Enjoy a fun day of shopping or two at some of these great fairs, bazaars, charity events and Christmas markets in Essex.

We also have listings for grottos, pantos, and Christmas lights switch on events in Essex.

We do our best to share accurate information, but please check with the organiser before travelling.

1st-11th November 2018

MidWinter Artisan Market at The Fisherman’s Chapel, Leigh-on-Sea
Sat 3 Nov 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm
New Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EA
Midwinter Artisan Market showcasing some of our fantastic local makers. A chance to do some leisurely Christmas shopping before the rush.
fishermenschapel.org.uk/midwinter-artisan-market

Essex Festive Gift & Food Show 2018
Sat 3 & Sun 4 Nov 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm (closes 4.00pm Sunday)
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NN
Packed with Christmas gifts, presents for all the family and delicious festive food & drink, this really is a festive event that all the family can enjoy. Come along with your friends and family and enjoy this festive feast of fun and entertainment.
www.festivegiftshow.co.uk/brentwood-exhibitors

Nature Tots for Under 5’s at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 9 Nov 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s including wildlife activities on the nature reserve, games, crafts and music in the centre. Booking Essential. Phone 01268 711001.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Leigh Pop Up Christmas Market
Sat 10 Nov 2018, 12.30pm-4.30pm
Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1SP
Leigh on Sea’s best designers, crafters, makers and small businesses will be under one roof for the Leigh Pop Up Christmas Market.
www.leighcommunitycentre.com/events

 

12th – 18th November 2018

Christmas Shopping Evening at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Weds 14 & Thurs 15 Nov 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Due to popular demand this event has been extended to two evenings. On this exclusive shopping event you can enjoy 20% off all purchases* from our shop, including fabulous Christmas decoration and gift ranges. There’s also a Christmas market featuring local crafters, a chance for the little ones to meet Santa, and festive foodie treats. Escape the hustle and bustle of the high street and take pleasure from a more relaxed way of gift shopping.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Free entry

Walton Hall Farm Christmas Markets
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Waltons Hall Rd, Stanford le Hope, SS17 0RH
Annual Christmas Markets on 16th & 23rd November. Lots of local business selling their gorgeous products. Hog a Roast, Mulled Wine, Homemade Mince Pies & Brass Band to get you in that festive spirit.
www.waltonhallfarm.co.uk/events
Cost: £1 per adult

Takeley Village Christmas Bazaar
Sat 17 November 2018, 11.00am – 3.00pm
Takeley Silver Jubilee Hall, Brewers End, Essex CM22 6QJ
Delicious bacon & sausage baps, sandwiches and refreshments plus a nearly new gift stall and Christmas cake raffle.
www.helenrollason.org.uk/events

Springfield Fundraising Group Christmas Bazaar
Sat 17 Nov 2018, 1.30pm-4.30pm.
Springfield Parish Centre, Chelmsford, CM1 6GX
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Springfield Fundraising Group are holding their annual Christmas Bazaar at Bowers Hall, Springfield Parish Centre.
www.helenrollason.org.uk/events

The Essex Christmas Festival, Maldon
Sat 17 & Sun 18 Nov 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Colchester Rd, Crowne Plaza Five Lakes, Maldon, Essex CM9 8HX
The Christmas Country Show comes to Crowne Plaza Five Lakes in Maldon, including the popular Festival of Dogs, Kid’s entertainment, shopping, Food and Drink, Father Christmas, reindeer, Music and so much more for all the family.
www.festivemarket.co.uk
Entry: Adults £10 (£8 online), Conc £8.50 (£7 online), Children 5-13 £5 (£4 online), under 5s Free.

Christmas Craft Fair at Mill Arts and Events Centre, Rayleigh
Sun 18 Nov 2018, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Bellingham lane, Rayleigh SS6 7ED
Christmas Craft & Gift Fair in aid of Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation – For Wards Appeal (Paediatric department). Craft stalls, Gift stalls & an opportunity for children to meet Santa!
www.facebook.com/events
Entry: Adults £1.50, Children under 16 Free. Free parking.

