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5 reasons to spend Christmas on The Suffolk Coast

Celebrate the festive season this year with Christmas on The Suffolk Coast; from Christmas markets and fine foods, to coastal retreats and boutique hotel stays; there's something to suit all tastes at this special time of year..

1. Christmas Markets

On Sunday 7th December, the market town of Halesworth will be hosting their annual Traditional Christmas Market. Take a step back in time and buy items from years gone by from Truly Traceable Venison & Game Pies, Opa Hays Brewery and Valley Farm Vineyard along with pastries, cakes, cider, beer and cheeses. 

Just before Christmas on 21st December, be sure to pop along to the Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers Market where there will be an array of local meats, bread, cheeses, fruit and veg, fudge, Christmas Puddings and crafts all on offer. Whilst there, check out the shops including homewares, deli, children's clothes and toys, antiques and artwork.

For all festive events this December, visit our 'Events Guide'

2. Cosy Inns and Boutique Hotels

If you would prefer to put your feet up and be waited on this Christmas, then a stay in one of The Suffolk Coast’s boutique hotels and cosy inns is just for you.

Sit back, relax and indulge in a hearty breakfast and sumptuous Christmas lunch before heading out for an afternoon walk to make room for coffee and Christmas cake. At the end of the day, head to your room for a peaceful night’s sleep, ready to explore our beautiful coastline on Boxing Day.

To book a stay at a hotel or inns this Christmas, click here.

3. Festive Fayre


Award winning wines from Flint Vineyard, delicious rounds of Baron Bigod Cheese from Fen Farm Dairy, spirits and ales from Adnams, smoked fish and oysters from Pinney’s of Orford, fresh fruit and veg from Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers and mouthwatering ham for your Boxing Day buffet from Emmett's are just some of the fantastic foods you can take home with you to make a rather special Christmas feast.

For chocolate and pastries for Christmas morning, buy the delicious bean to bar chocolate from Pump Street Bakery and for pannetone, hot chocolate, crackers and pickles, stop by the food hall at Snape Maltings.

If you would prefer to dine out, then book a table at one of The Suffolk Coast’s award-winning restaurants – serving delicious dishes made with locally sourced produce, you and your family can tuck into a Christmas dinner or a boxing day buffet, taking the stress of cooking off your hands!


4. Quiet Coastal Retreats

If getting away from it all is top of your Christmas wish list, then The Suffolk Coast is the place for you!

Spend the festive season tucked up in a quiet country cottage, complete with roaring fire and countryside walks on your door step, or perhaps you would prefer a coastal retreat; with sea views and a windswept beach to wander along on Christmas morning. 

There’s a huge selection of self-catering accommodation to choose from; from stylish apartments for two to large country pads for groups of family and friends. Don’t forget your pooch too as many of the places to stay on offer allow dogs, and there’s accessible accommodation too; so the whole family can come along. 

Take a look at our Top Places to Stay at Christmas to see accommodation with availability this Christmas holiday!  


5. Christmas Day Coastal Walks

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What better way to walk off your Christmas lunch than with a brisk walk along the beach on Christmas day. Remember to pack your walking boots and binoculars to spot some of the UK's rare wildlife on your travels or if you’re brave enough, take a dip in the north sea and take part in one of the many Christmas Day swims!

If Father Christmas treats you to the latest camera or smartphone, then a walk in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is sure to provide you with that memorable shot. 

For walking routes and maps, check out our Walking Guide. 

Check out loads more things to see and do this Christmas in the list below!




Events

Wreath Making Workshop at High Lodge Leisure

Wreath Making Workshop at High Lodge Leisure

Halesworth | Tue 03rd Dec 2019

High Lodge Leisure near Darsham on the Suffolk Coast are delighted to welcome The Southwold Flower Company on board for their NEW Wreath Making Workshops on Tuesday 3rd December!

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Mercury - The Ultimate Queen Tribute at The Spa Pavilion

Mercury - The Ultimate Queen Tribute at The Spa Pavilion

Felixstowe | Sun 02nd Feb 2020

Join us on 2nd February 2020 for Mercury - The Ultimate Queen Tribute at The Spa Pavilion. Celebrating 20 years on the road in 2019, Mercury are well established as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legend that is Freddie Mercury and Queen. This dynamic theatre production fully emulates the true charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant front man, faithfully and accurately recreating the distinctive Queen experience.

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The Rat Pack Live Christmas Party at Spa Pavilion Theatre

The Rat Pack Live Christmas Party at Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe | Fri 13th Dec 2019

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr were the definition of cool during their Fifties and Sixties Vegas heyday and now you can see the authentic Rat Pack experience this Christmas at Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe on the Suffolk Coast!

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A Christmas Cracker at the Spa Pavilion Theatre

A Christmas Cracker at the Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe | Sun 08th Dec 2019

A spectacular non-stop feast of festive variety for the whole family at Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe on the Suffolk Coast!

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The Famous Four and A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest

The Famous Four and A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest

Ipswich | Wed 04th Dec 2019 - Sat 04th Jan 2020

Join us this December at Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich for The Famous Four & A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest. Once again Eastern Angles' annual “alternative to panto” hits the wacky heights and spoofs the kids whose adventures we all learnt to read by.

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The Famous Four and A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest at Seckford Theatre

The Famous Four and A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest at Seckford Theatre

Woodbridge | Wed 08th - Sat 18th Jan 2020

Join us this January at Seckford Theatre for The Famous Four and A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest. Once again Eastern Angles' annual “alternative to panto” hits the wacky heights and spoofs the kids whose adventures we all learnt to read by.

