwell.co.uk/events

Jimmy’s Farm Christmas Fayre, 7-8 December, 10am-4pm

 Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, IP9 2AR

Expect the very best of Christmas; mulled wine, festive food, Santa’s Grotto, donkey rides, live music, over 100 craft and food stalls, and much more!  www.jimmysfarm.com/event/christmas-fayre-2019/

Suffolk Christmas Tour, 9-13 December

Flatford Mill, East Bergholt, CO7 6UL

Explore the atmospheric winter landscapes of Suffolk’s ancient woodlands, open skies and coast. Imagine Christmas past and experience Christmas present all in the safe hands of your tutor, with plenty of songs and tales along the way. www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2019/fm/suffolk-christmas-tour-81459.aspx

Supper and Carols by Candlelight, 13 & 21 December

Urban Jungle, London Road, Beccles, NR34 8TT

Visit Urban Jungle cafe for Christmas songs, carols and a few of your year-round favourites too. Get cosy amongst the leaves, with lights, candles and a sumptuous five-course feast, whilst a cappella quartet entertain. www.urbanjungle.uk.com.

Plan your visit to Beccles with our guide of places to visit, eat, drink and stay. 

Cinderella – Christmas Panto, 14 31 December

Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a pantomime! Join in the festive fun with the lovable Buttons, the handsome Prince Charming, the wicked Ugly Sisters, the magical Fairy Godmother and of course, the beautiful Cinderella and make it a Christmas to remember for the whole family. ipswichregent.ticketsolve.com/shows

Screening of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, 18 December

The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

Settle down and watch a Christmas classic on the big screen. James Stewart is perfect as George Bailey, a decent man constantly tested by life’s problems. When his darkest hour arrives it takes an angel to guide him down memory lane to consider what might have been had he never lived. It’s such a prefect piece that Paul McCartney is turning it into a musical! www.newcut.org

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 20-30 December

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR

With a brilliant cast including ITV’s hilarious Britain’s Got Talent finalist and Judge Rinder star, Drew Cameron as Muddles, a villainous Wicked Queen, a handsome Prince and the beautiful Snow White, plus the funniest and cutest Seven Dwarves, and a very clever Magic Mirror. It’s sure to be another sell-out success, so don’t delay, book your seats today! www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

Santa in Wonderland, 20 December

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH

All that booing and cheering can be overwhelming for little ones, but if you don’t want your youngest children to miss out on a festive theatre trip, book  your seat at The Seagull Theatre. Join Santa this year as he takes a trip to Wonderland. Featuring some lovable characters, no baddies, lots of songs and even a little magic, this show is a great introduction for younger children aged 1-6. www.theseagull.co.uk

Dick Whittington pantomime
Dick Whittington Launch

Dick Whittington, 20 December – 1 January

Beccles Public Hall & Theatre, Smallgate, Beccles NR34 9AD

SparkLive Pantomines will return to the Public Hall for the fifth year running from December 20, for a 14-performance run of the British classic Dick Whittington. It tells the tale of a young man and his cat who make the journey to London on a quest of fame and fortune. But with the evil Queen Rat hot on his trail, expect raucous comedy, singalong songs and a purrfect sprinkling of festive magic. A family ticket for two adults and two children is £44, adults are £13, children, £11 and concessions are £12. www.becclespublichall.co.uk

Christmas Farmers Market, 21 December, 9.30am-1.3pm

Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP

Stock up on festive treats and local produce for the big day at this popular market. The “mini food festival” showcases food and drink from Suffolk’s best artisan producers with many items created exclusively for the Christmas market. www.snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-farmers-market

An Albion Christmas 2019, 23 December

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for nearly 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK. www.theapex.co.uk


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