Countdown to Christmas: Feeling festive in Suffolk

December 6, 2017
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Christmas is in full swing in Suffolk with plenty of events on the calendar to get you in the spirit.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION

From December 2 – January 6. Thompson’s Gallery,  Aldeburgh, is holding its Annual Christmas Exhibition which includes many of our successful and well known modern and contemporary British artists. Included in the exhibition is works by Edward Seago, John Piper, Fred Cuming, Anne Cotterill and Robert Kelsey to represent the more traditional oeuvre.

CANINE PARTNERS EAST OF ENGLAND CAROL SERVICE

December 7. A traditional carol service in beautiful Holy Trinity Church with the presence of Clare, Lady Euston, Lord Lieutenant for Suffolk and readings from Roy Hudd, comedian and carols performed by Sudbury Choral Society and Barnardiston-Hall and Stour Valley Community Schools and finishing with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies.

EACH LANTERN WALK

8 December. This magical Christmas lantern walk starts at Dance East, carry’s on along the waterfront and then back to Dance East for some Christmas entertainment and refreshments. The walk is just under 2 miles. A raffle and other exciting activities will also take place. An early December Christmas event to get you in the mood for the big day.

CHRISTMAS CRACKER CONCERT

From December 8 – 9. Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? Do you wish Santa Claus Is Coming To Town? Well, you’re in luck because the Riverside 100 Musical Theatre Choir will be performing at The Riverside Restaurant & Theatre, Quayside, Woodbridge. Following three very successful concerts at St Mary’s Church Woodbridge, The Riverside Theatre’s very own musical theatre choir, the R100 will be performing “A Christmas Cracker” of a concert live on stage.

KENTWELL HALL’S DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS

From December 8 – 10. Spend a family day in Victorian England during the Festive Season. In true magical Victorian style, meet the Household, watch the Villagers, take part in traditional activities including many crafts, join in at the Music Hall and enjoy Carols by Lantern. Nothing will look more ‘beautiful & magical’ than Kentwell at Christmas.

HALESWORTH TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS FOOD, DRINK & ARTISAN MARKET

December 9. The Halesworth Traditional Christmas Food, Drink & Artisan Market will be held in the historic Halesworth Market Place. With 32 local food and drink producers as well as local artisans booked the Market Place will once again be bustling with traders and shoppers as it would have been in times gone by. Disabled, child and dog friendly.

ALDEBURGH & DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB CHRISTMAS FAIR

December 9. Held at Aldeburgh Church Hall, this Christmas Fair will include the sale of good quality wrapped gifts, toiletries, Christmas wreaths, plants, topiary trees, cakes, books and jewellery, and a raffle will be held.

METFIELD CHRISTMAS FAIR

December 9. Held at Metfield Village Hall, this is a real old fashioned Christmas Fair with a wide variety of interesting stalls and plenty to do for the children including a ride around the village on Santa’s tractor.

CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

December 9. Hosted at the Suffolk Punch Trust, you can learn how to make a beautiful Christmas wreath for you to take home in the annual Wreath Making Workshop.

DORIAN SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

December 9. At Felixstowe United Reformed Church, an evening of seasonal music performed by the Dorian Dingers under the direction of Alan Loader. Highlights include Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah” and festive carols. Featuring soloists Gill Wilson (soprano) and Mim MacMahon (alto) plus organ music.

ROMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET

December 9. Held at Yoxford Village Hall, Old High Road, there will be an arrangement of various stalls, refreshments including home made soup, seasonal foods and lots more.

GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

From December 9 – 10. St. Mary’s Church in Bentley, will have Christmas trees, thousands of lights and festive scenes. Bentley Church stands in a leafy lane in picturesque grounds with an interior well worth a visit. Refreshments will be served.

CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT

December 10. A festive selection of Christmas music and carols will be performed by the choir at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Lowestoft, with audience carols for everyone to join in with, organ accompaniment and a solo trumpeter. A joyful start to your Christmas celebrations!

CHRISTMAS MARKET WITH CATS!

December 10. Christmas Market in the company of Cats @Catastrophe Cat Cafe, East Anglia’s only Cat Cafe! Enjoy the festivities at the Cat Cafe and Rehoming centre, raising money for the cafe’s rescue cats and helping them find their forever homes at Christmas. Try Christmas Themed Treats, Suffolk’s home-made cakes & plenty of Mulled Wine/ Cider/ Mincepies; all in the company of cats!

THE RAT PACK LIVE! CHRISTMAS PARTY

December 10. Join the UK’s best Rat Pack show at the Spa Pavilion Theatre, in a festive-packed seasonal spectacular which combines Christmas classics Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) with all your favourite Rat Pack hits. Featuring all the patter and razzamatazz of the Rat Pack’s infamous live stage show, come celebrate and enjoy a cool Yule with the UK’s number one Dean, Sammy and Frank live concert Christmas extravaganza.

STEP INTO THE FESTIVE GROOVE WITH SUFFOLK SOUL SINGERS

December 10. Suffolk Soul Singers will be returning to St. Peter’s by the Waterfront with a programme of timeless soul and gospel classics, contemporary hits with a soulful twist and the choir’s unique versions of Christmas songs, old and new.

WORLD LAND TRUST CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE

December 13. From 11.00am – 4.00pm, visitors are invited to World Land Trust for the Christmas bake sale. Christmas treats and gifts, WLT’s 2018 calendar and Christmas cards will be available, with all proceeds to help save the rainforest in Caribbean Guatemala.

SUFFOLK CAROLS AT CHRISTMAS

December 13. The annual Carol Concert will be returning to the stunning St Mary’s Church for a magical evening of carols, festive treats and celebrity guests all in support of Alzheimer’s Society.

OTLEY HALL CHRISTMAS TOUR

December 14. This popular Christmas Tour is a wonderful way to start the festive celebrations! You tour the Hall in all its candlelit glory, then join the owner in the Great Hall with it’s roaring log fires and beautifully decorated tree for mulled wine and Christmas nibbles. A perfect festive treat!

CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINING

December 16. Let the Food Hub Cookery School inspire you to create delicious festive food for the party season. They will help you prepare for Christmas with quick, easy and impressive entertaining recipes. This hands-on cookery course will teach you techniques and skills to prepare ahead and help you enjoy your Christmas with your family and friends. From canapes to show-stopping desserts, by the end of the day you’ll have Christmas entertaining covered!

CHRISTMAS WITH CHRISTINA JOHNSTON

December 23. Let Classical chart topper Christina Johnston and famous pianist Roger Seville bring you the spirit of Christmas at Aldeburgh Parish Church. Christina who has spent the first years of her career all over Europe, South America and Asia singing in Operas and for Presidents and State Officials alike is now returning to the UK where she released her chart topping Album, BLESSING.

‘TURKEY BUSTER’ WALK

December 28. Hosted by the Ipswich Tourist Guides Association at St Stephens Church, Ipswich, this is the perfect way to entertain and inform Christmas visitors about the wonderful town. Why not join the popular walk to work off some of those extra calories?