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A Christmas Carol at The Cut, Halesworth

A Christmas Carol at The Cut, Halesworth

Halesworth | Sun 22nd Dec 2019

The Keeper’s Daughter’s A Christmas Carol is an innovative, playful and faithful adaptation of the classic story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk.

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Sinderella : Adult Pantomime at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Sinderella : Adult Pantomime at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Wed 29th Jan 2020

Joseph Purdy Productions return with another of their hilarious pantomimes which are unsuitable for children or the easily offended but adored by everyone else! You're invited to join us to see if true love will still prevail in their naughty little fairytale!

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Wreath Making Workshops at Urban Jungle Suffolk

Wreath Making Workshops at Urban Jungle Suffolk

Beccles | Sat 14th Dec 2019

Join us on 14th December 2019 in the Jungle and create Luxury Christmas wreaths with Kim from Romeo and Succulent. Get together with friends, family or colleagues during the festive season and create a completely unique and personalised wreath to add the finishing touch to your home this Christmas.

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Masters of Swing – Christmas Crooners

Masters of Swing – Christmas Crooners

Bungay | Thu 12th Dec 2019

Join us on Thursday 12th December as the glamour and panache of the Big Band era comes to Bungay's The Fisher Theatre this Christmas. The ‘In Full Swing’ company returns to the town with their brand-new festive show ‘Masters of Swing – Christmas Crooners'.

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Children's Winter Trail at Snape Maltings

Children's Winter Trail at Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 02nd Nov - Tue 24th Dec 2019

Join us this winter for our Children's Winter Trail. A fabulous and exciting adventure around Snape Maltings!

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Father Christmas sails into Snape Maltings

Father Christmas sails into Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 14th Dec 2019

Join us on 14th December 2019 as Father Christmas sails into Snape Maltings. Bring the whole family to Snape for this wonderful festive spectacle as Father Christmas arrives at Snape Maltings by historic Thames sailing barge.

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Sing Christmas at Snape Maltings

Sing Christmas at Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 21st Dec 2019

Join us on 21st December 2019 to help us raise the roof as we sing much-loved Christmas hits. Led by Snape Maltings’ two choirs, we celebrate some of the most popular festive music. There’s no need to be a great singer – just come along and have fun!

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The Nutcracker at Snape Maltings at Snape Maltings

The Nutcracker at Snape Maltings at Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 21st Dec 2019

Join us on 21st December 2019 for Music from Tchaikovsky’s magical Christmas ballet performed by the incredible BBC Concert Orchestra.

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The Snowman & Little Red Riding Hood with Live Orchestra

The Snowman & Little Red Riding Hood with Live Orchestra

Snape | Sun 22nd Dec 2019

Join us on 22nd December at Snape Maltings with the whole family to experience the magic of The Snowman on a big screen with music performed by a live orchestra.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Marina Theatre Lowestoft

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Marina Theatre Lowestoft

Lowestoft | Thu 12th Dec 2019 - Wed 01st Jan 2020

Join us for the fairest panto of them all. When the vain Wicked Queen discovers she is no longer the fairest in the land, she seeks revenge on her beautiful step-daughter.

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Carols at The Red House in Aldeburgh

Carols at The Red House in Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh | Tue 17th Dec 2019

Join us on 17th December2019 for a sing-a-long of Christmas carols at The Red House!

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The Magic Fishbone at The Avenue Theatre Ipswich

The Magic Fishbone at The Avenue Theatre Ipswich

Ipswich | Fri 06th - Tue 31st Dec 2019

Join us this December, as Joanna Carrick’s acclaimed adaptation finally comes home to The Avenue! Charles Dickens at Christmas is a magical, unmissable treat for all the family and the perfect alternative to the traditional panto.

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Storytime with Santa at Isaacs on the Quay

Storytime with Santa at Isaacs on the Quay

Ipswich | Sun 15th Dec 2019

Join Santa on 15th December at Isaacs on the Quay and enjoy a festive story, read by the man himself.

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The Snowman™ At Africa Alive!

The Snowman™ At Africa Alive!

Lowestoft | Sat 21st - Sun 22nd Dec 2019

Come and see The Snowman this Christmas at Africa Alive!

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The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Aldeburgh | Fri 27th - Tue 31st Dec 2019

A thrilling adaptation brought to you by Theatre on the Coast, with music and dance from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

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Friston Christmas Fayre

Friston Christmas Fayre

Saxmundham | Sat 07th Dec 2019

Join us on the 7th December for a warm welcome to a huge diversity of festive fun, games, stalls, competitions and entertainment for all the family.

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Aldeburgh Christmas Festivities

Aldeburgh Christmas Festivities

Aldeburgh | Sat 07th Dec 2019

Join us on 7th December 2019 as the community of Aldeburgh have come together to organise a festive day for residents and visitors to the town.

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Meet Father Christmas & Santa Paws at Dunwich Heath

Meet Father Christmas & Santa Paws at Dunwich Heath

Dunwich | Sat 07th - Sun 08th Dec 2019

Join us on 7th and 8th December 2019 as Father Christmas will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us here at Dunwich Heath! Children who have been good all year can drop in to meet him. We’re reliably informed he’s also laden with doggy treats, so why not pop in with your pooch too!

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WHERE TO EAT

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's is the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK.

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