A Christmas market with up to 80 stalls will take over Colchester High Street on Sunday 11 December, offering visitors the chance to pick up presents and festive fare, and enjoy a fun day out in the countdown to Christmas.
Hosted by Colchester Market and the Food and Drink Festival UK, the Christmas Market is an opportunity for local traders to showcase their businesses and products to the public.
The free entry market will run from 10am-5pm and will see up to 80 stalls offering products ranging from crafts to Christmas gift ideas, with mulled wine and food and drink stalls serving traditional and festive food.
There will also be performers providing live music and entertainment, as well as a funfair and Santa for younger visitors, all helping to spread the Christmas spirit.
Cllr Martin Goss, Colchester Borough Council portfolio holder for Neighbourhood Services and Waste, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Christmas Market in the High Street for the first time since 2019.
“The past two years have been extremely challenging for all business, but particularly our local market stall holders. This is a way of supporting and enabling them to showcase their products and their businesses by bringing them all together in one place for visitors to browse.”
Colchester High Street will be closed to traffic for the day, creating a large pedestrianised area for visitors to the market.
In addition to the festive Christmas Market on the 11 December, a full programme of events and activities will be happening throughout November and December in Colchester as part of the Christmas in Colchester events programme. This includes, magical VR Sleigh Rides, The Giving Tree, roaming entertainment during Late Night Wednesdays, and two free Christmas trails throughout the city centre during the festive period. Colchester is set to be a warm, festive and welcoming destination this year!
The Christmas light switch on event is on Wednesday, 16 November from 4pm in the city-to-be centre. Experience a magical festive light parade making its way through the city centre and as the festive spirit fills the streets the Christmas lights will light up on the route!