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Festive Celebrations in Essex

Look no further to find out what’s on in Essex during Christmas time…

Looking for festive things to do this Christmas? In our latest blog, we explore all the delights and wonders that Essex has to offer this winter.

Chelmsford Christmas Lights Switch On

You’re never too old to enjoy the magic of witnessing the Christmas lights come on for the first time. This year the switch-on in Chelmsford promises to kick off the winter season with a night of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, music, fireworks and all-round entertainment. Join the crowds in Chelmsford High Street on Sunday 18th November for the highly anticipated event. Don’t miss your chance to see Chelmsford take the plunge into the most exciting time of the year.

Hylands Estate Christmas Frost Fayre

The annual Hylands Estate Frost Fayre is the place to go for lots of family-friendly fun. Featuring over 100 exhibitors, local entertainers, quality food and an appearance from the famous Father Christmas himself, the fair is an excellent way to start the holiday off with some festive cheer. The fair will run from Friday 30th November 2018 to Sunday 2nd December 2018, 10am to 5pm at the Hylands Estate, Chelmsford. You can book tickets here.

Essex Christmas Festival

Want something a little closer to home? Here at Five Lakes we’re hosting the Christmas County Show alongside the very popular Festival for Dogs! There will be plenty of activities to keep you occupied across the weekend, including rural crafts, a wealth of independent trade stalls, free entertainment and for the food lovers amongst you, live cookery shows from some of the best chefs in the region.  The festival will take place from the 17th and 18th November.

If you are in need of a bit of pampering after the festival, then why not treat yourself with our Winter Soother Spa Day? As well as full use of the facilities, you can enjoy a 50-minute treatment as you relax in the most tranquil spa in Essex. Hotel and spa treats at Christmas don’t get much better than that…


 When to comes to finding things to do in Essex, you will never be stuck for choice. Book your stay at Five Lakes directly and you’ll receive the very best rate. Check availability today or contact us now for more information.