Christmas can be an expensive time of year, especially once you’ve bought Christmas presents for the family and food for Christmas day. If you’re looking for ways to keep the children entertained, and to give you all a little break on the run up to the big day, why not book a stay at a self catering accommodation braintree hotel? You can use it as a base to explore all the Christmassy things to do in Essex!
There are over 40 Christmas markets taking place in Essex this year, so you really will be spoilt for choice on where to go! Pick up last-minute Christmas gifts, take part in Christmas craft activities and enjoy drinks and home-made snacks at Mersea Christmas Craft Fair Saturday December 16th 9am – 3pm. Entry to the Christmas fair is free, and children will also have the chance to write a letter to Santa!
Rotary clubs across the county dust off their Santa sleigh and travel on various different routes around Essex to raise funds for their organisation. Santa walks around with volunteers meeting residents outside their homes, whilst Christmas music plays from the Sleigh. It’s great fun for children to watch and get excited about.
Bundle everyone up in coats, scarves and hats and walk around the neighbourhood to admire the Christmas lights on display, picking out your favourite ones. Then head back to your self-catering accommodation for hot chocolates!
The Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo
Add a magical sparkle to your festivities this Christmas at Colchester Zoo and meet Santa’s beautiful reindeer in their stables, attend craft workshops at the Elves’ workshop and enjoy tasty Christmas treats throughout the day! There will also be a magical Santa Experience where children will get to meet Santa, and receive an adorable cuddly toy!
The event will be running December 16th to 24th December, with a stunning Christmas illumination trail route to enjoy too. You can find out more about the Magic of Christmas event here!