The Best Christmas Events In Suffolk Happening In 2021
If you’re looking to kick start the festive season in Suffolk, you’re in the right place! There are loads of Christmas events in Suffolk this year – from Santa’s Grottos to Christmas markets and festive pantomimes.
There are lots of fabulous things to do in Suffolk during the summer months too but if you are in Suffolk during the festive season and looking for things to do at Christmas in Suffolk, you won’t be disappointed.
I’m always looking for Christmas events near me so that we try something new each year – while we have two small believers at least!
So – what’s going on at Christmas in Suffolk this year?
**Not all of the Christmas events in Suffolk 2021 dates have been released yet so keep checking back for updates. This post contains affiliate links. If you book something using one, we may earn a small commission but at no extra cost to you**
These are the Christmas events in Suffolk happening in 2021
Santa’s Grottos in Suffolk
Looking for places to see Father Christmas in Suffolk? The great news is that there are lots of Santa’s Grottos and places to see Father Christmas. Looking for a Santa’s Grotto further afield? We have a great post on 100+ Places to See Santa in the UK.
But here’s where to see Santa in Suffolk this Christmas:
Mid Suffolk Light Railway
MSLR Santa Specials – one of the many Santa train rides across the UK this year. If you like the idea of a meeting Santa on a train, you might also like to check out one of the Polar Express Train Rides in the UK.
Address: Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW.
Tickets: Bookings open on 2nd October 2021.
Address: Kentwell Hall, High Street, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9BA.
Dates: 4th & 5th and 11th & 12th December 2021.
Tickets: Adults – £32.50, Children (12 – 15) – £27.50, (4 – 11) – £20.00, (2 – 3) – £120.00, Under 2 – FREE.
Address: Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Suffolk, IP13 0BT.
Dates: 4th & 5th December 2021.
Tickets: On sale soon
Address: Kersey Mill, Hadleigh Road, Kersey, Suffolk, IP7 6DP.
Dates: Every weekend in December and 20th to 23rd December 2021.
Tickets: Early bird tickets (before 1st October) – £27.50 per child (includes 1 free adult). Additional adults – £12.00. After 1st October – £32.50 per child (incl. 1 free adult) and £15.00 per additional adult.
East Anglian Transport Museum
Address: East Anglia Transport Museum, Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 8BL.
National Trust Dunwich Heath
Address: Dunwich Heath and Beach, Coastguard Cottages, Minsmere Rd, Dunwich, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3DJ.
See also – things to do in Dunwich.
National Trust Ickworth
Address: Ickworth, The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE.
Dobbies Garden Centre
Address: Dobbies, Grundisburgh Road, Woodbridge , Suffolk, IP13 6HX.
Notcutts Garden Centre
Address: Notcutts, Ipswich Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4AF.
Easton Farm Park
Address: Easton Farm Park, Pound Corner, Easton, Suffolk, IP13 0EQ.
Dates: Starts 1st December 2021.
Address: Africa Alive!, Whites Lane, Kessingland, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7TF.
Address: Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AR.
Suffolk Punch Trust
Address: Sink Farm, St Davids Lane, Hollesley, Woodbridge IP12 3JR.
Address: Framlingham Castle, Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP.
Christmas lights in Suffolk
There are a couple of exciting Christmas light trails happening in Suffolk this year. You can also wander around some of the towns and villages in Suffolk and check out their light displays. If you happen to be heading into London, here is where you can find the Christmas light displays in London.
Illuminted Garden Trail at Helmingham Hall Gardens
We love a Christmas light trail. There are loads happening all over the country (see more Christmas light trails here).
If you are thinking of heading further afield, we can highly recommend the Blenheim Palace Christmas lights. They are fabulous and we’re sure the Helmingham Hall lights will be just as special.
Address: Helmingham Hall, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6EF
Dates: 19th November to 19th December 2021.
Tickets: Adults – £13.00, Child (5-15) – £8.00. Under 5 – FREE. Family – £34.00.
Ickworth’s Light Nights
Address: Ickworth, The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE.
