Festive fun planned as Santa sets sights on Castle


Santa has arranged festive visits to Colchester this year with Santa’s elves arranging special Santa days in the town centre.

Colchester Castle will play host to ‘Santa’ this December with eight dates planned, as a magical Christmas Grotto in the castle’s Lucas Vaults will open for the season.

Just over fourteen weeks are left until Christmas, group bookings to the festive event are welcomed and encouraged.

Cllr. Tim Young, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “Colchester Castle is a stunning building which over the festive period takes on a rather special ambience. In my opinion, it makes for one of the most magical places to see Santa in Colchester.

“I would highly recommend combining your visit to the grotto with a trip to the Castle and for residents to pick up an annual Resident Pass. It promises to be a very special Yuletide visit for all the family.”


The event is being touted as a “stunning festive atmosphere for families to visit” by organisers. Those visiting Santa will also receive a 10 per cent discount on the Castle admission for the day.

Visits to Santa are set to cost £6.50 and children will receive a gift and an opportunity to whisper their “Christmas dreams” into a shell for the Castle’s Wishing Tree with the festive elves. A maximum of two adults per child will be allowed during any Santa visit.

The Grotto is due to open on the 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December.

To book your space with Santa and make payment in advance, please call 01206 282939.