Eco Christmas Feel Good Fair
Sun 18 Nov 2018, 11.00am – 3.00pm
Honywood School, Westfield Drive, Coggeshall CO6 1PZ
This month is our Christmas special. Many of our vegan, ethical traders return with everyday essentials, Christmas gifts and of course, plenty of food!!!We have a number of teaching opportunities in the pipeline including Homemade Tofurkey Demos, Furoshiki wrapping, Toy Swap and hacks for low waste trees, advent calendars, cracker alternatives and decorations.
www.facebook.com/essexgreenmarket

Great Baddow Christmas Shopping Market
Sun 18 Nov 2018, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Millennium Function Suite, Recreation Ground, Baddow Rd, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9RL
Lots of fantastic Christmas stalls selling all your Christmas wants, needs and must haves! From chocolates and sweets, Christmas wreaths, advent calendars, personalised glasses, handmade Christmas cards, Jewellery, ladies and children’s Clothes, handbags, toys, Lego figures, books, homemade, body shop, Christmas Elves, presents and gifts plus much much more. Free parking.
www.facebook.com/events

 

19th – 25th November 2018

Orsett Hall Christmas Market
Weds 21 November 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
Orsett Hall Christmas Market, lots of stalls come and see all our stock and grab some Christmas presents.
www.facebook.com/events

Walton Hall Farm Christmas Markets
Fri 23 Nov 2018, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Waltons Hall Rd, Stanford le Hope, SS17 0RH
Annual Christmas Markets on 16th & 23rd November. Lots of local business selling their gorgeous products. Hog a Roast, Mulled Wine, Homemade Mince Pies & Brass Band to get you in that festive spirit.
www.waltonhallfarm.co.uk/events
Cost: £1 per adult

Southend-on-Sea Yule Market 2018
Sat 24 November 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm
The Iconic Kursaal function suites and atrium, Eastern Esplanade, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, SS1 2WW
First Annual Pagan Yule Market! We hope to bring to you a truly magical and festive event for our glorious Season of Yule. Local Pagan and Ethical Crafts including festive decorations, gifts and cards. Pagan Practitioner supplies, crystals, dried botanicals, candles, Incense and more. Natural Products for Health & Home and much more.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost:  Entry is £1 per person – Under 16s free. All entry and raffle monies will be donated to CLIC Sargent – A childrens cancer charity close to my heart

Christmas Gift & Food Fair at Chelmsford City Racecourse
Sat 24 November 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Chelmsford, Essex CM3 1QP
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Christmas Gift and Food Fair is back on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Held in the fabulous grounds of Chelmsford City Racecourse, the fair will be showcasing independent retailers who will stock a variety of items including gifts, homeware, jewellery, art, books, toys, gourmet delights and much more.
www.helenrollason.org.uk/events

Christmas Gift Fair at Calcott Hall
Sat 24 and Sun 25 November 2018, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Calcott Hall Farm, Ongar Road, Brentwood CM15 9HS
Come and get into the festive spirit with this stunning gift fair, hosted at Calcott Farm. Why not pick up some beautiful gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!?), shop for some yummy treats in the ever popular farm shop or relax with a hot cuppa in the cosy cafe? Free entry and free parking
www.facebook.com/events

Bond Street Chelmsford Christmas Market
Sat 24 and Sun 25 November 2018, 10.00am – 6.00pm (closes 4.00pm Sunday)
Bond Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1GD
Kick off your Christmas Shopping at the Bond Street Chelmsford Christmas Market! Local Independent Businesses. Live Music from Shakster Recordsuk and Bassment.
www.helenrollason.org.uk/events

Chalkwell Hall Winter Fayre
Sat 24 and Sun 25 November 2018, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Chalkwell Park, Southend SS0 8NB
Start the festive season with a winter visit to Chalkwell Hall!
Browse for unique gifts made by local artists and independent makers at our indoor market, alongside live performances and creative workshops for all ages, all in the centre of Chalkwell Park. Plus the chance to eat, drink and be merry as Cafe Valise serves up mulled wine, hot chocolate, homemade soup & sweet treats.
www.metalculture.com/event/southend-chalkwell-hall-winter-fayre
Cost: Free entry across the weekend & free car park on site.

