Merry Christmas, Southend! Southend always has an enormous amount of festive attractions each Christmas, so make sure you don’t miss out on anything with our guide to Southend Christmas Events and Activities 2016! Plan this season’s activities, whether you’re looking for family fun or a night out with your mates! We’ll keep adding more Christmas events as they get announced, so keep checking back over the coming weeks! Please 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 2016

Daily Christmas Activities

DAILY Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Saturday 24th December 2016

  • Christmas at Sealife @ Sealife Adventure
    Half price entrance into Sealife Adventure and free visit to Santa with or without a ticket. You will have the option to make a small donation to Havens Hospice once meeting Santa.

 

DAILY Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Saturday 10th December 2016

  • Fantastic Christmas 4D Light Show
    Between 5pm and 8pm each day on Southend High Street, you’ll be able to gaze in awe at the Southend Christmas themed 4D Light Show, bringing one of the High Street’s buildings to life with music and state of the art architectural video mapping! (Opposite Bargain Buys by the Southend Central bridge.)

 

DAILY Saturday 10th December 2016 – Saturday 24th December 2016

  • Adventure Wonderland @ Adventure Island
    You will be greeted by elves and guided through the Christmas Tree Forest to take a photo with Prancer the Reindeer. Then you will meet Santa Claus himself. Entry includes access to all of Adventure Inside’s rides (including the Christmas rides and the giant soft play area), cookies and hot chocolate, 5 free plays in the arcades, free child’s entry to Sealife Adventure Aquarium.

 

DAILY Saturday 10th December 2016 – Sunday 8th January 2016

 

DAILY Saturday 17th December 2016 – Friday 23rd December 2016

  • Santa on the Pier @ The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier
    Children can meet Santa Claus himself on Southend Pier and receive a free toy of their choice. The £10 ticket includes train fare for the child and an adult, and will need to be booked in advance by calling 01702 215620.

 

 

Saturday 19th November 2016

  • Christmas Lights Switch On
    Southend kickstarts the Christmas season with the switching on of the Christmas lights, after a very busy day of festive entertainment all up the High Street, followed by a free fireworks display on the seafront!
  • Santa on the Pier @ The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier
    Children can meet Santa Claus himself on Southend Pier and receive a free toy of their choice. The £10 ticket includes train fare for the child and an adult, and will need to be booked in advance by calling 01702 215620.

 

Saturday 26th November 2016

  • Refuel the Reindeer @ The Victoria Shopping Centre
    Children will have the opportunity to get creative and follow some “reindeer food” recipe cards to create their own edible Christmas goodies to take home. Watch out for the giant wandering Christmas trees! There will also be Christmas face painting.
  • Christmas Gift and Craft Fair @ St Thomas More High School
    Run by the Parent Staff Association, a registered charity. Free entry and 70 stalls offering a diverse range of beautiful unique wares. Hot food served in the dining hall all day and fabulous raffle prizes.
  • Santa on the Pier @ The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier
    Children can meet Santa Claus himself on Southend Pier and receive a free toy of their choice. The £10 ticket includes train fare for the child and an adult, and will need to be booked in advance by calling 01702 215620.

 

Sunday 27th November 2016

  • Little Theatre Company’s Christmas Fayre @ The Park Inn Palace
    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 @ The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier
    Children can meet Santa Claus himself on Southend Pier and receive a free toy of their choice. The £10 ticket includes train fare for the child and an adult, and will need to be booked in advance by calling 01702 215620.

 

Saturday 3rd December 2016

  • Mrs Claus’ Cookie Class @ The Victoria Shopping Centre
    Little chefs will get their own Christmas cook’s hat to personalise with their name and Christmas design. They can wear these to create their Christmas cookies! While Mrs Claus waits for the cookies to finish baking, she’ll read the children a magical Christmas story in her kitchen. After the story, the kids can decorate their cookie and take it home! There will also be Christmas face painting.
  • Adventure Wonderland @ Adventure Island
    You will be greeted by elves and guided through the Christmas Tree Forest to take a photo with Prancer the Reindeer. Then you will meet Santa Claus himself. Entry includes access to all of Adventure Inside’s rides (including the Christmas rides and the giant soft play area), cookies and hot chocolate, 5 free plays in the arcades, free child’s entry to Sealife Adventure Aquarium.
  • Carols for Christmas @ The Royals Shopping Centre & The Victoria Shopping Centre
    Join the Southend Boys and Girls Choir, Southend Vox, Leigh Orpheus Male Vocal Choir, The Show Choir, and 4 and 20 Blackbirds for some traditional Christmas songs while you shop! Between 11am and 5pm at both locations.
  • Christmas Bazaar @ Hockley & Hawkwell Methodist Church
    Christmas Bazaar with free admission. There will be a bouncy castle, toy stall, book stall, second hand goods, cake, a tombola with a prize each time and a raffle. There will also be craft activities and refreshments.
  • Santa on the Pier @ The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier
    Children can meet Santa Claus himself on Southend Pier and receive a free toy of their choice. The £10 ticket includes train fare for the child and an adult, and will need to be booked in advance by calling 01702 215620.

