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Christmas in Southend

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

Discover the magic of Christmas in Southend with a variety of events and activities the whole family can enjoy. From cosy chats with Santa in one of his grottos across town, to the 'Light up Southend’ Art Trail, to a life-sized animatronic polar bear, we think you'll find your perfect festive treat.

Take a look at our guide below and plan your fabulous festive visit.

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Light up Southend
12 Events of Christmas
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Join the Toy Drive

It’s that time of year again - we are bringing the eighth annual Toy Drive to town this Christmas, with the aim of ensuring all of Southend’s vulnerable children and young people receive a gift. The council elves are prepped, stationed, and ready to wrap and deliver your kind donations. As always, we are aiming to give to as many children as possible!

London Southend Airport Mental Elf event

London Southend Airport and its charity partner, South East and Central Essex (SECE) Mind, has confirmed an extension to apply to take part in the Mental ‘Elf’ Runway event. The festive fundraiser will take place on 8th December and participants can walk or run the length of London Southend Airport’s runway whilst raising vital funds for SECE Mind

Christmas tree and wreaths available to buy

Make your Christmas magical with a real Christmas tree or wreath from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s award winning Parks Team. These are available to buy and order for delivery (delivery is free and is only within the borough of Southend).

Christmas Shopping Guide

Christmas is the time for giving. Southend is the place to visit for all your festive shopping needs! From craft fairs to farmers markets to our five shopping districts there's sure to be something for everyone!

Free parking across the Borough returns this festive season

All council run car parks across the Borough will be free on Thursdays after 4pm for late-night shopping and all day on Sundays until Christmas. The free festive parking offer will start on Thursday 2 December and runs up to and including Thursday 23 December.

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