Christmas Markets & Events in Suffolk – Updated for 2021

If you’re looking to kick off the festive season and get into the Christmas spirit, there is nothing quite like going to a Christmas event. Whether it’s a craft fair, a workshop, a pantomime at a local theatre, a grotto, or a candlelit walk, attending an event can really help to create the kind of excitement and anticipation that makes Christmas special. Also, there’s a high likelihood that you will come across a mince pie.

Be sure to check out our Christmas Day Restaurants in Suffolk guide and our guide to what’s on in Suffolk. For New Years Eve events in Suffolk click here.

Here is our rundown of festive events going on in Suffolk to help you get in the mood for Christmas 2021.

Kentwell at Christmas

Kentwell Hall, High Street, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9BA

Sat 4th & Sun 5th – Sat 11th & Sun 12th December 2021

OPENING TIMES: 10am– 4pm

A traditional Victorian Christmas and a visit to Father Christmas!

Illuminated Garden Trail at Helmingham Hall

Helmingham Estate, Helmingham, Stowmarket ,Suffolk, IP14 6EF

Date: 19th November 2021

Time: 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Make the most of the dark winter nights by stepping into a magical world of light, colour and sound, as you explore the grounds of Helmingham Hall adorned with thousands of lights transforming the gardens into an enchanted winter wonderland.

Christmas Wreath Making Otley Hall

Otley Hall, Hall Lane, Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9PA

Date: 6th December 2021

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Kaye Souter, Suffolk based florist and owner of Kaye Souter Flowers, will be hosting a hands on Christmas workshop at Otley Hall this December, sharing her years of expertise and creativity to help you create a fabulously festive wreath to dress your home.

Places to Visit in Suffolk

Easton Farm Park

Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 0EQ

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, IP14 6AT

Stonham Barns Park | Retail Village

Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6AT

Festive Supper Club with Peter Harrison at Otley Hall

Otley Hall, Hall Lane, Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9PA

Date: 16th December 2021

Peter Harrison will be visiting us once more to cook up a feast for our final Supper Club of the year with a festive twist. Gather with family and friends for a merry evening of early Christmas celebrations and a delicious dinner showcasing local winter produce.


4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th December 2021

The MSLR Santa Specials are special steam events where you can take your children on a magical journey from Brockford Station to meet Santa at North Pole Halt.

Christmas Experience at Easter Farm Park

Easton Farm Park, Pound Corner, Easton, Suffolk, IP13 0EQ

Dates: 4th – 24th December 2021

Time: 10am – 4pm

We’ve got a wonderful winter array of magical activities for you to get involved in: Wishing tree craft, Meet the Christmas Animals, Gingerbread Decorating, Elf Workshop, Present Picking, Reindeer Food Making, Meet Father Christmas.

Tickets:  £17.50 per child | £10.95 per adult | £9.95 per under 1

Places to Stay in Suffolk

The Bridge Street Guest House | River Room

Bridge Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9BQ

Newlands Staycations | Suffolk Holiday Park

Newlands Otley Road, Grundisburgh, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6RY

Kaya Lodge – Safari Tent | Suffolk

Lewis Farm, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, IP14 6AU


Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, IP14 6AT

Date: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November 2021

Time: 10am-4.00pm

Start your Christmas shopping early at Stonham Barns Park and come along to our Annual Christmas Craft Market and see what special gifts you can find for your family and friends.

There will be stalls with hand-made locally produced gifts that you will not find on the High Street.

No entrance fee for buyers.

Plenty of FREE parking.

Mulled Wine, Minced Pies and other Christmas goodies available to purchase.

Christmas Visits at Bressingham

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Low Road, Diss, IP22 2AA

Date: Sun 28 Nov 2021 to Fri 24 Dec 2021

Christmas is always a magical time at Bressingham and is a very special experience for all the family. Under twinkling fairy lights, your Christmas visit to Bressingham includes a ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone both young and old, a festive spin on the Gallopers and a visit to Father Christmas, including a present, for children up to the age of 12 years.

Adult (advance) tickets are £12.50 | Children (advance) 3-12 £15.50 | under 3’s (advance) requiring a present are £8.00


Local Businesses in Suffolk

Africa Alive! | Zoo in Lowestoft

Africa Alive!, White's Lane, Kessingland, Suffolk, NR33 7TF

Activities at Kingfishers

Swan Lane, Cretingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 7BA

Aldeburgh Fish and Chips

226 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5DJ

Anglia Indoor Karting

12 Farthing Road, Sproughton, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5AP

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa | Newmarket

11 Bury road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7BX

Bruha Brewing

Progress Way, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7HU

Chrisdee’s Suffolk Pods

Lodge Farm, Wickham Road, Thwaite, IP23 7EE

Damerons Farm Cottages | Suffolk

Damerons Farm Henley, Ipswich , Suffolk , IP6 0RU

Dragonfly Hotel | Bury St Edmunds

Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7DZ