Christmas Market Trail at Firstsite

26.11.2023 | 10:00am


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Christmas Market Trail at Firstsite

10:00am to 4:00pm
26 November 2023


Christmas Market Trail at Firstsite

10:00am to 4:00pm
26 November 2023



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Get set for this brand new, festive shopping experience coming to Colchester city centre.


The ‘Colchester Christmas Market Trail’ links two popular festive events: the Festive Market and Street Food Festival, which takes place in the Market Place, High Street and the Christmas Gift & Craft Market, which this year moves from Colchester Town Hall to Firstsite.


Along the trail which connects the two venues, there’s plenty of festive cheer to discover including skating boarding displays, live music from the city’s talented buskers, an array of street performers and pop-up fairground rides.


Now in its third year, the Christmas Gift & Craft Market with free entry for all, brings together over 40 stalls offering a huge selection of products from local makers and suppliers from arts and crafts, beer, wine and spirits, clothes and fashion, eco products, skincare and beauty products, candles, clothes and Christmas decorations.


At the city’s traditional Christmas Market and Street Food Festival, visitors can discover a wide selection of giftware including Christmas Trees and wreaths, plus an array of food and drink from market regulars and special guests.


In St Nicholas Square, a partnership between ‘Roots & Grooves’, ‘Other Monkeys Brewery’ and ‘Three Wise Monkeys’, brings more festive fun with live music organised by local charity Musicians Supporting The Homeless, stalls selling clothing, art prints, music and vinyl records, and festive food and drink. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, skate-boarding displays from the city’s Dry Skate Project are unable to go ahead.


At Colchester Town Hall, the Mayoral Suite opens its doors to Storytime with Santa, a ticket-only event for children aged eight years and under, who can join Santa and his elves for a magical Christmas story read by Santa himself (Storytime with Santa – Colchester Events (


Colchester Christmas Market Trail takes place on Sunday 26 November from 10am – 5pm.


Tickets for Storytime with Santa at the Town Hall are available from Storytime with Santa – Colchester Events (


Firstsite Doors open : 10am

Closes: 4pm


Refreshments available in the on-site cafe.