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What to do in Newmarket this Christmas


There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who absolutely love Christmas and go all out with their decorations, Christmas jumpers and just generally getting into the festive spirit. Then there are those who think the stores start their displays too early each year and that the carols start too soon. Bah, Humbugs!

We’ve put together a list of events and happenings over the next few weeks for those who may have thought ‘what is there to do around me this Festive Season?’

Don’t forget about our special Christmas Gift Voucher offer currently running. For more information on this click here.

Making Magical Memories

From the 29th November until the 2nd December there will be four terrific days of Christmas celebrations taking place in Newmarket.

A Christmas Market and late-night shopping until 8pm on the first two days mean that you will be able to get those Christmas gifts sorted out and avoiding the last-minute rush! There will be loads of good quality food, drink and craft traders displaying their wares. The market will include some fun FREE Christmas cookery demonstrations such as the Christmas BBQ zone to get you prepared for the big day – as well as FREE children’s Christmas cooking and cookie decorating classes.

The Severals will spring to life with a Fairground and several attractions like classic Walzers, Family Dodgems, a Big Fun House and the Ice Mountain Slide.

There’s also the chance for children to meet Father Christmas at the Mews at Palace House. Taking place on the 1st  and 2nd of December,  from 10am there will be shows every hour and there will also be a gift handout at the end of each performance.

Speaking of performances, the Memorial Hall will be hosting a number of showcases on the 1st and 2nd of December with Ballet, Pantomime and Magic Shows from 10am each day.

To make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the events, a Land Train will also be running so jump aboard and let it ferry you to all the various attractions.

For more information on the Making Magical memories event, head to the Love Newmarket website by clicking here.

Presents Galore

The biggest and most glamorous gift fair takes place at the Rowley Mile from the 23rd until the 25th of November with proceeds going towards Macmillan Cancer Support. If you’re looking for high-quality gift ideas then this is the place to be.

This is the perfect opportunity to drop hints about what you might want to receive this Christmas  or perhaps you’re after something for a loved one. Candles to cashmere, toys to toiletries, food to fantasies, jewellery to jugs, books to bronzes.  Something for everyone!  For a full list of exhibitors for this year’s event, click here.

Charity Carol Concert

Who doesn’t love singing along to a Christmas Carol?  Join Racing Welfare at Tattersalls on Wednesday 12th of December for an evening of festive cheer and carol singing.

Tickets for this event are £7 for adults and free for children under the age of twelve. The adult ticket price includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie on arrival.

Presale tickets are online now and can be purchased by clicking here.

Choirs from Fairstead House School, VivaVoices! and Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir will all be taking part in Racing Welfare’s annual carol concert in the main sales ring at Tattersalls on the 12th December.

Doors open at 6.15pm with the concert starting at 7pm, introduced by Simon Bailey, Chaplain to the horseracing industry.

Once again Newmarket Town Band will be filling the ring with festive cheer with Father Christmas making a special appearance along with his donkeys. Special guest will be Sir Mark Prescott, who is set to delight crowds with his unique story telling ability.

This event raises vital funds to support Racing Welfare’s Chaplaincy service which is so vital to people working in horseracing in times of pain, loss, trauma or need.