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Top Places to see Santa on The Suffolk Coast

The festive season is in full swing; the lights have been lit, the mulled wine sipped and Father Christmas is making his way to The Suffolk Coast to meet excited boys and girls. We've picked our top 5 places to see Santa on The Suffolk Coast!

1. Christmas at Africa Alive! - Until 24th December

Father Christmas will be arriving in his Grotto at Africa Alive! on Saturday 1st December and will be greeting children every weekend until Christmas Eve. To add to the festivities, a range of craft stalls will be selling gifts and there will be animal handling sessions in the Discovery Centre.

Where: Africa Alive! Whites Lane, Kessingland, Lowestoft NR33 7TF

Admission: Standard entry fees apply, plus £5.95 per child to see Father Christmas.

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2. Easton Farm Park Christmas Special - Until 24th December

A Christmas treat that the whole family will enjoy! The two and a half hour experience at Easton Farm Park includes a magical sleigh ride to meet the animals, a gift from Father Christmas and children's party food. Grown ups can also enjoy tea or coffee, a slice of cake or one of the farm's delicious sausage rolls. Afterwards, head to the park to handle and feed the animals followed and let the children play on the softplay and adventure play areas. 

Where: Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge, IP13 0EQ

Admission: Children - £12, Adults - £8. 

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3. Meet Father Christmas at Dunwich Heath!

Father Christmas will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Dunwich Heath!

If you’ve been good all year, you can drop in to meet Father Christmas at the grotto in the Coastguard Cottages Tea Room. A little gift and a child’s hot chocolate drink are included. Afterward, follow the Reindeer Trail and see if you can find all of Father Christmas’ reindeer hiding on the heath! There's no need to book, drop in between 11am - 2.30pm - first come first served!

Where: National Trust Dunwich Heath, Coastguard Cottages, Minsmere Road, Dunwich IP17 3DJ

Admission: £8 per person

4. Santa Tram at East Anglia Transport Museum - Weekends throughout December

Climb aboard the Santa Tram at East Anglia Transport Museum on weekends (8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd) in December and travel through a winter wonderland to meet Santa and his elves. Afterwards, take a step back in time and ride on the Trolleybus and railway. 

Where: East Anglia Transport Museum, Chapel Way, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft NR33 8BL

Admission: Children - £11, Adults - £9, Under 1s - Free 

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5. Santa's Grotto at The Suffolk Punch Trust - 8th, 9th,15th,16th December

Following on from the huge success of last year The Suffolk Punch Trust are running Santa's Grotto again!

Come and see Santa arrive on his sleigh pulled by his Suffolk Punch before you meet him in his magical grotto. As well as meeting Santa, the cafe and shop will be open for a spot of lunch and you can visit the Christmas Craft Fair for unique gifts and goodies. 

Where: The Suffolk Punch Trust, Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley IP12 3JR

Admission: Free entry to the farmyard and craft fair, visits to Father Christmas are £6.50 per child and must be booked online.

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6. Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings - 21st - 23rd December 

The festive events kick off at Snape Maltings on Friday 21st December when Father Christmas will be arriving at approximately 12pm by Thames Barge and making his way to the House & Garden Shop where children can meet him. There's a range of festive activities throughout the weekend too; On Saturday 22nd join in with favourite carols at Sing Christmas! at 4pm and on Sunday 23rd The Snowman & Babar the Elephant's concert will take place in the concert hall on the big screen, accompanied by a live orchestra. 

Throughout the weekend there will also be crafts, a Christmas Farmers Market and a children's winter trail.

Where: Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SP

Admission: Free admission to see Father Christmas, please see website for concert ticket prices.

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Events

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Kessingland | Sat 15th - Sun 16th Dec 2018, Thu 20th - Mon 24th Dec 2018

See Santa Claus at the park and enjoy some festive fun in the Discovery Centre.

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Santa's Grotto at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Santa's Grotto at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge | Sat 15th - Sun 16th Dec 2018

Following on from the huge success of last year The Suffolk Punch Trust are running Santa's Grotto again!

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Christmas Spectacular! 2018: The Nutcracker

Christmas Spectacular! 2018: The Nutcracker

Snape | Fri 07th - Sun 16th Dec 2018

Presented by The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company

A magical musical version of Clara and The Nutcracker

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Vienna Festival Ballet: Nutcracker at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Vienna Festival Ballet: Nutcracker at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Wed 28th Nov 2018

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll.

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Big Band at Christmas at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Big Band at Christmas at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Sun 09th Dec 2018

Swing ‘n’ sing-along into Christmas - A Five Star Swing Big Band!!

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As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need” .Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment

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Sleeping Beauty Panto at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Sleeping Beauty Panto at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Fri 21st Dec 2018 - Sun 06th Jan 2019

Usual 'Good verses Evil' will be taking over The Spa for Christmas!

Families from all over Suffolk will be entertained and enthralled with this all new version of a classic tale of devilment and derring-do. Lashings of laughter, frantic frivolity, gorgeously glittering costumes, a spectacular set, and plenty of ‘he’s behind you,

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A Christmas Recital at The Red House

A Christmas Recital at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Fri 14th Dec 2018

Get in the festive spirit with a Christmas recital featuring soprano Nazan Fikret.

