Day 1: InColchester

Data Thistle
3 min readDec 8, 2022


Behind door number 1 is InColchester! Take a look at what you can do to get in the Christmas mood in the area:

Enlightened Colchester

Take a stroll through the grounds of Castle Park and marvel at the magical illuminations along the trail. This specially designed route will light up the night and ensure a mesmerising visit for all.

Christmas at the Movies by Candlelight

Your favourite songs from your favourite Christmas films will be brought to life by the London Film Music Orchestra! Whether it’s Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia, or Love Actually, this event will bring Christmas to life.

Colchester High Street Christmas Market

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Christmas market! Bundle up warm and grab yourself a mulled wine or hot chocolate as you check out the stalls from local traders and listen to some live festive tunes.

Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s setting up his workshop in Fenwick Colchester and you’re invited! Meet the man of the hour himself, and help out his elves with some crafty activities to make sure Santa’s treats (plus a carrot for Rudolph!) are presented festively.

Christmas Carol Festive Trail

Colchester City plays host to a magical Christmas trail, retelling the classic tale of Scrooge as you wander the streets. All accompanied by a narrated musical audio experience by the Christmas Carol Experience, explore the city as you’ve never seen it before.

Meet Father Christmas at Colchester Castle

Santa’s spreading Christmas cheer at the castle! Come along to see the big man himself and some of his helpers as they hand out some festive gifts.

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Tymperleys

Tuck into a merry menu of all your Christmas favourites alongside popular dishes from the main menu. Eggs Benedict with a side of mulled wine anyone?

We hope you have a safe and magical Christmas in Colchester, whatever you do!

The Data Thistle Team x