Christmas in Woodbridge: Your what’s on guide

PUBLISHED: 17:25 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:34 25 November 2018

Crowds gathered for the annual Woodbridge Carol Service at the Market Hill Picture: GREGG BROWN

Crowds gathered for the annual Woodbridge Carol Service at the Market Hill Picture: GREGG BROWN

With so many events going on this Christmas it’s difficult to keep up! So we’ve put together this handy guide of all the local events you need to know about.

Carols at a previous at  Woodbridge Christmas Market Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCarols at a previous at Woodbridge Christmas Market Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

November 29

Late night shopping event

A range of Woodbridge’s independent retailers will be open until late for shoppers to make the most of.

Shops taking part include jewellery stores Chenevix and Aspens, homeware shop Woodbridge Kitchen Company and a host of clothing boutiques including Homespun, Darcy B, Fanny and Frank, Amelia Alice, Taisce and Vanil.

November 30

Woodbridge Christmas Lights Switch On

The light switch on will be on Market Square where shops will be open until 8pm. Music food and refreshments will be on offer. Mayor David Mortimer will turn on the Christmas tree lights at 7pm.

The packed Thoroughfare during the Woodbridge christmas fair Picture: SIMON PARKERThe packed Thoroughfare during the Woodbridge christmas fair Picture: SIMON PARKER

December 2

Woodbridge Christmas Market

In it’s 20th year the market is a bumper one this year with a range of stall holders gathering around Market Hill and Quay Street.

Find out more: Woodbridge Christmas Market to celebrate bumper 20th year

Rendlesham Christmas Light Switch On

Father Christmas will be popping to Rendlesham to switch on the Christmas lights. Rendlesham Primary School will be providing the music. Fruit punch, mince pies and a barbecue will all be on offer to visitors as well as a range of stalls. The event starts at 4pm in the Village Square.

December 3

The Nutcracker, The Riverside

Broadcast live from the Royal Opera House this Christmas classic is brought to life by The Royal Ballet.

December 4 - 7

A Christmas Tale, Seckford Theatre

The Company of Four are hosting a festive show at Seckford Theatre featuring Victorian London, modern Christmas hits and a man named Jack Frost, a grumpy landlord who hates Christmas.

December 8

Tinsel Town, Seckford Theatre

The Theatre Emporium School of Performing Arts is holding a festive night of stories, song and dance.

The Nightmare before Christmas, The Riverside

Tim Burton’s classic story of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, will be back on the big screen.

December 8-9, 15 - 16

Santa’s Grotto, Suffolk Punch Trust

Santa will be arriving on his sleigh which will be pulled by a Suffolk Punch before taking up residence in his grotto. The festive farmyard will be home to a number of stalls and a craft fair too.

December 9

A Christmas Carol, Seckford Theatre

John Bromley performs a solo dramatisation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.

December 11

A Christmas Carol, The Riverside

Simon Callow brings to life the Dickens story full of ghosts, goodness and redemption in a cinema streaming of his acclaimed theatre performance.

December 15

Christmas Showstoppers, The Riverside

Riverside Musical Theatre Company will present a showstopper featuring songs from musical theatre and film.

December 16

CBeebies Christmas Show: Thumbelina, The Riverside

A recorded broadcast from The Regent Theatre Stoke-On-Trent, the CBeebies Christmas Show will be a family-fun retelling of the story of Thumbelina featuring song and dance.

December 17

White Christmas (Dementia Friendly showing), The Riverside

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye feature in the classic Christmas movie. This showing is dementia friendly.

December 18 - 19

Santa sleigh runs

Santa will be heading to Woodbridge courtesy of the Woodbridge and District Lions.

Read More: Santa Claus is coming to town!

December 19

Open Air Carol Service

The 67th annual open air carol service will be held on Market Hill at 6.30pm and is organised by Woodbridge Rotary Club. Father Christmas will be arriving to give sweets out to children at the event with money from the carol service going to Just 42.

December 22 - 30

Dick Whittington in Space, Seckford Theatre

The Deben Players present a modern twist on the classic Dick Whittington pantomime by setting it in space.

Got a Christmas event you would like to share with us? Email katy.sandalls@archant.co.uk

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