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Christmas Time in Essex*

So Christmas is very much upon us, and many of you are done with work for the year so I thought I’d share a few little Christmassy ideas in Essex…

The Elf Workshop at Braintree Wyevale Garden Centre sounds like far too much fun; you can make your own festive crafts and take away a special ‘Elf Graduate’ certificate to frame for the mantlepiece!


Christmas days out, for me, aren’t complete without a little Ice Skating; Skating on Sea is open until the 3rd of Jan at Southend Forum, and that means you can also pop by Adventure Island then finish up with some fish & chips! There’s even a Santa’s Grotto to visit on the Pier.

If you’re not quite in the Christmas Spirit yet a trip to Summerhill Garden Centre will certainly get you in the mood. I’m not the biggest fan of this time of year but Summerhill actually got me feeling festive, have a little look yourself here…

If you still need to do a little Christmas shopping, then why not head over to Lakeside Shopping Centre, they have fabulous Christmas decorations, a huge Santa’s Grotto, an authentic German market which will be fit to burst with stalls selling mulled wine and cider, real ale, German sausages, gingerbread and loads of festive delights throughout! There’s even a talking Gingerbread man!


If it’s reindeer that you want to meet, then head over to Marsh Farm for their animal filled Christmas experience, complete with toy-makers and elves too! They’re even open until Christmas Eve, so you have no excuse for not going to meet Rudolph!

Alton Garden Centre, Chelmsford High Street, View Garden Centre, Sea-Life Adventure, The Harvey Centre and Romford Shopping Centre all have Santa’s Grotto’s, but do check times and dates online as they all differ, and some tickets can be purchased online to save queuing.

And if you’re still looking for ideas, Amber Coaches have a totally different list here.

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