 

Sunday 4th December 2016

  • Adventure Wonderland @ Adventure Island
    You will be greeted by elves and guided through the Christmas Tree Forest to take a photo with Prancer the Reindeer. Then you will meet Santa Claus himself. Entry includes access to all of Adventure Inside’s rides (including the Christmas rides and the giant soft play area), cookies and hot chocolate, 5 free plays in the arcades, free child’s entry to Sealife Adventure Aquarium.
  • Santa on the Pier @ The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier
    Children can meet Santa Claus himself on Southend Pier and receive a free toy of their choice. The £10 ticket includes train fare for the child and an adult, and will need to be booked in advance by calling 01702 215620.
  • Christmas Toy and Gift Service @ Hockley & Hawkwell Methodist Church
    Christmas Toy and Gift Service led by Rev P Warrey. There will be all age worship and parade service featuring Hand in Glove Puppets and The Band. Please bring gifts of children’s toys for South Essex Family Solutions and toiletries for HARP.

 

Thursday 8th December 2016

  • A Christmas Concert by John Seeley’s Jazz & Saxophone Group @ St Michael and All Angels Church
    A free evening of Jazz, Popular and Christmas tunes, with a raffle and free refreshments.

 

Friday 9th December 2016

  • Britten – “Ceremony of Carols” @ Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch Boulevard
    Holy Trinity Church presents Britten “Ceremony of Carols” with Southend Boys and Girls Choirs.
  • Future Park: Christmas Special – Featuring Scottee @ Metal Southend
    Connecting creatives from all practices, there will be seminars, workshops on talks on art, creativity and performance. Plenty of networking should be expected with complimentary wine, and a miniature “alt Christmas Craft Fair” for authentic Christmas gifts.

 

Saturday 10th December 2016

  • Bling Your Bauble @ The Victoria Shopping Centre
    The perfect break from Christmas shopping for grown ups. Enjoy a minced pie with some mulled wine at the “Bling Your Bauble” station, where you can choose your bauble and personalised decoration to put on your tree at home!
  • Santa on the Pier @ The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier
    Children can meet Santa Claus himself on Southend Pier and receive a free toy of their choice. The £10 ticket includes train fare for the child and an adult, and will need to be booked in advance by calling 01702 215620.

 

Sunday 11th December 2016

  • Christmas Cracker @ The Palace Theatre
    Featuring Southend Girls’ Choir, Southend Young Men’s Chorus and Thundersley Brass Band.
  • Santa on the Pier @ The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier
    Children can meet Santa Claus himself on Southend Pier and receive a free toy of their choice. The £10 ticket includes train fare for the child and an adult, and will need to be booked in advance by calling 01702 215620.

Thursday 15th December 2016

  • The Coca Cola Christmas Truck Tour @ Southend Victoria Circus
    The holidays are coming! And Southend this year will be part of the famous nationwide Coca Cola Christmas Truck Tour! Get your photo taken with the iconic truck and enjoy a free can of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Once the sun has set, there will be an incredible after-dark screening of a short Christmas animation onto the truck itself!

 

Saturday 17th December 2016

  • Reindeer Rock! @ The Victoria Shopping Centre
    Become an honorary reindeer and rock out with other little reindeer! Children can enjoy some reindeer tunes, cheeky reindeer games, reindeer dancing, and get a reindeer name and certificate too! There will also be balloon modelling and face painting to enjoy as well.
  • Carols for Christmas @ The Royals Shopping Centre & The Victoria Shopping Centre
    Join the Southend Boys and Girls Choir, Southend Vox, Leigh Orpheus Male Vocal Choir, The Show Choir, and 4 and 20 Blackbirds for some traditional Christmas songs while you shop! Between 11am and 5pm at both locations.

Sunday 18th December 2016

  • Community Carol Concert with Southend Band @ the Bandstand in Priory Park
    Take part in some traditional community Christmas carolling with Southend Band!

 

Friday 23rd December 2016

  • Winter Enchanted Workshop @ The Victoria Shopping Centre
    Little ones will learn how to make Christmas accessories of their own to take home. From reindeer crowns to glittering snow fairy wings!
  • Tropicana Nights presents The Ultimate 80’s Christmas Party @ Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion
    Fun filled festive evening with top 80’s music and dancing. Let’s celebrate Christmas like we did in the 80s!

One Response

  1. Barry philpot

    Are you going to have Father Christmas on the pear this year and if so when can we book it thanks Barry

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