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8 of the best Christmas markets in Essex in 2023

There are so many Christmas markets in Essex this year (2023) to choose from!  We’ve hand selected 8 of the best Christmas markets for a festive outing for all the family.    Whether it’s a traditional Santa’s grotto you’re after, or an array of stalls with artistanal products, or snow, snow, snow, there really is a Christmas Market for everyone in Essex.

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Colchester Christmas Market

The Colchester Christmas Market turns the High Street into a winter wonderland. Packed full of over 80 market stalls enjoy browsing, sampling and shopping your way through the stalls, enjoying festive food, drink and entertainment. 

There will be funfair rides for children, musical entertainment including a brass band and choir and Santa’s Grotto to visit Father Christmas. 

Dates: Sunday 26th November and Sunday 10th December

10 – 5pm, entry free

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Hylands Estate, Chelmsford – Christmas at The Stables

Make The Stables at Hylands Estate your one-stop-shop for Christmas this year! Whether you are yet to start on your Christmas shopping, fancy a festive refresh of your decoration collection, or just need a few more treats for friends, family and of course, yourself – this event will have everything you need to make your festive season extra special.

Wednesday 1st December, 6pm – 10pm

Book tickets here.  Entry free.

Essex Christmas Fair, Cressing Temple Barns

A Christmas tradition, the Essex Christmas Fair, set in the grounds of Cressing Temple Barns between Braintree and Chelmsford; you can enjoy a huge range of over 100 stalls set within and around their ancient barns.  Wide range of handmade artisan products and uniquely sourced gifts as well as selections of food and drink. Entertainment for all the family, and all your Christmas shopping under one roof.   It also has an award-winning grotto!

10 – 12 November, 10am – 4pm.

Billericay Christmas market, High Street.

The Billericay Christmas market takes place every year in the High street of Billericay in Essex where it is closed off for 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 food. There is a great friendly atmosphere with live music, performers, a Santa’s grotto, fun fair and snow blowing out from the chequers pub.

Sunday 3rd December

Free Entry

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Maldon Christmas Fair

Following the success of the Christmas Festival last year, Maldon is hosting their annual Christmas Light Switch on event and a Christmas fair on the High Street.  A wonderful evening of entertainment and late night shopping supporting the local businesses plus over 100 stalls lining the High Street offering festive craft, food and drink..

Thursday 30th November, 4-9pm. 

Entry: Free

Meadow Croft German Christmas Market

Meadow Croft is hosting its annual German market from September to 23 December this year. A traditional German market selling crafted Yuletide gifts, from Christmas ornaments, scarves, candles, and traditional German Christmas fare from over 30 stalls.

Open daily from 14th September to Sunday 24th December 2023 at Meadow Croft Garden Centre Woodham Road, Battlesbridge, Wickford, SS11 7QU

Free Entry

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