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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

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Visit The Suffolk Coast during December and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas food and craft markets. 

On Saturday 2nd December, Felixstowe will be switching on their Christmas lights whilst hosting a traditional Christmas craft market on Hamilton Road and under the Felixstowe Triangle Canopy. 

With over 100 festive stalls selling everything from chutneys, fruit and vegetables, breads, confectionery, Christmas wreaths and crafts, the Bungay Christmas Market on Earsham Street takes place on Sunday 3rd December and is not to be missed. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and be sure to stop in at the many independent shops including Moth Crafts for sticking fillers and Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers for your Christmas dinner sprouts!

In Woodbridge on Sunday 3rd December, the Giant Christmas Street Fair takes place from 10am - 3pm in the Thoroughfare, with craft, food and gift stalls, roast chestnuts and Christmas wreaths all for sale. 

On Sunday 9th 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. In the morning, there will be carol singing, and in the afternoon, the Old Glory Molly Men will be singing and dancing.

Just before Christmas on 23rd 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

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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

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Locally roasted coffee from The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters, wines, spirits and ales from Adnams, cheese from Slate, 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

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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. 

For self-catering accommodation and places to stay, visit our ‘Where to Stay’ section. 

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 UKs 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, places to eat and stay from the list below!


Things to see and do


Moth Crafts

Moth Crafts

Bungay

Moth is a charming shop full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk.

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Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

events


Savitri Grier, violin and Richard Uttley, piano

Savitri Grier, violin and Richard Uttley, piano

Ipswich | Sun 18th Feb 2018

The Trio Con Brio Copenhagen clearly occupies a lofty perch in today’s musical scene. They are active in the vibrant contemporary music scene in Scandinavia and several works have been written for them and dedicated to them.

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A Christmas Recital

A Christmas Recital

Aldeburgh | Fri 08th Dec 2017

Join us for a festive-themed recital in the intimate setting of Britten’s Library with harpist Olivia Jageurs who was recently shortlisted for a 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society award for her social media project 15 second harp.

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Christmas Carols at The Red House

Christmas Carols at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Tue 19th Dec 2017

Join this sing-a-long of Christmas carols in the run up to the festive season.

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Santa Tram

Santa Tram

Lowestoft | Sat 16th Dec 2017, Sun 17th Dec 2017, Thu 21st Dec 2017, Fri 22nd Dec 2017, Sat 23rd Dec 2017

All aboard for an unforgettable trip into the East Anglia Transport Museum's woodland winter wonderland to visit Santa Claus and his helpers!

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Halesworth Traditional Christmas Market

Halesworth Traditional Christmas Market

Halesworth | Sat 09th Dec 2017

Take a step back in time and visit the Historic Halesworth Market Place on Saturday 9th December for its second Traditional Christmas Market. Just like times gone by the Market Place will be packed with local food drink producers and local artisans selling their wares.

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Framlingham Christmas Lights Switch On

Framlingham Christmas Lights Switch On

Framlingham | Sat 25th Nov 2017

At 5pm on Saturday 25th November, Framlingham will be holding a celebration to officially switch on the Christmas Lights. All are welcome to join in with this popular event.

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The Rat Pack Live! Christmas Party at The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion

The Rat Pack Live! Christmas Party at The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion

Felixstowe | Sun 10th Dec 2017

The Rat Pack Christmas Party is back!

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Beccles Christmas Lights Switch On

Beccles Christmas Lights Switch On

Beccles | Fri 24th Nov 2017

Celebrate with Beccles as they switch on their Christmas Lights.

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It's a Wonderful Life - Vintage Flick

It's a Wonderful Life - Vintage Flick

Lowestoft | Sat 25th Nov 2017

'It's a Wonderful Life' is one of the most popular and heart-warming films ever made by director Frank Capra and was James Stewart's favourite of all his films

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Christmas at Landguard Fort Felixstowe

Christmas at Landguard Fort Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Sat 16th Dec 2017

Now in its third year the popular event draws huge crowds to the Grade I listed Fort in Felixstowe, Suffolk. This year’s event  promises another fun-packed festive afternoon for the whole family.

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Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings

Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings

Snape | Fri 15th - Sun 17th Dec 2017

The programme includes, The Snowman and Paddington Bear’s First Concert with live orchestra, BBC Radio Suffolk’s Carol Concert (in aid of BBC Children in Need) and performances from Norwich Cathedral Choir, Aldeburgh Voices and The Suffolk Ensemble.

There’ll also be fun family activities around the site including workshops, storytelling sessions and a trail.

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Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market & Lighting up day

Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market & Lighting up day

Felixstowe | Sat 02nd Dec 2017

Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market and Lighting Up Day - Hamilton Road and Felixstowe Triangle Canopy Traditional Christmas craft market and the switching on of the towns lights by the Mayor.

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Felixstowe Ice Rink

Felixstowe Ice Rink

Felixstowe | Wed 20th - Sat 23rd Dec 2017

Felixstowe Ice Rink - Great Eastern Square enjoy some ice skating this Christmas in Felixstowe.

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Christmas Showcase at Snape Maltings

Christmas Showcase at Snape Maltings

Snape | Fri 17th Nov - Fri 22nd Dec 2017

The Lettering Arts Centre opens its Christmas exhibition, a stunning collection of hand-made works designed and made by the UK's leading lettering artists.

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Christmas Farmers Market at Snape Maltings 2017

Christmas Farmers Market at Snape Maltings 2017

Snape | Sat 23rd Dec 2017

The finale of the season of events at Snape Maltings is the special Christmas Farmers’ Market which offers locally sourced fresh produce and artisan products.

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Christmas at the Suffolk Punch Trust

Christmas at the Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge | Sat 02nd - Sun 03rd Dec 2017

Christmas Farmyard & Craft Fair at The Suffolk Punch Trust

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Christmas Wreath Workshop at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Christmas Wreath Workshop at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge | Sat 09th Dec 2017

Learn how to make a beautiful Christmas wreath in our annual Wreath Workshop


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WHERE TO EAT


The Cake Shop Bakery

The Cake Shop Bakery

Woodbridge

Award-winning family run bakery set in the historical town of Woodbridge baking fresh bread and creating beautiful cakes using the best ingredients available and designing cakes that are visually stunning and taste delicious.

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The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

Woodbridge

A small cafe and bar serving delicious coffee, cocktails, snacks and rather impressively roasting their own coffee!

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery is a small, family owned bakery and cafe in the village of Orford on Suffolk's Heritage Coast.

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Slate

Slate

Slate is a specialist cheese retailer and delicatessen in Aldeburgh, and with a brand new shop in Southwold. 

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farm cafe + shop

farm cafe + shop

The farm cafe + shop, Marlesford is an oasis on the A12 a few miles from Woodbridge.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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Free wifi


Pinney's of Orford

Pinney's of Orford

Established in 1959, Pinney's of Orford are a 3rd generation family run business that specialise in producing fine quality smoked products due to the experience and understanding that they have gained over the years in both fishing and smoking.

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Emmett's Stores

Emmett's Stores

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

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


Lodge Farm Cottages

Lodge Farm Cottages

Lowestoft

The Granary and the Dairy are two beautifully converted self catering barns offering luxurious, spacious and well equipped accommodation on a family arable farm close to the Suffolk coast between Southwold and Lowestoft.

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Free wifi