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Christmas Markets Essex

Looking for a festive Christmas market in Essex look no further than this list of the best places to shop for Christmas goodies this year in South East England. Being in England at one of the most festive times of the year is magical and Essex has many Christmas markets and fairs to explore. Essex is easily accessible so even if you are looking for a Christmas market in London you could hop on a train and explore Essex’s festive markets instead.

There are so many Christmas events in Essex from German Christmas markets to Christmas fair events in town halls or even closed off high streets. Most markets take place in December but some start as early as October and November so you can get super organised for Christmas. You can find some early Christmas gifts from stalls selling presents, decorations, food or mulled wine ready for the big day.
It’s not just about Christmas shopping though; the festive fun starts with all of the family getting together wrapped up in your big coats and winter gloves. Some markets have Santa grotto visits, fairground rides and even real snow! Making it a truly magical Christmas event for the whole family

Ultimate guide to where the best Christmas markets are in Essex 2021

Where to find the best Christmas Markets in Essex England to find all you festive treats. Picture with two people wearing hats and Christmas decorations for christmas

What can you buy at a Christmas Market in Essex?

You can buy all sorts of goods at a Christmas market from food such as homemade fudge, pies, cookies, cakes, cheese and chutney. You can also get drinks such as Mulled wine and locally produced beers and wines. Some market stalls offer toys and handmade items such as wooden ornaments and soaps. Other Christmas fairs offer traditional Christmas ornaments and decorations. Often the local shops are open and sell their wares too or offer drinks and snacks as you walk around.

British Cheese at a local Christmas Essex Market

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Meadow Croft Garden Centre German Christmas market in Battlesbridge

Meadow Croft host a huge German market every year starting as early as September! It is a traditional German market selling crafted Yuletide gifts, from Christmas ornaments, scarves, candles, authentic cuckoo clocks and traditional German Christmas fare. The organisers have travelled to Germany to source products that come from all over Germany. The Christmas market is located in Battlesbridge but is not the well known antiques centre itself.

When; Open daily from Thursday 16th September to Thursday 23rd December 2021

Where; Meadow Croft Garden Centre Woodham Road, Battlesbridge, Wickford, SS11 7QU

Cost; Free!

However they do have two night time events that are ticketed at the cost £5, parking refunded on any purchase

Read the full info here Meadowcroft Garden centre German Christmas fair

German Cuckoo Clock at the German Christmas Market. Meadow Croft Garden Centre German Christmas market in Battlesbridge
German Cuckoo Clock at Meadow Croft German Christmas market in Essex

Colchester Christmas Market

Colchester Christmas Market is held in the High street every year for two whole days. The local community come together for a Christmas fair with a variety of stalls selling food and drink, gifts and arts and crafts with live music.

Colchester Christmas Market Takes place two days a year in the Colchester High street in Essex.

When; 27 November 2021, 28 November 2021- 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where; Colchester Town Hall, High St, Colchester CO1 1PJ

Cost; Free

Parking: Parking is available at St Marys Car Park CO3 3AA. Disabled parking available upon request

Two people with elf hats on at a Billericay christmas market Donna Vallance


Hylands Park Christmas at the Stables

Hylands Park have a Christmas event called The Stables at Hylands Estate. It is your one-stop-shop for Christmas this year! Whether you are yet to start on your Christmas shopping or fancy a festive day out try the stables to top up on your Christmas treats. You can also check out there other events in their events page.

When: Wednesday 1st December 6pm till 10pm 2021

Where: The Stables Hylands Park, London Rd Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ United Kingdom

Cost: Free

Lots of Santa decorations in a christmas shop in Essex

Southend Essex Christmas Wonderland in Southend Essex!

Brand new this year is the The Essex Christmas Wonderland Is A Christmas Spectacular For All The Family! Garon Park is transformed by thousands of sparkling lights so you can grab yourself a pizza, hot chocolate or a pint of beer and join in the festive cheer! There is something for everyone with Fairground Rides, Street Food, Bars, Giant Wheel, Christmas Market and even an Ice Rink! Technically not a market but a Christmas event you will not want to miss.

