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What's on this Christmas in Suffolk 2020

Ah Christmas, here you come again in all your tinsel-wrapped glory. Love it or not, the build up to the festive season is upon us and has made itself impossible to ignore.

So, in the spirit of embracing the twinkling glamour of it all, we have compiled a list of sparkling events coming up in Suffolk, to get you in the Yuletide mood...

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The Christmas Tree dazzles in Bury St Edmunds

Illuminated Gardens

Unmissable events to start the festive season include illuminated trails.  These ever popular evening events show the gardens of some of Suffolk's best historic houses in, literally, a completely different light.

The illuminated Garden Trail at Helmingham Hall Gardens is back and is bigger and better than before. It truly is a winter wonderland experience, together with mulled wine and a chance to browse the Stables Shops. 6th December - Read more

Haughley Spectacle of Light - Heading into the new year, The Haughley Spectacle of Light will again be giving a sensational after-dark experience for people to explore the estate's usually-private gardens as they follow an illuminated trail through the grounds, accompanied by a gentle musical score to delight all ages. A warming range of food and drink will also be available along the way and the ‘Wishing Tree’ will be back to raise money for local charities.  February 2021 - Read more

Illuminated Garden Trail at Helminghall Hall GardensIlluminations at Helmingham Hall Gardens

Oh yes it is Panto season

The panto's this year are going to be a little different but we are sure you are going to be falling around with laughter in the same old-fashioned way.

The Snow Queen Rock n roll panto at the New Wolsey Theatre will be much more than a show on stage with a camera pointed at it: this is an extremely ambitious blend of live action, animation, audience interaction, pre-recorded film and all the musical numbers you’d expect.  The show will go on even if we’re still in lockdown in mid December. 17th 0 24th December. Read more

Alice in Wonderland - Christmas is looking a little different this year - but don’t worry as Alice in Wonderland is Red Rose Chain’s biggest ever show! West End star Joanna Sawyer (Wicked) will star as Alice, alongside a cast of 20 other Red Rose Chain legends, brought together on screen using green screen technology. So gather your family together, set up your tea party at home and get ready to follow the White Rabbit on a topsy-turvy adventure into Wonderland!  18th December - 3rd January.  Read more

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Alice in Wonderland online at the Red Rose Chain Theatre

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol. The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds is presenting a brand-new adaptation of one of the country’s best-loved Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Owen Calvert-Lyons and Ian Jarvis.

It will be an outdoor production, set against the beautiful backdrop of The Angel Hotel, where Charles Dickens once stayed, and will bring the streets of Victorian London right into the heart of Bury St Edmunds.

With in-the-round staging and headphone technology, audiences will be able to fully immerse themselves into a Dickensian World. 11th - 24th December.  Read more

A Christmas CarolBook tickets to see A Christmas Carol in Bury St Edmunds

Food, glorious food

Suffolk Food Hall - Christmas has well and truly arrived at the food hall, with gifts, decorations, calendars and of course Christmas speciality foods.  Read More.

The Saints districtIpswich, pop into the town and visit The Saints district where you will find an exciting mix of independent shops.

Christmas Farmers' Market - There will be a chance to stock on some festive treats at the Christmas Farmers' Market at Trinity Park, in Ipswich.  Held in the Cattle Sheds, you will be able to browse over 40 food and a selection of craft stalls. 12th December.  Read More.

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Visit markets and independent shops for Christmas food and gifts 

Santa's Grottos

Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds To allow for precious memories to still be created, Santa will be in a virtual world, ‘Live’ from his wonderful and wintry grotto. Youngsters aged between two and nine years old will still be able to meet Father Christmas face-to-face and enjoy the same magical and inspiring experience, albeit virtually. 12th, 13th, 19th - 22nd December - Read more

Glemham Hall, Little Glemham - Enter the Great Hall and meet the elves, take the reindeer trail in the grounds and then meet with the man himself, Father Christmas.  5th & 6th December - Read more

Jimmy's Farm, near Ipswich - Give the children a real treat and have breakfast with Santa down on the farm.  Indulge in a full english or pancakes for the kids, meet Santa and then enjoy a wander around the wildlife park. 5th, 12th & 19th December - Read more

Easton Farm Park - Children will love the chance to visit the farm animals, see Santa in his Grotto, listen to some Christmas stories and join the elfs with some arts and crafts.  19th - 24th December - Read more 

Father ChristmasMake a visit to see Santa on his visits to Suffolk


Please check websites before you travel to any events and make sure you book in advance if you need to.

These events were all going ahead at the time of publishing but if Government guidelines change with regard to the Covid 19, please be aware that some may need to be cancelled.

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