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.
Blackthorpe Barn Country Christmas Shop, 25 October – 22 December
This might not count as a market as such, but this shop is a special exception. At Blackthorpe Barn you’ll find memorable decorations and gift-wrapping essentials. Enjoy different themed decorations running through the shop such as Nordic yuletide, peacock garden, snow queen, pantomime, imperial Russian, Midas touch, magical woodland and festive fizz – your home will be the envy of the town. Plus, with craft kits and an extensive range of glitter, you can make your own memories by creating homemade Christmas decorations. And of course, a special array of gifts line the shelves too.
It’s a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs; you can even pick your own Christmas tree straight from the field! This year, Trudi Edmunds returns with her festive wreath workshops throughout December. Check out our review here.
We Are Handmade Christmas Market, 20 November, 10am – 4pm
Returning to Long Melford for a 10th year, this fair will be taking place over four rooms in The Old School, and offers shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. Makers will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items. Stallholders include Woodturner Glyn Hall; Peter Clayton Wildlife Photographer; glass by the Little Lime Design Company; sculptures by The Happy Hare Co and Nanuk Jewellery. A full list of makers will be on www.wearehandmade.co.uk nearer the event. Visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes with a cup of tea, all served in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom.
Festive Long Melford, 27 November
A day to celebrate the town’s independent businesses. Shop fronts will be dressed in big red bows, street entertainers, a live band and Morris dancers will fill the air with festive cheer, and there will be children’s activities including an opportunity to feed reindeer. Click here for more information.
Clare Christmas Fair, 26-37 November
Held at Peter and St Paul’s Church and Town Hall, Clare Christmas Fair will host over 70 exhibitors selling festive food, drinks and a great selection of gifts. The Christmas lights will be switched on Saturday evening as a grand finale at 6pm!
Felixstowe Christmas Market & Light Switch on, 27 November
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 Christmas market along Hamilton Road to the Triangle Canopy. Carol singing and live entertainment takes place throughout the afternoon. The mayor will switch on the Christmas lights usually around 4.30pm.
Aldeburgh Christmas Festivities, 27 November
Aldeburgh Town Centre will come alive with Christmas cheer. Local businesses will come together to celebrate the festive season. Activities include a Christmas fair at the Church Hall, fun fair rides, Santa and his sleigh at the Baptist Church, festive art installations and the Christmas light switch on at 4pm.
Lavenham Christmas Fair, 3-5 December
This charming medieval village was made for Christmas, the fact that it was a location for the Harry Potter movies confirms it. The uneven timber-framed buildings and narrow cobbled streets ensure a magical setting for a Christmas Fair. This year you can expect a huge array of stalls, live music, an auction and a dog competition.
Chelsworth Christmas Fair, 4 December, 11am – 4pm
A traditional Christmas Fair in a lovely medieval church, situated in one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages. Stalls will be selling gifts, crafts, foods and more. Light refreshments will be available and free parking will be just a short walk away down the picturesque village street. If you fancy more substantial refreshments, why not visit the Peacock Inn, the lovely village pub which is nearby. If you need exercise after your lunch, take a walk in Chelsworth community woodland which is near to the parking area.
Santa’s Ride around town with Rudolf, 4-22 December
The Santa and Rudolph trailer will be making its tour of Felixstowe’s streets and homes every December weekday evening between the 29 November to 3 December, from 6pm. Click here for the route.
Kentwell’s Dickensian Christmas, 4-5 and 11-12 December
A wonderful festive family day out. Explore the Christmas Trail through the gardens before meeting Mother Christmas at the cosy cottage. Here, children can write a letter to Father Christmas before meeting him at his sleigh. Booking is essential.
Thompson’s Gallery Christmas Exhibition, opens 4 December
The Aldeburgh based gallery will be showing over 30 different artists from all over Britain from the 20th and 21st century. This is their second largest exhibition of the year and has a strong tradition of being able to show off works by well established artists as well as some newcomers too. Click here for the full line up of exhibitors.
Christmas Courtyard at Snape Maltings, throughout December
Stock up on festive treats and local produce and shop gifts from independent retailers at Snape Maltings. On selected dates in December, they’ll be the opportunity to gather around the Christmas tree and try festive food samples from from Suffolk’s best artisan producers with many items created exclusively for Christmas.