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Mum's guide to Christmas in Romford 2019


We don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun, so we are publishing our list of all that’s happening in the area now, and will continue to add to it as new events are announced. We have split the guide into sections; Where to see Santa, Christmas Markets and Other Christmas Events.

*Please note we have tried to ensure that dates and times are as accurate as possible but always check with the website or business provider before setting off*


Where To See Santa

Christmas Special 2019
Audley End Miniature Railway - 23rd November – 24th December 2019
Take the Santa Express deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate where you will be greeted by the elves at Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland! You can also visit the Activity Area where you can write letters to Father Christmas, post them in the special post office,  join in with craft making, face painting and story telling – oh and don’t miss the dance tent! There are no tickets available on the day so you must pre book.
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The Father Christmas Experience
Marsh Farm – 16th November – 24th December 2019
Once you have passed through passport control it’s time to start a magical journey. You will learn your elf-abet and graduate from the Elf Academy, meet Mother Christmas and decorate your own gingerbread man and then enter the Snow Show! Once inside the grotto, you will find out if you are on the naughty or nice list before meeting the REAL Father Christmas. Visit the toy workshop before you leave and make a special furry friend to take home! Pre-booking is essential!
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An Elf’s Wish
Nevenden Manor – every Saturday & Sunday from 23rd November to 15th  December; Daily from 21st  December – 24th December
Elf-folk have taken over at Nevendon Manor, spreading Christmas spirit all over the grounds in order to offer a magical, festive experience for your family. You will embark on a unique, continuous trail around the grounds, guided by our resident clumsy elf 'Brumble', who needs your help to make a Christmas wish come true. 'An Elf's Wish' is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story & his whimsical elves. You will, no doubt bump into plenty of quirky characters along the way (perhaps even the big man himself!) as you discover that there's more to Christmas than just presents and Turkey! There is a packed schedule on the day – this is not your average visit to see Santa!
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The Santa Spectacular
Willows Farm – 23rd November to 24th December
This is a full day out of festive family fun and the child ticket price includes all the activities and shows plus a visit to Santa and being able to choose a gift from his Toy Shop, making a toy bear in the Create-a-Character workshop and biscuit decorating.  The website does give the opportunity to purchase tickets on the day but they do advise that you book ahead to avoid disappointment as this event is always really popular.
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Breakfast with Santa 
Thurrock Garden Centre - 2nd Dec (under 5s), 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December
Enjoy a cooked breakfast or cereal and toast. There will be activities on the tables and  a meet and greet from  the big man himself. There is a gift and a visit to see the animals too. Tickets will be available from 16th September.
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The Santa Express Trains
Barnards Railway – 7th & 8th December; 14th & 15th December
Santa Express tickets will be available to book from 12th October.  Watch this space for more information!
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Finding Father Christmas
Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning - 7th December
Explore a magical winter wonderland, get crafty with the Elves and meet Father Christmas in his woodland grotto!
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Santa Special Trains
Epping Ongar Railway – Saturdays & Sundays from 30th November – 15th December; daily from 19th December to 24th December
Santa has agreed to return to the Epping Ongar Railway again this year despite being his busiest time of year! This is a magical ride through the Essex countryside on a steam train, a gift for every child and mulled wine for the grown ups! There are lots of characters to meet and time given to write a letter to Santa. A great day out!
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Festive Afternoon Tea with Santa
Thurrock Hotel - Sunday 1st December
Breakfast with Santa
Saturdays 7th, 14th & 21st December
Santa will be coming round the tables and giving a small present to each child. Bring your camera for a photo! The food is an all you can eat breakfast buffet so there is sure to be something for everyone.
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Breakfast with Father Christmas 
Orsett Hall – 7th December, 14th & 15th December; 21st & 22nd December
Buffet breakfast where children can do 2 activities with the elves before meeting Santa and receiving their special gift. Booking definitely recommended.
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Santa’s Grotto
Bluewater – 14th November – 24th December
This is a very different adventure based on the story of The Nutcracker. You will meet a Toy Solider Guard, the Mouse King, The Nutcracker, Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and many more finishing up with the MOST important visit of all – to meet Father Christmas. Booking is advised.
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Santa's Grotto
Wellgate Community Farm – 7th December
Buddy the Elf and Father Christmas will be here for just one day! More details to follow.

Santa visits Liana's Tea Shop
Liana's Tea Shop - 20th December

Breakfast with Santa 
Harvester (Gidea Park) - 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd & 24th December
For just £5.99 per child, your little ones can enjoy breakfast with their favourite person, Santa Claus! He'll be flying in especially to Gidea Park Harvester  for a special breakfast. Price includes breakfast, drink, special treat and the opportunity to meet the big guy himself.
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Relaxed Grotto
Chicken & Frog Bookshop, Brentwood -24th November
A special relaxed Christmas grotto for children with sensory needs. This is free but you do need to book.
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Meet Mrs Claus
Chicken & Frog Bookshop, Brentwood - 30th November
Meet Mrs Claus at this drop in grotto on the same day as Brentwood Light Switch On.
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Other Christmas Events

Robin Hood Pantomine
Queens Theatre– 28th November – 5th January
Deep in the heart of his foreboding Castle, the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham is taxing the poor to pile up his gold, whilst imprisoning brave Maid Marian and her hilarious Nurse Nellie.
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Sparky The Elf & The Secret Toy Shop
This will be happening at a secret location again this year!
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Christmas Carol Service 
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary – 22nd December



Christmas Markets & Fairs

Essex Festive Food & Gift Show – 2nd & 3rd November
Brentwood Centre

Essex Christmas Fair - 9th & 10th November
Cressing Temple Barns 

German Christmas Market - 7th November - 23rd December
Meadow Croft Garden Centre

Christmas Craft Fair – 23rd  & 24th November
Calcott Hall

Festive Craft Fayre – 24th November

Winter Wonderland Christmas Fayre & Market – 30th November
Harold Wood Primary School

Christmas Market raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital – 30th November
North Romford Community Centre

Valentines Mansion Christmas Fair - Friday 29th November – 1st December

Christmas Market - 1st December
High Street, Billaricay

Epping Christmas Market – 6th December
Epping High Street

Christmas Fete – 7th December
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Rainham Christmas Fayre - 7th December

Christmas Sunday Market – 8th December
The Market Place, Enfield. Includes Santa’s Grotto

Shenfield Christmas Fayre – 8th December
Hutton Road, Shenfield





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