Christmas Craft Fair at Barleylands Craft Village
Sun 25 November 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Barleylands Road, CM11 2UD
Barleylands Village presents its festive Christmas Craft Fair – with a variety of arts and crafts items and beautiful decorations for your home. The ever popular event offers shoppers a relaxed and hassle free way of shopping, without the crowds of the high street and stress of parking. Browse handmade gifts, Christmas goodies, meet the makers and pick up a gift or two. The festive event takes place from 10am until 4pm. Free parking.
www.barleylands.co.uk/events

A Winter’s Market, hosted by Acanteen in Chelmsford
Sun 25 November 2018, 10.00am – 9.00pm
35 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0ND
Get festive and toasty at A Winters Market. Shop local from some wonderfully curated artisan makers – the best that Essex has to offer. Fable & Moon, Blended aromas, Smith & Goat and the lovely OTHERLETTERS are just a few of our friends popping up for this special one off festive event. Alongside sellers, we will have live music all day and our kitchen will be cooking up a festive feast will late. Bring the family!
www.facebook.com/events

Essex Vegan Christmas Festival, Colchester
Sun 25 November 2018, 10.30am – 4.30pm
35 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0ND
100 fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the day at Colchester Charter Hall.
www.veganeventsuk.co.uk
Cost: Entry is £3 payable on the day on the door (under 16’s free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/essex-vegan-christmas-festival-tickets-45411629406 to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers.

Wickford at Christmas
Sun 25 November 2018, 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Wickford High Street
Join us for the annual Wickford at Christmas Street Fair in the high street! Santa’s Grotto; Gift, food and drink stalls; Local singers and choirs; Children’s crafts; Reindeer; Children’s rides; Magic Frostie; Essex Royals. Free to attend.
www.wickfordatchristmas.co.uk

 

26th November – 2nd December 2018

Christmas Fayre at The Coffee Grind, Benfleet
Thurs 29 November 2018, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
The Green Room (behind CPBC Offices), Kiln Road, SS7 1BU
Maldon Vintage Christmas Fayre returns for 2018 with a Rock ‘n’ Roll 50’s Theme. Join them on Thursday 29th November as they turn on the Christmas lights and put on a truly magical evening for all guests & residents. FREE Santa’s Grotto in our Winter Wonderland at Bright’s Path, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison live tributes, 80 Person Flash Mob, The Big Sing Choir, Market stalls selling Christmas Gifts, food, drinks and craft items, Late night shopping from many High Street Shops.
www.facebook.com/pg/CoffeeGrindBenfleet

Maldon Vintage Christmas Fayre 2018
Thurs 29 November 2018, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
High Street, Maldon, CM9 5
Maldon Vintage Christmas Fayre returns for 2018 with a Rock ‘n’ Roll 50’s Theme. Join them on Thursday 29th November as they turn on the Christmas lights and put on a truly magical evening for all guests & residents. FREE Santa’s Grotto in our Winter Wonderland at Bright’s Path, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison live tributes, 80 Person Flash Mob, The Big Sing Choir, Market stalls selling Christmas Gifts, food, drinks and craft items, Late night shopping from many High Street Shops.
maldontowncouncil.gov.uk/maldon-vintage-christmas-fayre

Christmas Fair at Grove Wood Primary School, Rayleigh
Fri 30 Nov 2018, from 3.15pm
Grove Road, Rayleigh, Southend-On-Sea SS6 8UA
Full details to follow.
www.facebook.com/events

Hylands Estate Christmas Frost Fair at Hylands House
Fri 30 Nov – Sun 2 Dec 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ
Featuring over 120 exhibitors, an appearance from Father Christmas and plenty of festive fun, this is a great way to get Christmas started! Hosted at the beautifully renovated Neo-Classical elegant Hylands House, there really isn’t a better setting to come and get Christmas started.
hylandsestate.co.uk
Advance Ticket Prices: Adults £4.50, Children £3.50, Accompanied Children(-16) free of charge. Tickets on the Door Prices: Adults £5.50, Concessions £4.50, Accompanied Children(-16) free of charge.

