Merry Christmas, Southend! Don’t miss out on all the festive attractions Southend has to offer this year with this guide to Southend Christmas Events and Activities 2015. Keep checking back over the coming weeks, as we’ll keep adding more and more Christmas events and activities as they get announced. Contact us if you think we’ve missed anything out, so we can add the Christmas event to our list!

Have a magical Christmas!

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Southend Christmas Events 2015

Christmas Activities Available Every Day

DAILY Saturday 14th November 2015 – Sunday 3rd January 2016

  • Skating-on-Sea Ice Rink
    Open-air real ice rink over the Christmas season! With a stunning backdrop provided by The Forum’s Big Screen.

 

DAILY Saturday 28th November 2015 – Thursday 24th December 2015

  • Adventure Wonderland at Adventure Island
    The Adventure Wonderland Experience includes all of Adventure Island’s rides and attractions in the theme park’s Indoor Centre of Fun, as well as a free gamecard loaded with free plays to use on the video game and arcade machines and a VISIT TO FATHER CHRISTMAS. Kids can write their letter to Father Christmas in the Arts and Crafts Post Office then adventure through the tunnels to Father Christmas’ Grotto where they’ll meet his elves and all his friends like Frosty the Dancing Snowman and PJ the Giant Polar Bear. There they will be able to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and receive a fabulous gift of their choice from the Christmas Toy Store!

 

DAILY Saturday 5th December 2015 – Saturday 12th December 2015

  • Christmas 4D Light Show
    For ONE WEEK ONLY, there will be a free 4D light show projected onto the My Local building (formerly Morrisons, opposite Bargain Buys and the 99p Shop)! The multimedia visual experience will include snow machines from 4pm-8pm each day!

 

DAILY Saturday 12th December 2015 – Sunday 10th January 2016

  • Cinderella Panto
    This year’s Southend Christmas panto is Cinderella! Starring pantomime legend Brian Conley and Birds of a Feather favourite Lesley Joseph.

 

DAILY Friday 18th December 2015 – Thursday 24th December 2015

  • The Nutcracker @ Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre
    Story Pocket Theatre presents Nutcracker! The perfect Christmas production for children aged 4+. The colourful and magical Christmas story comes to life! Call 01702 351135 to book.

 

 

Thursday 12th November 2015

  • Havens Christmas Open Night
    Join Havens department store on Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff, between 3pm to 9pm for plenty of festive fun! There’ll be Christmas entertainment while you enjoy mince pies and a glass or two of vino. And lots of Christmas discounts!

 

Saturday 14th November 2015

  • The Big Christmas Lights Switch On
    A day jam-packed of festive activities all up the seafront with live reindeer, performances, fireworks, Christmas shopping and the switching on of the Christmas Lights by special guests!

 

Saturday 21st November 2015

  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £8 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747
  • Carols For Christmas
    Local professional and amateur choirs will be carolling in the Royals Shopping Centre from 11am – 3pm. Come enjoy all your Christmas favourites!

 

Sunday 22nd November 2015

  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £8 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747

 

Friday 27th November 2015

  • Night of the Lights: Leigh-on-Sea Light Switch On
    Watch Leigh-on-Sea’s Christmas lights get switched on at 5pm at the Night of the Lights!

 

Saturday 28th November 2015

  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £8 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747
  • Handmade Craft Fair @ Leigh Community Centre
    Get some Christmas shopping done at this year’s Handmade Craft Fair at the Leigh Community Centre!
  • Christmas Charity Craft Fair @ Darlinghurst Primary School
    Some Christmas craft shopping at Darlinghurst Primary School, raising money for Hope For Jess, Indy Fund and Ronald McDonald Housing Charities. There’ll be a Santa’s Grotto, a children’s choir, children’s craft activities, face painting and a Christmas hamper to be won.
  • Carols For Christmas
    Local professional and amateur choirs will be carolling in the Royals Shopping Centre from 11am – 3pm. Come enjoy all your Christmas favourites!

 

Sunday 29th November 2015

  • Little Theatre Company’s Christmas Fayre
    In town for Christmas shopping? Why not pop in to the Park Inn Palace ballroom for a Christmas Fayre with theatrical performances, a soft play area, 30 stalls of homemade gifts and crafts, popcorn, candy floss and Santa himself!
  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £8 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747

 

Tuesday 1st December 2015

  • A Christmas Carol
    Southend Drama Society presents “A Christmas Carol”. Family-friendly Christmas theatre production, with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption.