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Christmas Carols at The Red House

Christmas Carols at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Tue 18th Dec 2018

Join The Red House for a festive sing-a-long of Christmas carols!

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The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at The Marina Theatre

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at The Marina Theatre

Lowestoft | Thu 13th Dec 2018 - Tue 01st Jan 2019

Fly Away To Never Land!

Hoist the mainsail for ship-loads of Pantomime-style nautical naughtiness as The Marine Theatre hooks up with the boy who never grew up in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan

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Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape | Sat 22nd Dec 2018

Snape Maltings' Christmas Farmers’ Market offers locally sourced fresh produce and treats for Christmas.

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EACH Woodbridge Carol Service 2018

EACH Woodbridge Carol Service 2018

Woodbridge | Tue 04th Dec 2018

Oh come all ye faithful, EACH volunteers and supporters! Join them for a wonderful Christmassy evening at the EACH Carol Service at St John's Church on St John's Hill in Woodbridge on Tuesday 4th December 2018

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Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings

Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings

Snape | Fri 21st - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

This December, find your Christmas spirit at Snape Maltings. Pick up unique gifts and decorations, discover delicious new food and drink, and enjoy the bundle of seasonal concerts and family activities on offer throughout the festive period.

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Woodbridge Christmas Street Fair

Woodbridge Christmas Street Fair

Woodbridge | Sun 02nd Dec 2018

2018's Christmas Street fair in Woodbridge, is going to be bigger & better than ever!

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Christmas at the Pier 2018!

Christmas at the Pier 2018!

Southwold | Sat 01st - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

Come and partake in a fabulous feast of festive treats on Southwold Pier at Boardwalk Restaurant.

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Meet Father Christmas!

Meet Father Christmas!

Dunwich | Sat 08th - Sun 09th Dec 2018

Father Christmas will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Dunwich Heath! Meanwhile, Rudolph and his friends are hiding out on the heath! Can you find them?

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Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge | Sat 01st - Mon 24th Dec 2018

Christmas at Easton Farm Park is a real treat for all the family, a very special Christmas experience for a special time of year.

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Deck the Halls at The Long Shop Museum

Deck the Halls at The Long Shop Museum

Leiston | Sat 01st Dec 2018

A truly Victorian Christmas experience, with a recital of "the Christmas Carol" followed by a professional choir leading all in festive songs and carols.

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Come and see Father Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Come and see Father Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge | Sat 01st - Fri 21st Dec 2018

Come and See Father Christmas, see the elves work shop, join in the story time and see all the animals - so much to do at Easton Farm Park

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A Christmas Carol at The Riverside

A Christmas Carol at The Riverside

Woodbridge | Tue 11th Dec 2018

Based on Dickens' own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving. A Christmas must see!

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CBeebies Christmas Show: Thumbelina

CBeebies Christmas Show: Thumbelina

Woodbridge | Sun 16th Dec 2018

The annual CBeebies Christmas Show is coming to the big screen for a family-friendly cinema experience. The makers of Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Snow Queen will delight audiences this year with the classic tale of Thumbelina.

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Carol Concert at Ipswich Town Football Club

Carol Concert at Ipswich Town Football Club

Ipswich | Wed 12th Dec 2018

A carol concert, arranged by the East of England Co-op Funeral Services.

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Cinderella - The Rock & Roll Pantomime

Cinderella - The Rock & Roll Pantomime

Ipswich | Thu 29th Nov 2018 - Sat 02nd Feb 2019

This year, the New Wolsey Theatre goes back to where it all began, Cinderella – the Rock’n’Roll panto!

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Christmas Spectacular 2018

Christmas Spectacular 2018

Lowestoft | Fri 07th - Sun 16th Dec 2018

The curtain will go up on this year’s Christmas Spectacular at The Players Theatre on December 7 – with 11 performances scheduled.


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Nightmare before Christmas - The Riverside Theatre

Nightmare before Christmas - The Riverside Theatre

Woodbridge | Sat 08th Dec 2018

The Nightmare Before Christmas directed by Tim Burton

Saturday 8th December - Kidsclub 10.30am

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Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs - Ipswich Regent

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs - Ipswich Regent

Ipswich | Fri 14th Dec 2018 - Wed 02nd Jan 2019

From the same team behind last year's hilarious production of Jack and the Beanstalk, The Ipswich Regent Theatre have once again teamed up with Enchanted Entertainment to bring you the region's biggest Christmas show!

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Christmas Showstoppers - The Riverside Musical Theatre Company

Christmas Showstoppers - The Riverside Musical Theatre Company

Woodbridge | Sat 15th Dec 2018

The Riverside Musical Theatre Company return to the stage with a Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingley Christmas Showstopper!

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A Christmas Cracker - Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

A Christmas Cracker - Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Aldeburgh | Sat 15th Dec 2018

In aid of Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall Development Programme

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