When: 10th December to the 24th December, 12pm till 11pm every day.

Where: Garon Park in Southend, Essex SS2 4FA

How much does Essex Christmas Wonderland Cost?;

The Essex Christmas Wonderland is free entry so a ticket is not required. However if you would like to attend one of the attractions you will need to purchase tickets:

  • Santa Experience tickets start at £11.25
  • “JINGLE ALL THE WAY” Show is The ulitmate Christmas spectacular celebrating the big Christmas Hits, singing, dancing, magic, illusion, aerialists, and a visit from Santa- tickets start at £14.50 for adults and £12.50 for children.
  • Off Peak Ice Skating starts at £7.50 for children and £9.50 for adults. Peak times ice skating costs at Essex Christmas Wonderland start at £12.50 for children and £14.50 for adults.
  • Girls, Girls, Girls Ultimate night out in the Big top for a all singing all dancing show is £21.50 per person.
  • Parking is £6.50

Easily accessible from London Liverpool Street and London Fenchurch Street and they will also be operating a shuttle service to and from Southend Victoria and Southend Fenchurch Street. For more Christmas magical Christmas events see the Christmas events at visit Southend.

If iceskating is what you are looking for why not try an ice rink in London?

Barleylands Festive Fayre

Barleylands Festive Fayre is back again and is the place to get all of your cards, candles, jams and chutneys. The Barley Lands Christmas Village studios are opening their doors to show you everything they have to offer from art and craft workshops to personalised gifts and home accessories. There will also be a range of craft, gift and food stalls to browse and a special visit from Father Christmas.

All money raised will be going to St Lukes Hospice, Basildon and shopping from the stalls and boutiques means you can support the small, local, independent businesses with your Christmas shopping this year.

When: 10am to 4pm on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th of November 2021

Where: Barleylands Farm Park & The Village, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Cost: Parking and entry to the fair is FREE

Billericay Christmas market 2021

The Billericay Christmas market takes place every year in the Highstreet of Billericay in Essex where it is closed off to have stalls and events. Expect to find lots of stalls with Christmas goodies and lots of food stalls too. Many of the local shops are open and serve hot and cold food. There is a great friendly atmosphere and it gets very busy. There is live music, performers, a Santa’s grotto, fun fair and snow blowing out from the chequers pub. Follow Santa from the Railway bridge at 11am ending at the free grotto. Hosted by the Billericay Mayflower Rotary Club.

When: Sunday the 5th of December 2021 

Where: Billericay Christmas Market is in Billericay High Street CM12 9AS.

Cost: Free

Parking: Look for the car parking sites at the station, in Radford Way or at Sun Corner.

The Billericay Christmas Market entrance in Essex

Essex Christmas Fair at Cressing Barns Temple

This well-established Christmas Fair (by Charlie Owen Events) has over 100 exhibitors and has an award-winning grotto! The Santa experience lasts between 45 minutes to an hour and features the Toy Shop, the Wish Queen and festive crafts and games with the elves.

It is in the beautiful location and spread around Cressing Temple Barns. It is a great event for Christmas and a brilliant source of presents for family and friends. There is a wide range of handmade artisan products and uniquely sourced gifts as well as a lovely selections of food and drink to tempt the taste buds. There will live entertainment, shows and a visit form Santa with a Garden Centre full of Christmas decorations in Essex.

When: The Essex Christmas Fair is takes place at Cressing Temple Barns on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November 2021. Gates open from 10am to 4pm.

Where: Cressing Temple Barns Witham Essex

Cost: Adult £5, Concession £4. Discounted advance tickets available. Under 18s go free, no ticket required.

Parking: Disabled parking available. Dogs allowed on leads only.