 

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

  • A Christmas Carol
    Southend Drama Society presents “A Christmas Carol”. Family-friendly Christmas theatre production, with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Party Lunch
    Dine on a three-course Christmas lunch at the Maritime Room (Cliffs Pavilion) as you listen to your favourite rock ‘n’ roll hits with DJ John Howard. To book, call 01702 344553.

 

Thursday 3rd December 2015

  • A Christmas Carol
    Southend Drama Society presents “A Christmas Carol”. Family-friendly Christmas theatre production, with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption.

 

Friday 4th December 2015

  • Christmas Charity Quiz
    Raise money for Lady McAdden Breast Screening Trust with a Christmas Charity Quiz at the Leigh Community Centre!
  • A Christmas Carol
    Southend Drama Society presents “A Christmas Carol”. Family-friendly Christmas theatre production, with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption.

 

Saturday 5th December 2015

  • Winter Extravaganza
    A full day of magic and sparkle on Southend High Street. Complete with live reindeer, Royal Family lookalikes, Christmas Carol-oke with Radio Essex, a Story Time Bus and, last but not least… the Yellow Brick Road! Where children can go on a Wizard of Oz adventure!
  • A Priory Christmas
    See Prittlewell Priory travel back in time to a Christmas past, and discover how the monks celebrated Christmas as well as the origins of our modern Christmas traditions.
  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £10 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747
  • A Christmas Carol
    Southend Drama Society presents “A Christmas Carol”. Family-friendly Christmas theatre production, with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption.

 

Sunday 6th December 2015

  • Southend Pier Christmas Craft Fair
    A great Christmas shopping opportunity on the end of Southend Pier, with a selection of handmade crafts and gifts. Face painting and refreshments available!
  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £10 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Party Lunch
    Dine on a three-course Christmas lunch at the Maritime Room (Cliffs Pavilion) as you listen to your favourite rock ‘n’ roll hits with DJ John Howard. To book, call 01702 344553.

 

Wednesday 9th December 2015

  • Christmas Jazz – Digby Fairweather at Southend Civic Centre
    Free admission with a retiring collection. The Christmas jazz concert take place from 12:15PM – 1:00PM.

 

Saturday 12th December 2015

  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £10 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747
  • Carols on Strand Wharf at Leigh-on-Sea
    Get festive with the traditional Christmas activity of carolling. Christmas Carols on Strand Wharf is a popular annual Christmas event with plenty of cheer and mince pies!
  • Carols For Christmas
    Local professional and amateur choirs will be carolling in the Royals Shopping Centre from 11am – 3pm. There will also be a performance by The Salvation Army by the bridge on Southend High Street. Come enjoy all your Christmas favourites!

 

Sunday 13th December 2015

  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £10 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747

 

Thursday 17th December 2015

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Party Lunch
    Dine on a three-course Christmas lunch at the Maritime Room (Cliffs Pavilion) as you listen to your favourite rock ‘n’ roll hits with DJ John Howard. To book, call 01702 344553.

 

Saturday 19th December 2015

  • Blake – Christmas in Harmony
    Join Brit-Award winning vocalists Blake for their long awaited debut Christmas show, featuring festive songs in beautiful trio harmony, video projections and the group’s famous fast-paced comedy banter.
  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £10 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Party Lunch
    Dine on a three-course Christmas lunch at the Maritime Room (Cliffs Pavilion) as you listen to your favourite rock ‘n’ roll hits with DJ John Howard. To book, call 01702 344553.

 

Sunday 20th December 2015

  • Film Screening: Get Santa
    Watch the classic family Christmas film, Get Santa, at Palace Theatre! The story of a father and son who must team up to save Christmas after Santa crashes his sleigh and finds himself on the run from the police.
  • Film Screening: The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Watch the classic family Christmas film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, at the Palace Theatre!
  • Santa On The Pier
    Visit Santa Claus on Southend Pier from 10am-4pm! £10 per child, including a free gift with their visit to Santa as well as a ride on the Pier train with an accompanying adult. Booking essential: 01702 618747

 

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

  • Primo Nelson Christmas Party
    Free glass of mulled wine and a goody bag with every ticket to see Primo Nelson featuring Holloway Road for yet another Primo Nelson funk party. 18+.
  • Fun For Families Christmas Special
    Santa’s Grotto with gifts for little ones at Summercourt’s Christmas special! Children can make Christmas decorations while eating minced pies!

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