I love Christmas. Actually, I think what I really love is the magical atmosphere during the festive run-up, more so than the actual day itself. One of my very favourite parts is going to local towns – but not necessarily for shopping – it’s the buzz and excitement I enjoy. (If the children are behaving) it’s pretty special just soaking up the vibes and taking in all the over-the-top-but-in-a-really-great-way decorations, and the pretty lights.

In my experience and if you’re local to Essex, one of the best areas to visit for the lights and the shopping is Colchester. There’s lots going on and there are several different areas to visit, with modern shopping arcades, big traditional department stores such as Fenwicks, alongside independent shops too. There’s something for everyone, and with Colchester’s unique medieval status there’s also plenty of history to absorb, if you’re that way inclined. We took our girls to visit the castle in the summer, and Pixie was enthralled!


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Fenwick’s Festive Showcase

Acquired by Fenwick’s in 2008, the flagship Colchester store unveiled Fenwick’s Festive Showcase last Sunday, December 2nd. Shoppers congregated to enjoy live entertainers including local dance troops, stilt-walkers and Santa’s reindeer! Megan McKenna performed for the crowds ahead of the release of her debut album, Story of Me, and the big man in red made an appearance, arriving in style on a float.

Megan McKenna performs at Fenwick's Festive Showcase during the Colchester Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018

Traditional family favourite ‘The Snowman’ was projected onto the store front for the viewing pleasure of guests, before the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Peter Chillingworth, delighted the throng with the big switch-on of the Christmas lights, with two special assistants in Megan and Santa himself. The show wrapped up with a snow machine charming guests with a flurry, until the real thing arrives just in time for Christmas (I can’t promise this will happen, but as with every other year, we can hope).

Fenwick Colchester - Christmas 2018 - Holly and Ivy Stiltwalkers ARFenwick Colchester - Christmas 2018 - Nutcracker and Ballet AR

Sinead Archetti Scott, Fenwick Head of Communications said “It was fantastic to see so many happy faces enjoying our festive showcase and heading to the store which has for so long been synonymous with Christmas in Colchester.”

Located alongside Carluccio’s, Tiptree Jam Jar Bar, and Caffe Nero, Fenwick Colchester is a great option for picking up a wide range of your Christmas gifts, featuring top brands in beauty, fashion, toys, and homeware.

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An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is an experienced breastfeeding advocate, and expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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