Christmas Gift Fair at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Fri 30 Nov – Sun 2 Dec 2018, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
At each of the three-day shows, there will be over 60 craftsmen, artists and designer makers including jewellery, fine art, photography, ceramics, textiles, glass, and many other contemporary crafts. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts for friends and family; watch artist demonstrations and meet the individuals who have created the work.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies to non-members

Rainham Fayre Village Event
Sat 1 Dec 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Rainham, Essex , RM13
We are local residents and local shopkeepers who want to make a difference and improve our community. Our activities and events are designed for everyone and are dedicated to bring our community together. The parade will be starting at Tesco 10amMeet and greet the Princess’s and Paw Patrol in The Broadway. Kiddies Fun Fair & Stalls,Bungee Trampolines, kids bouncy castle run, inflatable dodgems, game stall, beat the bar, Christmas pudding bouncy castle, Rodeo reindeer, Photo booth, Real Reindeers, Burger van, Jacket spuds, Vintage ice cream, Candy flow/hot chocolate/sweets/fudge/waffles and much more.
rainhamfayreevents.weebly.com

Old Hadleigh Christmas Market
Sat 1 Dec 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hadleigh Old Fire Station, High St, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 2PA
Christmas Market.
www.facebook.com/events

Horndon on the Hill Christmas Market
Sat 1 Dec 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Horndon on the Hill, Village Hall, Mill Lane, SS17 8LB
Indoor and outdoor craft stalls, Christmas gifts, children’s fun and activities, festive food and drink, carol singing, Father Christmas and much more.
www.facebook.com/events

Canvey Christmas Light Switch On Event
Sat 1 December 2018, 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Canvey Island Town Centre
Lots of entertainment, stalls, fun fair rides, games, and attractions for the whole family.The free entry event will officially start at 12 noon with an assortment of Christmas stalls, funfair, children’s games and entertainment. By popular demand, the Town Council has arranged for two reindeer to attend again this year. Staged entertainment will be available from 1pm right through to the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm presenting local talented groups and individuals.The entertainment programme this year includes local bands, choirs and dance groups. Santa with his sleigh will be greeting families during the day and the Christmas lights switch on will take place outside Canvey Library at 5pm.
www.facebook.com/events

Mountnessing Christmas Market
Sat 1 Dec 2018, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Mountnessing C of E Primary School, 279 Roman Rd, Brentwood CM15 0
After the success of last year Stock Village Christmas Market returns. Bigger and better than ever! A traditional Christmas market in the picturesque village of Stock, Essex with over 40 festive stalls, refreshments, entertainment & Santa’s grotto. Free limited parking at Village Hall Car Park.
www.facebook.com/events

Stock Christmas Market
Sat 1 Dec 2018, 2.00pm-8.00pm
The Square, Stock Village, Essex (opposite The Bear Pub)
After the success of last year Stock Village Christmas Market returns. Bigger and better than ever! A traditional Christmas market in the picturesque village of Stock, Essex with over 40 festive stalls, refreshments, entertainment & Santa’s grotto. Free limited parking at Village Hall Car Park.
www.stockchristmasmarket.co.uk

Christmas Market at Braxted Park, Witham
Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Braxted Park Estate, Braxted Park Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3EN
Enjoy a variety of authentic street foods and browse unique not-on-the-high-street stocking fillers all in the grand surroundings of the Braxted Park Walled Garden.Enjoy a short walk round this historic house with a complimentary glass of mulled wine for every pre-registered visitor. Santa’s reindeer visiting in their vintage sleigh and Mother Christmas would love for children to join her in decorating gingerbread in her wonderfully cosy and aromatic kitchen. Suitable for all ages and accessibility, Braxted Park is offering a rare treat to come ‘behind the wall’ to enjoy a Christmas Fair with a difference.
www.christmasatbraxtedpark.com
Cost: Entry is free but due to popular demand all adults will be required to register and show their ticket on arrival to gain entry. Each ticket will also include a free glass of mulled wine.

Winter Wonderland with Santa in the Woods at Hardie Park in Stanford le Hope
Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hardie Park, Hardie Road, Stanford le Hope, Essex SS17 0PB
Christmas market, craft/gift stalls, food and drink. Great festive family WEEKEND!
www.friendsofhardiepark.co.uk
Cost: Free entry. Visit Santa in the Woods for £3 per child including gift.

