Things are getting ever more festive as the Season To Be Jolly gets firmly underway and we have some wonderful Christmas events to warm the hearts all of us, even those who are generally a bit “bah humbug” about the whole affair…
Some of the highlights are the Christmas Tree Festivals in Needham Market and Sudbury. They both take place in churches which are filled with trees, individually decorated by local charities, businesses, community groups and schools. Imagine dozens of trees, all with twinkling lights and handmade decorations; the smell of fresh pine and the evidence of goodwill of so many people, who have taken the time to contribute to these fund raising events.
There is also the Christmas Festival in Lavenham which starts today and carries on all weekend. There will be a Dickensian themed street fair, with vintage-style entertainment, lots of crafts, mince pies and mulled wine. Lavenham is surely the perfect backdrop for an event like this – it will be like stepping into a Victorian Christmas card!
Kentwell Hall have adopted a Dickensian theme too with their re-enactments of a Dickensian Christmas during three weekends in December. You can wander through the hall, meet ‘real’ Victorians as they go about their business, smell the cooking and baking as the kitchens gear up to make some festive treats and children are invited to meet Santa in his magical cottage grotto.
There’s the enchanting Lantern Walk, a walk around Lavenham with a Blue Badge Guide on 7th December where you will learn about the town’s fascinating history. The price of £5 includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie at the end.
Needham Market’s Christmas Street Fayre takes place on the 8th December and the shops will be looking festive and inviting and in addition, there will be around 75 stalls, laden with Christmas treats.
There will also be festive music, a magician and of course Santa will be in attendance, handing out presents to those who have been good!
On the 19th December, there is a Christmas Magic Lantern Evening at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket: An evening filled with awe and wonder as a spectacle of colours, sound and merriment take you back to Victorian times.
And if all that isn’t enought to get you into the festive spirit, there are pantos at The Quay in Sudbury (Jack and the Beanstalk) and The Regal in Stowmarket (Cinderella), which will surely do the trick.
For a full list of events please visit the South & Heart of Suffolk website