Fancy spending Christmas in Ipswich this year? Good choice. Wrap up warm and get ready to enjoy all that this old English town has to offer at this festive time of year.
This guide will cover all the Christmas 2019 highlights in Ipswich including the annual Christmas lights switch on, late night Christmas shopping, Christmas food fayres & markets, Christmas Tree festival, pantomimes, activities & events for the kids, festive menus & party nights and where to stay in Ipswich this Christmas.
So, clip on those reindeer antlers and let's go!*
Date & time: Thursday 18th November, beginning at 4:30pm with the Switch-On at approx. 6:45pm.
It's that time of year when Ipswich is transformed into the most magical winter wonderland at the flick of a switch. Make sure you get there early to grab the best spot. It's going to be quite a show.
Every Thursday from the Christmas Lights Switch On, Thursday 18th November
Forget 'out of stock' items online and worrying about deliveries; support your local high street and get all your Christmas shopping done in one trip to Ipswich!
Enjoy a little evening shopping under the stars and amongst the twinkling Christmas lights. Many shops will be opening their doors until late every Thursday in the run up to Christmas 2021.
Whether searching for that special gift or buying just a few more decorations for the tree, Ipswich is the perfect place to do your late-night Christmas shopping this year.
Date: 2nd-8th december 2021
St Mary-le-Tower,Tower Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BE
St Mary-le-Tower Church will, once again,welcome visitors to its annual festival.
It's free to enter and you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, a light lunch and a slice of home-made cake whilst admiring the festive scene (maybe picking up some decorating ideas along the way).
Date & time: 4th December 2021 7pm
Make time for reflection during the hectic build up to Christmas. The Candlelit Christmas Concert will include music by Britten, Palestrina and Vaughan Williams.
Choose from Breakfast with Santa or The Christmas Grotto.
Date & time: Sat 11th December, 10am - 2pm
Cattle Sheds in Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 8UH
With over 50 different stalls selling locally sourced and hand-made festive goodies, you're sure to find something a little different for that special someone. Choose from hand-baked treats, artisan bread, chutneys and pickles, hand-made chocolates, soft furnishings, candles, wine, wreaths and other Christmas decorations. And that's just for starters, there so much more…
There will also be delicious hot food including pulled pork in pretzel buns with hand cut slaw and pickles.
Run by Suffolk Market Events, the market will be hosted in the Cattlesheds part of the park from 10am to 2pm. Entry is free.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of thigh slapping pantomime fun. So, here's what Ipswich's theatres have in store for Christmas 2019.
Jack & the Beanstalk, The Rock 'n' Roll Panto by Peter Rowe, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, November 25 – January 8, 2022
From Rushmere With Love, by Brendan Murray, Eastern Angles Christmas Show, December 9 - January 8, 2022
Cinderella, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, November 26 – January 16, 2022
Co-op Juniors Christmas Spectacular, Snape Maltings, December 3-12, 2021
Aladdin, Ipswich Regent Theatre, December 17 - January 2, 2022
Aladdin, Colchester Mercury, November 27 – January 16, 2022READ MORE
Whether you are looking for somewhere to eat on Christmas or Boxing Day or just fancy a festive tea or lunch in the run up to the big day, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants, bistros and pubs to choose from. Here are just a few.
The Forge say "Flames flickering, festive spiced smoke billowing, plates of buttery slow-roasted turkey and the best bit, bloomin' great company…"
Sounds magical doesn't it!
This popular restaurant's 2021 festive menus are available from 25th November – 24th December.
This top-rated funky boutique hotel on the waterfront is sure to be popular this Christmas, so book your table early.
Stylish, luxury serviced apartment conveniently located just a few minutes walk from the vibrant Ipswich Waterfront, Neptune Quay and the University of Suffolk.
* Before setting off to visit any of the Christmas attractions, events, activities, always check local press/relevant websites for the most up to date information to avoid disappointment.
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