A Guide To Christmas From The Marygreen Manor

A christmas tree

A Guide To Christmas From The Marygreen Manor

The run up to Christmas is for most (yes we know there are some bah humbug’s out there) just as exciting as the big day itself. With the excitement of shopping for presents, gift wrap, ribbon, chocolates and other tasty treats can bring just as much joy as waking up on that magical Christmas morning. To make things even more exciting, so many venues are now hosting some fantastic Christmas events in and around Brentwood. So whether you’re a Brentwood resident yourself or simply a guest of us here at the Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant, here’s your guide to the perfect Christmas season in Essex.

Lighting Up Brentwood

Lighting Up Brentwood

On the 28th November between 12pm and 6pm will be the Lighting Up of Brentwood. Community spirit will be bubbling over at this fantastic local event, which will be held in and around Brentwood High Street. It certainly looks to be a super busy and exciting day, especially for the families of Brentwood town as Sugar Hut opens its doors to host the Santa’s Grotto. The Baytree Centre will have a Snow globe greeting shoppers (perfect for that Christmas of 2015 family memento) but that’s not all. Wilson’s corner will be shut down from any vehicle traffic in order to house Phoenix FM for music guaranteed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. This is always a hugely popular event that just seems to grow each year and as such, this year will see the biggest number of stalls that’s ever been present. They’ll be food, drink, crafts, gifts and a myriad of activities for all of the family to really get involved with. They’ll even be a small market to browse and a second stage hosted by Churches Together along Crown Street. To make it even more accessible, parking in the multistorey car park will be free for this entire day offering a number of disabled spaces too. There’s really no better place to spend a wintery Saturday on the run up to Christmas here in Essex.

Shenfield Christmas Fayre

Shenfield Christmas Fayre

Busy on Saturday 28th but don’t want to miss the Lighting Up bonanza for one more year? Don’t fret because just a short journey down the road will see Shenfield offering their very own Christmas Fayre. Between the hours of 1pm and 6pm you can enjoy a festive filled fayre in the wonderful town of Shenfield. The fayre will be raising money for local charity SNAP too. You might remember that back in the summer, the staff here at Marygreen Manor completed a fire walk to raise money for SNAP so this particular event is very close to our hearts. The Shenfield Christmas Fayre will see the Phoenix Stage hosting local entertainment in the form of school choirs along with a number of street performers and other such activities. To really separate themselves from Brentwood however, Shenfield have gone that one step further and have decided to install a synthetic ice rink in Hutton Road. If that doesn’t bring some Christmas cheer to the bah humbug folk around you, then we don’t know what will.

Now before you begin to organise your Christmas shopping and family dinners around the Brentwood and Shenfield Christmas Bonanzas, allow us to tell you about one more. Organised especially for the children in the family, they’ll now be a Santa Hunt in Brentwood however this Santa Hunt is a little different. Organised by the Chicken and Frog Bookshop, your children (accompanied by yourself) will be taken all around Brentwood high street, visiting the local shops in search of letters. The letters will be stuck to cuddly Santa’s and when gathered together, will spell a special phrase. Grab prizes and much more from the 28th November to Christmas Eve, giving you plenty of time to fit it in to your crazy Christmas schedule.

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