If you are booking one of our 4 star log cabin holidays over the Christmas period, you might want to stock up on seasonal delights at one of Suffolk’s Christmas markets. Lights, carol singing and the enticing smell of mulled wine and hot roasted chestnuts will add to the magic of the occasion while you browse the wonderful handmade gifts, decorations, and food and drink stalls. Why not soak up the atmosphere this winter at our pick of five of the county’s best Christmas markets?
Christkindlmarkt Christmas Market, near Lavenham
Not far from the stunning medieval streets of Lavenham, this traditional German Christkindlmarkt is one of our favourites. With its 15th century half-timber framed homes, Lavenham was historically one of the wealthiest in England. Home to merchants and nobility, and those who made their fortune in the wool trade, this picture-postcard village is now a much-photographed tourist destination.
Lavenham has teamed up with the neighbouring village of Preston for the market at the attractive Preston Manor Barn, on Saturday 19 November. Preston is two miles from Lavenham, and, although both villages are just under an hour’s drive from Windmill Lodges, it is still worth a visit as you can make a day of it and combine your trip with a walk around Lavenham. This pretty market takes place between 10am-4pm, and there is an entry charge of £3 per person.
Ipswich Christmas Market
If you would prefer a market closer to our holiday accommodation (not far from Woodbridge), Ipswich Christmas Market could fit the bill. Suffolk’s county town is a half hour drive from Windmill Lodges and you will be rewarded with an atmospheric market that will put you in the mood for celebration.
Set against a background of twinkling lights, and the town’s landmark Christmas tree, this fabulous outdoor market on the Cornhill offers an array of street entertainment and a fantastic range of stalls. A top tip is not to dine before you go as there will be a host of food stalls to choose from. Just make sure you queue up early!
This three-day Christmas market takes place between Friday 9- Sunday 11 December, 10am-6pm. It closes at 4pm on Sunday. There is no charge for entry.
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre
You can’t help but be swept along with the festivities at this marvellous annual street market on Bury St Edmunds’ historic Angel Hill. You can browse traditional crafts and gifts at one of the 300 stalls, while sipping mulled wine and snacking on Christmas treats.
It’s a major family-friendly event, and if you are holidaying with little ones in tow, then pop in to Santa’s grotto to visit the man himself. The market, now in its 13th year, also promises some street entertainment and activities for children, and is just less than an hour’s drive from Windmill Lodges.
This four-day event takes place from Thursday 24 -Sunday 27 November and starts at 10am. Entry is free.
Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market
For more Christmas cheer, head to Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market, which is about a 45-minute drive from our holiday lodges. You could combine your visit with a day by the sea to make the whole experience even more memorable.
As well as the craft and snack stalls, guests of honour include Father Christmas and the town’s Mayor, who will be switching on the festive lights! This free event, along Hamilton Road, takes place on Saturday, 26 November, 10am-6pm.
Framlingham Christmas Charity Market
This Christmas charity market is an easy drive from the lodges and takes place on a smaller scale on Framlingham Market Hill. The Leiston Royal British Legion Band will provide background music for the occasion and Morris Men will add some festive cheer.
The many gifts to buy at the various stalls include cards, flower arrangements, books and decorations. You can also fill up on cakes, hot soup, roasted chestnuts and mince pies. This free
event runs from 1pm to 6pm.
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