Address: Haughley Park, Haughley, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 3JY.
Dates: Sadly cancelled for 2021.
Christmas markets in Suffolk
We love a Christmas market. We usually try to go to one of the European Christmas markets each year but there are also some fantastic Christmas markets in the UK. They are a great place to pick up some handmade Christmas gifts. We usually get a decoration for the Christmas tree, enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine and soak up the festive atmosphere.
Here are the Suffolk Christmas markets worth a visit this year:
Bury St Edmunds
This free market takes place in the lovely Abbey Gardens of the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmunds with lots of Christmas stalls
Address: Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LT.
The usual farmer’s market with a festive feel.
Address: Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8UH.
Dates: 11th December 2021 (10am – 2pm).
Address: TBC – Lavenham.
Dates: 3rd to 5th December 2021.
Address: Duck in Boots, 19 Gaol Ln, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1JL.
Address: St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NY.
Dates: 26th – 27th November 2021.
Address: Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, IP14 6AT.
Dates: 27th & 28th November 2021.
Pantomimes in Suffolk
One of our favourite things to do at Christmas in London with kids is to visit one of the big Christmas Pantomimes. Over the years, we’ve found that the pantos in smaller towns around the UK are just as good and Suffolk is no exception. Here are the Pantomimes to look out for in Suffolk this Christmas.
Address: Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1HH.
Dates:14th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022.
Tickets: From £10.00 – £18.00.
Ipswich Regent Theatre
Address: Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 St Helens Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1HE.
Dates: 17th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022.
Tickets: From £14.00 per person.
The Spa Pavillion
Address: The Spa Pavilion, Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 2DX.
Dates: 17th December 2021 to 3rd January 2022.
Tickets: From £14.00 – £16.00 (Under 16) and £20.00- £22.00 per adult.
Address: Theatre Royal, Westgate St, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QR.
Dates: 26th November 2021 to 16th January 2022.
Tickets: From £10.50 to £32.50 per person.
You might also like to check out Elf – The Musical at The Apex in bury St Edmunds from 30th December to 2nd January 2022.
The New Wolsey Theatre
Address: The New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2AS.
Dates: 25th November 2021 to 8th January 2022.
Tickets: From £12.00 to £38.00 per person.
Christmas Afternoon Tea Suffolk
Having afternoon tea is such a British thing to do – but have you tried a festive afternoon tea? It’s one of the best Christmassy things to do in Suffolk after a day of Christmas shopping at the markets.
The Swan at Lavenham (Lavenham) – available throughout December. £25.00 per person.
Lynford Hall Hotel (Mundford) – 6th, 13th, 20th and 26th December 2021. £39.00 for 2 people.
Ufford Park (Woodbridge) – through December. £20.00 per person.
Bedford Lodge Hotel (Newmarket) – TBC.
Ravenwood Hall (Bury St Edmunds) – Mon – Fri through December between 3 – 5pm. £20.00 per person.
Christmas at hotels in Suffolk
If you feel like getting away for Christmas and having everything taken care of for you, these are the best hotels to spend Christmas at in Suffolk.
If it’s luxury you’re looking for this Christmas in Suffolk with everything taken care of for you, you can’t beat the Ickworth Hotel. It is especially good for families with so many fun activities on offer. It comes at a price though. Here is their festive brochure for 2021.
The Swan at Lavenham
The National Trust also has a number of cottages in Suffolk if you are looking for a self-catering option. See here for National Trust Christmas breaks in Suffolk.
Other things to do in Suffolk at Christmas
Had your fill of Christmas events in Suffolk? How about trying out some of these alternative things to do at Christmas in Suffolk?
For something a little alternative, you can visit the reindeer at Jimmy’s Farm.
How about taking a bracing winter walk along one of the Suffolk beaches?
See here for more general ideas for things to do at Christmas. And once you’re done with all of the Christmas days out in Suffolk and ready to settle down at home, take a look at these Christmas movies for kids.
We haven’t listed all of the things to do in Suffolk in December so if there’s something you’d like to add, please let us know.