Handmade Pine christmas wreath at an Essex Christmas market

Brentwood Christmas Market

The Brentwood Christmas Market is not taking place this year it is now next taking place next year in 2022! The Festive Gift and food show is one of the biggest Christmas events in Essex and takes place at the Brentwood Centre. With hundreds or stalls offering Christmas fayre all under one roof!

When; Saturday the 5th November and Sunday the 6th November 2022

Where; The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst road, Brentwood CM15 9NN

Cost; Adults £9 on the gate or £8 in advance. Children £5 or £5.50 on the gate

Wickford Christmas Fair

Kick off the festive season on Sunday 28th November in Wickford High Streets Christmas market which will have a Gift fair, Food and drink stalls and of course, a visit from Santa! This Street Fair and Wickford’s Christmas lights display are paid for by the public and the local businesses. If you wish to donate please visit the Wickford Christmas fair just giving page.

When: Sunday the 28th of November 2021 at 11 AM, 2021

Where: Wickford Highstreet Essex

Cost: Free

Ingatestone Christmas Market

Ingatestone Christmas Market is taking place this year and is run by the rotary club.

Outside in the large parking area surrounding the Ingatestone Community Centre there will be stalls with lots of local traders selling a Variety of items including crafts, gifts, jewellery, toys, and festive decorations. You will also be able to get a variety of Hot and cold food such as cakes, pies, cheeses, sausages and chutneys.

For the younger children there will be Santa’s Grotto and face painting within the Community Hall.

When: Sunday 12th December 2021 – 12 Noon To 6 P.M. 2021

Where: Ingatestone & Fryerning Community Centre, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9ED

Cost: Free

Hanging Christmas tree ornament at a local Essex Christmas market

Great Dunmow Christmas Market

Great Dunmow Christmas Market is arranged by ‘we are handmade’ Marble events. It offers a range of arts and craft handmade gifts for Christmas and all times of the year.

When: 6th November 2021

Where: Great Dunmow CM6 1DG

Cost: Free

Braxted Park Christmas Market in Maldon

The Braxted Park Christmas Market in Maldon is postponed for 2021 and is reopening next year for 2022

Maldon Christamas Market essex 2022 Is the Braxted Park Christmas Market . This Maldon Christmas fair is at the Braxted Park historic country house and has a food court that opens Friday to Sunday with an extensive array of delicious food and drinks from the local area. There is also a gift market that will be selling seasonal delights, local crafts and unique items, which are perfect for those hunting for that special Christmas gift.

The Christmas market in 2022 is to be even bigger and better and they are looking for local craftspeople and businesses to exhibit.

When; 2022

Where; Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, Witham CM8 3EN

Cost; Tickets, Braxted Park Christmas Market must hold a ticket for the day they wish to attend. General Admission Tickets £6 per adult, with under 16s admitted free. Free parking available onsite, including disabled parking.

Just a stones throw from Essex Christmas Markets in Suffolk

Long Melford Christmas Market just outside in Suffolk

Long Melford Christmas Market is returning to Long Melford for a 10th year, this fair will be taking place over four rooms in The Old School, and offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. Makers and crafters 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. The event is run by ‘we are handmade’ Marble events.

When: 20th of November 2021, 10-4pm in 2021

Where: The Old School, Long Melford’s High Street (Hall Street), opposite Melford Hall. 

Cost: Free entry

Sudbury Christmas Fair & Light Switch On. On the Border of Essex in Suffolk

Sudbury Town Council have A Christmas Light Switch 0n and Fair in 2021. There are a variety of stalls and events with christamas crafts and the event takes place all over the town centre, centering around Market Hill, East Street, North Street and Gaol Lane. You can expect to see a funfair, Performers and live music, Christmas Craft Market, Hot food and drink stalls as well as a Santa’s Grotto. There is also late night shopping thoughout the town centre

Where: Sudbury Christmas town square

When: 26 Nov 2021

Cost: Free, tickets on event brite

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