A Natural Christmas at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Sun 2 Dec 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Christmas Shopping fill you with horror?? Avoid the traffic and crowds and pop along for a relaxing breath of fresh air, a bracing walk. Once you are nice and relaxed browse the gift shop for some wonderful nature themed gifts to kick start your Christmas shopping and cosy up by the fire to enjoy a festive punch (non-alcoholic) and a mince pie. There will also be some craft stalls featuring wooden and woollen items made by our volunteers. Relax and soak up the festive spirit with some carols and festive favourites as Rowhedge Community choir who will entertain you between 2pm-3pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: Free entry

Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Firstsite, Colchester
Sun 2 Dec 2018, 10.00am-4.30pm.
Lewis Gardens, CO1 1JH
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Christmas Gift and Food Fair takes place on Sunday 2nd December 2018. Held in the fabulous grounds of Firstsite in Colchester, the fair will be showcasing independent retailers who will stock a variety of items including gifts, homeware, jewellery, art, books, toys, gourmet delights and much more.
http://www.helenrollason.org.uk/events

Christmas Craft Fayre at Rayleigh Primary
Sun 2 Dec 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Love Lane, Rayleigh, Southend-On-Sea SS6 7DD
For all those beautiful, unique hand crafted gifts and treats come along to our Christmas Craft Fayre at Rayleigh Primary school hall.
www.facebook.com/events

Rochford Christmas Festival
Sun 2 Dec 2018, 2.00pm-7.00pm
Rochford Square
The members of the Rochford Chamber of Trade and Rochford Parish Council are delighted to provide you with this free Christmas event for the people of Rochford and its surrounding communities.  Both organisations have given their time freely to ensure the smooth running of this event, and I would personally like to thank everyone involved. Food, Drink, Games, Rides and Crafts, Live Music and Performances, Christmas Lights Switch On.
www.rochfordchristmasfestival.co.uk

 

3rd – 9th December 2018

Epping Christmas Market
Fri 7 Dec 2018, 12.00pm – 8.00pm
Epping, Essex, CM16 5DN
Community event including a variety of Christmas craft and gift stalls; entertainment including choirs, bands, singers; food and refreshments; Santa, Reindeer, Snow Globe, Town Crier… and much more. Limited car parking (in car parks).
www.visiteppingforest.org
Cost: Free entry

Christmas Gift Fair at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Fri 7 to Sun 9 Dec 2018, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
At each of the three-day shows, there will be over 60 craftsmen, artists and designer makers including jewellery, fine art, photography, ceramics, textiles, glass, and many other contemporary crafts. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts for friends and family; watch artist demonstrations and meet the individuals who have created the work.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies to non-members

Southend Christmas Vegan Fair
Sun 9 December 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
Various stalls of vegan food, cosmetics, animal rights charities and fund raisers as well as animal rights/vegan clothing brands. Kids’ activity room.
www.facebook.com/events

Christmas Fair at Smallgains Canvey Island
Sun 9 December 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Creek Road, SS8 8QP
Island Boys and Girls FC are hosting a Christmas Fair, interested in holding a stall contact Michelle 07803129250 or coming along for some Yule tide fun, serving mince pies and warm mulled wine
www.facebook.com/events

Colchester Christmas Market
Sun 9 December 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
High St, Colchester CO1
The Colchester Christmas Market will be held on the Pedestrianised High Street. Stalls, kids’ funfair rides, street entertainment, Santa, Victorian Christmas Experience with Colchester Curiosities and street food will add to the proceedings.
www.facebook.com/events

Shenfield Christmas Fayre
Sunday 9 December 2018, 12.00pm-5.00pm
Hutton Road, Brentwood, CM15 8
It is a real community affair with lots of local business involvement and community groups. School choirs, amongst other performers, will treat audiences to fantastic songs, and bands and singers will keep the festive cheer flowing as visitors enjoy mulled wine, stalls and local produce.
www.facebook.com/events

 

10th – 24th December 2018

Thundersley Christmas Festival 2018
Weds 19 December 2018, 3.00pm-5.00pm
Benfleet, Essex SS7 3
The return of the brilliant Christmas festival, loads to see and do, more details coming soon
www.facebook.com/events